31 episodes

We Rise brings you stories, interviews, and music to nourish our imaginations in service of collective liberation. Guided by Toni Cade Bambara’s call to make the revolution irresistible, each show explores the practice of solidarity in today’s freedom movements.
Please note that our first 15 episodes also aired on KPFA's sister station KPFB.
Brought to you by We Rise Cultural Production.
www.weriseproduction.com

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We Rise brings you stories, interviews, and music to nourish our imaginations in service of collective liberation. Guided by Toni Cade Bambara’s call to make the revolution irresistible, each show explores the practice of solidarity in today’s freedom movements.
Please note that our first 15 episodes also aired on KPFA's sister station KPFB.
Brought to you by We Rise Cultural Production.
www.weriseproduction.com

    Days of Resistance, No to Annexation

    Days of Resistance, No to Annexation

    Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has called for all organizations in support of Palestinian liberation to endorse the "Days of Resistance", in occupied Palestine and internationally, August 7-9, 2020. In response, Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) chapters and many organizations across the nation are participating in actions throughout this weekend. This program was curated to go along with these actions, furthering the conversation around what annexation has meant and currently means for Palestinians on the ground and in diaspora.

    Days of Resistance: https://samidoun.net/2020/07/the-days-of-resistance-are-growing-join-over-50-organizations-in-the-call-to-action-august-7-9/

    MUSIC
    Al-Keffiyeh Al-Arabiyeh by Shadia Mansour ft. M1 (Dead Prez)
    Push Defend Fight by Soulidarity Wave
    Min Irhabi by DAM
    Sharaft Ya Nixon by Sheikh Imam
    Somos Sur by Ana Tijoux ft. Shadia Mansour
    Broken Promises by Soulidarity Wave

    Artwork by Mohammed Hassona

    • 44 min
    Edwin Carcache de Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia

    Edwin Carcache de Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia

    This show is a follow up to our last episode about the indigenous led peasant movement in Nicaragua - in defense of land, water and sovereignty. On that episode David de la Gran of KPFA’s La Onda Bajita spoke with Medardo Mairena, one of the most prominent leaders of Nicaragua’s peasant movement, and a recently released political prisoner. His sentence by Ortega’s government was for 200 years…

    Today, we are joined by another courageous leader and recently released political prisoner. Edwin Carcache is a bit younger than Medardo Mairena --

    On Tuesday June 11, 2019 Edwin Carcache, a charismatic student leader and journalist, was one of 56 political prisoners released from jail in Nicaragua, after nearly 10 months of illegal detention.

    Today, we will speak with him about what he is fighting for, the role of women and young people in particular in the freedom movement, how the United States is involved in ongoing injustice and human rights violations, and more.

    • 42 min
    Medardo Mairena and the Nicaraguan Peasant Movement, Ep. 29

    Medardo Mairena and the Nicaraguan Peasant Movement, Ep. 29

    We Rise had the extreme honor to record a show with David de la Gran of KPFA's La Onda Bajita featuring Medardo Mairena, leader of Nicaragua's indigenous peasant movement. David was joined by UC Berkeley students to co-facilitate the conversation. Mairena was joined by four members of Nicaragua's National Council in Defense of the Land, Lake and Sovereignty.

    On June 11, 2019, Mairena was released from prison, after being sentenced to 200 plus years for his activism. Mairena is the national leader of the Anti-Canal Peasant Movement and a representative in the Civic Alliance, which is composed of the private sector, students, human rights activists, social and community leaders. The Alliance led negotiations with the government of Nicaragua for a peaceful resolution and a cease and desist to mass public killings and repression. Mairena directly addressed Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua's current president, at the national dialogue negations. 

    This show is in Spanish. It is vital that we de-centralize English in this work and we strongly encourage folks with familiarity with the language to listen!

    LINKS
    Nicaraguan Rural Leader Medardo Mairena Speaks after Prison- https://havanatimes.org/nicaragua/nicaraguan-rural-leader-medardo-mairena-speaks-after-prison/?fbclid=IwAR3ezpFeIf-8CQSowaFULglEeTWQ58lZwBstuScuDUUYuoER_rL5_dYfuXE

    From CNN Español: a video with the daughter of Medardo Mairena- https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/video/nicaragua-medardo-mairena-secuestro-sot-camilo/

    Nicaraguan activists sentenced to more than 200 years- https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47290527

    From La Prensa: Defenderemos con sangre nuestras tierras- https://www.laprensa.com.ni/2019/08/14/politica/2579012-movimiento-campesino-sobre-el-nuevo-anuncio-del-gran-canal-defenderemos-con-sangre-nuestras-tierras

    • 54 min
    The Role of Joy in Our Movements

    The Role of Joy in Our Movements

    On July 15, Cal Shakes (an SF Bay Area theater company) hosted a community meal and civic dialogue about the role of joy in our movement building, our resistance, and our art, inspired by our production of House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar.

    We Rise got to record, produce, and edit this episode of Asides, the Cal Shakes podcast.

    Hosts: Tierra Allen, SK Kerastas, and Kimiya Shokri.
    Guests: Playwright Madhuri Shekar and poet and RYSE Youth Center teaching artist and program manager Ciera-Jevae "CiCi" Gordon.

    For more, including full transcripts, visit calshakes.org. or weriseproduction.com.

    Here’s the conversation.

    • 39 min
    Is Capitalism Killing Us?

    Is Capitalism Killing Us?

    On July 9, Cal Shakes (an SF Bay Area theater company) partnered with Causa Justa :: Just Cause to host a community meal and civic dialogue called “Is Capitalism Killing Us?” inspired by their production of The Good Person of Szechwan.

    We Rise got to record, produce, and edit this episode of Asides, the Cal Shakes podcast.

    Hosts: SK Kerastas and Tierra Allen. Guests: Aimee Suzara, Ronald Flannery, Anjali Lynn Nath Upadhyay, and Cal Shakes community partner Causa Justa :: Just Cause.

    For more, including full transcripts, visit calshakes.org. or weriseproduction.com.

    Here’s the conversation.

    • 43 min
    Sudan Uprising Teach In

    Sudan Uprising Teach In

    This Sudan Uprising teach in was organized by Alaa Suliman, A Sudanese American residing in the Bay Area for about 20 years.

    "Having been born and raised in Sudan, the recent events of the Sudan uprisings have been a very emotionally involved experience for my family and I. These events have hit so close to home, we felt a great sense of obligation to bring awareness to our struggle through educating others, and hopefully inspiring people to contribute to creating a better Sudan."

    This event was organized alongside a team of youth of high school and college aged students.
    Contact info is bayarea4sudan@gmail.com.

    Panelists:

    An alumni of San Francisco State University, Abdel Malik Ali graduated with a B.A in both Communications and Black Studies in 1982. He was a leader in the movement at SFSU to gain accreditation for the College of Ethnic Studies which stands today as the only College of Ethnic Studies in the country.

    A community activist affiliated with Masjid-ul-Islam in the inner city of East Oakland for 27 years, Abdel Malik Ali served 20 years as the Amir of the masjid and Educational Director of Masjidul Islam School.

    He is also a well known motivational speaker particularly on California college campuses. He is a product of the African American Islamic tradition, being heavily influenced by: The Holy Quran, The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X), and Imam Jamil Abdullah Al Amin (Formerly H. Rap Brown).


    Gayle Donsky is a retired social worker who has worked in adoptions, foster care, a pediatric outpatient clinic and in private psychotherapy practice. Since retirement she has been active in multiple social justice issues, including the anti-genocide movement. She has organized events in the Bay Area as well as a New York event: The Judgement on Genocide: An International Citizens’ Tribunal for Sudan.

    She is the producer of the short documentary, Faces of Genocide, that examines the culture of cruelty that has allowed the shameful succession of genocidal atrocities. It includes interviews with survivors of genocides of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries.

    She was also a recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Award for Unsung Heroes.

    There will be a screening of Faces of Genocide July 23rd in San Raphael: https://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org/faces-of-genocide/


    Bakri Ali is a Sudanese American social activist living in Connecticut and working in the aerospace industry as the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Collins Aerospace. He has been engaged for several years in advocating for the people of Sudan and in raising public awareness about the many issues facing the country.

    Since the start of the Sudanese uprising in December 2018, he has focused on collecting donations from Sudanese people and their friends around the world to support medical care for those wounded by the security forces and to help families that have lost a loved one or suffered property damage and loss as a result. This initiative has been organized under the umbrella of the University of Khartoum Alumni Association in the US, a non-profit for which he volunteers in on the financial committee.

    The response has been overwhelming from around the world and Bakri, alongside the Association, have received over $700,000 in donations which has allowed the provision of food, medical supplies, and sanitation for the thousands of protestors at the Army HQ sit-in. Currently, Bakri is working on ways to provide sustainable sources of income and support for those affected by the events of the revolution.

    Check out this resource for more updates and information...

    • 2 hr 3 min

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