The United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal (UKCSAPT) is an initiative that is led by survivors of child sexual abuse and their supporters, who seek to eradicate the problem of institutional child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom. Regina Paulose, Chair of the Steering Committee for the UKCSAPT, discusses the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the importance of a community of people working together to bring justice to those who’ve been hurt and silenced.
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In this podcast I bring you one of my most influential professors from my undergrad years: Dr Ken Montgomery. When I was his student, he continuously, and systematically challenged my understanding of the world right to my very core. On this week’s episode of RadioActive my hope was to do the same for the WVUM community. Dr. Montgomery engaged us in a dialogue about structural racism: what it is, how we are complicit in it, and what we as students and community members can do to push back. He shared with us, that by shifting our understanding of racism to the structural implications, that there is hope; A much needed hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenge.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gloria Steinem, at a University of Miami lecture. In the interview I was able to ask her to reflect on the current direction of the feminist movement. Donna Coker and Sumita Dutt, both professors from University of Miami, joined me on air to reflect on some of the ideas and themes that emerged from that interview. During the show we discussed our understanding of “post-modern feminism”, transnational feminism, the importance of understanding and addressing the intersectionality of gender oppression and how feminism is deeply engaged in debates on issues such as sex-trafficking and sex work. An hour jam packed with incredible insight from two wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable feminist scholars from UM. Enjoy!
This week on RadioActive Dr. Lenny Jason, a professor of Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, joined us on air to talk Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and patient engagement.
Lenny, engaged us in a dialogue around the recent decision for a name change for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to “Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease”, as well as the history and development of CFS as a legitimate disease. Dr. Jason shared with us the issues surrounding patient exclusion from decision making, the need for a name that makes the disease more legitimate and validating and the potential for Community Psychology to create transformative change in the structures of traditional patient engagement in decisions that impact their everyday lives.
RadioActive: Hegemony, social power & intersectionality: Holly Angelique unpacks some “five dollar words”
This week on RadioActive Dr. Holly Angelique, a professor of Community Psychology and Social Change from Penn State Harrisburg called into the studio to talk about her work.
When we talk “social change” we have many different lenses through which we can think, analyze and act. Holly outlined some of her work on social power, hegemony and other “five dollar words” to begin a dialogue on how we are thinking about the work we do for social change. We discussed how a Feminist Community Psychology lens can help to support social change work in our communities and the field of Community Psychology. We cut right to the chase and began to peel back the layers of social power we face in our work and in our communities and turned our critique onto our own work. In this episode Holly really helps us engage in a dialogue outlining ways we can understand and question the dominant cultural hegemony of academia, Community Psychology and social power in our everyday lives.
Social change and our current complex social issues require creative thinking and new and innovative ways of moving the needle towards a more just community. Susie Paterson joined us again on air to discuss how humor can be used in community organizing efforts and she made the case for humor as a valuable tool for social change efforts. Have a listen to hear about how humor can be used to make our communities a better (and perhaps more fun?) place to live.
This week on Radioactive we dropped it old school. Joining me on air was the infamous (and original host of RadioActive) Mr. Mike Matthiesen. We spent the hour in a cloud of philosophical musings around the normative (and he argued, manipulative) uses and implications of statistics in our modern world. We had a little too much fun “unpacking” the naturalization of numbers and statistics in our current political and economic institutions and debated about the relevance and ‘gospel’ like power that statistics hold. All in all some good fun from two people who like to think we are experts on everything philosophical, but know in fact we are not. Join the conversation at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This Sunday we were joined in Studio by members of the Miami Committee on State Violence (MCSV).
Over the past many months, issues of state violence in America have been fervently bubbling to the surface. Protests have erupted around the country and globe. Questions are now being asked about how this moment in time, and how this movement for social justice will affect our generation and the reality in which we live. Many are asking themselves – what can we/should we expect of ourselves, our communities and our larger political and state structures as we move forward. With that in mind, this week on RadioActive, we attempted to open a space for critical dialogue on the current movement for social justice. Our conversation included: What is state violence, what the MCSV is working to accomplish, the history of resistance in the US and South Florida, disruption and protest as valid forms social change, the militarization and finally the need to revive diverse forms of political engagement. Thank you to our listeners for engaging in the conversation. It is one we hope to continue in the new year.
Michelle M. Ortiz is the Director and Supervising Attorney of the Lucha and Asylum & Refugee Projects at Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly known as FIAC) in Miami, Florida. AI Justice is a non-profit law firm dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of immigrants through a unique combination of free direct services, impact litigation and policy reform. Ms. Ortiz specializes in the representation of immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She talks to Shelly about the struggles undocumented immigrants face every day and how we can help.
RadioActive: The road to ‘you know where’ is paved with good intentions: Can ecological theory change our course?
This Sunday we were joined by the “Community Psychology Rockstar” Dr. Ed Trickett who engaged us in a thought provoking dialogue about ecological theory as a way to understand and interact with our social worlds.
Thinking ecologically in terms of our social world is a relatively new idea. According to Ed we have yet to fully incorporate our knowledge and understanding of social ecology into thinking, actions, and research with communities. As a renowned Community Psychologist, Ed, who has spent much of his career developing and working within the ecological framework, took us through his understanding of ecology. Ed discussed with us the implications of continuing to locate social issues within individuals rather than understanding the complex relationships we all have to our local and global environments and tackled listener questions on policy as well as tangible examples of what ecological theory can look like in our community work.