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.
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Recent research suggests that MUSIC is more effective than sports or any other school activity in keeping kids enrolled in school.
The Frost MusicReach Mentorship Program uses music as a motivating tool to encourage teens to graduate from high school and continue on to college.
In 1980, Sam Daley-Harris founded RESULTS, an international citizens lobby dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and other disastrous outcomes that stem from poverty. There are 100 RESULTS groups in the U.S. and 40 more in six other countries. In 1995, he founded the Microcredit Summit Campaign and in 2012, Sam launched the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation to help non-profit groups train their members to create champions in Congress and the media for their cause.
BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children’s literacy program of the SAG Foundation designed to provide an opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to help develop a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities.
Research shows that one of the best predictors of children’s success in learning to read is being read to aloud. BookPALS was founded on the premise that children must be exposed to reading aloud to develop a love of reading.
Every month SAG Foundation BookPALS read to more than 60,000 children in Title I public schools, hospitals, libraries, and social service agencies. The SAG Foundation operates BookPALS branches in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, New England, Florida, and Arizona.
If you are interested in this program and would like to become a BookPAL or you are a teacher or principal who would like to request a BookPAL for your classroom, contact Natalie Rogers, the Florida BookPALS Director at email@example.com or you can call her at 321-229-0638
For more information visit their website: www.bookpals.net
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This week, we talked about Cuba of course! Due to the semester’s end, we only had Kyle and Mike this week to do the show, so it was very cozy. This issue hit pretty close to Mike’s heart, so the show was a bit more fiery than usual, but the guys pulled off a tricky debate with aplomb. We then moved onto the spending bill and the Sony hack/North Korea to round out our coverage.
As always, catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked. Also: merry Christmas and happy holidays from Counterpoint!
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.
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This week, we had a mini-special on Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the recent protests that have popped up all over the nation. We were lucky enough to have not one, but two special guests: Nicole Spencer– who you may know from Left of the Dial– and also, Meg McGee, ex-Counterpointer and the current Program Director for WVUM! Anyways, we had a pretty good hour-long discussion on the topics of race, police relations, and social policy. We’re considering doing another special on these, but nothing concrete yet; stay tuned for more information.
As always, catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.
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This week, of course we talked about the executive action by Obama for immigration reform and all the politics associated with it. We also took a moment to reflect on the recent shooting at our biggest rival school: FSU, which led into a broader discussion about mental health and guns in America.
To catch a replay, as always, hit the jump after the break. Keep it locked.
The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade improves the lives of women and girls through grant making, research, advocacy and education. Their vision is to create a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity and influence. Women and girls thrive when they have the right to safety, opportunity and self-determination in every aspect of their lives. When we invest in women, we are investing in the future prosperity of our community.