Episode #107: Our city needs to have important conversations

How does racism shape the realities of public education in the United States?  PAYCE Fellow Ala’ Hamamreh (Al-Quds American Studies) talks to Des Moines Public School Board member Dionna Langford about her efforts to address race and class inequalities in her district.  They talk frankly about the problem of white progressives needing to examine their own racism for the District to serve all children.


Episode #106: PB & J (Phoebe and Justice)

Sitting down with Phoebe Clark, PAYCE Fellow Meredith Howe (University of New Hampshire) spoke to her about activism in her life. Clark, a senior at Drake University, spoke about the time she and friends disrupted a Republican event, her views on “diversity of tactics,” labels, and how she began to look positively at activism after disillusionment.

Songs credits:
Greg Atkinson “Crick’s Unnecessary Children,” Parvus Decree “Into Oblivion (Partially
Recomposed),” Broke for Free “Night Owl,” Transpanda “Thunder Panda,” Lonely Punk “Easter
Island” – all music from FreeMusicArchive.org



#116: The change you want to see

Fatima Hashem (ANNU PAYCE Fellow) connects the lines in the story of Drake University student and school board member Josh Hughes.  He does the hard work of serving on the school board because of his “original motivator.”  His identity as a gay teen and his commitment to fighting for public education moved him to action.  He advises young people to do self-care because their voices are needed.  “Find out why you want to get involved .”  There will be times when its hard to keep going, but that motivator will be what makes it all “make sense.” Fatima challenge each listener to decide: “When will you make that journey into yourself?”

Music credits: “Epic Flight” from PremiumBeat by Immersive Music.


#115: We all face adversity

PAYCE Fellow Noura Abughosh (An-Najah National University) hears in local advocate Marlu Abarca’s story the echoes of a Frost poem.  In pushing for a voice for her and others like her, Abarca is pursuing the path less traveled.  Noura describes how Marlu reflects on teen experiences with her family and her move from Los Angeles to Iowa.  For Noura, Marlu overcomes adversity and makes a difference in her city.

Music by Wind Marching for Rain, “Puddle of Infinity”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTcMMFXDYeY


#112: Making local change

Marlu Abarca is a Los Angeles native who moved to Iowa for college in 2010. After moving to Des Moines in 2014, she has gotten involved in civic engagement through local non-profits, like Al Éxito!, volunteering at Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs, and a full-time job at the Des Moines Public Library. PAYCE Fellow Genesis Buckhalton (Drake University) describes how Marlu focuses on local change to bring cultural awareness and to represent the Latino community in Iowa.

“Flauta” from Miente, miente, que algo queda by los tu.l.a. Released: 2018. Track 9. At Free Music Archive.


#108: Organizing for empowerment

Ash Bruxvoort, an Iowa native, organizer at the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, speaks about her role in the community. Taylor Zitkus (University of Hartford) explores how Ash offers advice for women in the political realm, talks about the challenges she faces, and encourages young adults to become more involved.

Music credits: Title: “Inspirational Indie” and “Acoustic Inspiring” by Artist: Nazar Rybak http://www.hooksounds.com/

 


#107: Our city needs to have important conversations

How does racism shape the realities of public education in the United States?  PAYCE Fellow Ala’ Hamamreh (Al-Quds American Studies) talks to Des Moines Public School Board member Dionna Langford about her efforts to address race and class inequalities in her district.  They talk frankly about the problem of white progressives needing to examine their own racism for the District to serve all children.


#106: PB & J (Phoebe and Justice)

Sitting down with Phoebe Clark, Meredith Howe (University of New Hampshire) spoke to her about activism in her life. Clark, a senior at Drake University, spoke about the time her and friends disrupted a Republican event, her views on “diversity of tactics,” labels, and how she began to look positively at activism after disillusionment.

Songs credits:
Greg Atkinson “Crick’s Unnecessary Children,” Parvus Decree “Into Oblivion (Partially
Recomposed),” Broke for Free “Night Owl,” Transpanda “Thunder Panda,” Lonely Punk “Easter
Island” – all music from FreeMusicArchive.org