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Why Young Protesters Are Fighting For Racial Justice In New England

From suburban Connecticut to rural Maine, demonstrators occupied highways and town greens over the summer with banners and calls for racial justice. In a special project for the New England News Collaborative, Connecticut Public heard from young activists and protesters throughout New England about their experiences with racism, the changes they want to see and what needs to happen to make the racial justice movement sustainable. Video by Ryan Caron King

NEXT: A Weekly Podcast from the New England News Collaborative

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE:

When a group of immigrants started a community farm in a Yankee farming town, their presence was complicated by race and rural American identity. This week on NEXT, the story of Bami Farm in Rhode Island. Plus, how the pandemic has accelerated the debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. And journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about what’s at stake if public media fails to become more diverse.

STORIES FROM THE COLLABORATIVE

Julius Kolawole, the founder of African Alliance of Rhode Island, at Bami Farmer in Johnston. Bami is one of the Alliance’s projects. (Cheryl Adams/The Public’s Radio)

Episode 226: Hope And Conflict At Bami Farm; Journalist Maria Hinojosa On Immigration And Public Media

When a group of immigrants started a community farm in a Yankee farming town, their presence was complicated by race and rural American identity. This week on NEXT, the story of Bami Farm in Rhode Island. Plus, how the pandemic has accelerated the debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. And journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about what’s at stake if public media fails to become more diverse.

NENC/America Amplified Special: Lessons Lost: The Struggle To Talk About Race In Some New England Classrooms

What we don’t learn in school can matter as much as the lessons we do learn. This week on NEXT, we talk to teachers and students about the harm of omitting stories and cultures from curricula — and how we can do better. It’s a rebroadcast of our final show in a series of specials on “Racism in New England,” produced by the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified. 

Pat Wilson Pheanious, a Connecticut state representative and the daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, outside her home in Ashford, Connecticut, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Joe Amon/Connecticut Public/NENC)

NENC/America Amplified Special: New England’s Abolitionist History at Odds With Racist Realities

Here’s the story that New England tells itself: Racism is a Southern problem. But our region’s abolitionist past hides a darker history of racism, slavery and white supremacy. It’s a legacy that lives with us today. This week on “Episode 224” of NEXT, we rebroadcast a special from our series on racism in New England — produced by the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified.

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