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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

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THIS WEEK'S EPISODE:

This week on NEXT, North Atlantic right whales are under threat of extinction. Scientists say entanglement in fishing lines is the main cause of death, but changing the way New England lobstermen fish won’t be easy. Plus, we hear from young climate activists pushing Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a bill requiring climate change education in K-12 classrooms. And the banner and burden of the phrase #BlackGirlMagic.

STORIES FROM THE COLLABORATIVE

A team attempts to free a right whale from fishing gear. (NOAA Permit #932-1905)

Episode 227: The Challenge Of Saving Right Whales From Extinction While Protecting Lobstermen’s Livelihood

This week on NEXT, North Atlantic right whales are under threat of extinction. Scientists say entanglement in fishing lines is the main cause of death, but changing the way New England lobstermen fish won’t be easy. Plus, we hear from young climate activists pushing Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a bill requiring climate change education in K-12 classrooms. And the banner and burden of the phrase #BlackGirlMagic.

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. 

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