Mitch Jeserich

Friday, September 7, 2:30 pm, KPFA

All this week, Mitch Jeserich provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings.  Now, he takes a break to talk about his disability and disability politics in general.

How far has the disability community progressed in having representation in news media jobs?   Is covering the Kavanaugh hearings every day  as painful as it sounds?

Eddie Ytuarte and Josh Elwood will ask the questions as Mitch Jeserich sits on the other side of the microphone.

Jeserich, not only looks at burning political issues, but he often bring guests to talk about history in his popular program Letter and Politics, which airs Monday-Thursday at 10 am on KPFA.

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Congo Handicap with Francine Atosha Mbusa

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Although the eastern part of her country is engulfed in civil war, Francine Atosha Mbusa lives, works and takes empowering action in exactly that region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   The government of the DRC was a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

However, local organizations like “Congo Handicap” are often the only protection for disabled people in the area. Violence rages around them as “Congo Handicap” gathers statistics, leads workshops, distributes supplies and supports individual rights.

Learn more as we interview Francine Atosha Mbusa, coordinator of “Congo Handicap.”  Leroy T. Moore Jr, the founder of Krip Hop Nation, is also on hand with an update on his work in Africa.

You can reach Francine Atosha Mbusa at congohandicap@gmail.com.   The best way to understand the day-to-day work of Congo Handicap is to follow Francine Atosha Mbusa on facebook.

Producer, Host, Editor: Adrienne Lauby
Interpreter: Joseph Mutti
Co-Editor: Sheela Gunn Cushman

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Hearing Loss with Punk Rocker, Kathy Peck

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You remember when the Bay Area was filled with the sounds of punk rock?  So does our guest Kathy Peck.  She played bass for the San Francisco all-woman band The Contractions.  Surprise!  All those loud shows led to hearing loss.

How did she deal with that?

How does music, laughter and DIY sound?

She talks about it all with Josh Elwood and Mark Romoser.

It’s Hip To Hear Survival Guide (download)

For over 30 years, Kathy Peck has been at the forefront of cutting edge music, community enrichment, and health advocacy and reform.  And, she’s championed all who value quality musical experiences.

Her 25+ year founding organization H.E.A.R. has redefined the tools, language, and image surrounding hearing loss prevention both in San Francisco and around the world.

HEAR’s accomplishments include :

1. The first earplug ordinance and fresh drinking water for music venues in San Francisco which has become a model for other cities.

2. Peck vs United Artists, the first ADA class action that brought about assistive listening devices and wheel chair assess to movie theaters, court rooms and other public venues etc,

3. More recently Kathy Peck worked on the Affordability Act for Hearing Aids appearing on NBC News with Lester Holt – it passed the House and Senate  and was signed into law.

Peck also served on the sub committee that formed the National Institute on Deafness with the first deaf president of Gallaudet University  promoting hearing conservation and media attention to these issues

She says, “I have been very blessed with my work in music hearing conservation whose mission grew worldwide with early support of Pete Townsend from Who.”

Through HEAR, Peck makes custom earplugs for musicians and music fans and conducts hearing conservation programs at music and sound arts schools.  Some of her clients are the SFOpera, SF Conservatory of Music and the Audio Engineering Society.

From her deep involvement in pioneering the cultural movement known as “Punk and New Wave” to spearheading a nationwide call for innovative ways to prevent hearing loss, Peck has delivered visionary leadership to multi- generations of music lovers, musicians – and beyond.

Kathy Peck has become a leader for hearing care advancement and champion for all who value quality musical experiences.

Audio editing by Sheela Gunn-Cushman.

original air date 7-20-18

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Independence 2018

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Shelley Berman hosts a different view of Independence Day, through the heart-felt viewpoint of Disabled Native American Activist, Mercedes Trippo.

Other disabled folks chime in on the question, “From what would you like to be Independent?”

Shelley’s sarcastic, biting repartee pushes the limits of acceptability and reminds us that ALL children are under fire under the current Fascist Regime of “Divide and Imprison” right here in the U.S. of A.

Disabled Lesbian Singer/songwriter, Ferron, is featured.

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Disability Thinking with Andrew Pulrang

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In these days of Trumpism and the virtual political domination by the political right, we turn to public intellectual, Andrew Pulrang, for a perspective on disability life, ideas, identity, culture and politics.

Eddie Ytuarte hosts.

Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger, online activist, and former disability organization administrator.  His blog is “Disability Thinking” and he is one of the three co-partners of #CripTheVote, with Gregg Beratan and Alice Wong.

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Disability in Film with Movie Critic Kristen Lopez ~ Part Two

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Movie goers are often subjected to portrayals of people with disabilities that reinforce the many stereotypes about them. But film critic Kristen Lopez says some films are bucking this trend and sees hope on the horizon.  Hosts Alysa Chadow and Eddie Ytuarte trade stories of their favorite plots and portrayals with Kristen Lopez.

Kristen Lopez is a freelance pop culture essayist and critic based in Sacramento whose work has appeared at Film School Rejects, Remezcla and Paste. She also runs the classic film podcast Ticklish Business and the website Journeys in Classic Film. In her free time she enjoys classic movies, reading, and all things Oscar Isaac.

This is Part Two of our discussion with Kristen Lopez, hosted by Alysa Chadow and Eddie Ytuarte.  Part One was broadcast March 16 of this year.

Original Air Date: 6-1-18

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“Bottom Dollars” How 250K U.S. People with Disabilities Work for $2 an Hour

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The U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 created the right to a minimum wage, with one huge exception — people with disabilities.

We interview producer-director Jordan Melograna and play clips from “Bottom Dollars,” his documentary on sheltered workshops and the sub-minimum wage.  How is it that nearly 250,000 people are currently and legally paid, on average, less than $2 an hour?

The documentary exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear job alternatives, showing how people with disabilities can earn a competitive wage and work within the community.

Josh Elwood, Mark Romoser and Adrienne Lauby host this extended fund drive program.  With a commentary on the 12,000 wounded Palestinian protestors by Shelley Berman.

original air date: May 19, 2018

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Youth and Disability with Jamie Caron

Friday, May 4, 2:30 pm PDT, KPFA

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida., youth activists have taken center stage as never before.   Disability activists made history with last summer’s ADAPT protests of the Medi-Care cuts in Washington, Colorado and elsewhere.

So, what’s going on today at the intersection of youth and disability?

Jamie Caron of DANY, the Hayward-based Disability Action Network for Youth, joins hosts Mark Romoser and Sheela Gunn-Cushman to talk about what issues are picking up steam for young people with disabilities.

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IHSS Electronic Visit Verification: All We Know – and the things we don’t

Friday, April 20, 2:30-3 pm at KPFA.org

Electronic visit verification is a component of the 21st century CURES Act of 2016. It was a sneaky little poison pill added to the act and no one likes it…Except those who believe workers and recipients are ALL fraudulent pirates who MUST BE STOPPED! It will affect all in-home care programs including California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). And, if states do not implement it, they’ll lose critical funding for Medicaid (that’s Medi-Cal in California).

Many states have already begun implementation of this federal requirement with many Orwellian results, so workers and recipients in California are VERY concerned about what the future will look like for people with disabilities. There is yet hope! Our privacy protectors have already won an important delay in the start date and they are working on long term fixes.

Hannah Karpilow, a home care worker, and Marissa Shaw, a recipient of In-Home Supportive Services join Shella Gunn-Cushman and Alysa Chadow to discuss this prickly complex issue.


Community Forum and Roundtable Discussions

Bay Area – Berkeley
Monday, April 23,  3-4:30 pm
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St.  Berkeley

Sacramento
Tuesday, April 24, 4-6 pm
SEIU Local 2015
West Sacramento Office
691 W. Capitol Ave, West Sacramento

Los Angeles
Thursday, April 26, 4-6 pm
SEIU Local Headquarters
2910 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

The only entities benefiting
from this EVV mandate
are the EVV vendors!

Richard Daggett, President, Polio Survivors Association
Member, American Academy of Home Care Medicine
richard@polioassociation.org

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Homelessness and Disability Rights

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On April 5, 2018 a Federal judge in San Francisco heard arguments against evicting the 125+ people of a Sebastopol Road homeless camp in Santa Rosa. The camp residents asked the judge to issue a temporary restraining order against the eviction, claiming the County of Sonoma, whose land they reside upon, is violating their 4th, 8th & 14th amendment rights, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.  At the time of this program, the judge’s final decision was unknown.

Attorneys for the residents found a high rate of disability within the camp and said that many camp residents were not being accommodated in local homeless shelters. This is an unusual way to think about homelessness.

To delve into this situation, we talk to Santa Rosa Council Woman Julie Combs.

Since she was first elected in 2012, Julie Combs has been part of our struggle for something better for poor and homeless people. Her work at the city council gives hope to the cynical that politicians can be true representatives of the people. She’s a trained mechanical engineer with experience as an Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator.

We also talk to Kalia Mussetter, a Mental Health Peer Advocate & System Navigator, and the founder of Living Bridges, a local non-profit consultancy that provides direct services to our chronically homeless neighbors. She also gives In-Service provider trainings in Trauma-Informed Care, as she puts it, “from the vulnerable side of the helping desk.”

Official statistics say that 64% of homeless people in Sonoma County live with one or more health conditions, and 41% meet the standard of a HUD disabling condition.  Our guests agree that, actually, a much higher percentage of homeless people are disabled.  Of the homeless people with a disability, 20% have physical limitations and almost 20% more suffer from PTSD.  

Producer/Host:  Adrienne Lauby
Co-host: Sheela Gunn Cushman

Original Air Date: 4-5-18

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