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Bonus: "Bewildered By People's Openness"

To See Each Other

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  • about 1 month ago
  • 06:02

Today we're here with a special bonus story from Michigan. This is the story of MariaElena Fournier, who lives in Detroit and who is out in the field right now traveling throughout Michigan, asking questions and holding really profound conversations - that change all the people involved. MariaElena was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland as a child. After navigating a difficult relationship with a white supremacist roommate in college, they were “bewildered” by people’s openness in rural areas when they were participating in the deep canvass — which gave them incredible hope. They shared their story with us. And be sure to listen to all 6 episodes of To See Each Other wherever you're listening to this!You can learn more at ToSeeEachOther.org People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.

4 - Refusing to be Washed Away - New Jersey

To See Each Other

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  • 3 months ago
  • 32:00

Climate change is a relentless disaster. It is wreaking havoc on entire regions, countries, and continents, which will need to be rebuilt and reorganized. While we do all we can to prevent that decimation from happening, we also have to learn from the rebuilding and recovery that we do do. In New Jersey, we get the chance to learn from Hurricane Sandy survivors who refuse to give up and let their community be washed away, against all odds.During this episode of To See Each Other, George talks to members of the New Jersey Organizing Project, who have been building solidarity among Jersey Shore residents since Hurricane Sandy. Co-founder Amanda Devecka-Rinear is joined by Sandy survivors Jody Stewart, a native of Little Egg and NJOP organizer; Alison Arne, an NJOP organizer; and Chuck Griffin, a victim of contractor fraud who has found solidarity through NJOP. Coming from across the political spectrum, NJOP’s membership doesn’t always agree on climate change. But from the wreckage, they have found collective purpose and are remaking their community together.  You can learn more at ToSeeEachOther.org People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice.

3 - Raising Hell for Clean Water - Iowa

To See Each Other

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  • 3 months ago
  • 30:42

The fight for clean water is a form of inequality. The people who are poisoning the well and those who have to drink from it. The people who have access to water and those who don't. The people who can afford to be healthy and those who can't. George takes us to Iowa, to the frontlines of an intergenerational, intersectional fight for the right to clean water and a return to a stewardship of the earth, while local farmers push against corporate greed and environmental contamination.In Iowa, as factory farms have been poisoning the drinking water, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has been re-imagining what rural Iowa’s community looks like. In this episode, George talks with Hugh Espey, Director of Iowa CCI; Larry Ginter, a retired, third-generation farmer based in Rhodes; Emma Schmit, an organizer with Food and Water Watch; and Lakeisha Perkins, a lifelong Des Moines resident and Iowa CCI community organizer. They’ve discovered that it’s not greed or individualism that bind Iowans together. It’s a concern for everyone’s safety, a commitment to responsible stewardship of the land, and leaning on each other.In honor of the great Joe Fagan.  You can learn more at ToSeeEachOther.org People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. 

1 - Complicating the Narrative - Introduction

To See Each Other

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  • 3 months ago
  • 07:59

This is To See Each Other. Throughout this season, we’ll meet everyday people who are reshaping small-town America. In this first episode, our host, George Goehl, Director of People’s Action, shares more about growing up in Medora, Indiana, and the economic devastation that’s left his hometown and so many others feeling left behind. By resisting the urge to write these communities off as Trump country, organizers are building people power, listening to their neighbors, and building community. Because when we see each other, we change the world together. You can learn more at ToSeeEachOther.org People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. 

Coming Soon: To See Each Other

To See Each Other

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  • 3 months ago
  • 01:11

To See Each Other is a documentary series that complicates the narrative about rural Americans in our most misunderstood, and often abandoned, communities. Host George Goehl - a leading grassroots organizer - travels to Michigan, Iowa, New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana to reveal how small town folks are working together in fights for everything from clean water and racial justice to immigrant rights and climate change. The show believes that when we see each other, we’ll understand that we can never give up on each other.