Shows: November 23, 2015

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Upohar Ethnic Cuisine

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Upohar: Refugee Hospitality and Homecooking

Despite the fear-mongering in Washington, refugees do manage to persevere and thrive in their adopted homelands. In Lancaster Pennsylvania, the restaurant Upohar emerged from the novel idea of one woman entrepreneur. She realized that Lancaster’s large population of resettled refugees were a huge resource for the community, and wanted to do something to encourage cross-cultural exchange and to help these refugee families build a stable livelihood. And what better way to bring people together than around the dinner table. The restaurant has employed several refugee women, including the current head chef, and has grown to include a small catering service as well as a full service restaurant. We talked to founder Srirupa Dasgupta about how she uses food to foster conversation and common ground.


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Gratitude to Grace Lee Boggs

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We remember pioneering civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs, who died a few weeks ago after about seven decades of tireless activism. We spoke with her last year, in one of her last interviews, about her life as a radical, her vision for a just society, and how she was helping to realize those ideals in her adopted hometown, Detroit.


Talking Climate Change as Anti-Capitalists

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A couple of days before the Sunday September 21st People's Climate March of 2014, local anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist activists joined representatives of indigenous communities and frontline communities most impacted by the climate crisis at a gathering, titled “Frontlines of Struggle: Climate Crisis, Plunder, State Violence and Human Rights.” Looking ahead to Paris, we revisit the questions speakers posed about how climate change and environmental degradation are not mutually exclusive to the negative impacts of capitalism and imperialism on developing countries.

The event was held at the Audre Lorde Project on September 19th, 2014.

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