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The Keeping Things Alive Podcast is here to explore and celebrate the connection between humans, the Earth, and all living things; amplify powerful, creative, and healing voices in Western New York & beyond; and empower people to live outside the box and take action for good in their communities. Hosted and produced by @lauramevans. Season 1-3 music by @madisonjrich. Season 4 music by @lonniebarlow. Season 5 music by @justconundrum.
 
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Season 5 has come to a close! This episode starts with Laura going through the season episode-by-episode and reflecting on what happened (recorded on Jan. 6, 2021). After that, at the 27:10 mark, Laura shares a Zoom conversation with John Washington (recorded on Dec. 30, 2020) where they reflect on 2020 U.S. Election results, Biden's Cabinet picks …
 
Jillian Hanesworth is a social justice spoken word artist from Buffalo NY who writes with the intent of promoting change. She is also the Director of Leadership Development at Open Buffalo, where she focuses on programming designed to equip people in the community with the necessary tools to help create sustainable community change. In this episode…
 
Kristin Grohman is an herbal educator, community herbalist, and owner of Reciprocal Roots, where she is currently providing one-on-one herbal mentorship to her students online. She is also the Founder and Co-Director of the WNY Chapter of Herbalists without Borders, and organizes the annual WNY Herbal Conference. In this episode, Laura and Kristin …
 
Tiffany M. Nyachae is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State University. She is a member of the Galactic Tribe's Wakanda Alliance Program, which is featured in Episode 70. In this episode, Laura and Tiffany talk about her work to address classroom inequity with a focus on Black girls, Black…
 
Tito Ruiz is an artist and the owner/founder of TRu iNk Media®. Tito’s art focuses on the use of visual imagery in advocacy. He works to create alternative narratives to the portrayals of protesters by mainstream media. In this episode, Tito and Laura talk about his photography exhibit "Hope Rebellion & Justice", the story of Wardel Meech Davis, ho…
 
Christian Parra is the City of Buffalo Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York and a member of Free the People WNY, a coalition of activists, organizers, and attorneys that envisions a world free from the violence and death of mass incarceration. In this episode, Laura and Christian talk about Free the People WNY's demands to hold police…
 
Myles Carter is a father and activist who was maliciously tackled by Buffalo police on camera as he was being interviewed during a peaceful protest in Buffalo, NY. He is currently advocating and working for the release of Deyanna Davis from the Erie County Holding Center. Please listen to this episode to hear Myles tell Deyanna's story and the stor…
 
In this episode, Laura speaks with Adam Bojak about tenant rights, the Black Lives Matter protests, defunding the police, & more. Adam Bojak is a tenants’ rights attorney who has spent years working with Buffalo residents in order to help them fight back against their bad landlords and ensure they know their rights; he has also helped homeowners fa…
 
In this episode, Laura discusses the protests happening in Buffalo NY and around the country, demanding justice for George Floyd and the many other black and brown human beings who have died at the hands of the police. She talks about how the protests are connected to covid-19, systemic oppression, and the slow violence that is environmental racism…
 
Ilyas, Aniyang, and Sophia are three members of the WNY Youth Climate Council, which formed in early 2019 with the mission "to elevate youth voices and bring concrete climate action to the various communities of Western New York." In this episode, Laura talks to Ilyas, Aniyang, and Sophia about why climate action, community organizing, and intergen…
 
John Washington, Co-Director of Organizing at PUSH Buffalo, is a community advocate and activist for social, economic, and racial justice in Buffalo, New York and beyond. In Episode 48, John reviewed a 2018 election ballot, and now he is back to talk about his path, interests, and work. In this episode, Laura and John talk about Marvel comics and A…
 
New York now has the most progressive climate justice legislation in the United States! The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) is the result of years of community organizing across the state by NYRenews, a coalition of organizations committed to climate justice. In this episode, Laura reads the opening statements of both the CL…
 
It's time for New York to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act! Hear from NYRenews Climate Justice Organizer Geo Hernández (who has a home base at PUSH Buffalo and in Buffalo, NY) as we enter into the final days of the 2019 New York legislative session (it ends on June 19th). Laura and Geo talk about environmental racism, climate justice, …
 
Andrew Marcum, PhD, teaches Disability Studies for the City University of New York and works at the Center for Self Advocacy in Buffalo. In this episode, Laura and Andrew talk about the history of disability rights in the U.S., the importance of public transit, accessibility, & more.By Laura M. Evans
 
Dennice Barr is the President of the Fruit Belt Advisory Council, a board member of the Coalition for Economic Justice, and a member of Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU). In this episode, Laura and Ms. Barr talk about the state of Buffalo's public transit system, people power, & more.By Laura M. Evans
 
Lindsay Cross is the Public Lands Advocate for the Florida Conservation Voters. She has worked for nearly two decades in Florida as an environmental scientist and conservation advocate. In this episode, Lindsay and Laura talk about environmental education, the importance of connecting wildlife habitat, red tide, & more.…
 
Manuela Baron is The Girl Gone Green, a blogger and YouTube creator who lives her values by living a zero waste, minimal, plant based life with intention. She shares her experiences and knowledge online, which has inspired a community of people around the world to live more sustainably. In this episode, Laura and Manuela talk about Red Tide, minima…
 
Rob Webster is the Co-Founder / CEO / Director of Operations of Planet Love Life, whose mission is to "continue to provide education of marine debris, promote sustainable living, and to help preserve our planet's natural environments through the love and respect for life." In this episode, Laura and Rob talk about the causes & effects of plastic po…
 
Rodney Rainey is the PUSH Buffalo Workforce Coordinator and a lifelong West Side of Buffalo resident. He also creates underground rap and hip-hop music and is writing a memoir of his life experiences. In this conversation, Laura and Rodney talk about work experiences, music, looking forward to 2019, and much more. Intro and outro beats by Lonnie Ba…
 
Emily Terrana is a proud Buffalonian, mother of two, and long-time community organizer and educator. She currently works as PUSH Buffalo’s Movement Education Specialist where she creates, coordinates, and runs PUSH’s political training and political education work to build power with residents of the West Side of Buffalo. In this episode, Laura and…
 
In this special episode, Laura and John Washington, PUSH Buffalo's Director of Organizing, provide voter information by reviewing Buffalo, New York's 2018 Election Ballot. Learn about political parties, what each government position does, what an incumbent is, tips for getting to the polls, & more.By Laura M. Evans
 
Whitney Walker is the Executive Director of Voice Buffalo and the Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH), both faith-based social justice organizations in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls region. Kartika Carr is the Lead Community Organizer for NOAH in Niagara Falls, NY. In this episode, Laura, Whitney, and Kartika talk about organizing based on love…
 
Eliza Schneider is holistic coach for women through her company Resolve to Evolve. She is also passionate about ecstatic dance, women's health, and creating sacred space for others. In this conversation, Laura and Eliza talk about her previous experience co-founding Merge Restaurant, entrepreneurship, the power of plants, and much more.…
 
Elizabeth Walsh is a professor at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research and teaching focus on the theory, history and practice of environmental justice, sustainable development, and regenerative design. In this episode, Elizabeth and Laura discuss their parallel and connected paths in Austin and Buffalo…
 
Welcome to Season 3 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast! In this episode, Laura reflects on the break between seasons and explains intentions for Season 3. This episode also contains a clip of Laura speaking with Jim Anderson on his radio show about the book emergent strategy by adrienne maree brown, which connects nature to social justice movement…
 
This is the fourth episode in a four-part series on nuclear waste and weapons, with a particular focus on Western New York. This episode features Laura’s conversation with Joanne Hameister. Joanne is a retired research analyst and computer consultant who has devoted over half of her life to good decision-making at the West Valley Demonstration Proj…
 
This is the first episode in a four-part series on nuclear waste and weapons, with a particular focus on Western New York. This episode features Laura’s conversation with Lynda Schneekloth. Lynda is the advocacy chair of Western New York Environmental Alliance, Professor Emerita at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, form…
 
Episode 30 of of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Laura's conversation with Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux. Katrinna is a professional nurse and a deeply engaged citizen. In 2013, she founded the Young Black Democrats, now called the Young Black Citizens of Western New York. In this episode, Katrinna and Laura talk about the nursing profession, …
 
Claire Gay is the owner (gatekeeper!) of Inspiration Point, a spiritual bookstore and mystical shop in Buffalo, New York. She purchased the store from Sandy, the previous owner, and has added her own energy to the business with new items and workshops. Claire and Laura talk about the concept of "leading from the emerging future," meditation, and wh…
 
Bruno Ávila is the President of Instituto COURB, an NGO based in Brazil. He is also the Coordinator of Urban Regulations in the Brasília City Government. In this conversation, Laura talks with Bruno about how he co-founded COURB, his experiences in the City of Buffalo and Brazil, and his vision for more collaborative urban planning around the world…
 
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