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Access Denied: The Polluted Malden River

Produced by Shana Horak, Kyron Rogers, Larry Mahl and Valerie Wencis

This story uncovers a dirty little secret in Everett, MA – a polluted river that runs right through the town (behind the popular Everett Gateway shopping mall) – which many citizens have never seen. The main character is a charismatic local high school dropout – turned police officer and activist, Patrick Johnston, who has devoted his life to cleaning up the Malden (part of the Mystic River). The piece shows how Johnston works with grassroots activists, community members, Tufts students, and then Tisch staff member Lisa Brukilacchio (of the Mystic River Watershed Association) to clean up the river and make it a community resource. The River runs through Everett, Malden, Somerville, Medford).

For more information:
Massachusetts Community Water Watch
The Mystic River Watershed Association
American Rivers
Friends of Everett Waterfront

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Silent Screams: Modern Day Slavery in Sudan

Produced by Courtney DeMesme-Anders, Melanie Lynn Kahn, Pallavi Paul and Nina Yadava

This is the heart-wrenching story of Francis Bok, a former SLAVE from SUDAN who now lives in Lynn MA, and works with Tufts Alumnus, Tommy Calvert, to expose slavery in Sudan. Bok, a Dinka tribe member, was enslaved from age 7 to 17 and recently escaped and wrote a book about his life. Tufts Alum, Tommy Calvert is outreach director of the American Anti-Slavery Group and works with Christian Solidarity International (a Swiss based NGO) to go on secret missions to pay money to help free slaves. These missions are dangerous and controversial – as UNICEF and many organizations believe that paying for slaves’ freedom will perpetuate the slave trade. Katherine Hamill, a human rights professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, helps explain this complicated ethical dilemma and human rights crisis.

For more information:
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Free the Slaves
International Justice Mission
U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

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Silencing Survivors: Budget Cuts to Rape Crisis Centers

Produced by Emily Gullans, Genna Sankin, Benjamin Harburg and Florice Engler

Through the powerful personal story of a rape survivor and many experts, this piece examines the impact of state budget cuts of 75% ($800,000) to MA area rape crisis centers. These centers provide essential counseling, legal advice, and support to rape victims. Recently, 13 of 18 centers were closed. The story includes interviews with experts from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), the Jane Doe organization, Harvard Professor Diane Rosenfeld, and attorney/activist/TV commentator, Wendy Murphy. The Rape Crisis Centers are located across the state of MA and these budget cuts affect thousands of rape victims.

For more information:
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Jane Doe, Inc.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

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False Promises: Education Budget Cuts

Produced by Tyler Duckworth, Jeanette Luna and Reggie Stovall

This year, more than $81 million dollars was cut from the MA education budget – making many potential teachers rethink their career paths. This story examines a Tufts program called SEEP, Science Elementary School Education Partnership, in which Tufts undergraduates volunteer in elementary school classrooms in Somerville and Medford to help teach science to children who are most affected by these budget cuts. SEEP is run by Tufts professor Ronnie Yashon, and it gives Tufts students a chance to experience what it’s like to work in public schools.

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