One of our goals for the activist project was to increase the presence of the reproductive justice activist group End Fake Clinics on campus. Last year, EFC had more of a presence on the university due to the effort of its members to pass the bill that would prevent Crisis Pregnancy Centers from advertising on campus. Because of this, The Daily Nexus and The Bottom Line wrote articles about End Fake Clinics and thus, many students became aware of not only the presence of EFC on the university but also of the dangers of CPCs. Since then, however, not many people know about the group and its efforts, so a project that would increase EFCs visibility was highly valuable.
Furthermore, the creation of a radio show would enable us to not only engage in discussions about reproductive justice issues with each other, but would also allow for a space where we could inform the larger community about what reproductive justice means and what reproductive justice work entails.Thus, our show, The Reproductive Justice Power Hour, was created in order to inform the campus community about the dangers of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, as well as EFC’s efforts to combat the pull of these centers. Additionally, the show was used as a space to discuss other issues relating to reproductive justice and also as a way to invite the students to participate in EFC events and to become involved in campus activism.
In order to create the radio show, the first step was to attend a KCSB orientation for those interested in having a show, which took place on April 9th. Then, we wrote a program proposal in which we stated what type of show we wanted to have and why this would be considered alternative programming; this proposal was due by April 12th. Once our proposal was chosen to be turned into a show, we attended a training session so we could learn how to operate the equipment and record shows. Before beginning our show, however, we had to address certain questions: which reproductive justice issues do we want to address? How would we frame these discussions? Who can we invite as guests on our show? Additionally, the show would require that we create outlines for the discussions which include a theme, key points, and other discussion points which would make our topics easier to discuss while on the air.
After putting together a list of topics (see “List of Topics” tab), we contacted possible guests and prepared for the show by writing outlines and obtaining background information. We also recorded each show so that we could later create podcasts (see “Podcasts” tab).
Overall, creating a radio show was an educational and rewarding experience, not only in that we learned more about reproductive justice and activism, but working in this activist project helped us develop various skills. We developed better communication skills, time management skills, and more importantly, we learned that activism in an ongoing process that requires personal transformation.