The first segment covers efforts toward reparation and healing from the history of slavery, featuring the participants in a new documentary directed by Yoruba Richen, The Cost of Inheritance. Lotte Lieb Dula is a retired financial strategist. After discovering that she was a descendant of slaveholders, she co-founded www.reparations4slavery.com, a portal for white families walking the path of direct repair. Lotte is also a founding donor of Reparations Circle Denver, a giving circle of The Denver Foundation. Briayna Cuffie is a strategist, advocate, and future author based in Annapolis, Maryland. She leverages her political expertise, teachings from her elders, and history to help others understand the complexity of Blackness in the United States. Briayna is the co-founder and racial equity advisor for www.reparations4slavery.com.
Norma Johnson is a healer, inspirationalist, poetic storyteller and racial justice catalyst who brings a creative background to highlight stories of our shared humanity, history, and heart. She facilitates local and national discussions on social justice issues of race, inclusivity and belonging. Her deeply moving poems are featured in racial justice courses and DEI trainings taught by educators across the country. The Cost of Inheritance explores the complex issue of reparations in the United States and takes a personal approach to understanding our history, systemic injustices, and inequities. Through compelling personal narratives, community inquiries, and scholarly insights, it aims to inspire an understanding of the scope and rationale of the reparations debate.
The second half of Hemispheres features Karen Spring, a human rights defender and researcher who has lived and worked in Honduras for over a decade. She is the Honduras-based Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN), a decentralized network of approximately 30 organizations from across Canada and the United States that are committed to demonstrating and advocating for solidarity with the Honduran social movements. It is affiliated with Rights Action which focuses on the role of the US and Canada and their policies with Central America. She is the host of the Honduras Now podcast and has written many articles on the region. She focuses on the upcoming federal drug trial in New York of the former Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, and the campaign to highlight the connections between the accused drug lord and former president and the US and Canadian governments.
The program aired on February 6, 2024. Elena Klaver is the host of this episode.