Many of us wonder what we can do for the communities we live in. Sometimes we feel alienated, even from our neighbors, and just want to connect. Other times, we come together for the sake of safety. We join a neighborhood watch, or pay a visit to city hall. In this next story, we meet three residents of West Oakland who are finding new ways to clean up their communities -- literally. Reporter Charlie Mintz has the story from “Chew on This,” a new project coming to KALW this fall.
On the next Your Call, we’re speaking with the winners of the Ella Baker Center’s “2012 Ellas.” This award honors leaders who are working to build strong communities and inspire others to promote peace, justice and opportunity. The awardees have tackled issues like racial justice, at-risk youth, and immigrant rights. Who have you seen fighting for social justice in your community? And how do you think they deserve to be recognized? Join us at 10pm PST or leave a comment here. It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.