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Crosscurrents is our award-winning radio news magazine, broadcasting Mondays through Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 91.7 FM. We make joyful, informative stories that engage people across the economic, social, and cultural divides in our community. Listen to full episodes at kalw.org/crosscurrents

San Francisco’s Celebrated Poets Honor Janice Mirikitani’s Civic Leadership And Poetry

On July 29, one of San Francisco’s social justice giants passed away. Janice Mirikitani was a civic leader, a poet, and with her husband Cecil Williams, a cornerstone of GLIDE, the world renowned faith and social services center. Over the weekend several of the city's leading poets and activists paid her tribute. In this story, we hear from them.

Ellen (she/her) has a background in oral history, communication studies, and music. For the past two years, she has worked as a homelessness case manager in South Minneapolis. As a social worker, she got to hear compelling stories from her clients every day and is driven to amplify personal narrative as a source of empowerment and change. In her free time she bikes, plays double bass, and does queer stuff.