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59 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
The Radicalized Heidi Cuda
Emmy Award-winning journalist and podcast producer Heidi Cuda discusses her transition to resistance work in 2016, and. now her new podcast, Radicalized, covering today's disinformation ecosystems. Our conversation reaches back to the early impacts of Trump's rise to power and what lessons we carry forward from those days.
6 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Resistance and the Corona Virus
The new corona virus sweeping through our communities is deadly and disruptive, but its infinitely more toxic in an environment of corruption. It will take organizing and action to get the testing, care and prevention measures our communities need. The millions of us who have built up our protest muscles since 2016 will likely need to mobilize to demand public health measures that are basic standards of care worldwide.
93 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
Viral Politics - US and Hong Kong
Andrea Hildebran Smith interviews Sharon Fast from the University of Hong Kong about adjusting to social isolation policies and the cancellation of in-person schools, universities and workplaces for another 3-4 months due to the corona virus 19. How will people in the United States act to contain the COVID 19 outbreak as the epidemic surges through the American population over the coming weeks? Our discussion circles back to how corruption in health policy inform people's reactions to health emergencies.
25 minutes | Oct 27, 2019
Lebanon is just one of the places around the world where people are protesting on a massive scale for an end to corruption and restoration of democracy. Our guest, Luna Safwan, is a journalist covering the 9+ day demonstrations in Lebanon. Chat about the planning for mass demos in the US at ResistanceMom's Flickchat.
41 minutes | Oct 12, 2019
Out Out Out
The crisis of the Trump presidency escalates with the open embrace of foreign interference in our elections and the betrayal of US Kurdish allies in Syria. It's time to look to leaders from movements that have successfully used mass protest to force corrupt leaders to leave office. Our guest today, Saadi Rosado, is a member of the Collectiva Feminista en Construcciòn, and helped organize the six weeks of sustained protests in Puerto Rico this summer that convinced their Governor, Ricardo Rosselló to resign.
20 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
LIkes and Shares
Clicking and commenting on campaigns online takes up more of our time than any other type of political work we do. In this episode I'm looking at how social media has developed over the past 12 years as a tool for social justice work. We're adapting to an online environment that's now been weaponized by the right, but the most important thing we can do is increase our commitment to face to face political work.
29 minutes | Jul 29, 2019
Don't Freak Out
Experts say instead of trying to keep your kids away from the dangers of the internet we should help them be prepared for it. Dr Victoria Baines, former UK police officer and exec at Facebook guarding kids in online spaces, says don't freak out when your kids encounter disturbing material online. Let them talk to you about it.
30 minutes | Jul 6, 2019
Resilience Is Survival
Not looking away in this moment means letting some of the traumas around us take their place in your psyche. It's part of standing with people who are targets of oppression. Human rights workers around the world have dealt with the toll on staff members for decades. Yvette Thijm, Executive Director of Witness.org talks with me from RightsCon about how changing the narrative we use to define our work can make all the difference in the resilience of activists working in hostile and traumatizing environments.
44 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
The disruption of our political system since 2016 was partly due to the emergence of big data technologies, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The extraordinary amount of information big companies and many governments have about our lives from our phones, our online searches and the integration of massive data sets, is a "tool of social control", and even an "existential threat," according to Zeynep Tufekci, author of Twitter and Teargas, The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Episode 20: Data Politics, brings you Zeynep Tufekci's talk from RightsCon on the types of regulation that will help people benefit from these new technologies without giving up the privacy and autonomy they currently threaten around the world. In the context of the European Union's new data privacy law, Zeynep Tufekci argues for approaching data as a public good, rather than a private asset.
44 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
The US government continues to separate children who cross the border from their families and warehouse them at secretive child detention centers run by private, for-profit companies. Miami area resisters are holding a daily witness at the biggest such facility in the United States, in Homestead, Florida. Andrea Hildebran Smith interviews Kathy Hersh of the Miami Quaker Meeting, and Charlie, one of the people witnessing at the camp on a daily basis.
31 minutes | Jun 1, 2019
The Abortion Nexus - After The Bans
With the court stacked with right-wing justices ready to overturn Roe v Wade, advocates and abortion providers look to technological and medical advances as the path forward for women needing abortions. Amy Weintraub of Progress Florida talks with us about the safe abortion medication that women can self-manage if abortion care providers are made illegal. We discuss which groups are picking up the work connecting people with new avenues for care and which are preparing for the deluge of criminal charges against women for their abortions and miscarriages.
20 minutes | May 22, 2019
Abortion Nexus: Citizenship
If the abortion bans in 8 states have you freaking out, tune in to our four-part series, The Abortion Nexus. In the first episode: Citizenship, Andrea Hildebran Smith interviews Ashleigh McGuire of Planned Parenthood about how their activists defeated this ban in Florida this year. As the pressure builds already toward 2020, the work starts now to hold the line against abortion bans here and across the country.
34 minutes | May 15, 2019
How to Hack an Election
What would you do if you knew that America's voting machines either had a, easy ways to get hacked, b, were built by hard-right Republican donors, c, provide zero mechanism for auditing an election result that's in question, or d, were so faulty that they're a major cause of long lines and lost votes on election day? At a time when our deeply divided nation choses its government by razor-thin margins, advocates are raising the alarm about the equipment we use for voting. Election security researcher and advocate Jennifer Cohn speaks with ResistanceMom about why experts are increasingly advocating hand-marked, hand-counted paper ballots.
24 minutes | May 12, 2019
Resistance Mom's Day
For Mother's Day 2019, meet ResistanceMom Elyse Haley. She shares the values of St Pete, Florida's most progressive church with their youngest members. Elyse's work as a mom, a teacher, and organizer make her our first profile for Mom of the Month.
25 minutes | May 11, 2019
With the release of the redacted Mueller report, Trump's control over the messaging regarding Russian collusion begins to come apart. The obvious falsehoods in Attorney General Barr's summary letter to Congress begin to shred his credibility as the conversations about impeachment start in earnest. How and when the Democrats move on impeachment is the subject of my interview with Erin Conroy, a national leader of the StandOnEveryCorner movement.
19 minutes | Apr 12, 2019
As the reality of climate destruction hits home with the California wildfires and flooded Midwest, young people in the United States are joining their European counterparts in holding strikes from school to demand immediate investment in Green New Deal legislation. Andrea Hildebran Smith interviews Anna Grace Hottinger of MNCantWait, US Climate Strikes, and I Matter about the movement that is building a generation of organizers. Become a supporter of ResistanceMom.com and listen to the extended interview with Anna Grace Hottinger at Patreon.com/ResistanceMom.
29 minutes | Mar 29, 2019
The Moms Movement
Moms Demand, formed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, is breaking the lock the NRA has on our country's legislators for more than a generation. Andrea Hildebran Smith interviews Kelly Moore of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America about the activists who are winning state and federal fights for gun safety measures. Building support networks for survivors of gun violence, Moms Demand shares their all-too-common stories with lawmakers in statehouse after statehouse. NOTE: This episode continues with PREMIUM CONTENT for ResistanceMom Patrons at Patreon.com/ResistanceMom.
22 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
Parenting and Internet Policy
The hazards for kids online used to be evenly matched with standard parental worries about their interest in sex and their vulnerability to strangers. But the pervasiveness of violent pornography and political disinformation campaigns means the internet pose challenges for adults and children alike, beyond what any parent can counter on their own. This week on ResistanceMom, Andrea Hildebran Smith explores internet safety with author Nathan Fisk, whose book, Framing Internet Safety, critiques early attempts at regulating online speech.
16 minutes | Mar 8, 2019
How do we help our kids make sense of the attacks on our democracy? Can the work of resisting racism and defending democracy be something we can do side by side with our kids? Andrea Hildebran Smith talks with author and family therapist Rebecca Thompson Hitt about making sure we show our kids how to move through trauma to action.
25 minutes | Feb 16, 2019
Trump Toxins and the American Family
Author and pastor John Pavlovitz speaks with us today about the anniversary of the Parkland massacre, and how storytelling and story-sharing holds the door open to healing the relationships broken by Trumpism and Fox News.
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