Mass Protest-Lebanon


My latest episode launched this morning, with the incredible voice of Luna Safwan from Lebanon from Beirut, Lebanon. She’s in the midst of and reporting from the unprecedented mass protests there, where people are in the streets by the millions to demand a new government.
The spark was an arbitrary and outrageous tax on free What’s App calls, but protesters are now demanding the resignation of their entire cabinet. More than a quarter of the population is participating in strategic road blockages from one end of the country to the other.
Please check it out and share with friends. I’m also keeping the conversations going with my listeners on FlickChat, a social media app for podcasters. Look for us there as ResistanceMom!

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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.

 

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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.

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Mass Protest-Lebanon


My latest episode launched this morning, with the incredible voice of Luna Safwan from Lebanon from Beirut, Lebanon. She’s in the midst of and reporting from the unprecedented mass protests there, where people are in the streets by the millions to demand a new government.
The spark was an arbitrary and outrageous tax on free What’s App calls, but protesters are now demanding the resignation of their entire cabinet. More than a quarter of the population is participating in strategic road blockages from one end of the country to the other.
Please check it out and share with friends. I’m also keeping the conversations going with my listeners on FlickChat, a social media app for podcasters. Look for us there as ResistanceMom!

read more

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.

 

read more

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.

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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.

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Resilience Is Survival


In addition to being clarifying and affirming, resistance work also hurts sometimes. Facing where the United States is politically right now puts you in touch with the violence being done to people of color, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities and women. We haven’t even begun to turn the tide yet, meaning we deal with fighting from behind every day.

Resilience is survival for those of us who can’t shrug off corruption, the abuses of vulnerable populations or our responsibility to keep defending democracy.Yvette Thijm is the Executive Director of Witness.org and a pioneer of strategies for addressing the depression and PTSD that affects human rights defenders around the world. This week’s episode looks at the stories we tell ourselves that can either set us up to collapse when the stresses peak, or give us a steady grounding to keep persisting.

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Andrea Hildebran Smith is a writer and activist who has worked in progressive advocacy and community radio for more than 30 years. She has worked on ballot measure and candidate campaigns, been a lobbyist and fundraiser fighting anti-gay ballot measures in red states and rural communities. She was the executive director of Kentucky Fairness Alliance, the public education director at GLAD in Boston, and founded an award-winning community garden in St Petersburg, FL, where she lives with her wife and son.

Listen to ResistanceMom

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The ResistanceMom podcast is the story of Americans defending and rebuilding democracy today, for our own sakes and for our kids’. It is a story that ultimately will eclipse the perfect storm of Russians, billionaires and racists that lifted a mobster and traitor into the White House in 2016.

Making an Impact

Making an Impact

Millions of us have now become activists: marching, knocking on doors, running for office, and teaching our kids to never look away from the atrocities of racism and white supremacy. Each of us are finding our own path to stand in defense of our communities, our democratic system, and the values to which we aspire.

A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Host Andrea Hildebran Smith talks with leaders from every aspect of the resistance about how to make an impact that will last, the fight to end gun violence, movements for sustainable economies, defending America’s immigrants, and confronting white supremacy. The show does a deep dive into new frameworks for protecting speech and civil rights online. We also have a particular focus on our responsibilities to the next generation: engaging youth activists, and figuring out how to at once protect and prepare kids for the challenges built into the world they will inherit.

Andrea Hildebran Smith

Andrea Hildebran Smith

Andrea Hildebran Smith is a writer and activist who has worked in progressive advocacy and community radio for more than 30 years. She has worked on ballot measure and candidate campaigns, been a lobbyist and fundraiser fighting anti-gay ballot measures in red states and rural communities. She was the executive director of Kentucky Fairness Alliance, the public education director at GLAD in Boston, and founded an award-winning community garden in St Petersburg, FL, where she lives with her wife and son.

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