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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Data Politics


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.

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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.

read more

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.

read more

Data Politics


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.

read more

Homestead


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.

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Episode 18: Abortion Nexus – After The Ban


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.

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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.

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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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