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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action. Subscribe today!
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Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines, joins Hiba and Chevon for a timely conversation on “the moment” our nation is facing, and the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on communities of color. Race Forward responded swiftly to the crisis, and they discuss the work being undertaken within the racial justice movement to safeguard our democracy in another tumultuous election year.  We also include audio from last week’s Building a Movement: A Virtual Town Hall with Minneapolis Organizers, a powerful online event where we heard directly from long-time activists building a movement to end police violence and systemic racism in our communities. In recognition of Juneteeth, Chevon and Hiba discuss their personal efforts to learn and engage with the spirit of the holiday, and talk about the recent landmark Supreme Court Title VII ruling, which prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ people. –– Resources (by order of mention)  The Time For Reparations Is Now [Op-Ed] by Yirssi Bergman, Shweta Moorthy, and Juell Stewart (via Colorlines)www.colorlines.com/articles/time-reparations-now-op-ed SCOTUS Says: The 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ+ People, Too (via Colorlines) www.colorlines.com/articles/scotus-says-1964-civil-rights-act-protects-lgbtq-people-too Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Ending “Qualified Immunity”www.twitter.com/RepPressley/status/1272575869400371200?s=20 Laverne Cox on the SCOTUS Title VII Ruling Prohibiting LGBTQ Employment Discriminationwww.twitter.com/AlexPattyy/status/1272567736707801091?s=20 Building a Movement: A Virtual Town Hall with Minneapolis Organizers (hosted by Race Forward)www.facebook.com/RaceForward/videos/209147303485329 Angela Davis Talks 'Orange is the New Black,' Prison Abolition (via Colorlines)www.colorlines.com/articles/angela-davis-talks-orange-new-black-prison-abolition Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlineswww.raceforward.org/about/staff/glenn-harris “What is systemic racism? Here's what it means and how you can help dismantle it” (via USA Today)https://bit.ly/3eoxUcJ Glenn Harris and James Haslam: A New Social Contract (via Partners For Dignity And Rights)https://bit.ly/2Ymb0xd Democracy May Not Exist, But We'll Miss It When It's Gone, Astra Taylor (via Goodreads) https://bit.ly/2V0VXXy Race Forward’s Statement On Disproportionate COVID-19 Cases And Deaths In Black and Latinx Communities: It’s Time To Lead With Racial Equityhttps://bit.ly/2NfI6Z1 We Vote We Count Reportwevotewecount.org/report-we-vote-we-count “Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? 21 Things We Can Do Right Now” by Eric Ward (via Southern Poverty Law Center)https://bit.ly/37Pq8q3 Movement For Black Lives: Policy Platforms m4bl.org/policy-platforms  About Race Forward:  Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/raceforward Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainings (more trainings added!)www.raceforward.org/trainings Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)https://facingrace.raceforward.org/ Subscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe  Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
After a two month hiatus, Chevon and Hiba are back! In this hour long conversation, our hosts address the events of the past few months, from the coronavirus pandemic to the recent Black lives lost to police violence that have sparked a movement— and the resulting rebellion happening across the nation.  In this truth-to-power episode, honest discussions are had on allyship, the insidious ways white supremacy shows up in our everyday lives, and ways to continue pushing back against systemic racism.  Below you’ll find links to everything covered in the episode, including articles, podcasts, mental health resources, and more. In our next episode, Race Forward’s President Glenn Harris will be joining Hiba and Chevon for a discussion on the current moment and looking ahead to the future of racial justice work and building a just democracy — stay through to the end to hear a special message from Glenn. ––Resources (by order of mention)  “Momentum” in roundup lists #BlackoutTuesday Resourceshttps://bit.ly/376o4JT Educate Yourself: 13 Podcast Episodes About Black Life in America to Download Right Nowhttps://bit.ly/2Y759u9 Anti-Racism Resources for White Peoplebit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES Asian Boss Girl: Resources For Allyship https://bit.ly/3eW5F4V  Episode Resources “My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem” by Deepa Iyerhttp://bit.ly/SocialChangeEcosystemIyer Eater: Mutual Aid Groups Band Together to Feed Communities Through Crisishttps://bit.ly/2XEOSxv Mapping Police Violence www.mappingpoliceviolence.org Colorlines Reporting www.colorlines.com “The Unmattering of Black Lives” by Kimberlé Williams Crenshawhttps://newrepublic.com/article/157769/unmattering-black-lives Race Forward’s Race Reporting Guide www.raceforward.org/reporting-guide Drop the I-Wordwww.raceforward.org/practice/tools/drop-i-word Public Health Experts Weigh In on COVID-19 Risks at Protestshttps://www.colorlines.com/articles/public-health-experts-weigh-covid-19-risks-protests Unsung: The Serieshttps://bit.ly/2zaaetn  Mental Health Resources  Open Path Collectivewww.openpathcollective.org Therapy For Black Girlswww.therapyforblackgirls.com The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Themahttps://apple.co/30hcD0q Dive in Well www.diveinwell.com HealHauswww.healhaus.com Inclusive Therapistswww.inclusivetherapists.com Ethel’s Clubwww.ethelsclub.com The Nap Ministry (resources) https://linktr.ee/thenapministry  About Race Forward: Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/raceforward Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainingshttps://www.raceforward.org/trainings Facing Race 2020 (more information coming soon)https://facingrace.raceforward.org Subscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe Music Credit: HaTom - Asleep   Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 
We'll be back next week! Thank you all for the love and support for our podcast, stay safe, and from all of us at Race Forward, sending light your way.
We’re talking all about the upcoming Census 2020, and the “My Family Matters, My Family Counts" campaign!  In this episode, Maria Dautruche, Vice President for Foundation Partnerships at the National Urban League joins Hiba, Chevon, and Elana Needle, to talk about her work in fundraising, racial equity, civic engagement, and discusses her role in the reproductive justice field as co-founder of New Voices For Reproductive Justice.  Maria describes the framework of the “My Family Matters, My Family Counts” campaign, answers questions about families being accurately counted on Census Day, and talks about the impact of the census on communities of color in the next decade.   We preview “What is Energy Democracy?”, our new video available on YouTube, that uplifts the events of the 2019 Strategic Energy Democracy Convening. Thirty-six energy democracy leaders from across the nation convened to build collective power around the mission of advancing the movement to democratize energy, while placing an important emphasis on the centrality of race to energy issues. *Producer’s note: In this episode there are references to in-person organizing for Census 2020. In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency, we encourage all organizing to take place by phone or online. Please see our official statement below.  RACE FORWARD STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, OFFICIAL RESPONSE AND ITS IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES OF COLOR Resources (by order of mention)  My Family Votes, My Family Counts https://makemyfamilycount.org Census Website (take the census online) https://my2020census.gov/ What Is Energy Democracy? (Video) https://bit.ly/2IMsGt5 W.K. Kellogg Foundationhttps://www.wkkf.org/who-we-are/overview National Urban Leaguehttps://nul.org New Voices For Reproductive Justice http://www.newvoicespittsburgh.org Racial Equity Anchor Twitterhttps://twitter.com/REAnchors Maria Dautruche Twitter https://twitter.com/MariaDautruche Maria Dautruce Instagram https://twitter.com/MariaDautruche My Black Counts Instagram https://www.instagram.com/myblackcounts About Race Forward:  Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/raceforward Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainingshttps://www.raceforward.org/trainings Facing Race 2020:https://facingrace.raceforward.org Subscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 
Kenrya Rankin, author, activist, doula, and former senior editorial director of Colorlines, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about everything from ‘freedom dreaming’ to Black love and sex in books and podcasts.  Kenrya talks about her beginnings in Cleveland and her move to New York, what her book How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To White Resistance means to her one year later, and her own journey as co-host of The Turn On, a podcast about sex and literary erotica. We preview a new Mass Freedom FRED Talks conversation between Dawn Harrington, Executive Director at Free Hearts, and Jessica Rodriguez, an immigrant rights activist and Director of the Southside Workers Center. They explore why it’s important to build solidarity across movements to end mass incarceration and mass detention. In celebration of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, Hiba and Chevon discuss the late Eva Rutland’s contributions to the romance novel genre, and talk about the importance of uplifting Black romance writing and representation.  Resources (by order of mention)  Eva Rutland, Browne Popular Culture Library (Thread)https://bit.ly/39LlSY6 Entwined Destinies Digital Gallery: Elsie B. Washington, Vivian Stephens, and 40 Years of Black Voices in Romancehttps://digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/exhibits/show/entwineddestinies/introduction 30 Romance Authors of Color You Should Be Reading, Twin Cities Geek http://twincitiesgeek.com/2019/12/30-romance-authors-of-color-you-should-be-reading/ Mass Freedom FRED Talks with Dawn Harrington and Jessica Rodriguez https://www.massfreedom.org/fred_talks/ Kenrya Rankin Website http://www.kenrya.com/ The new and updated Colorlines website https://www.colorlines.com/ How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To Resistance https://bit.ly/2P2THvU The Turn On Podcast https://www.theturnonpodcast.com/ About Race Forward:  Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/raceforward Building Racial Equity (BRE) Trainingshttps://www.raceforward.org/trainings Facing Race 2020:https://facingrace.raceforward.org Subscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui 
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder in residence at Policylink, and host of the new Radical Imagination Podcast, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her longtime work as a leading voice in the movement for equity and racial justice. In this conversation, Angela talks about the “racial moment” we are currently living, and challenges us to think radically in creating narratives that will lead to concrete solutions. Drawing on a lifetime of experience as an activist, Angela provides a reframing of “hopelessness” in this moment in the U.S., and inspires us to use the moment as an opportunity for important social change. We introduce our brand new Colorlines series “Who Do We Think We Are” by Race Forward’s Senior Fellow, Rosana Cruz that is timely in the wake of the recent “American Dirt” book controversy. Hiba sits with Rosana for a conversation about the creation of the series, and their experience interviewing Latinx-identified movement leaders, artists, and cultural innovators about how they define themselves racially. Hiba and Chevon also discuss the former ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer Jillian Michaels and her recent comments on Lizzo’s body image, Lizzo’s response and self-affirmations, and place Michaels’ comments in the context of systemic racism, anti-blackness, and fatphobia. Leave a 5-star review, and subscribe for more episodes of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast! Resources (by order of mention) “Who Do We Think We Are” Colorlines Serieshttp://bit.ly/WhoThinkWeAreCLSeries PolicyLinkwww.policylink.org Radical Imagination Podcastwww.radicalimagination.us “My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem” by Deepa Iyerhttp://bit.ly/SocialChangeEcosystemIyer Update on Moms For Housing Campaignhttp://bit.ly/RFMomsForHousingUpdate Follow Angela Glover Blackwell on Twitterwww.twitter.com/agb4equity About Race Forward: Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforwardFollow us on Twitter:www.twitter.com/raceforwardFollow us on Instagram:www.instagram.com/raceforwardBuilding Racial Equity (BRE) Trainingshttps://www.raceforward.org/trainingsFacing Race 2020:https://facingrace.raceforward.orgSubscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe Executive Producers:Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
Kassandra Frederique, managing director of policy, advocacy and campaigns at Drug Policy Alliance, joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about her work in advancing policy and community solutions to reduce the harms associated with drug use and the carceral system. They also touch on the importance of language as an organizing tool, and provide a framework that demonstrates racial justice work and marijuana policy reform are inextricably linked.  Leave a 5-star review, and subscribe for more episodes of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast! Resources (by order of mention)  Drug Policy Alliance  www.drugpolicy.org Facebook www.facebook.com/drugpolicy Twitter  www.twitter.com/DrugPolicyOrg Instagram  www.instagram.com/drugpolicyalliance Vocal New York  www.vocal-ny.org Follow Kassandra Frederique on Twitter www.twitter.com/Kassandra_Fred About Race Forward:  Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/raceforward Subscribe to our newsletter:  www.raceforward.org/subscribe Save The Date for Facing Race 2020: http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate Executive Producers:  Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
In this episode of Momentum, Hiba and Chevon take on ‘cancel culture’ in the comedy world, discussing “Joker” director Todd Phillips recent comments about not being able to make comedy films because of “woke culture”, and Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring and firing of Shane Gillis.Race Forward’s Research Associate Yirssi, joins the conversation to talk about her work with “Shattered Families” around the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system, and gives us insight into the current state of the work and what she saw on her recent trip to Arizona and Mexico. Our featured guest is Tsion Gurmu, Legal Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), who joins the podcast for a conversation on her background as an asylum seeker from Ethiopia, BAJI’s efforts in lifting up black immigrant experiences with narrative projects such as their recent Black Lives At The Border webinar and direct work in Tapachula, Mexico. Leave a 5-star review, and subscribe for more episodes of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast! Resources (by order of mention) Shattered Familieswww.raceforward.org/research/reports/shattered-families Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Projectwww.firrp.org RAICESwww.raicestexas.org Al Otro Ladowww.alotrolado.org Colorlines Reportingwww.colorlines.com/series/shattered-families BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)www.baji.org Black Lives At The Border (report and webinar)www.baji.org/resources-webinars-black-lives-at-the-border/http://bit.ly/BAJI_Webinar Demands from the Assembly of African Migrants in Tapachulahttp://bit.ly/demands-assembly National Immigrant Integration Conference(October 20-22, 2019)www.niicnewamericandreams.org/register-2019 About Race Forward: Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose. Follow Race Forward on social media Follow us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/raceforward Follow us on Twitter:www.twitter.com/raceforward Follow us on Instagram:www.instagram.com/raceforward Subscribe to our newsletter:www.raceforward.org/subscribe Save The Date for Facing Race 2020:http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate Executive Producers:Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
In this very first episode of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast, get to know co-hosts Hiba and Chevon as they record from the new Race Forward offices in midtown Manhattan, sipping on Big Freedia wine!    Chevon and Hiba discuss how they came to understand and become committed to racial justice work. Chevon talks about learning about systemic racism from an early age, and how it showed up in different ways throughout her life. Hiba talks about her Sudanese Muslim background, her work with the National Urban League, and her work coordinating convenings at Race Forward.    Leave a 5-star review, and subscribe for more episodes of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast every other week!    About Race Forward:    Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial, democratic society, free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.    Follow Race Forward on Facebook: www.facebook.com/raceforward   Follow Race Forward on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/raceforward   Follow Race Forward on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/raceforward   Subscribe to Race Forward's newsletter:  www.raceforward.org/subscribe   Save The Date for Facing Race 2020: http://bit.ly/FR2020-SaveTheDate   Executive Producers: Hendel Leiva and Melissa Franqui
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