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Sunstorm is an audio salon hosted by two of America’s leading organizers, Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo, where they talk to their friends and heroes about how women stay powerful and joyful amidst the chaos of life in America today.

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Attorney and Giniw Collective co-founder Tara Houska is on the front lines of activism—literally. A veteran of the Standing Rock resistance, she has spent the past three years with other water protectors in a Northern Minnesota resistance camp, working to stop the massive Line 3 pipeline project. She explains why her philosophy of land defense goes beyond protecting natural resources and tribal lands: Ultimately, it’s about preserving our own humanity. Plus: Understanding different concepts of time, adapting to life off the grid, and the joy of seeing people from all walks of life coming together in solidarity.
Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin can motivate anyone, including the thousands of people who follow her workouts. She explains how she learned to grapple with self-doubt and listen to her inner voice in order to manifest her dreams, and why it’s so important to trust the process, wherever it may lead. As she tells it, her late mother Veronica was the one who taught her to use her voice and find her shine—lessons she put into practice by bringing the Black Lives Matter conversation into her Peloton classes. Plus: The value of hard conversations and the importance of using your platform (whether it’s Instagram or the dinner table).Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Journalist Errin Haines (The 19th*, MSNBC) has been busy covering the 2020 election, frontline workers’ stories, the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on caregivers, and police violence—it was her reporting that made Breonna Taylor’s murder national news. She explains why she’s unlearned the idea that we have to figure everything out on our own, how seeing the impact of care on the entire economy has brought stark disparities to light, and why Kamala Harris is not a unicorn. Errin also shares what it was like growing up in the Black church in Atlanta—where “you breathe in Martin Luther King, Jr.”—and how faith drives her work. Plus: Rage-watching Peppa Pig as a form of self-care.
There’s some light at the end of the pandemic tunnel (go get those shots if you can, fam) and 2020 elections are done. So, what now? What have we learned, and what do we still need to figure out? Ai-jen and Alicia reflect on the way we came together when everything fell apart, and how America has finally acknowledged that caregiving is essential infrastructure. As conversations and perspectives expand, we’re getting ready to make change that goes beyond the White House and reaches deep into our own communities. Plus: Why creativity always beats cynicism.Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Sunstorm is back! We’ve been through so much in the past year—it’s time to talk about what we’ve accomplished, how we’ve survived, and how we keep learning and win the future. Get ready to get inspired with Ai-jen Poo and Alicia Garza, plus guests Alice Wong, Errin Haines, Tunde Oyeneyin, Baratunde Thurston, and more. New episodes drop starting May 18!sunstormpod.com
Special Georgia Bonus Ep! What do outsiders get wrong about Georgia? How does the evangelical left influence the state? Where is Big Boi really from? Atlantan Nsé Ufot, who heads the New Georgia Project, is here to answer these questions and many more, as people around the country focus on the Senate runoff election. She also explains the importance of building political infrastructure that goes beyond a single election cycle, and why it’s not enough to get out the vote—equality means changing the entire culture of electoral politics. Plus: Using data analysis to combat today’s increasingly sophisticated voter suppression tactics.You can find Nse at @nseufot and more about the New Georgia Project at https://newgeorgiaproject.org/Text SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Special Georgia Bonus Ep! Just as she prepares to take the oath of office as U.S. Congresswoman for Georgia’s 5th district, Rep. Nikema Williams reflects on her journey from rural Alabama to Washington DC, and the responsibility that comes with holding the late Rep. John Lewis’s seat. As Nikema explains, it’s not just about continuing his civil rights legacy—it’s about moving forward, building on the past, and creating a more expansive vision of what’s possible. She also shares her personal story of Covid-19, which she survived in the early days of the pandemic, and how that experience has fueled her calls for stronger government response and economic relief. Plus: How becoming a mom inspired her first run for office, and the many challenges of Zoom kindergarten.Text SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!  Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
For our season finale, Alicia and Ai-jen take stock of this moment in the eye of the storm: We’re one week from the biggest election of our lives, and there’s a lot of work left to do. Cry if you need to, but also be proud of the work you do and look around to see hope in the people around you. Alicia has a bold prediction about voter turnout, and Ai-jen explains why some voter groups get overlooked by polls and pundits. Then, the ladies get real about avoiding burnout, the importance of finding balance, and reconnecting with your purpose. They also share their expert perspectives on how we can keep our momentum going post-election by getting involved at the local level. We leave you with a major dose of inspiration: wisdom from inspiring folks like Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Alicia’s mom. Remember—November 3rd isn’t the end. It’s just the beginning.Text SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
There’s so much change that needs to happen—and so little time in between all the other things we do. Our friend and activist hero Cecile Richards is here with an essential reminder: If you feel overwhelmed, “It’s not you. It’s the system.” She shares her own experiences under pressure (including being mansplained to by members of Congress) and how she faces work that seems impossible. She also gives an update on Supermajority, the women’s action group she co-founded with Alicia and Ai-jen, and its efforts to build community and get out the vote. Plus: The importance of setting policy agendas post-election, and how women’s organizations can become more inclusive of diverse gender identities.
Marisa Franco helps Latinx people build political power through Mijente, the national action hub she founded in 2015. Drawing on her work in many diverse communities, she’s here to demystify organizing with simple steps anyone can take. (Hint: Start by pretending you’re throwing a party.) She also explains why everyone should be concerned about tech companies’ increasingly terrifying role in public life—and why regulation is needed to hold them accountable. Plus: The latest election intel from Arizona, finding inspiration in the desert, and joining the “secret club” of parents who’ve unlocked a new level of fearlessness.You can find Marisa on Twitter: @marisa_franco and more about Mijente at mijente.netText SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved! Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Is justice really possible? How can we reckon with truth when people disagree about what’s true? We can’t think of a better person to answer these big questions than attorney, author, and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson. He shares more of his background and describes how he’s reframing the fight for civil rights as an ongoing story, not a closed chapter. Part of this work is The Legacy Museum and National Memorial in Montgomery, reflecting America’s history of slavery, lynching, and segregation. As Bryan says, we need more places that tell the truth, because that’s the only way to overcome the narratives that have defined inequality. Plus: How he’s staying energized during the pandemic, why you WILL be voting this November, and how his great-grandfather passed down a love of learning.Text SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!  Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Raquel Willis has found her lane as an advocate for Black trans people's lives. And it's not just about visibility or getting a seat at the table—it's about changing systems that do harm, regardless of who's in the White House. As Raquel explains, there's a whole menu of options beyond the electoral system, from direct action to workplace organizing, and it's time to get creative! Speaking of which, she updates us on her forthcoming book, a collection of personal essays about her experiences in activism. Plus: Breaking down misconceptions about the South, and the one thing Raquel wishes she could bring from Georgia to New York City.You can find Raquel on Twitter: @RaquelWillis_ and Insta: @raquel_willisText SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action. Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved! Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
As you’ve probably noticed, this is a time of overwhelming crisis. With so many urgent issues, where do we begin? How can one person hope to make an impact? Ai-jen and Alicia are here to get you started! They talk through the importance of finding your lane, discovering the activist and organizer inside all of us, and shaking up the system. Plus: what it means to plant seeds of change over decades.
Jenny Yang’s lane is making people laugh. A writer and comedian, Jenny explains why she left labor organizing to become a performer—and how she’s still doing the work by telling stories, organizing through shows, and turning despair into creativity. Ai-jen and Alicia also discuss the importance of changing narratives, from what we tell ourselves to what we tell each other. Plus: Jenny’s latest viral video, the power of Gen Z, and why it’s OK to get uncomfortable.Find Jenny Yang @jennyyangtvText SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!  Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Megan Rapinoe decided to expand her lane beyond the soccer field that made her famous — and a world champion. Now, inspired by activists like Colin Kaepernick and the Ferguson protesters, she’s using her platform to champion causes like equal pay for women, racial justice, and civic engagement. Megan opens up about difficult conversations with relatives whose political beliefs discount her own humanity, and explains how anyone—yes, anyone!—can participate in activism. Plus: Why it’s so important to celebrate the journey as we fight for big wins.You can find Megan on Twitter at @mPinoeText SUNSTORM to 97779 for updates on how you can take action Head to sunstormpod.com to learn, read and find out how you can get involved!  Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Ai-jen and Alicia are back! This season is all about finding your lane and discovering how YOU can make a difference, starting now… because we are the light in the storm. Stay tuned for wisdom, insights, real talk, and lots of belly laughs with guests like Megan Rapinoe, Jenny Yang, Raquel Willis, Bryan Stevenson and more. Launching September 8, 2020.Sunstorm is a project of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in collaboration with Participant. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
Over 100 million Americans are in a caregiving crisis, trying to juggle the emotional, financial, and logistical demands of caring for loved ones across generations. Alicia and Ai-jen know exactly what that’s like—they’ve both found themselves caring for elders who used to care for them, in a system that’s confusing and wildly expensive. Where did this crisis come from, and what’s the solution? How can we shine a light on the invisible caregiving millions of women do? And how can we build a sustainable “care and repair” economy that prioritizes this important work for everyone? So many questions! We don’t have all the answers, but we can tell you what you can do right now to get involved and help build momentum for serious policy change.A note: for many nannies, house cleaners and care workers the threat from Coronavirus is especially severe. We count on them every day to support our families—especially in times of crisis. That's why I'm asking you to join me in donating to NDWA's Coronavirus Care Fund today. Every dollar you contribute will provide relief to nannies, house cleaners, and care workers who need help right now—giving them the stability they need to stay home and help slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. Please, if you can, make a donation at DomesticWorkers.org/carefund today! Sunstorm is a project of the NDWA, in collaboration with Participant Media. Sunstorm is executive produced by Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo, Kristina Mevs-Apgar, and Jess Morales Rocketto. Sunstorm is produced by Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer of The Mash-Up Americans. Producers are Jocelyn Gonzales, Shelby Sandlin, Mary Phillips-Sandy, and Mia Warren. Original music composed by Jen Kwok and Jody Shelton. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
For our season finale, Alicia and Ai-jen are answering your questions: How can we stay human in the midst of a global pandemic? What’s the secret to building a sustainable grassroots movement? And what should you be doing right now (from home, of course) to push for a progressive policy response to the coronavirus crisis? Plus, the ladies share their isolation faves (fancy tequila and reality TV are involved), and reflect on the most important lessons they’ve learned in their decades of activism.Sunstorm is a project of the NDWA, in collaboration with Participant Media. Sunstorm is executive produced by Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo, Kristina Mevs-Apgar, and Jess Morales Rocketto. Sunstorm is produced by Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer of The Mash-Up Americans. Producers are Jocelyn Gonzales, Shelby Sandlin, Mary Phillips-Sandy, and Mia Warren. Original music composed by Jen Kwok and Jody Shelton. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
A new episode recorded on a phone call this week! Social distancing in full effect! Ai-jen, Alicia, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley connected from their homes to discuss hope in a time of crisis, movement building, mutual support, and comfort food. Rep. Pressley also explains how a casual photo op brought the Congressional Squad together, sparking friendship and a sense of progressive power that goes way beyond these four women. (She wouldn’t show us the Squad group chat, though.) Plus: The importance of birthday cake when it’s not your birthday, and Rep. Pressley’s top five tips for living well in “the time of the rona.”
The first dude of Sunstorm! Comedian, author, and United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell explains how feeling like an outsider shaped his worldview, and gives props to his mom, who smashed barriers of all kinds while raising him alone. Plus: Why it’s OK to laugh at things you don’t agree with, learning the value of listening, and what we really mean when we say there are “two Americas.” Sunstorm is a project of the NDWA, in collaboration with Participant Media. Sunstorm is executive produced by Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo, Kristina Mevs-Apgar, and Jess Morales Rocketto. Sunstorm is produced by Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer of The Mash-Up Americans. Producers are Jocelyn Gonzales, Shelby Sandlin, Mary Phillips-Sandy, and Mia Warren. Original music composed by Jen Kwok and Jody Shelton. Sunstorm provides a platform for a diversity of viewpoints on policies and current events that are important to the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and its members. Guests on Sunstorm do not represent or speak on behalf of NDWA.
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Matilda _anmar

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Jun 1st
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Hasti Tavakoly

عالی

Jul 4th
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daisy

this and brene brown's podcast is getting me through

Mar 24th
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daisy

loving this podcast

Mar 18th
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Derek Reynolds

a more appropriate name would be shitstorm

Mar 1st
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ID15593711

You lost me at sneaker wedge. Bye.

Feb 28th
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daisy

very excited to start listening to this 🙌

Feb 27th
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Big Black Booty Daddy

All my favorite activists have cleavage tattoos like a stripper

Feb 20th
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Kahailia Beach

how can I get involved in helping with the 2020 presidential campaign?

Feb 6th
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Kahailia Beach

Hi! I am a nanny in New York and a member of NDWA. I once was very active in organising nannies.. in recent times..I've been dealing with so much...one of which is still trying to process my mom's death...dealing with so many feelings and ultimately feeling so so lost and unsure of myself. My current employer is one of the executive producers of this podcast and she has been encouraging me to listen and I am so glad that I did! This podcast and in particular this episode....so moved me.. I was on my way to work listening and the tears came down my face....listening to you all, about finding your purpose, finding your lane...about how your entire body experiences life..about the journey to finding and connecting with one's self through the work and writing...just really fortified my entire being....and so...I am ready once again to jump back in to organising domestic workers and walking confidently into my power! I am grateful to everyone involved in creating this amazing podcast and I look forward to more episodes. Much light and love to everyone, truly the sun in the storm!

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