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It’s hard to believe, but the summer is winding down and kids are starting to go back to school. But extremism didn’t take a summer break - and as students return to classrooms, parents are having to fight again for safety, equity, reasonable class sizes, and so much more.But first, our hosts celebrate all the legitimately good news out there: Congress passing the Inflation Reduction Act and PACT Act, Kansas voters standing up for reproductive freedom, and Alex Jones finally being held accountable for his lies about the tragedy at Sandy Hook.Then we’re joined by Tamsen and Amanda, two moms in Pennsylvania who became friends last year when they realized they both wanted to fight for Covid safety in their kids’ school. Since then, they’ve attended school board meetings and advocated for LGBTQ+ kids and students of color in their school district. It’s easier to get involved when you’re fighting alongside your friends!After that, the hosts chat with Dr. Carlee Simon, a mom in Florida who was fired from her job as superintendent when she dared to stand up to Governor DeSantis on masks in schools. Dr. Carlee chats with us about what happened to her, teacher shortages, how right-wing extremists are trying to destroy public education, and more. She’s currently running a PAC called Families Deserve Inclusive Schools - you can find out more here.And finally, our hosts raise a glass to Kansas voters and to meeting listeners in this episode’s “Toast to Joy.”The midterm elections are now only 13 weeks away! If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
The midterm elections are only 14 weeks away and there has been a lot going on in election news - primaries all over the country, campaigning, organizing, media narratives that may or may not be true… it’s hard to keep track of it all.So this week we’re doing a “road to the midterms” episode of the pod. Amanda Weinstein and Rachel Vindman are joined by guest hosts Jess McIntosh and Julie Collins. Jess is a political strategist and Julie is the National Organizer for Red Wine and Blue, so they are a wealth of knowledge to help us all understand what is going on with the midterms… and what is at stake.And before our delightful guest hosts leave, everyone raises a glass to park rangers, family time, and incredible young activist Olivia Julianna in this episode’s “Toast to Joy.”If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Mom-enomics

Mom-enomics

2022-07-2746:22

Polls consistently show that “the economy” is voters’ top issue. But what do people actually mean when they say they’re worried about the economy? What IS the current state of the economy? How is it going to influence the midterms? And how does it affect suburban moms?This week, our resident economist Amanda Weinstein breaks it all down for us and makes it easy to understand. She’s joined by Jasmine Clark and guest host Beverly Batte, and together they talk through how the economy affects our everyday lives and how it’s inextricably linked to other issues like Roe v Wade, climate change, and extremism. Amanda answers some listener questions from our Facebook group SWEEP and gives some easy replies to Republican one-liners about the economy. (Spoiler: Biden does not in fact control gas prices!)Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Bev raise a glass to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and to remembering the joy of teaching and parenting in this episode’s “Toast to Joy.”The midterm elections are now only 15 weeks away! If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
If we really boil down the work we’re doing, the forces that we’re fighting against, and reduce them to one thing… it would be extremism. Whether we’re talking about January 6, mass shootings, or the fall of Roe, it all comes down to right-wing extremism. So that’s what we’re talking about today.The hosts are joined by Samantha Kutner, also known as The Proud Boys Whisperer. Samantha studies violent extremism and the gender dynamics of radicalization. She explains how extremism in the US has changed over time, the role of misogyny in these movements, and what parents can look out for to ensure their own kids aren’t being groomed online by right-wing extremists. You can find more of Samantha’s research about the Proud Boys online at the Khalifa Ihler Institute or by following her on Twitter @ashkenaz89.Then Rachel shares her interview with Kyle Spencer, the author of “Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America's Ultraconservative Youth Movement and Its Plot for Power.” Kyle and Rachel chat about the origins of the ultra-conservative movement in this country, how the far right cares more about power than winning hearts and minds, and why right-wing extremists have been so successful in recruiting young people. “Raising Them Right” will be in bookstores on October 18.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to audio books, vacations, and the importance of mental health resources during difficult times in this episode’s “Toast to Joy.”The midterm elections are now only 16 weeks away! If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
It’s the 4th of July and, like a lot of Americans, we have some complicated and nuanced views on patriotism. So today, we’re releasing a special bonus episode of the podcast where we discuss what patriotism means to us. Tune in to hear Rachel Vindman, Amanda Weinstein, and Jasmine Clark discuss their thoughts and feelings about Independence Day, America, and how patriotism means working to make the United States a more perfect union… for everyone.If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Lately, the news has been pretty bleak: losing our reproductive rights, seeing just how close we came to losing our democracy on January 6… there haven’t been a lot of reasons for hope. But this episode we’re changing that, because we're talking to four incredible young LGBTQ activists. As our panel moderator Jess McIntosh says, advocacy is a relay race - and these young people are already running with the baton. And if teenagers can put together marches or speak at school board meetings, how much more could we all be doing?But before we get to our youth panel, hosts Rachel Vindman, Jasmine Clark, and Amanda Weinstein discuss how they’re feeling about the Roe news a few days later. They chat about how the Republican Party seems to be backpedaling because they’re realizing that overturning Roe is widely unpopular. But they aren’t going to stop trying to take away our rights, from abortion to gay marriage, so we need to keep having these conversations and organizing.Finally, our hosts raise a glass to their kids, to a little alone time, and to being in the right place at the right time in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”You can visit go.redwine.blue/roepod to get more information about how to stand up for reproductive rights. There, you can find answers to frequently asked questions and learn more about how to get involved. The court has spoken and we want to know how many suburban women are willing to join us to fight extremism.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
And Now, We Fight

And Now, We Fight

2022-06-2418:46

Today, we lost rights. Tomorrow, we do whatever it takes to get them back. You can’t lose hope - that is what they want. We know that right now it seems bleak, but you CAN NOT give in to despair. We are in this together. And together, we are going to fight the extremism in this country that led to this moment.There will be a lot of opportunities for action over the next few days, but remember there is nothing more effective than talking to a friend about what is happening. It’s time for us to dig deep and tap into our networks and make sure all our friends know exactly what’s at stake. We’ll give you everything you need to get started. Sign up here. And if you need help explaining what is going on, this will help: https://go.redwine.blue/roepod. For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
This week on the pod, we’re commemorating Juneteenth. After catching up on news, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and Rachel Vindman talk about what Juneteenth is, why we celebrate it, and what conversations and events they've been a part of in their communities this week. With the right-wing outrage over Critical Race Theory and teaching accurate history in classrooms, it’s more important than ever to remember our past… the good, the bad, and the ugly.The hosts are then joined by Meredith Lawson-Rowe, a suburban mom in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. After winning her race for city council, Meredith has been organizing Juneteenth celebrations in her town. Then Jasmine interviews Jo Banner, who founded a nonprofit along with her twin sister called The Descendants Project. Their organization is dedicated to uplifting and protecting the descendants of enslaved people in Louisiana river parishes. Jo and Jasmine discuss Juneteenth, plantations, the legacy of slavery and how Black lives are still being disregarded in the present day.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to community events, living in the moment, and a really meaningful interaction with a constituent in this episode’s “Toast to Joy.”If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today, Rachel Vindman’s husband Alex joins us to discuss the January 6 hearings. Rachel and Alex, along with Jasmine Clark and Amanda Weinstein, chat about what’s been happening at the hearings and why they’re so important. Alex answers some listener questions from our Facebook group SWEEP and at the end of the episode, Alex even gives his own Toast to Joy.If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
On this episode of the pod, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and Rachel Vindman talk about how the fall of Roe v Wade could have some unexpected consequences for women seeking fertility treatments. They're joined by Autumn Lucy, a woman in Michigan who took a part-time job at Starbucks just because their insurance covers IVF treatments. Autumn discusses her fertility journey, just how expensive IVF is, and why it was so important to share her story with the world. Like the hosts, Autumn also has serious concerns about what the fall of Roe v Wade might mean for women who are pursuing fertility treatments.After that, Amanda sits down with Dr. Lucky Sekhon, an OB-GYN and fertility specialist. On Instagram and on her blog The Lucky Egg, she empowers women with evidenced-based information about their fertility. Dr. Lucky talks about why she’s passionate about helping women with their fertility and how she sees abortion and fertility care as equally important facets of helping women choose when and how to have a family. She also dishes about some of misconceptions and weird fertility advice she's heard.And finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to Alex’s birthday, new puppies, and seeing each other in person last weekend in this episode's “Toast to Joy.”If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
On this episode of the pod, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and Rachel Vindman talk about sex, baby... comprehensive sex education, that is! Sex ed overlaps with every other issue we’ve been discussing this year: book bans, abortion rights, trans kids, accusations of “grooming,” even gun violence. It's clear that right-wing politicians care more about maintaining power than they do about the lives and well-being of kids.The hosts exchange stories of what they learned in sex ed and talk about why comprehensive sex ed (especially teaching consent) is so important. In fact, Jasmine has pushed for a bill in the Georgia legislature that would require consent to be taught during sex ed. (To no one’s surprise, the GA Republicans refused to even discuss the issue.)Then we’re joined by Christine and Shannon Curley, a mother/daughter duo who host a podcast called Sex Ed Debunked. Shannon and Christine discuss the shortcomings of American sex ed programs and why it’s important to include respect, consent, body autonomy, gender identity and sexual orientation - at age appropriate levels. Shannon also chats about what it’s like to host a podcast about sex with her mom! If you want to check out Sex Ed Debunked, you can find it on all major podcast platforms.After that, Rachel sits down with Jess McIntosh. Jess is a communications consultant, the co-host of Signal Boost with Zerlina Maxwell, and has been working with Advocates for Youth to stand up for abortion access, LGBTQ rights, and honest sex ed. Jess and Rachel discuss why the radical right has been using sex ed to scare suburban moms, what it means to be non-binary, the weirdest thing about being a commenter on CNN, and so much more.Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to military veterans and the start of summer in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”Our National Troublemaker Training with Senator Mallory McMorrow is coming up on Monday, June 6. If you’d like to join Mallory and other badass suburban moms, you can register for this event at https://go.redwine.blue/GetTrained. For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today we have a raw and emotional episode to share. The day after the horrific school shooting in Texas this week, Amanda Weinstein, Rachel Vindman, and Katie Paris recorded an emergency episode to process their anger and their heartbreak.The number one cause of death for children in the United States is now gun violence. Moms don’t want to hear more “thoughts and prayers,” we don't want to read more tweets or hear more empty remarks about mental health. We want politicians to DO SOMETHING. Speaking of doing something, if you want to get involved, you can reach out to Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization of moms fighting for common sense legislation to prevent gun violence. You can visit momsdemandaction.org or text “ACT” to 644-33.
On today's episode, Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and Rachel Vindman talk about abortion. Yes, again. We’re not going to stop talking about it until we all have the right to choose in this country. We also discuss some of the primaries that happened last week - extreme right candidate and ethical nightmare Madison Cawthorn lost his election, and so did extremist school board candidates in Durham, NC. But we still have a huge fight ahead of us in November, so it’s crucial to keep having personal conversations with the folks in our families and neighborhoods. Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters. And speaking of personal stories, ever since the news about Roe v Wade leaked, the women in our Facebook community SWEEP have been sharing so many personal stories. Almost 1,000 women have shared their abortion stories, so this week we’ve decided to highlight three of those women - reading their own posts, in their own voices.After that, Jasmine sits down with Kate Kelly of Ordinary Equality and author of  “Ordinary Equality: The Fearless Women and Queer People Who Shaped the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment.” Kate and Jasmine discuss the history of abortion and how it became one of the pillars of the Republican Party, the history of the Equal Rights Ammendment, and Kate’s favorite quote from “Legally Blonde.” Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel raise a glass to taking a break, the beach, birthdays, and getting dolled up for a gala in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”Now is the time to create and uplift pro-choice content and support movements that are fighting for abortion rights, which is why we have joined the Listen To Women coalition! You can buy a t-shirt today to support the National Network of Abortion Funds.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.Please note: This episode was recorded before the news of Tuesday's mass shooting broke, but unfortunately mass shootings are common enough in this country that we talked about gun violence just last week. Shannon Watts joined us from Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of moms fighting for common sense legislation to prevent gun violence. You can join in their fight by going to MomsDemandAction.org or by texting the word "Ready" to 644-33.
We were deeply upset by the tragic mass shootings last weekend, so today, we need to talk about guns. Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and guest host Katie Paris discuss how frustrating it is to feel like politicians are doing nothing while thousands die from gun violence. The majority of Americans support common sense legislation on firearms, so we need to stay loud and let our leaders know that we demand better.Indiana mom DeAndra Dycus joins the pod to share her personal connection to this issue: after a stray bullet paralyzed her teenage son, she started an organization called Purpose for My Pain to support other families who have been affected by gun violence. DeAndra also spoke at the 2020 Democratic National Convention and published a book, Beautiful Resilience: Stories of Inspiration on Living Through a Mother's Grief.After that, Amanda interviews Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action. They discuss what moms can do to fight for better gun legislation, why it’s important for more women to run for office, and how Shannon stays positive and hopeful while working on such a devastating issue. They also find a little time to talk about Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Warren, and Shannon’s favorite yoga pose. Finally, Amanda, Jasmine and Katie raise a glass to community support, to the women of SWEEP, and to attending the Georgia Democratic State Dinner in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
On today’s episode, Rachel Vindman, Amanda Weinstein, and Jasmine Clark continue to process their feelings about last week’s Roe v Wade news. Although it can be easy to stay in a place of anger and sadness, we need to turn those feelings into action - and win at the midterms in November! The only way we can keep right-wing extremists from taking away our rights is by voting them out. And the best way to do that is to have honest conversations with the people in our own networks.Katie Paris joins the pod to tell everyone about the Great Troublemaker Turnout, Red Wine & Blue’s new relational voter turnout program. Katie praises all the incredible women in our Facebook community SWEEP who have been sharing their personal abortion stories; it can be uncomfortable or even challenging at times, but the best way to change minds is to speak honestly and from the heart. After that, Rachel sits down with Ravi Gupta and Jason Kander, the hosts of the podcast Majority 54. Their pod is all about how to talk to the people in our lives who have different political views than us– that uncle, that cousin, that parent who might have voted for Trump. How can we reach them and change their mind? They also discuss Jason’s new book, Invisible Storm, which is about running for office, PTSD, marriage, and more.Finally, Rachel, Amanda and Jasmine raise a glass to Mother’s Day - to moms of all types, to being treated to a nice dinner, and to taking a little time to recover from the news - in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”If you’re ready to join the Great Troublemaker Turnout, please sign up here! Talking to the people in your network is the most impactful way to influence voters, and Red Wine & Blue is committed to providing everything you need to tap into this super power: training, tools, community, and support. Suburban women are taking a stand - join us!For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today, we’re excited to share something special in honor of our 50th episode of the podcast! Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow joins us for a full episode to talk about her passionate speech that went viral, why she wanted to reach suburban women like herself, and how we can all fight back against right-wing extremism. Mallory answers questions about what it felt like to be accused of “grooming” for supporting LGBTQ kids, Democratic strategy, her faith, and her phone call from President Biden. She even shares a Toast to Joy!Please note, we recorded this episode before the Roe v Wade news hit - but even before that news, we knew that Mallory is an inspirational example of how we can raise our voices and make good trouble. Her message about the power of suburban women is more important than ever, so we hope you find her words as inspiring as we do.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
With the breaking news this week of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, obviously we couldn’t talk about anything else on today’s pod. Hosts Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark, and Rachel Vindman got together for an emergency recording session to process their thoughts and feelings.  If this news fills you with as much rage, sadness, fear, and frustration as it does for us, we urge you to get involved. Vote in every election. Talk to your neighbors and friends. Sign up for a Troublemaker Training, download our Parent Playbook, and start organizing in your community. Now is the time to stand up for what we believe in. You can find ways to get involved at our website: www.redwine.blue.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today we’re tackling another difficult topic: the criminal justice system. But before we get to that and other important issues, like what’s been going on in Ukraine, we have something positive to celebrate! Last weekend, hosts Jasmine Clark, Amanda Weinstein and Rachel Vindman finally all met each other in person! Amanda and Rachel attended a fundraiser for Jasmine’s re-election campaign but they also all made time for meaningful conversations and just getting a tour of Jasmine’s neck of the woods.After discussing the prison system amongst themselves, the hosts are joined by Barbara Gaskins, a mom in North Carolina who founded a non-profit dedicated to incarceration re-entry. And on top of that, she’s also running for Congress! Amanda, Jasmine and Rachel talk to Barbara about her own experience with the criminal justice system and how difficult it is to move on with a clean slate, even decades later. They also discuss the overall injustice of the system, from the paltry charges given to the January 6th insurrectionists to the constant fear Jasmine and Barbara have for their sons interacting with the police.After that, Rachel interviews Marlon Peterson, the author of Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song. Marlon faced a difficult childhood as an immigrant in Brooklyn and ended up spending over 10 years in prison. He has since become a speaker, an author, and an activist, fighting for incarceration reform. Marlon and Rachel discuss his book, his work, and the connections he sees between the “skin-peeling work” he had to do to face his own past and the bans on Critical Race Theory that stop us as a nation from facing our past together.Finally, Rachel, Amanda and Jasmine raise a glass to their fun weekend together in Atlanta in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”If you want to join the conversation, head over to theswppod.com! You can share your thoughts with us, find out how to join our Facebook group SWEEP, and more.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today we’re talking about something that might be a little controversial… cannabis! It’s being legalized in more and more states, but there are still so many questions and misconceptions out there. So we’re chatting with two moms today who can tell us a little more about cannabis and how it fits in with their health, their daily lives, and their parenthood.First, Jasmine, Amanda and Rachel are joined by Leona Thomas, a mom in Oregon who owns a dispensary. Leona discusses what it’s like to be a woman of color in the marijuana industry, why she wanted to open her business in a historically Black neighborhood, and how she uses cannabis in her own life. After that, Jasmine sits down with Danielle Simone Brand, the author of Weed Mom: The Canna-Curious Woman's Guide to Healthier Relaxation, Happier Parenting, & Chilling TF Out. Danielle explains what’s wrong with the “Reefer Madness” stereotypes about marijuana use, how cannabis helps her be a better parent, and good ways for moms who might be “canna-curious” to dip their toes in the water. Danielle and Jasmine also discuss the very important issue of racism in the creation and enforcement of cannabis laws.Finally, Rachel, Amanda and Jasmine raise a glass to Spring Break, to Amanda’s amazing mother-in-law, and to Jasmine teaching her son how to drive (and surviving the process!) in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”If you want to join the conversation, head over to theswppod.com! You can share your thoughts with us, find out how to join our Facebook group SWEEP, and more.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
Today, we’re talking about all things housing policy. What makes a neighborhood a good place to raise a family? How can we say “Yes In My Back Yard” instead of “Not In My Back Yard”? But first, hosts Amanda Weinstein, Jasmine Clark and Rachel Vindman talk about the news. Jasmine just got out of session in the Georgia Legislature and her Republican colleagues passed some really bad bills. And new abortion bills and “Don’t Say Gay” bills are sweeping the nation. But in some much-needed good news, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the Supreme Court! Erinn Grube, the Village Council President in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, joins the pod to talk about how they were able to put up some new housing developments while still keeping the cute and historical character of their town. Erinn discusses the importance of walkability and what her kids have learned about local government by watching her work.After that, Amanda gets to chat with economist and housing expert Dr. Jenny Schuetz about her new book, Fixer Upper: How to Repair America’s Broken Housing System. They discuss what suburban women should know about housing policy, how it affects our daily lives, how a history of racism has affected housing in America, and how affordable housing is good for everyone.Finally, Rachel, Amanda and Jasmine raise a glass to big milestones for their kids, to a little alone time for themselves, and to people who say “Yes In My Back Yard!” in this week’s “Toast to Joy.”If you want to check out Red Wine and Blue’s “Parent Playbook,” you can find it here. It’s a fun guide full of helpful advice for moms who want to organize in their communities.For a transcript of this episode, please email theswppod@redwine.blue.
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Claude Poliakoff

excellent justification for having a matriarchal society.

Nov 21st
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