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Season 2 of The Resistbot Podcast, hosted by Melanie Dione, features a different interview every week with an organizer working to create change in their community. We aim to elevate voices without a large platform, focusing on their stories. Our pod is brought to you by the same volunteers behind the Resistbot (https://resist.bot) chatbot that's driven over 30 million pieces of correspondence to elected officials since 2017. If you haven't given it a try, pull out your phone and text the word "resist" to the number 50409 to get started. You can text officials from your Mayor to the President, check your voter registration, start your own campaigns, and much more!
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The war against critical race theory is a hot issue that people want to bury out of shame and guilt which unfortunately has been done already in some states. As we now lack a proper education on Black history in our nation, the time for raising awareness and spreading knowledge on the past is as important as ever. When delving into the uncomfortable truth behind the Black history of our country, sometimes the best way to get people engaged in learning is through comedy! Throw in some drinks with our guest and it’ll be a good time with great conversations! We’re joined by comedian and one of the hosts of Drunk Black History, Gordon Baker-Bone to talk about some of the current events that are paralleling Black history and how they are disproportionately affecting Black communities around the country.Our guests today:Gordon Baker-BoneMentioned on the air:President Biden, we need you to fight for medication abortion!Stop the attacks on trans people! Introduce and pass the EQUALITY Act now!Subscribe to ErinInTheMorning!Pass H.R.7647, the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act of 2022!Vote No on the DATA Act & RESTRICT ActText “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
Eyes on Policing

Eyes on Policing

2023-04-0432:12

When dealing with progressive policies that not everyone who votes blue can agree with, it can feel like a huge mountain to overcome. When dealing with one of the most protected groups in the entire country, that mountain just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Documentation of police brutality and the need for change is higher than ever, yet the leap of progress we were expecting never came. Organizing with conditions like these can seem like an intimidating jump to make with the issues that concern you the most, but our guest has a secret for you. It’s not a short battle, we’re in it for the long haul! For anyone starting their journey into organizing, our guest has you covered! We’re joined by DeRay McKesson from Campaign Zero to talk safety beyond policing, policing policies, and their story with approaching organizing.Our guests today:DeRay McKessonMentioned on the air:Campaign ZeroEight Can’t WaitText “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
Regardless of which state you live in, blue or red, what’s happening in other states around the country directly affects you and those who can’t fight by themselves. In an area where support for social justice issues isn’t as abundant as blue states, red states really need all the support possible. So instead of ushering people to leave red states, which isn’t realistic or an actual solution in the first place, let’s look towards the amazing organizers in those red states who are fighting relentlessly for those who need the help. In the red state of Louisiana where bodily autonomy is under attack, Lift Louisiana is stepping up to challenge the oppression against our rights. Michelle Erenberg, the co-founder and executive director of Lift Louisiana, joins us and shares the great work her organization is doing and how you can join the fight for our bodily autonomy wherever you are in the states! Our guests today:Michelle ErenbergMentioned on the air:Lift Louisiana President Biden we need you to fight for medication abortion! Tell Walgreens to Protect Abortion Pill Access!Text “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖With the endless onslaught against trans people accumulating more and more in our legislation, it can be difficult to keep up with what our trans friends are facing around the country. Distressingly, 440 active pieces of anti-trans legislation are currently targeting trans youth and adults. That overwhelming amount is enough to get people to check out, but with the relentless action our guest has for tracking LGBTQ+ legislation, you can keep up with ease. We are ecstatic to be joined by independent reporter and activist, Erin Reed! With an extensive and impressive track record, Erin has done so much for the LGBTQ+ community, specifically the trans community and continues to do so with her widespread reporting via social media and her newsletter Erin In The Morning. We dive into what drives Erin to do the work she does for the community and what you can do to get involved yourself!Our guests today:Erin ReedMentioned on the air:Erin In The MorningCongress must urgently protect transition careSupport Gender-Affirming Care in Missouri!Vote NO on SB 1029Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 When we open up our table for everyone to sit at, we must make sure that everyone can get to our table in the first place. There has been a quiet fight for accessibility happening all over the country for years, yet little to nothing has been done about it. As universities continue to dance around abiding by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the need for accessibility grows bigger and bigger. No matter where you land on the disability spectrum, our guest today shows us that there is always more to be learned and understood about disability rights. We are joined by Resistbot user and activist Megan Lynch of UC Access for an in-depth conversation on the University of California’s consistent ignorance of including accessibility for all and the demandifesto that has come out of this situation.Our guests today:Megan LynchMentioned on the air:UC Access Now: University of California Must Be Accessible To All!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter!Creators & Guests Megan Lynch - Guest Melanie Dione - Host Angel Barrera - Producer ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 We’re back botters! Although we’re in the season of being grateful, it can be easy to take our basic freedoms for granted.  When we look to the news about the recent rising aggression from China towards their own citizens and Taiwan, we can be reminded of the privileges we have while living in our democracy. This is a topic that many may have trouble approaching and connecting with, but our guest breaks it down for you for easy understanding! We are happy to be joined by Resist Bot OG Christine Lu for an international perspective on the China and Taiwan conflicts, the protests happening in China, and how you can do your part in these discussions. We close this episode by tying these topics back to the current protests happening in the states for rail workers’ rights. Stick around until the end to learn how you can use the bot to take action in these fights!Our guests today:Christine LuMentioned on the air:Railroad workers deserve fair pay and time off!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
Poll Position

Poll Position

2022-11-0736:34

✊🤖 The midterms are finally here! Tuesday, November 8th is election day which means high voter turnout, long lines, and possible voter intimidation. With our democracy at risk, we’re here to keep you prepared for the polls! We’re joined by Ría Thompson-Washington to discuss your voter rights and how to secure your vote for this midterm election. It’s not too late to learn about how you can turn out voters with Resistbot's new vote drives!Our guests today:Ría Thompson-WashingtonMentioned on the air:The Redress MovementText DRIVE to 50409Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day across the country! Early voting has begun in many states, so this week we are revisiting some of the incredibly insightful conversations surrounding voting, bodily autonomy, housing insecurity, and issues you need to keep in mind when deciding how to vote. Stick around all the way to the end to learn about how you can turn out voters with your thumbs with Resistbot's new vote drives!Mentioned on the air: Rashida Peterson Kia Smith Diondra Elan Lauren Rouse Bianca Mack Debra Cleaver Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 When there are endless issues our country and loved ones face, you probably feel compelled to help and get involved. Don’t know where to start? Our guest this week has you covered! Activist, organizer, and Resistbot user Jess Craven chats with us about what keeps her motivated, the midterms, and personal experiences with her work.Our guests today:Jess CravenMentioned on the air:Chop Wood, Carry WaterPass the 21st Century Courts Act (H.R.7426 / S.4010) to hold SCOTUS accountable!POTUS don't reappoint Moak for an additional 1 year term on the USPS board!Pass S 736, the Assault Weapons Ban, NOW!Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 Wednesday, October 12, 2022 is National Farmer’s Day. Historically, through chattel enslavement and sharecropping, agriculture in the United States has relied heavily on the labor of Black people.  However, as of November 2021, less than 1.4% of farmers identify as Black, and those numbers continue to dwindle. Listen in as Kaleb J. Hill of Oko Vue Produce Co. explains the challenges that come with keeping Black farming alive in this country, why he is passionate about continuing his family legacy, and how he uses food as activism in the battle against food insecurity in Louisiana.Our guests today:Kaleb J HillMentioned on the air:OkoVue Produce ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 This week we take a look at the Texas A&M chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. With a legacy built on white supremacy, Texas A&M University is one of the most beloved colleges in the US. Known for its traditions and cult-like indoctrinations, the university insists on keeping these years-old traditions alive while actively ignoring all of their harmful beginnings. Listen along as we are joined by Ellis Howard and Jyothis James from the Texas A&M chapter of Students for a Democratic Society to learn what they’re doing to dismantle the racist foundation of the university and the multiple challenges many marginalized students still face to this day.Our guests today: Ellis Howard Jyothis James Mentioned on the air: Students for a Democratic Society  Malayalees for Social Justice BCS_SDS Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 Welcome to Season 2 of Resistbot Live. This week we take a look at Day Without Us: National Teach In. Are you exhausted from your day-to day, pandemic worries, the housing crisis, economic insecurities, and having multiple systems fail us? Day Without Us is an invitation to abandon borders, boundaries, and binaries to build solidarity across the country. Listen along as we are joined by Leslie Mac, Tiffany Flowers, and Vilissa Thompson from Day Without Us to expand on what this movement is and how you can join in on the fun on September 30th!Our guests: Leslie Mac Tiffany Flowers Vilissa Thompson Mentioned on the air: Day Without Us The Frontline Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter! ★ Support this podcast ★
Calls to Action

Calls to Action

2022-05-0858:43

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 28, where we discuss the fallout from the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion over the ongoing fight for abortion rights and reproductive justice. Listen along with our amazing guests Helmi Henkin, the abortion fund link fairy, and Robin Wilson-Beattie, a disability, sexual health, and reproductive educator. This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Chapters(0:00) Intro(0:51) Melanie Introduces the Show(3:36) Conversation with Susan Stutz(5:16) The Draft(13:12) Lousiana Bill(19:18) Interview with Helmi Henkin and Robin Wilson-Beattie(20:56) Robin's upbringing and how she got started in her activism(24:23) How abortions differ for those with disabilities(30:59) How Helmi started her activism(33:09) How abortion bans have made Helmi's work harder(36:10) What abortions looked like for slaves and what we can learn from it(38:46) A message to liberals(45:04) Where to find Robin(45:47) How Helmi Got Her Nickname: The Abortion Fund Link Fairy(48:03) Abortion Funds Document List and donate4abortions.com(51:36) Petitions(53:57) Where to find Helmi(55:29) Monthly Donors(56:52) ClosingsMentioned on the AirCodify Roe v. WadeCodify Roe v. Wade and expand SCOTUS nowDay One of Writing Until Abortion is Protected by LawSusan’s Article: They belong to usRobin’s Herbalist GuideHelmi’s abortion fund websiteThis Week's PanelMelanieSusanHelmi HenkinRobin Wilson-BeattieEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 27, where we discuss how democracy often finds itself in the crosshairs of authoritarianism, and look to Taiwan as an example. Listen along as we hear from our panelist, Christine Lu, and her personal experiences as a Taiwanese American as well as the history and current state of Taiwan and China and their citizens. This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Chapters(0:00) Intro(0:56) Melanie Introduces the Show(2:13) Introducing the Panel(2:20) Susan Stutz(4:00) Christine Lu(4:53) Christine’s Background(12:41) What Working in China Was Like for Christine(17:03) China’s Awareness of Power(21:30) What Life Looks Like for Chinese students in America(25:03) The Lack of Freedom within American Borders and Extreme Consequences(30:44) Petitions(35:00) Panelists Closings(37:49)  Monthly Donors(38:25) ClosingsMentioned on the AirText RESIST to 50409 and create your own petition!Protect International Students in the US from Authoritarian GovernmentsThis Week's PanelMelanieSusanChristineEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
Reworking the Poor Tax

Reworking the Poor Tax

2022-04-2541:07

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 26 where we analyze the current attack on the unhoused being waged by New York, Tennesse, and other states in the union. Listen along as we discuss how the policies to combat homelessness further marginalize unhoused people and look at who is doing the amazing work to help these neighbors and how you can do the same! This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Mentioned on the AirText RESIST to 50409 and create your own petition!Fund Homelessness PreventionShelter is a Human RightThis Week's PanelMelanieAthenaSusanChapters0:00 Intro0:56 Melanie Introduces the Show2:20  Introducing the Panel2:30 Athena Fulay2:51 Susan Stutz6:30 Homelessness in DC9:54 Who makes up the unhoused population12:32 Liberal areas and their relation to homelessness15:23 Athena's spotlight organizations and how to help in your area!22:22 Petitions28:42 Houston's success with housing the unhoused35:00 Panelist’s Closings38:44  Monthly Donors39:02 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
How to Help a Neighbor

How to Help a Neighbor

2022-04-1842:37

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 25 where we revisit the ongoing war in Ukraine and put a spotlight on a similar crisis happening in Tigray. Listen along as we discuss the harsh realities of what our Ukrainian and Tigrayan neighbors are facing, the dangers of misinformation, and how to support our neighbors in need with our panelists and special guest Vitali Dorosh. This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Mentioned on the AirText RESIST to 50409 and create your own petition!Protect Ukraine’s SkiesProtect Ukraine NowMore military and Humanitarian aid to UkraineCollapsing Healthcare in Tigray: Urgent Actions NeededRe: Genocide Determination on TigrayThis Week's PanelMelanieSusanChristineVitali DoroshChapters0:00 Intro0:56 Melanie Introduces the Show2:16  Introducing the Panel2:23 Susan Stutz4:44 Christine Lu8:02 Interview with Vitali Dorosh17:07 How to Support our Ukraine Neighbors17:28 Misinformation and the war21:24 How the war is impacting supply chains26:34 Open Letters and Petitions29:20 Tigray Open Letters31:17 Current state of China’s Covid Lockdown34:43 Panelists Closings36:34  Monthly Donors36:57 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
Follow the Money

Follow the Money

2022-04-0450:16

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 24 where we take a look at the situation in Mason, Tennesse regarding the Ford motor company and the corrupt plans that are being planned for the town. Listen along as we look at how funding, company DE&I, and community within corporations are affecting working minorities today with Qiana Patterson. We also briefly discuss the first-ever Amazon union and its leader Chris Smalls! This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!This Week's PanelMelanieAthenaChristineQiana PattersonChapters0:00 Intro0:56 Melanie Introduces the Show3:07 Introducing the Panel3:14 Christine Lu4:48 Athena Fulay7:18 Interview with Qiana Patterson14:15 What Indicates Proper DE&I?20:19 The Relationship of Corporations and Community30:42 Text RESIST to 50409 and create a petition!35:40 First Amazon Union38:11 The Importance and significance of Chris Smalls43:26 Where to find Qiana44:49 Panelists Closings47:30 Monthly Donors48:07 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
Who Runs the Bot?

Who Runs the Bot?

2022-03-2857:00

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 23 where we honor and recognize the powerful femme voices that run Resistbot and got it to where it is now! Listen along as we look back at some of the best moments on the podcast with our guests and very own Resistbot power-organizer Jessica Craven. This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Related PetitionsConfirm Lisa Cook and Biden's other Fed nominees NOW!Or, write your own: text FEDERAL to 50409Mentioned on the AirIndigeneity in AmericaWhat Happens When Your Coup FailsVoting Rights: What’s at StakeProtect Trans PeopleUnderstanding Defunding The PoliceCommon Sense and the Hallway CommuteThis Week's PanelMelanieChapters0:00 Intro0:56 Melanie Introduces the Show4:30 Jaike Spotted Wolf - Indigeneity in America11:27 Nee Nee Taylor - What Happens When Your Coup Fails18:06  Debra Cleaver - Voting Rights: What’s at Stake22:13 Diondra Elan - Protect Trans People26:03 Ría Thompson-Washington - Understanding Defunding the Police31:29 Vilissa Thompson - Common Sense and the Hallway Commute35:38 Interview with Jessica Craven52:08 Petitions54:09 Monthly Donors54:31 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter here! ★ Support this podcast ★
✊🤖 Welcome to episode 22, where we discuss the weight of student loan debts and how they affect marginalized groups and the youth in our country. Listen along as we have an open and relatable conversation with our panelists about student loans and tuition evolution over the decades and personal experiences surrounding them. This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!Related PetitionsContinue Student Loan Repayment Freeze and Cancel Student DebtCancel 50k in Student Loan DebtPOTUS: Extend the Pause on Student Loan DebtPOTUS: Cancel Student Loan Debt NowPOTUS: Cancel 50k in Student Loan Debt NowCancel Student Loan DebtOr, write your own: text FEDERAL to 50409Mentioned on the AirThe Crushing Weight Of The Mortar Board by Susan StutzPOTUS: Use Executive Orders to Close the "Boyfriend Loophole"Go Deeper on the IssueHere are the benefits of erasing $1.6 trillion, no strings attached.The jury's still out on that $1.6 trillion in student loan debtWhitehouse Introduces Bills to Grant Student Loan Forgiveness to Frontline Health Workers and TeachersDems fret Biden's inaction on student debt will burn in midtermsMore than 60% of voters support some student loan debt forgivenessStudent Loan Debt is a Gender IssueDeeper in Debt: Women & Student LoansThis Week’s PanelMelanieAthenaSusanChristineChapters0:00 Intro0:56 Melanie Introduces the Show2:05 Introducing the Panel2:07 Athena Fulay2:45 Susan Stutz3:05 Christine Lu4:36 Student Loan Debt Over The Years7:25 Student Loan Debt and Women10:08 Tuition: Past vs. Present18:37 Student Loan Forgiveness21:28 Pell Grants25:27 Petitions and Student Loans30:15 Eyes on This! Panelist’s Petitions37:42 Panelists Closings40:11 Monthly Donors40:28 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. You can find her on Twitter here if you need a show edited! ★ Support this podcast ★
Protect Trans People

Protect Trans People

2022-03-1454:33

✊🤖 Welcome to Episode 21, where we have a critical conversation with our panel about the current threats and hardships trans people face in our country. Learn more about the dangers to our trans youth, listen to personal experiences, and learn how to support our trans neighbors. Resistbot encourages you to research what's happening in your state capitol on this and any other issue. Use your voice, or others will speak for you! This podcast is broadcast live every Sunday on Youtube; please subscribe!In the NewsTransgender girls and women are now barred from female sports in IowaIdaho lawmakers seek to punish parents who take trans youth to other states for health careTransgender Texas kids are terrified after governor orders that parents be investigated for child abuse13 trans models strut against Arkansas' anti-trans lawsFlorida House passes 'Don't Say Gay' billMore than 150 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced so far this yearHow You Can HelpTo Write Love on Her ArmsFreedom for All AmericansEquitable Giving CircleAnti-LGBTQ Legislative TrackerRelated PetitionsProtect Texas Youth: Denounce Abbott's DirectiveProtect Texan Families, Children, and Medical ProfessionalsProtect Trans Childrenor write your own, text STATE to 50409This Week's PanelMelanieSusanJasonDiondra ElanAndrea SegoviaLauren RouseBianca MackChapters0:00 Intro0:52 Melanie Introduces the show2:42 Introducing the Panel2:48 Susan Stutz3:31 Jason Putorti4:29 Diondra Elan 5:13 Lauren Rouse 6:14 Bianca Mack 16:37 Interview with Andrea Segovia from TENT30:44 Where to Find and Support TENT43:23 Petitions46:18 Panelist Closings46:39 Where to Find Lauren Rouse47:22 Where to Find Bianca Mack49:22 Where to Find Diondra Elan52:12 Donor Appreciation52:59 ClosingsEpisode edited by Angel Barrera. You can find her on Twitter here if you need a show edited! ★ Support this podcast ★
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