Episode 68

Knowing is Half the Battle. The Other Half is Activism


November 5th, 2017

1 hr 3 mins 21 secs

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About this Episode

This is the third and final part of the Awkward Social Justice series. In this episode, we talk about how to take everything we’ve discussed in the first two episodes of this series and channel those things into meaningful action and change. We’re taking the ideological to the practical. We’re newbies at activism, but our gifts are connecting and synthesizing resources, so we’re going to put our efforts out into the world to effect change within our sphere of influence. At root and most simply, that’s what activism really is. Check out our extensive resource list in the show notes!

The worksheet Leslie did in this episode is The Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet by Jen Hofmann.

We have setup a dedicated Activism - Getting Started page on Glimmering.com that we'll be updating on a regular basis.

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Episode Links

  • Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet - Google Docs — The Action Planner Leslie went over in this episode.
  • Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience - Jennifer Hofmann — No matter your political stripe, Americans are good, generous people who pull together in a pinch. Katrina. New York. Sandy Hook. When the chips are down, we look out for each other. Now is no different. 
  • Jamelle Bouie's The Newsletter — Jamelle is Slate's chief political correspondent. The Newsletter is "... a compendium of gifs, links to good writing, my work for that week, a few photos, and a recipe. Sometimes something extra. I try to make it something fun and varied that you can enjoy on the weekend. It's also a chance for you to ask questions and generally chat about the world. It comes out every weekend, usually Fridays." 
  • The Weekly List by Amy Siskind — Amy Siskind’s work, tracking the erosion of our country’s democracy. Depressing but necessary. And it will someday be a road map back.
  • Resistance Live - The Gaia Project — Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin’s near-daily explainer of current events. She’s a former Wall Street securities litigator and trial lawyer and current CEO of Gaia Project Consulting, LLC, and the Founder of The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership.
  • ProPublica - One of the absolute best investigative journalism newsrooms — The Mission - To expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.
  • Reveal - the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization — The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy.
  • Anil Dash - Leslie's tech hero. He wants to be like Anil when he grows up. — I’m a technology entrepreneur, activist, and writer focused on making the tech world more humane and ethical. Having created Internet technologies for two decades, I’ve become obsessed with the way technology shapes and transforms society, media, government and culture. My advocacy focuses on ensuring tech benefits those who are most vulnerable and in the most need. This often involves connecting tech to policy, pop culture, urbanism, social justice and other domains that the technology industry has historically overlooked.
  • AlterConf | Changing the Face of Tech & Gaming — AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer spaces for everyone.