Yasmin Radjy is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and one of the Co-Founders of Resistance School. At HKS, she serves as Co-Chair of the Electoral Politics Professional Interest Council, Chair of the Persian Caucus; last year, she served as Co-Chair of the Democratic Caucus. Last election cycle, she served as a bundler for the Russ Feingold Senate race and volunteered as a fellow for the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign.
We spoke about how Jill lives their values through their work and their business model. We also talked about how hard it is to start a new organization, and Jill pointed out that being an activist and starting a new organization are different skill sets and recommends new activists get involved with existing institutions. Activists need training, and Jill pointed out that our middle school history classes doesn’t teach us that activists like Rosa Parks were trained, long term activists with strategic aims.
We spoke about how artists can incorporate act of resistance into their artistic work, as well as important past movements of resistance. Terence referred to the White Rose movement and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work against Nazi Germany as well as ACT UP’s movement to fight the AIDS epidemic.
We spoke with Emmelia about putting marginalized voices up front in our activism.
Emmelia Talarico is an organizer with DisruptJ20 and other organizations in the Maryland and DC area. Emmelia started her organizing as a workplace advocate and quickly moved up to being a labor organizer for Change to Win, organizing federally contracted fast food worker to go on strike for $15 and a union. She is currently the field organizer for Global Trade Watch, winning on campaigns such as the Stop The TPP fight.
During the discussion we spoke about Silvia Rivera, a leader in the fight for gay and trans rights. Click here to see the video we spoke about during the podcast or Rivera bring shouted down, but please note that there Rivera speaks about rape, physical violence, and imprisonment. Please also read about Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender woman and undocumented immigrant who interrupted President Obama over his immigration policies.
Linsay Deming is an entertainer, writer, video producer, and arts educator. Linsay is the Manager of Digital Learning at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum’s ARTLAB+ program. Linsay was instrumental in organizing the What A Joke! comedy festival, a multi-city comedy festival which raised money for the ACLU and aimed it’s barbs at Donald Trump.
You can find out dates for Linsay’s liver comedy show, which hosts performances in Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles, on ChurchNight.org, and be sure to watch her hilarious Church Night TV.