"I am powerful by just living" - Sarah McBride, author of "Tomorrow Will Be Different"

In 2016, Sarah McBride made history--and a childhood dream come true when she stood on the stage at the the Democratic National Convention as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention. As of 2018, more than half of LGBTQ people live in states that don’t protect them from discrimination or are even actively hostile towards them. Some states have enacted laws that allow businesses, healthcare providers and government officials to actually deny services to LGBTQ people.

In the most challenging moments--the 2016 election results, everyday sexism and misogyny and the death of her young husband-- even then she fights to update our laws to protect and include LGBTQ people.

Sarah is now the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. And she’s the author of the new book, “Tomorrow Will Be Different. Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality.”

RESOURCES referred to on this episode:

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

Sarah McBride (photo by B Proud)

Sarah McBride (photo by B Proud)

How To Find Joy In The Resistance - Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker, Women's March Organizers

As national organizers for The Women’s March and leaders of The Resistance Revival Chorus, artist activists Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker see their purpose as connecting fellow members of The Resistance to the moments of joy and transcendence that come with being a part of history in the making. They walk in the footsteps of the Nina Simone’s and Joan Baez’s and Aretha Franklin’s of the world--the artists who helped to fuel the Civil Rights movement by nourishing the souls of the people who marched for freedom.

And if there was ever a time when we need to consistently keep our souls replenished for the fight against injustice, it would be now.

Hear how Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker use the power of art and culture in activism, what they learned in documenting The Women’s March for the newly released book, Together We Rise, and how you can participate in the 2018 Women's March.

And tell us how you found your voice in 2017 and what you are going to do with it in 2018, on our Facebook page!

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Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker, photo by Guy Murrow

Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker, photo by Guy Murrow

How To Get Even More Women In Office - Kate Black, Chief of Staff for EMILY's List

More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? And what will be different when they do? Kate Black, now at the FCC, recorded with me in August when she was Chief of Staff for EMILY's List, an organization that helps pro-choice, Democratic women run for office. And she has her own story of awakening to the fact that we need more women in office. 

Kate Black

Kate Black

Fear & Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Hochschild, author of "Strangers in Their Own Land"

Arlie Hochschild has been called "one of the most imaginative and productive feminist sociologists of the last thirty years." She's written a number of books including The Second Shift, The Time Bind and The Outsourced Self.  She's a professor emerita at UC Berkeley and lately she's been spending her time trying to understand the rise of the American Right–the only way that she could do that was to leave her Berkeley bubble and go to Louisiana to meet the real people of the Tea Party, not the caricatures. She shares her five year journey in her new book "Strangers in Their Own Land. Anger and Mourning on the American Right". Listen on iTunes or NPR One.

ARLIE HOCHSCHILD

ARLIE HOCHSCHILD

Joan Blades & John Gable, Bringing Civil Conversations to Schools

Liberal activist Joan Blades co-founded MoveOn.org, Moms Rising.org and Living Room Conversations.org, to provide a guide for meaningful conversations between people with different views. Now, she has teamed up with Republican John Gable on an initiative called AllSides for Schools to bring civilized conversations about controversial topics to the classroom. We talk about why students need these tools now and what these conversations were like in high school for Joan and John. Listen to our conversation on iTunes or NPR One.

JOAN BLADES

JOAN BLADES

JOHN GABLE

JOHN GABLE