The Tiresome Work of Fighting For Liberation w/@rissaoftheway — #KatieSpeakShow Ep57 10/08/2016

In brief: TW: state violence, misogyny, racism

Up top, I play some of the audio from the judiciary hearing where Rep. Steve King (R-IA) refers to a low-income woman of color as a dog with a litter of puppies. It’s triggering, but really important. It wasn’t an offhand, dogwhistle comment. Also, Kierra Johnson of URGE has a response that is so perfect I’m including the video link in the notes; it’s worth listening to King just to see her response.

Most of this episode is devoted to a tough topic that Marissa J. Johnson was brave enough to write about: how movement work can take a serious toll on activists/advocates. We don’t like to admit that every day isn’t an invigorating renewed commitment to work that matters, but we won’t find support if we can’t talk about it. We discuss how to be an actual ally, what it’s like to be all-in on the kind of work that is at once immediate and long-term, and how you can support those who are giving their lives to the fight for liberation.

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Easy download/stream:

Enhanced audio: The Tiresome Work of Fighting For Liberation w/@rissaoftheway — #KatieSpeakShow Ep57 10/08/2016

Links to on-air references:

My take…

My piece at Rewire about the anti-choice celebration of Hyde: #HelloHyde Erases My Lived Experience

My piece on the hearing for The Establishment: “At Abortion Hearing, Congressmen Compare Women Of Color To Dogs”

VIDEO: The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the “Born Alive” Infants Protection Act via the House Committee on the Judiciary

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


VIDEO of Marissa via The Washington Times: “Black Lives Matter leader explains why ‘all lives matter’ is a racial slur”

“The Work That Kills Us: What Being in the Black Lives Matter Movement Does to Activists’ Mental Health” by Marissa Johnson at Pacific Standard

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Marissa J. Johnson: Twitter; Support

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