Navigating being undocumented in the U.S.
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
3w ago
When I first heard about Engage and Evade: How Latino Immigrant Families Manage Surveillance in Everyday Life, Asad L. Asad's brilliant exploration of how undocumented people navigate living in the U.S. I thought that I had a pretty good understanding of the situation. I did not.  The experience of living undocumented in the U.S., particularly in southern border states, is a unique dance of engagement and evasion as Asad lays out. In reading his book, and in this conversation, I found myself both frustrated at the ever-changing  (but never resolved) immigration system and with a whol ..read more
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Kat & Omkari interview each other
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
4M ago
Kat Calvin & Omkari Williams Kat Calvin and I both wrote books! Kat's is American Identity In Crisis: Notes from  an Accidental Activist. Mine is Micro Activism: How You Can Make a Difference in the World (Without a Bullhorn).  When we realized that our books were coming out within weeks of each other we thought that we should have a conversation about them and the work we do in the world. Kat's work is getting the 26 million Americans who don't have ID the state issued ID that they need to do things like get a job, a home, a bank account, you know, little things like that. Mine ..read more
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Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class w/ Blair Kelley
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
6M ago
Often, when we think about racial justice immediately following the Civil War we think about a relatively narrow slice of Black history. Blair LM Kelley's Black Folk: The Roots of the Black Working Class shines a light on stories that we don't hear enough about.  Drawing on stories from her own family and extensive research Blair tells us a compelling tale of Black folk beginning to claim their place in America as free people.  With stories of washerwomen, Pullman Porters, and other Black workers who fought for rights for themselves, started unions, and paved the way for the modern C ..read more
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Talking with Disability Activist and Musician Gaelynn Lea
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
8M ago
Gaelynn Lea Season 2  Episode 17 In this conversation NPR Tiny Desk Concert winner Gaelynn Lea and I talk about her disability activism, politics, music, and more. This conversation made me think about things like our culture's ideas about beauty, for one, in entirely new ways. Music, activism, politics, Gaelynn weaves all these together for a discussion that will likely expand your thinking on a whole lot of things. I loved talking with Gaelynn, I think you're going to love hearing what she has to say. For a written transcript of this episode click here ..read more
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The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself w/author David Mura
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
9M ago
David Mura If I am a broken record on any subject it's probably on the impact of story and how the stories we tell to ourselves and others shape our understanding of the world. In his powerful book, author David Mura, writes about some of the stories that underlie the American experience.  With examples from literature and film David explores and important perspective in our fight for racial justice. If we don't know how the biases we hold are the storyline of our society it's gonna be impossible to rewrite those stories.  Reading David's book, and then speaking with him, was a fasci ..read more
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Leah Penniman and Black Earth Wisdom
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
10M ago
Leah Penniman In 2018 Leah Penniman wrote Farming While Black, a beautiful book recounting her experience of building Soul Fire Farm and, also, a guide for other Black and Indigenous people looking to reconnect to the land. Now Leah has compiled a treasure trove of conversations that she's had with other Black people who work in harmony with the Earth. Black Earth Wisdom brings together the voices of these leaders in service of guiding us all to a deeper connection with the land, with it's place in all of our lives, and the necessity of rebuilding the connection to Earth that, for far too ..read more
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Bridging the Societal Divide with Debilyn Molineaux
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
11M ago
:Debilyn Molineaux Have you ever wished for an unmistakable sign of the direction you should be going in? I know I have. For Debilyn Molineaux, President and CEO of Bridge Alliance that sign set her on a path to work towards healing the divides that are ripping at the fabric of the United States.   In this conversation Debilyn and I talk about where we are as a country, how we get out of the mess that we're in, and about the experience that shifted the work that she does in the world.   What if the critical piece of healing what ails us is as simple, not easy, but simple, as listenin ..read more
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Black Athletes and Sports Justice with Shaun Anderson
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
1y ago
Shaun Marq Anderson Given how little we are taught about Black history in general it's not surprising that most of us, me included, have relatively little knowledge of the role that Black athletes have played in the social justice movement before the late 20th century. But since the Reconstruction Era Black athletes have been pushing the envelope, trying to move us towards justice and equity. Shaun Marq Anderson and I talked about the history of Black athlete activism and how the Sports Justice Movement has been evolving over the years as well as his new book, The Black Athlete Revolt. From Bl ..read more
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Critical Media Literacy with Allison Butler
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
1y ago
Allison Butler We hear a lot about Critical Race Theory, as we should. But what about Critical Media Literacy? Have you ever even heard the term? I hadn't. Then I read The Media and Me: A Guide to Critical Media Literacy for Young People. Not to quibble with the authors but really, this isn't only for young people. This is for all of us.  We're taking in so much information from so many media sources and yet we rarely, if ever, stop to think about what those sources are, their agendas, and what that means for what we're hearing and reading. Allison Butler and her co-authors take this on a ..read more
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Young People are the Future, He’s Helping Elect Them
Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
by omkariwilliams
1y ago
Ross Morales Rocketto I feel pretty safe in saying that we all have gripes about our government. Where it's not doing enough, where it's overreaching. Most of us just gripe, Ross Morales Rocketto has taken a decidedly different path. Along with his co-founder, Amanda Litman, Ross has made it his mission to get as many young (read under 40) progressives elected to offices at the state and local level around the country as possible.  From their start, rising from the ashes of the 2016 campaign, their organization, Run For Something, has been guiding successively larger numbers of ..read more
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