Despite the audio issues that gave Robin Renée and Mary McGinley a bit of an echo effect, this episode of The Leftscape is well worth an attentive listen. This time, the co-hosts respond to a listener letter from visual artist Melanie Sinclair which called out the unconscious middle-class privilege in assumptions that were made about online activism in “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (Episode 1).” Wendy Sheridan takes the lead in acknowledging the work that is needed to recognize privilege and to make space to understand the circumstances of those who have less. Mary offers a glimpse of balancing life and political organizing time from her perspective. The discussion weaves through re-envisioning the value of online activism in various forms and considers other ways to be an activist such as using Resistbot and personal conversation as ideals when time and resources are limited.
News of the week focuses on the stories that produce a national/global gaslighting effect — perhaps strong enough to send some of us running for our blanket forts. Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse by Bob Woodward (available September 11, 2018) is added to the Leftscape reading list. Robin is encouraged by the popularity of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on the life of Fred Rogers. Also very much on the Leftscape radar is This Dark Chest of Wonders: 40 Years of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ by Biff Bam Pop!’s own Andy Burns. Preliminary plans are being made for an interview with the author. Stay tuned!
The week’s signature mishmash of silly holidays and historical anniversaries include International Cat Day, National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (one of the co-hosts accomplished this weeks ahead of time), the first national march of the KKK in Washington, DC in 1925, and Nixon’s announcement in 1974 that he would resign the presidency of the United States the next day at noon. Robin sends a Happy Birthday shout out to tennis champion Roger Federer.
This week’s featured image is “Jailbait” by Melanie Sinclair, a sociopolitical art response to the many advances from men she experienced before she reached the age of consent. The episode is sponsored by Harlequin and Other Fantasies, Meditative Coloring for Grown Ups. Use coupon code LEFTSCAPE at checkout for free shipping. (Offer good for the month of August 2018).
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Activism Online and Elsewhere (Episode 11).”