On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Rev. Dawn Fortune delivered the opening prayer at the Atlantic City Women’s March and Rally in Atlantic City, NJ. In addition to coinciding with the third annual Women’s March in Washington, DC, the Atlantic City march honored the life and activism of Fannie Lou Hamer. In this week’s featured interview, Rev. Fortune talks with Robin Renée about the experience of taking part in the inspiring event, which centered and was organized by women of color. They also share about speaking truth to power at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore and about offering a message of unity through acknowledging our interwoven commonalities, differences, marginalizations, and privileges.
Wendy Sheridan reports the news that the Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in on a challenge to a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana. Also up for discussion (and subject to a little schadenfreude) is the arrest and indictment of conservative political strategist and presidential campaign advisor, Roger Stone. Later, Wendy tells us about attending a marcher’s reunion and reminds everyone to act now to support her excellent Kickstarter project, (Post)Cards Against Fascism. It’s the final week to back it, so if you want a creative way to make your voice heard and to support a project at the intersection of activism and art, reserve your cards now!
At the top of the show, birthday acknowledgments go out for Bob Marley, Natalie Cole, James Dean, Thomas Edison, and Charles Darwin. Mary McGinley lets us in on the upcoming weird holidays — National Periodic Table Day (February 7) – a good time to sing “The Elements” by Tom Lehrer – and International Flirting Week (February 10 – 16). Robin asks for listeners’ thoughts on a potential new Leftscape theme song.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “March and Talk Back (Episode 34).”