This week’s guest on The Leftscape is Laura Peters, the Maryland Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty International USA. She has worked in politics and education for most of her career, first as a counsel to an education subcommittee for the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a political appointee for the Clinton administration. Listen to her conversation with Robin Renée on creating a more welcoming environment for immigrants, the small acts that can make a big positive impact, and the importance of giving back in whatever way you are so moved. Laura then shares candidly about her gender journey, coming to embrace her feminine identity, and how powerful it is to find the joys of living in full self-expression.
As co-host Mary McGinley takes the week off, Robin and Wendy Sheridan discuss news items including Jane Fonda’s recent arrests, prisoners released in Oklahoma, closed-door impeachment hearing transcripts, and how we can look forward to Mueller Memos for years to come. In podcast news, the Leftscape Patreon page is now up and running. In The Blanket Fort segment, Robin expresses her feeling of renewal at the beginning of the Pagan New Year. Wendy isn’t there yet, though she is trying her best to make time to get to the self-care on her to-do list. Both share trials, triumphs, and tips for health and balance, along with a few laughs.
At the top of the show, Wendy and Robin talk about the week’s reasons to celebrate including World Kindness Day, World Diabetes Day, National Pickle Day, America Recycles Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, International Day of Tolerance, National Take a Hike Day, Homemade Bread Day, World Toilet Day, International Men’s Day, and National Play Monopoly Day. Birthday mentions go to Jimmy Kimmel, Whoopi Goldberg, Rev. Run of Run-DMC, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lisa Bonet, Danny DeVito, RuPaul, Martin Scorsese, Kirk Hammett, Indira Gandhi, and last but not least, Mickey Mouse.
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