EPISODE 19 - Gird your uterus! | <3 A'shanti Gholar of the Brown Girls Guide to Politics <3 | The voter suppression/low-voter turnout infinite loop
Gun safety and voting rights and abortion, oh my! The end of the 86th Texas Legislature is just a few days away (May 27!) so things are moving at lightning speed over at the Capitol. It's hard to drink from the drama firehouse at this point, but we're trying! Super organizer and Annie's List powerhouse Shellie Hayes-McMahon filled in for Ashley this week and dropped some serious truth bombs about local elections, why representation matters in our cities, and how those of us who aren't people of color can go about making ourselves into allies and accomplices. We talked to shero A'shanti Gholar, who is helping women of color claim the power they deserve with The Brown Girls Guide to Politics. And so much more!
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THIS WEEK’S GUEST:
A'shanti Gholar, political director for Emerge America and founder of The Brown Girls Guide to Politics
Also! Much love to our guest co-host this week, Shellie Hayes-McMahon of Annie's List!
SH*T TO DO:
GIRD YOUR UTERUS!
This week Alabama passed a law that would send doctors who perform ANY abortion after the point of conception to prison for up to 99 years. http://time.com/5590420/alabama-abortion-law-roe/
Oh and? Women who miscarry might be charged with murder, too. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/upshot/miscarriages-politics-georgia-law.html
So what can we do? FIGHT LIKE HELL.
Crooked Media has a great summary of what's happening and ways you can help, including donating and volunteering for great organizations. Check out their Instagram post on it: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxfx4V2Dtc1/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Also, support the ACLU as they gear up to fight these laws: https://www.aclu.org/
And throw some bones to Becky's personal fav, Run for Something -- a group that is focused on the battles for seats in state legislatures where these bad decisions are being made. Let's VOTE THEM OUT. https://runforsomething.net/
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LINKS WE MENTIONED:
Gina Ortiz Jones is running again in TX23! She only lost by 926 votes last time, WUT.
Rep Vikki Goodwin:
High school student Bonnie Kim’s activist art:
Good gun bills from Texas Gun Sense: https://www.txgunsense.org/articles/86th-legislative-session-legislative-priorities
Our Instagram story on the saga of Senate Bill 9 (the voter suppression bill):
Voting rights champions:
Texas Tribune article on Senate Bill 9: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/15/texas-voting-rights-senate-bill-9/
Check out the #peopleshearing hashtag on #SB9 to hear the testimony from people who weren’t allowed to testify in committee:
Texas election turnout is pllllllllllhhhhhh:
14-year-old raises $8K to pay off student lunch debt in Austin: https://abc13.com/society/14-year-old-raises-$8k-to-pay-off-student-lunch-debt/5299535/
‘You Can’t Always Be Exactly Who You Are’: A Chat With Maya Rupert:
Organizations recommended by The Brown Girls Guide:
Support Emerge Texas!