EPISODE 34 - "My mom and I aren't talking." Pro tips on conversation w/o polarization from Karen Gross of Citizen Discourse | HBD Ann Richards! | U Visas are an FU to the El Paso shooter

How do we have productive conversations about politics with people who disagree with us? *Especially* with the people closest to us? We invited founder of Citizen Discourse, Karen Gross, to give us some tips. Plus, happy birthday to the matron saint of The Rabble, Ann Richards! And we learn about some dirty tricks Texas Republicans are pulling to try and hang onto power.


Do you live in a part of Texas where there's no Planned Parenthood? Well, noooo worries! From Abilene to Zavalla, Lubbock to Laredo, The Planned Parenthood Direct (R) app will send birth control (pills/rings/patches) or UTI treatments straight to your door or your nearest pharmacy. Plus, your meds come in a discreet white envelope so your Baylor sorority sisters or super Baptist parents will have no idea what's coming in your mailbox... cuz what comes in your box is your own biz.

The Planned Parenthood Direct (R) app is available for free in the iOS and Android stores. Visit https://www.ppgreatertx.org/pp-direct for more info.


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The TX Lege is hosting public hearings on redistricting in Austin on Sept 10 and San Antonio on Sept 12. Commit to either showing up or writing your House rep before these meetings!

Does that sound horrifying? Don’t worry. The League of Women Voters hosted a community forum and training to get folks ready to testify.

League of Women Voters Community Forum recording/training: https://mobile.twitter.com/NOWCastSA/status/1165290701527093248?fbclid=IwAR32PCES87nMsjx1gxbBr4ALuz80A2_CfaSIghyoxigDjEZXMdAYcg0aZA0

Next week, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project are also hosting a digital meet-up to go over Redistricting 101 and how you can make your voice heard.

WHAT: One Person, One Vote: Redistricting 101

WHEN: Wednesday, September 4th – 6:30PM-7:15PM

WHERE: Link will be sent on registration

REGISTER: https://action.aclu.org/webform/redistrict-webinar


Because we know that if you’re listening to this pod you love voting, we want you to know that we need your vote! The Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2019 Poll is out. Will you exercise your right to vote by finding your ballot at austinchronicle.com, filling out your info, jumping to the “politics & media” section and nominating The Rabble for Best Local Podcast?


Brass knuckles are legal now: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/28/brass-knuckles-now-legal-texas/

Go see ANN at Zach Scott Theater: https://tickets.zachtheatre.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=8071

Recommended reading - Ann Richards autobiography, “Straight From the Heart”: https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Heart-Ann-Richards/dp/1476750580

El Paso shooting victims might get special visas:


More about the Las Americas “Crime Victims Program” helping El Paso shooting victims from Mexico secure U visas: https://las-americas.org/crime-victims

Dems slam Engage Texas PAC for setting up at driver's license offices:




Jolt’s Voter Deputy Registrar class (Tacos!): Sat. Sept. 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-12:30: strategy + best practices workshop http://bit.ly/2zcSlX6

The 2018 Texas Civic Health Index:


Citizen Discourse:


The Kindness Contract: https://citizendiscourse.org/kindness-contract/

Reformed White Nationalist Christian Picciolini’s TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM6HZqQKhok

Atlantic interview with reformed White Nationalist Christian Picciolini: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/08/conversation-christian-picciolini/595543/

On isolation as the driving factor in addiction: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADKtFvmK_zfHR0Wq2gTSWNDLXT7nawW0avQkryhTbaGaOpUc_40sATFck3bonNiV6JVap_wkHpYU7pTh9efpNuBLIu13mhnU66W0ClhY_QhKToFDfYkCImtp4AenTh8LQBTNwlFW6CSGb0zdlACHc8Qo0j_1HycDezuehhw5nqSo