EPISODE 36 - Abortion AF! with Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show | Arnold Schwarzenegger & Eric Holder awkwardly hold hands against gerrymandering | RIP Texas polling locations

Abortion rights activist and comedy goddess Lizz Winstead (co-creator and original head writer of The Daily Show!) fangirls with us over Molly Ivins and stresses humor as an important tool of the revolution. We marry all you beautiful souls who showed up to speak out against gerrymandering this week, but we mourn the loss of far too many polling locations in Texas. Also, something weird is going on with Arnold Schwarzenegger & Eric Holder...


DDo 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 (just pills/rings/patches -- you can't DIY an IUD) or UTI treatments straight to your door or your nearest pharmacy. Plus, your meds come in a discreet package so no one has to know what you're up to.

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


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Lizz Winstead, co-creator and original head writer of The Daily Show, co-founder of Air America Radio, and founder of Abortion Access Front

Lizz Winstead on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizzwinstead

Abortion Access Front on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbortionFront

Abortion Access Front on the web: https://www.aafront.org/

Abortion AF’s Do Re #MeToo events:

Join us in Austin on September 17: https://www.aafront.org/event/do-re-metoo-austin-a-night-of-sexist-songs-sung-by-righteous-feminists/

Austin show: https://www.facebook.com/events/469357400313136/

Austin activism opportunity: https://www.facebook.com/events/2304706419859813/

Houston show happening September 21:


“Lizz Free or Die” - Lizz Winstead’s memoir: https://www.amazon.com/Lizz-Free-Die-Essays-Winstead/dp/1594631425


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Take the Common Cause End Gerrymandering Pledge (with Eric Holder and Arnold Schwarzenegger)


Tell Your Reps to End Gerrymandering: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/fair-maps-for-texas

Citizen Training on Redistricting (Tarrant County) with Texas Redistricting and the Black Women’s PAC on Sept. 28: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/citizen-training-on-redistricting-tickets-71682489255?fbclid=IwAR1psfaPS1i_-PSs4j98Sv2WoITXFjA9S3iU5oq_4RbHPkhYnBk0mqnmVEk


Join us at the Anne McAfee Awards Sunday, September 22 at Hotel Ella in Austin! We're being honored as one of the Travis County Democratic Party's three "organizations of the year." (Cue waterfall tears emojis.) Brunch followed by mimosas next to the pool? Yes please! - https://www.traviscountydemocrats.org/2019-anne-mcafee-awards/

The Highwomen: https://thehighwomen.com/

Poll showing Warren moving up in Texas:


2016 presidential election results in Texas:


Texas is no longer safe for Trump:


Texas Tribune article by Alexa Ura, “How a decade of voting rights fights led to fewer redistricting safeguards for Texas voters of color”: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/09/10/texas-enters-2021-redistricting-fewer-safeguards-voters-color/

The first chance we have to flip a Republican seat in the Texas House is SOON - in November there is a special election to fill retiring republican John Zerwas’s seat in district 28. There is only one Democrat running and she by all accounts is awesome -- Eliz Markowitz: https://www.eliz4tx.com/

The League of Women Voters has a great primer on redistricting and how you can get involved, including advice for preparing testimony: https://my.lwv.org/texas/public-input-hearings

Mapmaker: They Gerrymandering Board Game: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/this-family-created-a-gerrymandering-board-game-arnold-schwarzenegger-was-pumped/2019/05/03/c102c6bc-651d-11e9-a1b6-b29b90efa879_story.html?noredirect=on

Leadership Conference Education Fund Report on Polling Place Closures: https://civilrights.org/democracy-diverted/

Texas Leads in Polling Place Closures Since 2013: https://www.texasobserver.org/texas-polling-place-closures/

More about Shelby v. Holder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County_v._Holder

Get Involved with Texas Civil Rights Project: https://texascivilrightsproject.org/get-involved/

"Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins": https://www.mollyivinsfilm.com/

Heart cells beating in a petri dish: https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-grow-beating-human-heart-tissue-stem-cells-1207100