Our guests today share their perspectives on resistance and organizing in the Trump era. Professor Robin D.G. Kelley outlines the five things we must do now to resist Trump, and Becky Bond discusses the lessons she learned while working for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and how we can use these “Rules for Revolutionaries” now. Also, clips from some of our favorite post-election podcasts.
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Robin D.G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. His research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things. His article in the Boston Review lays out the five things we must do now to resist Trump. Also, check out his book, Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times of an American Original – the NY Times called the book “extraordinary and heroically detailed” and said “I doubt there will be a biography anytime soon that is as textured, thorough and knowing as Kelley’s. The ‘genius of modern music’ has gotten the passionate, and compassionate, advocate he deserves.”
Becky Bond is the co-author, with Zack Exley, of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Bog Organizing Can Change Everything. Becky served as a senior advisor on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and was an architect of the campaign’s national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. Prior to joining the Bernie Sanders campaign, Becky served as political director at CREDO where she was an innovator working at the intersection of organizing, politics, and technology for over a decade.
Podcast clips in this episode are from Politically Reactive with Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell; The Bugle Podcast with Hari and Andy Zaltzman; Roderick on the Line with Merlin Mann and John Roderick; and Fake the Nation with previous podcast guest Negin Farsad (also check out Negin’s many other projects, including her book, How to Make White People Laugh, her feature movie Third Street Blackout, her documentary film The Muslims Are Coming, and many others).
Hear Dr. Martin Luther King’s full “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City (exactly one year before his death). Music behind the speech from Thelonious Monk, Something in Blue. Other music from Gil Scott Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.Tags: activism, anti-Trump, Black Lives Matter, OLD: Environmental Justice, organizing, Protest, racism, Trump