Bi Any Means Podcast #88: The Resist Podcast with Danielle Muscato

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Returning to the show today is Danielle Muscato. She’s a trans woman and an atheist activist who is starting a new podcast called The Resist Podcast, which is focused on social justice activism to fight back against Donald Trump, fascism, and the alt-right. So we’re gonna catch up with Danielle and find out what all she’s been doing lately.

Listen to “Bi Any Means Podcast #88: The Resist Podcast with Danielle Muscato” on Spreaker.

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Signal Boost: Two Conference Calls and Volunteer Opportunities from the AHA

Just want to mention three things the American Humanist Association is doing right now in the wake of Trump’s inauguration:

1). Tomorrow, January 29th, at 3 pm Eastern, Callie Wright and I will host a conference call on behalf of the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance for LGBTQ people to talk about how we’re feeling and what we’re concerned about now that Trump is our official new president. The number is 712-770-4010, and the access code is 484987.

2). On February 1st at 7:30 pm Eastern, the AHA will host a conference call about the Dakota Access pipeline. Desiree Kane will start the call by giving everyone updates on the situation there, and then there will be a Q and A session. Use the same number and access code as above.

3). The AHA is partnering with NARAL Pro-Choice America, Trans United Fund, and Showing Up for Racial Justice as part of its social justice initiative. If you want to help, contact Sincere Kirabo.

(As a personal aside, shortly after the election, Sincere told me the AHA received countless emails from people wanting to volunteer.)

Bi Any Means Podcast #84: Rational Politics with Gleb Tsipursky

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Returning to the show today is Gleb Tsipursky. He contacted me a couple of weeks ago to mention a new project he’s working on called the Rational Politics project which gathers thoughtful citizens of all political stripes devoted to fighting post-truth politics. According to the press release he sent me, “We see these political methods as one of the worst problems for our global society in terms of how important, neglected, and solvable it is. In addressing this issue, we aim to use best practices in communicating and marketing both to get people to care about truth in politics and to provide them with the tools and resources to use evidence and reason in making wise political decisions that will benefit our society as a whole. To do so, we are launching the post-lies movement to bring us from our post-truth present into a post-lies future.” So I invited Gleb to come back on the show to talk about the project.

Listen to “Bi Any Means Podcast #84: Rational Politics with Gleb Tsipursky” on Spreaker.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #16: Resisting Trump

Today Dan Arel joins Morgan and me to discuss how to resist the upcoming Trump regime. Is fact-checking enough? What about reaching across the proverbial aisle? Listen to find out!

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Go High or Go Low: What’s the Best Way to Resist in 2017?

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We all remember Michelle Obama’s famous “When they go low, we go high” quote from earlier this year. It was a rallying cry to all of us disgusted by the Right’s racist, sexist, and queerphobic rhetoric. However, I can’t help but wonder: what does going high instead of low look like?

A few days ago, I think I went low.

On Wednesday I tweeted “.@MsBlaireWhite is the Ben Carson of trans people.” Blaire White then retweeted it, called me a moron, and . . . well you can look at all the responses yourself. (READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!) At first I was thrilled to piss off so many Twitter assholes, but then I talked to some Facebook friends and I realized I kinda went low. Don’t get me wrong; I still think Blaire White is fifty shades of wrong about . . . everything! Yet, as Michelle pointed out in the video, technically I used the same trolling technique the Twitter trolls use. I issued an apology on Twitter, but as a friend pointed out, we keep losing whenever we try to go high, so what can we do?

At first I thought, “Well, since I’m a skeptic, I’ll just continue to debunk bad ideas.” But then I came across this article from The Christian Century called “Fascism Can’t Be Stopped By Fact-Checking.” In it, Daniel Jose Camacho says debunking propaganda with facts and data sounds like a good idea, but . . .

The problem is a particular vision of the world supported by people with power to carry it out. This kind of political project can’t be fact-checked away. As the profoundly undemocratic conditions in the state politics of North Carolina have recently proven, conciliatory attempts to compromise with this project are absorbed and outmatched by those wielding power. In such cases, our American fallacy of bi-partisanship is exposed because there are certain things that cannot be met halfway and there are times when both parties fail us.

In other words, the Alt-Right doesn’t care what a nobody on the Internet like me thinks.

Camacho’s suggestion instead is:

The important thing to keep our eye on is the power we do possess and the various avenues by which we can resist. What can resistance look like? I think we will have to utilize all of the legal, political, economic, activist/organizing, artistic, and religious means available to us.

Naturally, being an atheist I don’t use religious means, especially since theology plays a huge role in oppression. However, I think what he’s trying to get at is it’s not enough to simply write blogs and do podcasts debunking Alt-Right propaganda. Don’t get me wrong; I think those are great forms of activism, which is why I do what I do. Also, as Cody Charles of Everyday Feminism recently pointed out, some people literally do not have the means to march in the streets. So I interpret Camacho’s suggestion as this: whatever means you have to resist the Trump regime, use them!

And maybe that’s what Michelle meant by going high.

What do you think?

Bi Any Means Podcast #78: Foundation Beyond Belief with Noelle George

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My guest for today is Noelle George, the Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief. According to her bio on FoundationBeyondBelief.org, “Noelle is a secular activist who grew up in Seattle, Washington, but didn’t become passionate about secular activism until she moved to Houston, Texas, and was constantly asked ‘Where do you go to church?’ She has worked as a degreed chemical engineer and project manager, but moved to secular activism in 2009. Since then, she has leveraged her previously learned professional skills to help multiple national secular organizations and has also traveled around the country consulting with local groups on the topics of volunteering, leadership, organizational skills, and feminism. In addition to her work at FBB, Noelle is the founder of Mothers Beyond Belief, is on the advisory board of Secular Woman, and is on the American Humanist Association’s LGTBQ Humanist Alliance Advisory Council.” So today we’re going to talk about her background and Foundation Beyond Belief.

Listen to “Bi Any Means Podcast #78: Foundation Beyond Belief with Noelle George” on Spreaker.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #76: Indigenous People’s Rights with Taté Walker

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My guest for today indigenous rights activist Taté Walker. According to her bio on Everyday Feminism, Taté is a Lakota storyteller, feminist activist, blogger, photographer, and social services professional who promotes cultural competency and inclusion for professionals in the workplace. Her experience includes more than 12 years as a professional multimedia journalist. She is the editor of Native Peoples magazine, which provides an international audience with fair and accurate representations of Indigenous perspectives and experiences in ways that educate, entertain and empower through journalistic storytelling. She also spent eight years within the social services sector in the fields of juvenile justice, civil rights, and youth and family advocacy. So today we’re going to talk about her background, issues facing indigenous people today, and why native peoples’ rights are humanist issues

Listen to “Bi Any Means Podcast #76: Indigenous People’s Rights with Taté Walker” on Spreaker.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #74: Atheist Activism in the Trump Era with the Gaytheist Manifesto

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Returning to the show again today are Callie Wright and Ari Stillman from The Gaytheist Manifesto. The Gaytheist Manifesto is a weekly podcast that discusses issues at the intersection LGBT rights and atheism/secularism. Today we’re going to discuss what atheist activists can do now that Trump has been elected president.

Listen to “Bi Any Means Podcast #74: Atheist Activism in the Trump Era with the Gaytheist Manifesto” on Spreaker.

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