The Anatomy of Resistance is a Podcast about where we (the people) won and why. Co-hosts Anthony Grimes and Erica Chenoweth spotlight the stories and methods of innovative resistance around the country and world. We'll discuss why moments of resistance worked, how they connect with historical victories, and in what ways they shape a new vision for the world.
Freeing the Mandela of the America - Episode Two
Some have called him the Mandela of the Americas.
After 35 years in prison, Oscar Lopez Rivera was released in March 2017 following an executive clemency order issued by President Obama during his final week in office. The significance of freeing a political prisoner was a landmark presidential action, but its importance was accentuated because Puerto Rico, as a continuing colony of the United States and its beachhead, is in dire economic crisis. Additionally, because from the time Oscar and his compatriots were captured up until his release this spring, the movement to free him grew into a multifaceted movement for mass decolonization, for which he is now an acknowledged leader.
Our guest, Matt Meyer, has been one of the key people behind the global campaign to free Oscar. Matt is the U.S. national co-chair of the world's oldest interfaith peace-and-justice-building organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He was a coordinator of the international leg of Oscar's freedom campaign since the late 1980s. His work in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico, including the armed movements that Oscar was part of, was in no way hindered by Matt’s 40-year leadership in nonviolent resistance movements. This includes time as coordinator of the War Resisters International Africa Support Network and as a U.N. representative of the International Peace Research Association.
Matt wrote the introduction to and helped edit Oscar's memoir Between Torture and Resistance, which details the story of the Puerto Rican nationalist and includes a special foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
The Women's March - Episode One
The first episode focuses on the Women's March, and features two national organizers critical to its development, Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker. They share lessons from organizing the march and talk about how art and creativity is essential to the movement.
Relevant and informative
I really enjoyed this podcast, reminded me of malcolm gladwell's, and of his book David and Goliath. Couldn't be a more relevant subject matter and the hosts have great rapport and charisma