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An ongoing call to action for movement work and mutual aid efforts around the country. Kelly Hayes connects with activists, journalists and others on the front lines to break down what’s happening in various struggles and what listeners can do to help.

Movement Memos Truthout

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    • 4.9 • 74 Ratings

An ongoing call to action for movement work and mutual aid efforts around the country. Kelly Hayes connects with activists, journalists and others on the front lines to break down what’s happening in various struggles and what listeners can do to help.

    Enough Colonial Pageantry. Let’s Rally Behind Criminalized Water Protectors.

    Enough Colonial Pageantry. Let’s Rally Behind Criminalized Water Protectors.

    Right-wing myths about stolen elections and vaccine conspiracies will no doubt complicate many dinners today, as families gather to celebrate a holiday grounded in its own harmful mythology: Thanksgiving. Among liberals and leftists, there will be countless posts debunking the lies children are taught about the holiday in school. But on this day it is equally important to amplify the stories of Native people living today who, much like their ancestors, are battling world-crushing forces. In the prosecution of Water Protectors who fought Line 3, we are witnessing a convergence of extractive forces that threaten all life and liberty on Earth. In this episode of Movement Memos, Water Protectors who resisted the construction of Line 3 talk about the campaign to drop the charges against them, what keeps them hopeful, and about what happens when fossil fuel companies fund the police. For a transcript, audio and show notes, you can check out our website.

    • 41 min
    “We can decide that we won’t live and die on these terms.”

    “We can decide that we won’t live and die on these terms.”

    “Apocalypse normal means we can go back to school, get on planes, and hit up restaurants and bars -- as long as we don’t think too hard about disabled people, unvaccinated children or long COVID. It means experiencing escalating heat waves, droughts, hurricanes and wildfires, and scrolling past news about ‘code red’ climate reports, and the refugees that climate catastrophes create, without retaliating or rebelling against political leaders who have once again refused to chart a different course.” In this episode, Kelly tackles the idea of “getting back to normal.” 

    • 17 min
    Right-Wing Attacks on Native Child Welfare Law Should Frighten Us All

    Right-Wing Attacks on Native Child Welfare Law Should Frighten Us All

    The Indian Child Welfare Act has been challenged more times in the past decade than the Affordable Care Act. In this episode of Movement Memos, Native journalists Kelly Hayes and Rebecca Nagle talk about the right-wing plot to bring down a child welfare law and why the fundamental rights of Native people, the fate of tribal lands, and “the very shape of what passes for democracy” in the U.S. are at stake. You can find a transcript, audio and show notes on our website.

    • 53 min
    A COVID Memorial Mixtape Revisited

    A COVID Memorial Mixtape Revisited

    In place of our usual content, this week, we are revisiting A COVID Memorial Mixtape. The mixtape, which was released in October of 2020 by Ric Wilson, in collaboration with a number of grassroots organizers, was created as part of a month-long effort to memorialize people lost to COVID-19. It was also played through a loudspeaker outside the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in downtown Chicago. When the tape was created, we had lost over 200,000 people to COVID-19 in the United States. Now, we have lost over 750,000. Globally, more than 5 million people have died. So we're taking a pause this week, and revisiting some reflection, reverence and resistance around those losses. 
    We’ll be back next week with a regular episode.  
    You can find a transcript on our website.

    • 21 min
    Healthcare Workers Sound Off About Trauma, Solidarity and Why They're Ready to Strike

    Healthcare Workers Sound Off About Trauma, Solidarity and Why They're Ready to Strike

    “We can't survive doing the work that we're asked to do, the way that we're being asked to do it, with the lack of support we're being asked to do it with,” says healthcare worker Nicole Brun-Cottan. Tens of thousands of nurses and other healthcare workers in the Kaiser Permanente health care system are poised to go on strike. In this Striketober episode, Kelly talks with three nurses who are ready to go on strike about what’s at stake in their struggle, and how the pandemic has affected frontline labor. You can find a transcript, audio and show notes on our website.

    • 32 min
    Rikers Island and the Shapeshifting Monster of Reform

    Rikers Island and the Shapeshifting Monster of Reform

    “This crisis embodies the violence of a murderous system that is re-legitimized through reforms, any time its true character becomes too visible, like a shapeshifting monster in a horror film. It never stops consuming life,” says Kelly Hayes. In this episode of Movement Memos, Kelly Hayes digs into the crisis on Rikers Island, why people are dying, and why this isn’t a story about understaffing, but rather, a story about a system that cannot be redeemed. You can find a transcript, audio and show notes on our website.

    Music by Son Monarcas and Charles Hubbert

    • 50 min

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I make time to listen to movement memos. It’s calm, clear, authentic, and well researched / sourced. The interviews are amazing conversations. I always learn and feel more connected. It’s worth your time.

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