41 episodes

Season 2 of The Resistbot Podcast, hosted by Melanie Dione, features a different interview every week with an organizer working to create change in their community. We aim to elevate voices without a large platform, focusing on their stories. Our pod is brought to you by the same volunteers behind the Resistbot (https://resist.bot) chatbot that's driven over 30 million pieces of correspondence to elected officials since 2017. If you haven't given it a try, pull out your phone and text the word "resist" to the number 50409 to get started. You can text officials from your Mayor to the President, check your voter registration, start your own campaigns, and much more!

The Resistbot Podcast Resistbot

    • Government
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Season 2 of The Resistbot Podcast, hosted by Melanie Dione, features a different interview every week with an organizer working to create change in their community. We aim to elevate voices without a large platform, focusing on their stories. Our pod is brought to you by the same volunteers behind the Resistbot (https://resist.bot) chatbot that's driven over 30 million pieces of correspondence to elected officials since 2017. If you haven't given it a try, pull out your phone and text the word "resist" to the number 50409 to get started. You can text officials from your Mayor to the President, check your voter registration, start your own campaigns, and much more!

    Culture and Current Events

    Culture and Current Events

    The war against critical race theory is a hot issue that people want to bury out of shame and guilt which unfortunately has been done already in some states. As we now lack a proper education on Black history in our nation, the time for raising awareness and spreading knowledge on the past is as important as ever. When delving into the uncomfortable truth behind the Black history of our country, sometimes the best way to get people engaged in learning is through comedy! Throw in some drinks with our guest and it’ll be a good time with great conversations! We’re joined by comedian and one of the hosts of Drunk Black History, Gordon Baker-Bone to talk about some of the current events that are paralleling Black history and how they are disproportionately affecting Black communities around the country.

    Our guests today:
    Gordon Baker-BoneMentioned on the air:
    President Biden, we need you to fight for medication abortion!Stop the attacks on trans people! Introduce and pass the EQUALITY Act now!Subscribe to ErinInTheMorning!Pass H.R.7647, the Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act of 2022!Vote No on the DATA Act & RESTRICT ActText “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.
    Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter!


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    • 33 min
    Eyes on Policing

    Eyes on Policing

    When dealing with progressive policies that not everyone who votes blue can agree with, it can feel like a huge mountain to overcome. When dealing with one of the most protected groups in the entire country, that mountain just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Documentation of police brutality and the need for change is higher than ever, yet the leap of progress we were expecting never came. Organizing with conditions like these can seem like an intimidating jump to make with the issues that concern you the most, but our guest has a secret for you. It’s not a short battle, we’re in it for the long haul! For anyone starting their journey into organizing, our guest has you covered! We’re joined by DeRay McKesson from Campaign Zero to talk safety beyond policing, policing policies, and their story with approaching organizing.
    Our guests today:
    DeRay McKessonMentioned on the air:
    Campaign ZeroEight Can’t WaitText “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.
    Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter!



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    • 32 min
    Red State Repro Justice

    Red State Repro Justice

    Regardless of which state you live in, blue or red, what’s happening in other states around the country directly affects you and those who can’t fight by themselves. In an area where support for social justice issues isn’t as abundant as blue states, red states really need all the support possible. So instead of ushering people to leave red states, which isn’t realistic or an actual solution in the first place, let’s look towards the amazing organizers in those red states who are fighting relentlessly for those who need the help. In the red state of Louisiana where bodily autonomy is under attack, Lift Louisiana is stepping up to challenge the oppression against our rights. Michelle Erenberg, the co-founder and executive director of Lift Louisiana, joins us and shares the great work her organization is doing and how you can join the fight for our bodily autonomy wherever you are in the states! 

    Our guests today:
    Michelle ErenbergMentioned on the air:
    Lift Louisiana President Biden we need you to fight for medication abortion! Tell Walgreens to Protect Abortion Pill Access!Text “RESIST” to 50409!Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.
    Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter!


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    • 26 min
    The Movement for Pro-Trans Legislation

    The Movement for Pro-Trans Legislation

    ✊🤖With the endless onslaught against trans people accumulating more and more in our legislation, it can be difficult to keep up with what our trans friends are facing around the country. Distressingly, 440 active pieces of anti-trans legislation are currently targeting trans youth and adults. That overwhelming amount is enough to get people to check out, but with the relentless action our guest has for tracking LGBTQ+ legislation, you can keep up with ease. We are ecstatic to be joined by independent reporter and activist, Erin Reed! With an extensive and impressive track record, Erin has done so much for the LGBTQ+ community, specifically the trans community and continues to do so with her widespread reporting via social media and her newsletter Erin In The Morning. We dive into what drives Erin to do the work she does for the community and what you can do to get involved yourself!
    Our guests today:
    Erin ReedMentioned on the air:
    Erin In The MorningCongress must urgently protect transition careSupport Gender-Affirming Care in Missouri!Vote NO on SB 1029Follow the thoughts of host Melanie Dione on her Twitter feed.
    Episode edited by Angel Barrera. If you need a show edited, you can find her on Twitter!


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    • 22 min
    The Demandifesto For Access Now

    The Demandifesto For Access Now

    Megan Lynch from UC Access details the fight for accessibility on college campuses and how you can get involved using their Demandifesto.

    • 41 min
    Civil Rights: Global and Insuppressible

    Civil Rights: Global and Insuppressible

    Melanie Dione is joined by Christine Lu, who shares her perspective on the China and Taiwan conflicts, China’s rising aggression, protests, and U.S. railroad workers’ rights.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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One of my favorite shows!

Let’s put it this way, I get mad at myself when I don’t catch the live episode… informative, funny and, somehow feel good all at the same time. Keep up the great work!

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Helpful Distillation of the Issues

So many competing issues out there, but this team brings key players to share first hand knowledge and experience about current topics. This podcast curates what we need to know, when we need to know it - and what your average citizen can do to engage with the issue.

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Focused on YOU and YOUR NEIGHBORS

This is the way grownups need to talk about policy and issues. Excellent work.

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