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Episode 42: Brittany White

Prophetic Resistance Podcast

Release Date: 08/26/2020

Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates  show art Episode 43: Minister JaNaé Bates

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Our guest is Minister JaNaé Bates. A womanist theologian and Fulbright scholar. She is a journalist-and-organizer-turned-minister, specializing in the integration of grassroots faith-based organizing and narrative strategy.  She is also the director of communications for ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota, affiliates of Faith in Action and the Faith in Action Fund. In this episode, we covered some tough topics -  the global uprisings sparked by the police killing of George Floyd  - especially from her vantage point as a person who lives and works in Minnesota. We talked...

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Episode 42: Brittany White show art Episode 42: Brittany White

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Brittany White is a brilliant organizer and strategist for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE program. Brittany- who is herself a formerly incarcerated person -  leads the decarceration campaign, where she uses her voice and experiences to activate imaginations and cultivate lives of dignity for formerly and currently incarcerated people. In this episode, we talk about how Brittany is working to shift stories of incarceration from narratives of shame to narratives of liberation. We reflect on the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on our incarcerated kindred, and how faith leaders can meaningfully...

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Episode 41: Rev. Ben McBride show art Episode 41: Rev. Ben McBride

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In this episode, Rev. Ben McBride talks about defunding the police and outlines the vision of the HEAT, a program and strategy of PICO California, the statewide network of Faith in Action affiliate organizations.  Ben helps us see how the reconstruction of public safety is essential for the co-creation of communities of belonging. We also talk about how our current systems of policing are the descendants of slave patrols, how faith couldn’t save our ancestors from public lynchings and how defunding the police actually calls us to reimagine safe communities and develop deep relationships...

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Episode 40: See No Stranger with Valarie Kaur show art Episode 40: See No Stranger with Valarie Kaur

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Valarie Kaur returns to the Prophetic Resistance podcast to talk about her new book See No Stranger, which dropped June 16.  This extended conversation covers storytelling as an act of survival, how anti-Black racism contributes to racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and our thoughts on the wave of ancestral solidarity that has emerged out of the double crisis of COVID-19 and the police-killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  Valarie is a seasoned civil rights activist, lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator. Inspired by her Sikh faith, she founded and leads the...

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Episode 39: Rev. Alvin Herring  show art Episode 39: Rev. Alvin Herring

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In this extended episode, we sit down with Rev. Alvin Herring, who is the executive director of Faith in Action. This conversation was recorded just days after the police-killing of George Floyd, just as our beloved kinfolk were beginning to organize uprisings across the country and around the globe. You may feel the weight of the moment in our voices.  You may also feel the beauty of a poetic faith.  This contemplative conversation explores how and why Alvin, as a young person, fell in love with organizing; how the Ferguson Uprising changed him and his faith,  and how - in...

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Episode 38: Calling on the ancestors with Phyllis Hill and Deth Im show art Episode 38: Calling on the ancestors with Phyllis Hill and Deth Im

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The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted our lives, amplified the disparities in our communities, and pushed folks who were already on the margins, closer to the edge. This crisis may have shifted how we organize, but it didn’t change who we are fighting for. We now organize to protect immigrants and communities of color online, using more technology than ever before. One way to get through times like this is by anchoring ourselves in the stories and witness those who came before us and leaning into their love and wisdom. In February,  Phyllis Hill, Faith in Action director of organizing and...

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Episode 37: Faith Forum Panel - Faith Organizing In An Election Year show art Episode 37: Faith Forum Panel - Faith Organizing In An Election Year

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Catalina Morales Bahena, Nicole Barnes and Koach Baruch Frazier are theologians in training and innovative community organizers of color, who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve. At the 2020 Faith Forum in February, they shared the stage with Megan Black clergy organizer for Faith in Action. With the upcoming election in view, Catalina, Nicole and Koach offer wisdom drawn from their respective Catholic, Baptist and Jewish traditions, as well as their lived experiences as faith organizers.  In this engaging panel discussion, they teach us to trust our instincts, to value human...

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Episode 36: Rev. Billy Michael Honor show art Episode 36: Rev. Billy Michael Honor

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Rev. Billy Michael Honor is the director of faith organizing for Faith in Action’s partner in the state of Georgia, the New Georgia Project. In this episode, we spoke with Rev. Honor at his office in Atlanta. We recorded in March 2020, before the global call to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus pandemic required us to suspend travel and practice physical distancing.  Rev. Honor is a public scholar, faith leader, and civic organizer whose progressive and compelling insights have made him a sought-after preacher, lecturer, and social commentator. In this conversation, we talked about...

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Episode 35: Faith Forum Panel - Building Human Solidarity Together show art Episode 35: Faith Forum Panel - Building Human Solidarity Together

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*A Production Note: The sound varies throughout the recording. Listeners may need to adjust their volume. In this episode, we talk with three powerful faith leaders about the stories, traditions, and practices that they turn to in times of crisis. We recorded the panel in February 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic forced all of us to redesign the ways that we worship, organize and interact with one another. But this conversation with Imam Asad Zaman, Rev. Billy Michael Honor, and Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones still sparks our imagination about faith that can live outside our gurdwaras, mosques,...

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Episode 34: A response to COVID-19 - Faithful Organizing in Time of Global Crisis show art Episode 34: A response to COVID-19 - Faithful Organizing in Time of Global Crisis

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This special episode breaks from our interview format. Listeners will hear directly from our host Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews as he shares how the virus is impacting our movement kindred, how Faith in Action is called to respond and what listeners can expect from the Prophetic Resistance podcast in the coming weeks.

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Brittany White is a brilliant organizer and strategist for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE program. Brittany- who is herself a formerly incarcerated person -  leads the decarceration campaign, where she uses her voice and experiences to activate imaginations and cultivate lives of dignity for formerly and currently incarcerated people. In this episode, we talk about how Brittany is working to shift stories of incarceration from narratives of shame to narratives of liberation. We reflect on the COVID-19 crisis, its impact on our incarcerated kindred, and how faith leaders can meaningfully show up during moments of uprising.  And we learn how her leadership is rooted in her faith and grounded in resistance. Show Notes: You will hear Brittany address Rev. Mathews as "Merm." The nickname is derived from his initials MRM and is frequently used by his colleagues.  Visit http://www.livefreeusa.org to learn how you can support Brittany's work.