On January 1, Outsources Collective members shared our thoughts about the year past and the year ahead. Much of what we talked about – particularly what we talked about in detail – had to do with the difficulties we have faced as a community in the past year: progress blocked, gains lost, and fears for the future. In that program, we also mentioned, if only briefly, the importance of keeping an eye on the positive things that have been happening: the resilience and creativity and community building that are on-going in our community, and that were, if anything, inspired and enlivened by the difficult political atmosphere. This show focuses on the good stuff.
We begin with a bunch of good news from around the country. Then, hosts Janis Bohan and Glenda Russell talk with Taylor Stein, a Program Specialist at OASOS, a program for LGBTQAI+ youth, and Lili Stevens, a sophomore at Boulder High and a participant in OASOS. We discuss OASOS and an exciting program that has grown from OASOS roots, Youth Advocating for Change. This is a positive story about resilience and community building, a reminder that exciting, positive things are happening, even in the midst of the more heavily covered negative things.
Links mentioned in the show:
- Outrage over Trump turned red-state Republican into a resistance leader
- Half of 8th grade class from New Jersey refused to pose with Speaker Ryan
- In symbol of the Trump era, #ResistMarch replaces iconic LA Pride parade
- Research shows the anti-Trump resistance is diverse, educated and many are new to activism
- 13 bright spots and optimistic thinkers challenge the dark future of Trump
- After Charlottesville, a surge in anti-racism rallies across the country
- Georgetown Law faculty take a knee to protest Jeff Sessions visit
- A year after Trump, women and minorities give ground-breaking wins to Democrats
- ‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, thanks in part to Kellyanne Conway