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Sounds Like Impact: A newsletter for audio and action - Vol. 27
Welcome to Sounds Like Impact!
🎉 Also, it’s my birthday this week! Would you give me the greatest present and share this newsletter with at least one person in your life? 🎁
ICYMI: Last week I created a curation about climate misinformation and disinformation and I introduced you to Jamil Simon of ‘Making Peace Visible’.
As of this writing, 14 of you voted in last week’s poll asking about what issues are top of mind for you right now. Unsurprisingly, of those who voted, peace-building and then treatment of migrants led. We’ll have more on these topics soon, but in the interim, please share what more you’d like to know or see in this newsletter.
🗳 In the U.S., Election Day is coming up. While this isn’t a presidential election, it’s still important. Do you know what’s on your ballot? Are you registered to vote? Our previous curators from Girl and the Gov have a resource to help in the CTA section.
🎧 #AudioForAction Guest Curation: Jenna Spinelle
Building Civic Power
It can often feel like politics is broken beyond repair and there's nothing that individuals can do to change things. The episodes in this list show why that's not the case and shine a light on the growing movement to strengthen civic engagement across the country. This work largely happens outside of political power centers — in libraries, parks, and other places where communities come together. The more people who join this movement to build civic power, the more inclusive and equitable our democracy will be.
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How to Citizen with Baratunde, Democracy means people power, literally
When the People Decide, Libraries as civic spaces
The Great Battlefield, Everyday people creating policy
How to Win Friends and Save the Republic, The unicorn is democracy
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🚨 Calls to Action
Listen: When the People Decide, a podcast about how everyday people are shaping democracy
Read: "Civic Power" by Hollie Russon Gilman and K. Sabeel Rahman. The book outlines the framework for creating a more diverse and equitable democracy by increase citizen participation in government
Join: Citizen University, an organization that teaches people across the country how to be civic leaders in their communities
Watch: Citizen University founder Eric Liu's TED talk on how to revive your belief in democracy
Dr. Montinique “Money” McEachern (her/she/hers) is a Black lesbian feminist whose work centers on intergenerational healing through creating and facilitating spaces rooted in Black women’s ways of storytelling. Originally from Queens, NY, Dr. Money has called many places home - from Alabama, to Philadelphia, and currently Syracuse, NY. By day she is a licensed couple and relational therapist and program coordinator. On other days, she is a podcaster. When she is not hosting Rebound Revolution or working, she can be found scrolling #WNBATwitter, nerding out over music, or using crystals for meditation.
Women and queer athletes give the public a window into how the personal is political because they hold so many identities that are under attack at any point in time and we can see in almost real time how they navigate racism, misogyny, wage inequality, queerphobia, ableism, ageism, and so many more oppressive systems.
As a proud K-12 athlete and one of the creators of a hub on Spotify about this very intersection, I was excited for the opportunity to learn from Dr. Money. Get her take on why women’s sports is having a moment and also why the WNBA is the perfect setting for conversations about social justice.
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