Rising Up With Sonali

Women’s Marches Draw Hundreds of Thousands

On today’s show we’ll wrap up our coverage of the Los Angeles Into Action pop-up art exhibit and conference covering social justice issues and activism. We’ll begin with Paola Mendoza the artistic director of the Women’s March National, who will reflect on this year’s marches nationwide as well as address some of the controversy surrounding LA’s Women’s March. Then we’ll hear part of actress Viola Davis’ powerful speech at the LA Women’s March on racial injustice. We’ll hear from two LGBTQ organizers reflecting on how to build on the energy of the Women’s March, and turn to acclaimed artist and activist Favianna Rodriquez about the role of art and culture in activism. Finally, we’ll play part 2 of a powerful 2-part conversation I had with John Carlos, the 1968 Olympian who made history when he raised his fist along with Tommie Smith, and Etan Thomas, former pro basketball player who has now turned his focus on progressive activism. The two of them will discuss the role of athletes in the movement.

Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

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