The Resistance Now: Season of the Bitch

An all-female politics podcast aims to give women a bigger voice in the grassroots progressive movement

Wanna be startin somethin

Women were at the vanguard of the grassroots progressive movement in 2016 and kicked off the resistance to Donald Trump with the womens march in January.

But some feel that women arent getting the same airtime as men in the movement. Thats about to change with the launch of Season of the Bitch an all-female progressive podcast.

It came about when Amber Taylor, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and others were lamenting the dearth of women on some leftwing podcasts.

Most of them are hosted by men, Taylor told the Guardian. If there is a woman its often just one woman, and you dont hear her as much through the episode.

The first episode is due to launch on Friday 1 September, and Season of the Bitch will run every Friday thereafter. On the agenda for the podcasts debut: Were going to talk about the need for the feminist perspective in the politics of the left, Taylor said.

Airbn-begone

Airbnb is deactivating the accounts of people trying to attend a white supremacist rally, Buzzfeed reported this week.

The home-sharing website has been conducting background checks on people attempting to make reservations around the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. From Buzzfeed:

Airbnb said in a statement to BuzzFeed News it established community rules in 2016 that make good on our mission of belonging and that those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

The Airbnb Community Commitment is signed by all people using the service, Airbnb said, and the company is removing people from the platform who are antithetical to this policy. They added that they were able to find these users who violate the policy through our background check and the input of our community.

The white supremacist rally, which has been promoted by the alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer, among others, is due to take place on Saturday. Protests are planned.

Burn

Heres Googles chief executive, Sundar Pichai, pictured alongside Steve Jobs, in a poster apparently displayed outside Google offices.

Its probably to do with the manifesto written by the Google software engineer James Damore. The document, which was published internally at the company, railed against diversity and inclusion initiatives. Damore was fired on Monday.

Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan)

Spotted outside Google’s Venice Beach offices. pic.twitter.com/0SL2idZv0C

August 11, 2017

What were reading

Working-class people have been deserting the Democratic party for decades, writes Thomas Frank on our website. But despite some wishy-washy language and doubts about Democrats actual commitment to a more liberal agenda the partys new manifesto, A Better Deal, does offer some hope by inviting Democrats to look in the mirror, Franks says.

We have here a real crack in the wall. Lets hope it spreads, Frank writes.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/11/the-resistance-now-season-of-the-bitch-airbnb-google