Wait Your Turn? (Episode 35)

Robin Renée, Mary McGinley, and Wendy Sheridan all got together at Wendy’s place to talk about “wait your turn” politics. Often in the name of progress, women, people of color, those who identify or are perceived to be LGBTQ, and other marginalized people have been told to wait. If the time for their/our justice is not now, when will it be? Are there times when the request to wait is strategic and valid? Is it always an insult and an injustice? How much does an acknowledgment of the pain caused by being asked to wait matter? The conversation winds through these questions and others, teasing out more questions and inviting continued political discussion and reflection on a centuries-old problem.

Also in this episode, Wendy goes over Robert Reich’s survival guide for two more years of Trump and Robin shares the news that beginning February 1st, New Jersey residents have the right to change their gender identity on a birth certificate. A third, nonbinary option is also available for the first time. If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, there’s also Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb 10th – 16th), Valentine’s Day and National Shut-in Visitation Day ( Feb 14th), National Do a Grouch a Favor Day (Feb 16th), Presidents Day and National Drink Wine Day (Feb 18th), and National Engineer’s Week (Feb 17th – 23rd). Birthday shout outs go to Henry Rollins, Peter Gabriel, Frederick Douglass, and Wendy’s daughter Ariel Berenzon.

Things to do:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Artwork by Mitch Boyer
Artwork by Mitch Boyer

Listen to “More Perfect: Sex Appeal,” a story in which Ruth Bader Ginsburg convinces an all-male Supreme Court to take discrimination on the basis of sex seriously — and uses an instance of “wait your turn” politics along the way.

Take a look back at Robert Reich’s Summer Survival Guide for the Trump Era, posted for “A Leftscape 4th of July (Episode 6).” Useful reminders in any season!

Learn about The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

The Jungle - Upton Sinclair




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