If you turn on the news, it seems as if hate is all around us. Truth be told, you don’t even need the news to tell you: Depending on who and where you are, it feels like hate is all around us. Hatred for the other. Hatred that is rooted in fear. Hatred that is actively destroying communities and lives. But where did it come from? And what do we do with it? In this episode, we’ll expose and discuss the Industry of Hate that fuels our division and look at different, sometimes opposing, approaches for how to respond to it. The Assembly is co-hosted by Erica Williams Simon, an award-winning content creator, educator, host and social critic focused on exploring the truth of who we are and how we want to live, and Rosario Dawson, and award-winning actress, director, and activist who lends her time off-screen to a range of influential organizations, most notably VotoLatino, which she co-founded in 2004 to help empower Latino millennials to vote and influence change in government.
Guests "assembling" for this episode include scholar and peace-promoter Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll; Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education; media personality, writer, speaker and civil rights activist Ashlee Marie Preston, who hosts the podcast/vodcast entitled "Shook with Ashlee Marie Preston," which examines news, politics, entertainment and pop culture through a social justice lens; and Tracy Broughton, who was crowned Ms. America 2011 after overcoming numerous obstacles in her life, including being abducted as a small girl, losing her mother to cancer, spending more than a decade in a wheelchair, then raising two children as a single mother who was also modeling, working with charities, and running a legal aid business.
Artists bringing their talent to this episode of The Assembly include Raye Zaragoza, an award-winning singer-songwriter and activist whose multinational heritage (Native American [O'odham], Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music; poetic artist Saul Williams, a writer, musician, and actor who co-wrote and starred in the 1998 Sundance
Grand Jury Prize and Cannes Caméra D’or winner Slam; and entrepreneur and activist Joey Montoya, who is Lipan Apache from Texas, but was born and raised in San Francisco, where he started his own company called Urban Native Era, which focuses on reclaiming who we are as Indigenous people of the 21st century by showing and bringing awareness not only on our culture, but issues that our Indigenous people are still facing today.
"Side B" of this episode will premiere May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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