Podcast: Making of the Central Florida Women’s Rally


photo by Julie Wilder

The Women’s Rally–Central Florida, at Lake Eola Amphitheater, is a Solidarity event in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington. This is the origin story of how first time organizers Gricel & Autumn decided to volunteer their time to bring a grassroots gathering in Central Florida.

Take a listen:

The rally was a huge success – I estimate at least 10k and possibly more were in attendance.

About Our Guests


Gricel & Autumn are two friends who met 20 years ago at their kids’ preschool. Autumn is passionate about family, education and social justice. She has been a professional storyteller for over a decade. She agreed to co-organize the Women’s Rally – Central Florida because she believes each of us, especially women and and marginalized groups, has a voice that deserves to be heard. Gricel has been newly relieved of her full-time stay-home-mom duties by her son’s heading off to college. She joined a fledgling Facebook Group of 50 people interested in doing “something” in Orlando in solidarity with the DC event. She agreed to organize the Rally because she believes silence makes you complicit and “if not us, who?”

This show originally aired live on Wednesday, January 18th on WPRK 91.5fm.

Occupy Wall Street inspires Occupy Orlando on October 15th

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Occupy Orlando

Orlando is set to stand in solidarity with the 99% who are Occupying Wall Street and hundreds of cities across the nation and globe. A lively discussion about the revolution sweeping the nation and our own neighborhood with a fine group of free thinkers including:

  • Charles Eisenstein is the author of Sacred Economics and his recent commentary No Demand is Big Enough has swept the web. We spoke with Charles in depth a month ago (pre-occupation) and that hour long interview can be listened to here.
  • Orlando District 36 Representative Scott Randolph (D) is one of those politicians that is an exception to the rule, in our hostesses humble opinion. He’s real, and gets it. He is the first politician ever to enjoy a seat on our program.
  • Susannah Lindberg Randolph is the Executive Director of Florida Watch Action, an organization dedicated to strengthening the progressive movement in Florida. The group has made headlines with campaigns such as DirtyHari.com and PinkSlipRick.com.  She was recently made famous for her uterus, which is currently, happily, occupied.
  • Kat & Julie (not the host Julie, another Julie) have been organizing as part of a leaderless group of the 99% for Occupy Orlando. They are regular folks who have been moved into action, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street revolution.

Would YOU like to Occupy the Front Porch? Please contact us if you can come on air next Wednesday between 4 and 5pm to tell your story of why you stand in solidarity with the 99%.

A New American Dream with Julie Norris

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A time of transition for you? Julie Norris sits solo on the Front Porch and talks about pioneering the future as the past with a discussion on the “New American Dream” and the Declaration of Interdependence. Anyone interested in these topics should definitely totally attend the Living Economies: Place Matters conference.

Eatonville & Zora Neale Hurston with NY Nathiri

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Zora Neal Hurston

N.Y. Nathiri, Executive Director of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, introduces us to the historic town of Eatonville, Florida and one of it’s most famous residents, author, activist & folklorist Zora Neale Hurston. A festival in Hurston’s honor takes place this week. More details on Zora Fest!