May First Movement Technology Podcasts

May First Movement Technology has a podcast! We host a variety of audio content. See below for more details.

Need to Know

Every month, we broadcast a presentation/conversation with people who work on and know about a specific theme of importance to our movements. Presenters are heard via phone or computer and people ask questions with a text box…usually all.

Points Taken

May First’s Lucas Lopez hosts this weekly conversation with people leading work in all kinds of movements.

Technology Infrastructure and Services

The May First TIAS work group invites guest speakers to share their insights on building technology by and for movements.


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  • Ame Elliot - Ux Design For Shifting Power

    Ame Elliot - UX Design for shifting power

    2021-07-02: Ame Elliot talks about her work at Simply Secure providing design support and coaching for technology projects that center and protect vulnerable populations. Follow the pdf presentation.

    Ame elliot

    Ame Elliot is the Design Director for Simply Secure, an educational nonprofit building a community of professional practitioners who put people at the center of privacy, security, transparency, and ethics.

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  • Nechari Riley - Human Centered Research

    Nechari Riley - Human Centered Research

    2021-07-25: Nechari Riley shares insights from her journey to becoming a “people powered” UX Design researcher. Follow the pdf presentation

    Nechari Riley

    Nechari Riley is a mixed-methods user researcher and strategist who works with organizations to develop research-informed projects that are inclusive, accessible, and engaging.

  • Victoria Barnett - Design Justice

    Victoria Barnett - Design Justice

    2021-06-18: Victoria Barnett introduces us to the Design Justice Principles and her work supporting the growth of the Design Justice Network . Follow the pdf presentation

    Victoria Barnett

    Victoria Barnett is a digital graphic designer, facilitator, community organizer and collaborator at the service of social justice initiatives. Her work is based on the Principles of Design Justice.

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  • The Congressional Invasion, the Biden Presidency: What happens now?

    Biden is President. The Congress is over-run by right-wing thugs. We are in a new era. Now what? What do we demand of this new administration? What should we expect from this new situation? What do we think this new administration is going to do…what should we be doing?

    Presentations by Jerome Scott, Maritza Arrastia and Ken Montenegro, followed by small group discussions (not recorded) followed by report backs.

    [Unfortunately the beginning of the session is missing. It picks up just after Jerome begins his presentation.]

  • 2020 Membership Meeting Dues Proposal

    This presentation covers the proposal for re-structuring how we price the dues for membership.

  • 2020 Membership Meeting on Coop And Engagement

    The Coop and Engagement membership meeting discussion covered how best we can engage our members in our organizing and operations work.

  • 2020 Membership Meeting: Board Orientation

    This session provides an overview of the organization, specifically intended for anyone interested in joining the Board.

  • 2020 Membership Meeting on Movement Priorities

    At this meeting we discussed our Movement organizing priorities for the coming year.

  • 2020 Membership Meeting discussion on Technology Infrastructure and Services

    Our 2020 Membership meeting discussion on Technology Infrastructure and Services took place on October 27th. You can click above to hear the recording and participate in the discussion.

  • The Internet: Planning the Future

    The crises in our society have made clear not only how important the Internet is but how we must change it. Our culture of large meetings and conferences, our dependence on corporate communications and our lack of vision for the future now show themselves as serious political problems. We simply can’t go on doing things the way we are used to doing them and people in all our movements are identifying the challenges and discussing ways to deal with them.

    How we organize and how we communicate is going to have to change in fundamental ways and those changes will not only allow us to continue our work more effectively but give us an opportunity to build visioning bridges into the future.

    In this July Need to Know, activists involved in answering these challenges discuss with the attendees: the changes in collaboration today, including meeting and converging; developing an alternative to the Internet; and sketching a future based on this technology.

    It’s an exercise in visioning based on the very real challenges we are all facing.