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Rafael Shimunov

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Latest 6 Aug 2022 | Updated Daily

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BONUS: Yang Gangs of New York with Rafael Shimunov and Matt Lieb

The Bitchuation Room

It’s up to you, New York! The mayoral race is around the corner and somehow the libertarian entrepreneur who poses as progressive, Andrew Yang, is one of the front runners. NYC-based activist Rafael Shimunov joins Francesca Fiorentini and comedian Matt Lieb for an in-depth look at New York politics in the year 2021: from Andrew Cuomo’s origin story of an a-hole and why he should definitely resign, to the failures of Mayor Bill DeBlasio, to the ranked-choice mayoral primary coming up in June. We’re talking about the big apple, the city that never sleeps, the concrete streets that corporate democratic consultant dreams are made of.  Featuring:  Rafael Shimunov, @rafshimunov (Athena, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) Matt Lieb, @mattlieb (Pod Yourself a Gun, Good Mythical Morning) Francesca Fiorentini @franifio Join the Franita and become a Patron today: www.patreon.com/bitchuationroomFollow The Bitchuation Room on Twitter @BitchuationPodThanks to producer Rebecca Rufer, and post production team Kelly Carey & Dorsey Shaw. Music Credits: The Cannery by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4485-the-canneryLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license Support The Bitchuation Room on: Venmo: @TBR-LIVE Cash-App: @TBRLIVE  Check Out The Bitchuation Room Podcast iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesbitchuationGoogle Music: http://bit.ly/GoogleBitchuationStitcher: http://bit.ly/stitcherbitchuationSpotify: http://bit.ly/spotifybitchuation  Find Francesca On: Twitter: https://twitter.com/franifio YouTube: The Bitchuation Room’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/franifio Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/franifioFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/FranifioInsta: https://www.instagram.com/franifio/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

23 Mar 2021

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We Are Rafael Shimunov

Ethnically Ambiguous

In episode 181, the girls are joined by Rafael Shimunov to discuss his immigration to America from Uzbekistan, his upbringing in New York, his work as an activist for numerous organizations like The Jewish Vote and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, using his voice as a Jewish man standing up for Palestine, his infamous Ellen / Iraq war edit on Twitter, and more! Follow Rafael on Twitter at @rafaelshimunov and on Instagram at @rafternoon. Also find more info about Rafael on his ResistHere profile. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 7mins

11 Jan 2021

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205: Big Girls Don’t Cry, With Rafael Shimunov

Pod Yourself A Gun - A Sopranos Podcast

Hot off "Commendatori" last week, in which the gang traveled to Italy, the show introduced Furio, and we were treated to arguably the best Paulie Walnuts episode of the show, this week brings us an incredible Christopher episode.In "Big Girls Don't Cry," originally aired February 13, 2000, Chris Moltisante has been signed up (by his girlfriend, Adriana) for a class called "acting for writers," in which the teacher immediately informs the class that "the actor is an instrument for conveying ideas."As funny as Paulie in Italy was, Christopher in acting class might be even funnier, whether it's crushing at improv, expanding his range with James Dean, or getting offended by the mere sight of one of his classmates' dumb faces (could you blame him? Mitch from Hartsdale is the worst). Is David Chase better at making fun of therapy or at making fun of the arts? Meanwhile, Furio has come to America, Big Pussy has been passed over, and Richie Aprile has moved into Tony's mom's house with his sister, Janice. Once again, this is one of my favorite episodes and it ends with an all-time great tracking shot scene of Furio unleashing strangely humorous ultra-violence.To help us discuss it all, we have this week's guest, Rafael Shimunov, from JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) and The Jewish Vote. I hope he loves our dumb theme song! As always, you can email us at Frotcast@Gmail.com, leave us a voicemail at (+1) 415 275 0030, and support the show by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Frotcast.

1hr 9mins

25 Feb 2020

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78: Bush and Ellen, War Crimes and...Fair Use? (w/ Rafael Shimunov)

DOOMED with Matt Binder

Activist Rafael Shimunov joins DOOMED with Matt Binder to discuss Ellen Degeneres's friendship with George W. Bush. We discuss George Bush's legacy, our own experiences growing up post-9/11 under the Bush administration, why Ellen's friendship with Bush is a problem, why Ellen's defense of her friendship with Bush is even worse, Rafael's amazing video critiquing Ellen's defense and how the Ellen Show keeps hitting it with unwarranted copyright claims to take the video down even though the video falls under fair use, and more! Also on the patron only half of the show, we discuss Shep Smith's sudden departure from Fox News, a post-Trump world, your questions and comments and more! Support the show at http://www.patreon.com/mattbinder

1hr 11mins

12 Oct 2019

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Rafael Shimunov on Guerilla Art at The Whitney and the JFK Airport Muslim Ban Protests

Protest and Survive

Rafael Shimunov is "just someone from Queens" who was born in Uzbekistan, and incorporates creative tactics into grassroots campaigns. Rafael is a board member of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and formerly with the Working Families Party and the Center for Constitutional Rights. In  December 2018, Rafael guerilla-style installed his own painting on a wall in the Whitney Museum of American Art. The piece depicted a family running from teargas that was fired at the U.S./Mexico border. The action was in protest of The Whitney's Board of Trustees Vice Chairman and owner of Safariland, Warren Kanders. Art magazine Hyperalergic reported that canisters of teargas bearing Safariland’s name were found where U.S. Customs and Border Protection had fired teargas at Central American migrants near Tijuana in November 2018. The migrants, who included children, were seeking asylum in the U.S. If you generally pay attention to lefty news, you may already have seen some of Rafael's other work.  He livestreamed the JFK Muslim ban protests for the Working Families Party, which received 16 million views on Facebook alone. He also made the video that used a red overlay to compare videos, the original and the doctored Inforwars version that was shared by the White House, of the altercation over a microphone between Jim Acosta and a White House intern when Trump cut off Acosta's question in November 2018. We spoke with Rafael at the Anchor Podcast Lab in Manhattan, about how to and why to sneak a piece of protest art into a museum, the ownership of cultural institutions, cars honking in support of demonstrations, coming to America from Uzbekistan, growing up in an immigrant family in Queens, and how using art in protest taps into different parts of people’s brains.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/protest-and-survive/support


3 Jun 2019

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Episode 2: Rafael Shimunov

Activist NYC

Interview with Rafael Shimunov, a Queens activist and organizer who serves as a board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and former Creative Director for the Working Families Party.


4 Mar 2019