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The Sum of Us Post features ASJ’s Riders Against Racism in the Minden siren episode
Noted author and public policy expert Heather McGhee has launched a podcast about social justice. Dubbed “The Sum Of Us,” the podcast celebrates the progress achieved by groups of people who reach across racial lines to work together for a better America.
Episode five was titled “Minden, NV: The Last Sundown Siren.” During this episode McGhee traces the history of the siren and the history of resistance aiming to silence this hate symbol.
ASJ has been involved with the movement to silence the Minden siren since 2020, when ASJ’s Matt Niswonger started a petition to help expose the terrible “sundowner” history of the Minden/Gardnerville area. Featured in the podcast was ASJ’s non-profit Riders Against Racism and the pivotal role mountain bikers played in raising awareness about what Niswonger calls “America’s Cruelest Public Ceremony.”
Unfortunately the Minden siren still rings twice a day, at noon and five pm. Stay tuned for continuing coverage as we support Washoe Elders in their quest to silence the Minden siren.
Learn more about Heather McGhee here.
Listen to the Sum of Us podcast here.
Learn more about Riders Against Racism here.
Read past ASJ articles about Riders Against Racism and the sundown siren here.