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Jaslin Kaur, candidate for New York City Council District 23, if elected would be the first South Asian person and youngest woman ever elected to the New York City Council. In our conversation, Jaslin explains what drives her leadership, and why she was inspired to run for office in the first place. Listen to All Electorette Episodes https://www.el…
 
Jennifer Klein, the Executive Director, and Co-Chair of the newly formed White House Gender Policy Council discusses the administration's plans to address gender-based inequality. The goal of the Gender Policy Council is to advance a government wide agenda to address systemic factors that have lead to gender-based inequality for women and girls. Th…
 
Andrea Mercado, the Executive Director of Florida Rising, an independent organization working to increase the voting and political power of Florida's black and brown communities, discusses what went wrong for Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, and what they can do to flip the sunshine state Blue during the upcoming midterms, and the 2024 ele…
 
Tiffany Gardner, CEO of Reflect.US, a nonpartisan coalition working to increase the number of women in office, looks back at the 2020 election cycle with an analysis of how women candidates faired at all levels of government. More about Reflect.US Listen to All Electorette Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Electorette Rate & …
 
Lala Wu, the Executive Director of the Sister District Project, discusses how Democrats performed in down ballot, and legislative races in 2020 compared to Republicans, and Sister District's plans to help Democrats win more state races, and gain more power in the next midterm election, in 2024, and beyond. Listen to All Electorette Episodes https:/…
 
Professor Erin Hatton, discusses her book Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment, which explores the world of coerced labor; from prisoner laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes, these workforce roles are often under-compensated, or aren't compensated at all, and sometimes face punitive consequences if they leave these…
 
Nan Aron, the founder and president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal judicial advocacy group, discusses Trump's judicial legacy, and how the lifetime appointment of conservative judges will affect everything from voting rights to reproductive rights. We also discuss whether Democrats should consider expanding the Supreme Court. Alliance for Justi…
 
Foreign policy expert, Lauren Baer discusses President Biden's foreign policy strategy, and compares his approach to that of Trump's. We focus our discussion on America's relationship with Russia and North Korea, and how President Biden can repair the damage done following four years of the Trump administration's contentious relationships with Amer…
 
Healthcare activist, and cancer survivor Laura Packard discusses how the Affordable Care Act saved her life. She also talks about her fight to keep the ACA intact under the Trump administration, President Biden's executive orders meant to strengthen ACA, and an upcoming Supreme Court decision that just may strike the whole thing down. Episode Resou…
 
Journalist and author, Katherine Stewart, discusses her latest book titled "The Power Worshipers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism." We discuss the history of how the religious right became entangled in politics, and how it has masked itself as a social moment, but in reality is a political movement - shaping everything from fisca…
 
Cornell philosopher Kate Manne, author of the groundbreaking book "Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny," discusses her latest book, "Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women." We discuss male entitlement, and privilege in a range of contexts including the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the irrational worldview of incels (involuntary celibate),…
 
Dr. Laura Briggs, author of "How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics," discusses her latest book "Taking Children: A History of American Terror." Briggs chronicles the history of American policy of separating families, including during slavery, our history of trauma inflicted upon Native families, bias drug policy, the American foster care sy…
 
Who owns public space? Although segregation legally ended in 1964 with the passing of the Civil Rights Act, informal policing of public spaces has continued. Recent viral videos where people of color are confronted in public spaces, are only half the story. From parks, to pools, to neighborhoods, to college campuses, people of color are being polic…
 
Glynda Carr, the President & CEO of Higher Heights for America, a national organization building the collective political power and leadership of Black women, discusses the general election results, including several down ballot races won by candidates endorsed by Higher Heights. Carr also discusses the historic nature of Vice President Elect Kamal…
 
Tiffany Gardner, CEO of Reflect.US, a nonpartisan coalition working to increase the number of women in office, discusses how the US fairs in comparison to other countries in relation to women's representation in government. We also discuss the barriers that low-income, working mothers, and single parents face when seeking elected office. More about…
 
Congresswoman Val Demings discusses what's a stake during this election, how she maintains her resolve during this crisis for our democracy, and what she meant during the impeachment hearings when she said that this moment in our history does not scare her. Listen to All Electorette Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Electoret…
 
Shaniqua McClendon, the Political Director for Crooked Media, the media company behind the incredibly popular podcast, Pod Save America, discusses their Vote Save America project. Since launching Vote Save America, they've raised millions of dollars for progressives races and causes, as well as, encouraged tens of thousands of their listeners to vo…
 
Erin Vilardi, founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead, discusses why we don't have parity in terms of women's representation in government, and what her organization is doing about it. We also discuss Erin's predictions for the 2020 election cycle, and whether we will see another wave of women winning their races. Follow & Support Vote Run Lead About Vote…
 
Fatima Goss Graves, the CEO & President of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), discusses Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy on the Supreme Court, what that legacy meant for women, as well as, a few of Justice Ginsburg's most memorable decisions. We also discuss the current process to replace Justice Ginsburg, and how it reveals the vulnerabil…
 
Representative Deb Haaland discusses Native Women's Equal Pay Day, Vice President Biden's plan for Native communities, including economic development, healthcare expansion, and addressing the epidemic of violence against indigenous women, and girls. Listen to All Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Electorette Rate & Review on …
 
Latosha Brown, the cofounder of Black Voters Matter, gives a virtual masterclass in how to engage, connect with, and excite disenchanted voters. We also discuss voter suppression, Georgia's voter suppression crisis including their massive voter purge, and how they'll be using their Black Voters Matter buses to engage voters for the 2020 election. F…
 
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, of Texas's 29th Congressional District, discusses Biden's agenda for the Latino community, including his plans to expand healthcare access to undocumented immigrants, an increase in the minimum wage, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. She also addresses criticisms on whether the campaig…
 
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who served as Baltimore's 49th mayor, discusses Biden's agenda for the Black community, including his plans to address the wealth gap, increase homeownership, disproportionately high rates of Black maternal mortality, and expanding the Department of Justice to address systemic misconduct in police departments and pro…
 
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill joins me to discuss the country's childcare crisis, and how it's been exacerbated by the pandemic. We also discuss two pieces of legislation which were recently passed in the House: the Child Care is Essential Act (H.R. 7027) and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7327), as well as, the $775 billion childcar…
 
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester joins me to discuss Women's Equality Day, and to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. We also discuss her role on Vice President Biden's VP nominating committee, and the strengths Senator Kamala Harris brings to the ticket. Listen to All Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Elector…
 
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, discuss the DNC Convention and its focus on social justice, the historic nature of the Kamala Harris's Vice Presidential nomination, and America's gun violence crisis, and our "epidemic of hate." Listen to All Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Electorette Rate & Review on iTunes: https://apple.…
 
Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, discusses her new book "The Lie That Binds," which thoroughly chronicles how abortion rights evolved from a nonpartisan, back-burner issue, to the central cause championed by conservatives and the Radical Right. Listen to All Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Support the Electorette Rat…
 
Dr. Wendy Osefo, is a progressive political commentator, the Founder and CEO of the 1954 Equity Project, and a Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Osefo has a weekly radio segment on Radio One 93.9FM WKYS, entitled "Three Things You Need to Know, With Dr. Wendy O". Wendy served on the Obama Administrations Anti-Poverty Initi…
 
Andrea Freeman, professor at the University of Hawaii, and author of the book "Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice," discusses the Fultz quadruplets, and their lifelong exploitation at the hands of their doctor, who sold the rights to use the sisters for marketing purposes to the highest-bidding formula company. We also discuss the politics…
 
Jesse Mermell, Congressional Candidate in Massachusetts' 4th District, discusses the importance of electing reproductive justice champions, her tenure as Head of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood, and how a conversation with Cecile Richards, shaped her views on electoral politics. Listen to All Episodes https://www.electorette.com/podcast Supp…
 
Director of Democracy for the Indivisible Project, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, discusses the recent vote in the House of Representatives to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. If the bill were to pass in the Senate, DC would become the nation's 51st state. Meagan also discusses the history of the fight for DC statement, including arguments made a…
 
Cynthia Choi, Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, discusses the rising wave of discrimination and hostility directed toward Asian Americans, as well as how xenophobic rhetoric from elected officials, including from the Trump administration, fuels that hostility. We also discuss Trump’s Chinese student expulsion, COVID-19 and bu…
 
Alexis McGill Johnson, the President & CEO of Planned Parenthood, discusses the direction of the organization, including how they will continue to fight to strengthen reproductive healthcare, expand access to all, and create a truly intersectional and inclusive coalition by partnering with activists and movements whose values align with that of Pla…
 
Professor Andrea Freeman, a Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii, and author of the report, The Government Must Increase SNAP Benefits and Eligibility to Avoid a National Food Emergency, discusses the country's food security crisis, SNAP benefits, and failings of the country's food policy, and how they affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak. …
 
Lauren Baer is a Democratic Strategist who is also a former State Department Official, and spent six years in the Obama administration, working as a senior adviser to secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Lauren Baer also ran for congress in Florida’s 18th District, in 2018…
 
Kathy Hochul, Lt Governor of New York State discusses the state's plan for reopening and rebuilding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We also discuss the unique impact the pandemic will have on women, who have been on the frontline as essential workers. To learn more about New York's plan for recovery, please visit: http://forward.ny.gov/ Su…
 
Fatima Goss Graves, the President and CEO of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), discusses the unique ways in which the Coronavirus pandemic will affect women, as women are a large percentage of essential workers. We also discuss the economic impact to women and the growing childcare crisis. Lastly, we discuss a report published by the NWLC whi…
 
Page Gardner is the founder and board chair of Voter Participation Center and its partner organization founder, the Center for Voter Information. The Voter Participation Center has helped 4.6 million voters register and get to the polls. Page Gardner was a pioneer in recognizing unmarried women as a key political voting bloc with significant and im…
 
Andrea Hailey is the CEO of Vote.org, the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan voting registration and get out the vote tech platform in America. Vote.org has registered millions of voters over the years, and Andrea joins me to discuss how they are adjusting their efforts to support millions more voters during the pandemic, protecting the vot…
 
Rachel Barkow, vice dean and professor at New York University's School of Law, discusses how Governors can use clemency powers to slow the spread of COVID-19 in prison and jail populations, as well as, slow the spread to prison staff and family. Data for Progress Report: GOVERNORS MUST USE CLEMENCY POWERS TO SLOW THE PANDEMIC OUR LEADERS HAVE THE P…
 
Kat Calvin, founder and executive director of Spread the Vote, an organization that focuses on helping Americans get the ID they need to vote, discusses how the Coronavirus outbreak has affected these communities. We also discuss how the stimulus package and other relief efforts and resources fail to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Get 15…
 
MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO, Congressional Candidate for NY-15th Melissa Mark-Viverito is a Puerto Rican Democratic politician and former speaker of the New York City Council from 2014 to 2017, as well as councilmember for the 8th district from 2006 to 2017. Mark-Viverito is currently running for election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 15th Co…
 
KELLY BADEN Kelly Baden is the Vice President of Reproductive Rights for State Innovation Exchange, an organization dedicated to supporting and collaborating with state legislators by working with advocacy groups, think tanks and activists to provide the tools and information legislators need to be successful. We discuss the challenges state legisl…
 
JESSICA POST Jessica Post, President of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC.org) discusses their 2020 strategy to elect more state Democrats and win legislative majorities. We discuss their successes as grassroots fundraising and seats flipped from red to blue over the past 4 years. We also take a look back at the 2010 midterms. Sup…
 
CHRYL LAIRD Chyrl Laird, is a political analyst, author and professor, who specializes in Race and Ethnic Politics and Political Psychology. In her new book titled, "Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior," which Laird coauthored along with Ismail White, they analyze the historical political patterns of Black voters, …
 
NADINE STROSSEN Nadine Strossen, is an activist, professor, and was the first woman and youngest president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She is also the author of the book "HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship," which explores arguments around "Hate Speech" vs. "Free Speech." We discuss the definition of ha…
 
Julie Kohler Julie Kohler, a Fellow in Residence at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), discusses their new analysis which shows that women are more effective state legislators than men. We discuss the implications of these findings and discuss examples of how women elected to legislative positions have used this power to pass progressive legis…
 
Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is running for the Senate in the state of Texas, a seat which would help flip the state blue. Tzintzún Ramirez is a longtime organizer and the founder of a Texas-based nonprofit, JOLT, which mobilizes young Latino voters. Tzintzún Ramirez has received high-profile endorsements from Representative …
 
Bassey Ikpi Author Bassey Ikpi discusses her bestselling collection of essays titled "I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying," which explores the author's experiences through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II and anxiety. This stunning memoir in essay form is both vulnerable and beautiful, and a must-read. Get 15% Off from M.M.…
 
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Congressional Candidate for NY-15th Melissa Mark-Viverito was a member of the New York City Council, representing District 8 during Michael Bloomberg's tenure as mayor. We discuss the harmful effects of the Stop & Frisk policy and other policies enacted during Bloomberg's time as Mayor, and what happened when she stood up and…
 
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