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New Faces of Democracy
43 minutes | May 25, 2022
Michelle Colon, An Abortion Freedom Fighter in Mississippi
This episode features a conversation with abortion rights activist Michelle Colon of SHERo (Sisters Helping Every Woman Rise and Organize), an organization dedicated to reproductive justice for black and brown women in Mississippi. While there’s no sugarcoating the dire state of abortion rights in our country right now, this conversation will help you pick yourself up out of your puddle of tears and start to take action. Michelle and Nancy talk about how Mississippi, with its myriad abortion restrictions, is virtually already in a post-Roe universe and how it will only get harder; the fraught history of bodily autonomy for black and brown women; and why we need to support local abortion organizations that are able to help women with the daunting amount of resources they will need when Roe is gone for good. You can donate to support Michelle's work at SHERo https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=YMWMH8LMBKRZJ (here). And below is Michelle’s list of other worthy grassroots groups that help women with those resources. ARC Southeast https://arc-southeast.org/ (arc-southeast.org) Indigenous Women Rising https://www.iwrising.org/abortion-fund (https://www.iwrising.org/abortion-fund) Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund https://www.msreprofreedomfund.org/ (www.msreprofreedomfund.org) New Orleans Abortion Fund https://www.neworleansabortionfund.org/ (www.neworleansabortionfund.org) Tampa Bay Abortion Fund https://tbafund.com/ (tbafund.com) National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org/ (abortionfunds.org) Yellowhammer Fund https://www.yellowhammerfund.org/ (www.yellowhammerfund.org)
27 minutes | May 11, 2022
Diana Robinson of Make the Road Pennsylvania
On the last episode with Stacy Kramer of Blueprint/Swing Left, we got a bird’s eye view of why we should support grassroots groups in swing states. This week, Nancy is following up with a “boots on the ground” perspective from Diana Robinson, civic engagement director at Make the Road Pennsylvania. Diana discusses her group’s support of working class Latinx communities year in and year out, and how that translates into votes for Democrats when elections roll around. Nancy and Diana also talk about what life is like in a deeply divided battleground state like Pennsylvania, how the group’s advocacy is making a real impact, and why they need money now to knock on doors and educate voters before the elections. To make a donation or learn more about Make the Road Pennsylvania (a 501(c)(3) organization), go to https://www.maketheroadpa.org/donate (https://www.maketheroadpa.org/donate). To make a donation or learn more about their electoral 501(c)(4) arm, Make the Road Action, go to https://www.maketheroadaction.org/ (www.maketheroadaction.org).
37 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Stacy Kramer: Why Grassroots Giving Will Save Democracy
This episode features Stacy Kramer who first came on the podcast two years ago as a newly activated Democratic fundraiser who was making fundraising more Democratic. But after the disappointing down ballot results for Democrats in 2020, she took a hard look at what had gone wrong and realized that giving large amounts of money directly to candidates and campaigns is not a winning strategy. Now she has changed activist gears and is a consultant at Blueprint, a division of the political action group Swing Left. At Blueprint, Stacy is dedicating her time to building up local grassroots civics groups in order to build Democratic infrastructure so that Democrats can win. Stacy and Nancy talk about the law of diminishing returns when it comes to campaign giving, how Republicans have been successfully cultivating the grassroots for decades, and the expertise that Blueprint provides, giving donors the assurance that their gifts will have maximum impact. To learn more about Blueprint, go to http://blueprint.swingleft.org (blueprint.swingleft.org) or email Stacy at email@example.com. Stacy talks about the following resources on the podcast: https://newrepublic.com/article/165243/amy-mcgrath-losing-democrats-senate-fundraising (The Losing Democrats who Gobbled Up Money) by Michael Sokolove in The New Republic Kyle Spencer’s book https://www.harpercollins.com/products/raising-them-right-kyle-spencer?variant=39969485520930 (Raising Them Right: The Untold Story of America's Ultraconservative Youth Movement--and Its Plot for Power) will be published in the fall.
37 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Nisha Anand on Radical Common Ground
This episode features Indian-American activist and racial justice leader Nisha Anand of https://www.thedreamcorps.org/ (Dream Corps). Once a radical grassroots activist arrested in Burma for passing out pro-democracy leaflets, Nisha’s expansive organizing experience and work with mentors like Van Jones, solidified her belief in the power of working with unlikely partners to find real solutions. As Dream Corps’ CEO, Nisha leads a diverse group of people who are learning, like her, the value of unconventional relationships. Nisha and Nancy speak about how we can and must work with people across the divide to come up with lasting solutions to our biggest problems; how these solutions are enriched, not compromised, when we find common ground; and an optimistic take on our ability to tackle the climate crisis. If you’re interested in learning more about Nisha’s journey from punk-rock protester to common ground champion, check out her TED talk, https://www.ted.com/talks/nisha_anand_the_radical_act_of_choosing_common_ground_mar_2020?language=en (The Radical Act of Choosing Common Ground).
34 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Claire Ullman and Sandy Radoff of Students for Justice
On this episode, Nancy speaks with Claire Ullman and Sandy Radoff of the voter outreach group Students for Justice. In 2020, Claire was a professor who was trying to help her students whose summer jobs had gone up in smoke during the covid lockdown. Sandy was an active volunteer with the https://www.centerforcommonground.org/ (Center for Common Ground). The two of them saw an untapped resource to help get out the vote of people of color in voter suppression states, and Students for Justice was born. Sandy, Claire and Nancy discuss repurposing skills from earlier careers to do good; the importance of giving students leadership and political organizing experience; building intergenerational bonds; and the very real impact that postcards, phonebanking, textbanking and social media outreach have on elections. If you liked my earlier conversation with Andrea Miller, founder of the Center of Common Ground, you’ll love learning about the ripple effects of her work here. And it’s easy for you to get involved by hosting a virtual house party to introduce your friends to Students for Justice. Just go to the “House Parties” link on their website. To learn more about Students for Justice, go to http://studentsforjusticevote.org (studentsforjusticevote.org).
31 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Changing our Diets to Save the World
And now for something completely different with this episode on plant based eating. This is the second in a two part environmental series on thinking globally and acting locally. In the last episode, Nancy spoke with Daniel Katz of the Rainforest Alliance about the global effect of rainforest destruction on climate change and that the main cause for this destruction is cattle raising. But it’s not just cattle in rainforests that are the problem. Worldwide, animal agriculture accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the entire transportation sector combined, which clocks in at 13%. This all means that eating a plant based diet has more of an impact on climate than driving an electric car. So this episode focuses on acting locally, and I mean hyper-locally because the most powerful personal action we can take to fight climate change is changing our diet. Our guides for this exploration of plant based eating are friends and veteran vegans, artist Gayle Kabaker and Suzette Moyer, design director at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gayle, Suzette and Nancy are all at different stages of their plant-based journeys – Gayle has been a vegan for 8 years, Suzette for two and Nancy is the newcomer since a recent diagnosis of high cholesterol. In this preach-free zone, Gayle, Suzette and Nancy talk about tips, tricks, hacks and recipes, the vegan glow and demystifying weird-sounding ingredients. And if Gayle’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she appeared on earlier episode of the podcast, speaking about her work at Vital Voices to raise up women leaders around the world. So if you want to lose weight, if you want to improve your overall health, if you’re just curious or if you want to change your diet to save the planet, then this episode is for you. And be sure to check out the website at http://newfacesofdemocracy.org (newfacesofdemocracy.org) for additional recipes and resources.
38 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Daniel Katz on Saving Rainforests to Save the World
This episode with Daniel Katz of the Rainforest Alliance, is the first in a two part environmental series on thinking globally and acting locally. While you probably know that rainforests around the world are in danger, you may not know that rainforest destruction wreaks havoc on the climate and puts us all in danger. You also may not know that, here in the United States, we as consumers are culpable in aiding and abetting global rainforest destruction. Daniel and Nancy talk about the connection between rainforests and climate, why deforestation is taking place, and ways our personal choices can help save the rainforests to save the world. And if this episode gets you thinking, be sure to check out Part 2 of the series coming soon which will be a deep dive into plant based eating. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, go to https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ (www.rainforest-alliance.org).
41 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Andrea Miller: Turning the Tide for Voters of Color in the South
This episode features a conversation with Andrea Miller, founding board member of the Center for Common Ground. The Center for Common Ground is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to turning out the vote of people of color in voter suppression states in the South. Nancy and Andrea talk about the most devious and extreme voter suppression tactics today; the tools and techniques to fight them; and the importance of teaching people how their government works. Andrea’s tireless work may ultimately make all the difference between red and blue in the coming elections, and you will learn how you can play a part in that too. For more information on the Center for Common Ground, visit their https://www.centerforcommonground.org/ (website).
40 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Alex Kramer of Knock for Democracy
On this episode, Nancy speaks with Alex Kramer of Knock for Democracy. Alex is an actor/writer who discovered he had a talent for political organizing after the 2016 election. What started in a living room with a few dozen friends had grown by 2020 to more than 5,000 volunteers who had knocked on countless doors and dialed literally millions of numbers all in the name of, yes, democracy. Alex and I talk about how making the volunteer experience fun keeps people coming back for more; the power of community experience that feels joyous, connected and personal; and bringing back the lost art of civic and civil conversation with our fellow citizens. To learn more or donate, visit http://knockfordemocracy.org (knockfordemocracy.org).
1 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Season 3 Trailer
Welcome to Season 3 of the New Faces of Democracy podcast, hosted by Nancy Bynum. Are you pooped from too much politics and a polarizing pandemic? Season 3 of the podcast is here to help. Because to be an engaged citizen and to save our democracy, you don’t have to act like you're on cable news. Activism doesn’t have to be angry, depleting and exhausting. Activism can be uplifting and energizing. It can connect you with communities of like minded people who care about the things you care about. And if all you have is an hour or two a week, that’s all you need. Season 3 of the New Faces of Democracy podcast will introduce you to people engaged in vitally important work making our country and planet a better place. And it will also give you ideas of ways for you to get involved. These conversations will help you find a path to sustainable, restorative activism that, like a great yoga class, takes a little work but feels really good. Please join Nancy for Season 3, coming soon at http://newfacesofdemocracy.org (newfacesofdemocracy.org) or wherever you stream your podcasts.
45 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Melody Barnes and Laurent Dubois of UVA’s Democracy Initiative
This episode features Professors Melody Barnes and Laurent Dubois, co-directors of the https://democracyinitiative.virginia.edu/ (Democracy Initiative) at the University of Virginia. This interdisciplinary initiative brings together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, practitioners and students to study the urgent challenges facing democracy today and advancing its prospects for the future. Nancy, Melody and Laurent discuss the threats to democracy from both Melody’s public policy and government background and Laurent’s historical perspective; the inherent conflict within democracies between disempowered groups voting for change and entrenched interests that seek to restrict access to the ballot; and while we have a lot of work to do, reasons to be optimistic. https://democracyinitiative.virginia.edu (https://democracyinitiative.virginia.edu)
34 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Manny Yekutiel on Coffee and Dialogue
This episode features a conversation with Manny Yekutiel, founder of San Francisco phenomenon, https://www.welcometomannys.com/ (Manny’s), a civic gathering space that brings people together for coffee, bagels and discourse. In this comfortable and friendly space, people gather for debates, to hear candidates like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, and for something increasingly rare in our country today: dialogue. Nancy and Manny talk about how people are craving in-person experiences in an increasingly digital world; how to heal our political discord; and how to make politics fun, accessible and exciting. https://www.welcometomannys.com (https://www.welcometomannys.com)
33 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Eliza Nemser of Climate Changemakers
This episode features a conversation with Eliza Nemser, an earth scientist who is worried about the earth. So worried, in fact, that she pivoted from science to politics to found http://climatechangemakers.org/ (Climate Changemakers), a group of concerned citizens who take meaningful action to elect climate candidates and advance climate policies. Eliza and Nancy talk about how we can’t science our way out of climate change, it’s a political issue; why her group is defiantly non-partisan; and what we can achieve when we carve out just one hour a week for productive, collective climate action. To learn more, visit http://www.climatechangemakers.org/ (www.climatechangemakers.org).
39 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Alyse Nelson and Gayle Kabaker: Empowering Women at Vital Voices
This episode features Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices, and renowned artist Gayle Kabaker, talking about their artistic collaboration in the name of women’s empowerment around the world. Self-described as "two crazy women with bold ideas," this dynamic duo came together to create a book and exhibition entitled “Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower.” The project includes portraits of 100 global women leaders redefining power and celebrates Vital Voices’ mission to support women’s leadership to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Alyse, Gayle and Nancy talk about how women lead differently and how that leadership style is sorely needed right now; the power of art to transform the way we think about things and shift culture; and the gratification in creating art that makes an impact and inspires others. To purchase the book and learn more about Vital Voices and Gayle Kabaker, see the links below. https://www.vitalvoices.org (https://www.vitalvoices.org) http://gkabaker.com/ (http://gkabaker.com)
32 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Elizabeth Fernandez of Movement Voter Project
This episode features a conversation with Elizabeth Fernandez of Movement Voter Project. Movement Voter Project is based on the ingenious concept of empowering local grassroots groups that work in and are trusted by their communities to bring home important wins for Democrats during elections. MVP provides local groups around the country with support and training and frees them up from time-consuming fundraising to focus on their important work helping and advocating for their neighbors. And when elections roll around, these organizers are perfectly positioned to get out the Democratic vote in ways that no outsider could replicate. MVP may fly under the radar but its reach is deep and wide, having raised $100 million in the last election cycle. Nancy and Elizabeth talk about MVP’s astonishing impact in 2020; why the key to lasting progressive change lies in empowering local community organizers; and why they need support all year, every year and not just during the big elections. https://movement.vote/ (https://movement.vote)
32 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Katie Michel of Victory Garden Collective
This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Katie Michel, owner of Planthouse Gallery in New York City and a member of Victory Garden Collective, a group of women artists using their craft to exercise their patriotic duty. While the group started in 2016 to support Hillary Clinton in anticipation of her victory, it morphed into an act of political resistance under Trump. Just as victory gardens in WWII provided sustenance and nurturing, so has the Victory Garden Collective in providing sustenance to both the artists and their audience during a challenging four years while nurturing the resistance through works that unite activism with a tongue-in-cheek domesticity. Nancy and Katie talk about the power of political art to unite, console and inspire us; finding joy in being part of the conversation; and the multitudes of women who have discovered their political voices in the last four years and made them heard. https://planthouse.net/print-editions/ (https://planthouse.net/print-editions/)
36 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Lisa Guide on the Caregiver Vote
This episode features a conversation with Lisa Guide, co-founder of the Women Effect Action Fund, a group dedicated to achieving economic equality for women in our country. Lisa and her colleagues have spent the last four years focused on turning out the caregiver vote, and thanks to them women came out in force to vote in this past election, motivated by care economy issues. These are working moms, who have silently struggled for decades to fulfill their historical caregiver roles while also holding down jobs, often as the primary wage earners in their homes. Lisa and Nancy talk about why everyone loses when women must choose between staying home with a sick child or losing a day’s pay; why policies like paid family leave and childcare are just as important to our economy and infrastructure as bridges and roads; and how Covid has made the situation exponentially worse. This emergent caregiver voting bloc is urban, suburban and rural, Democrat, Republican and Independent and is a force to be reckoned with. In other words, I am woman, hear me roar. You can learn more about the Women Effect Fund at the link below. https://womeneffectfund.org/ (https://womeneffectfund.org)
36 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Aditi Juneja of Protect Democracy
This episode features a conversation with Aditi Juneja of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting efforts to undermine our right to free, fair, and fully informed self-government. In other words, while you spent the last four years calling your senator and phone banking, the superheroes at Protect Democracy have been doing nothing less than preventing our country from sliding into authoritarianism. Nancy and Aditi talk about the work the group did to protect the guardrails of democracy, what accountability should look like, and what changes we need in our government going forward to win back the faith of its citizens. If you’d like to learn more about Protect Democracy or support their work, you can do so at the link below. https://protectdemocracy.org/donate/ (https://protectdemocracy.org/donate/)
3 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Season 2 trailer
Welcome to Season 2 of the New Faces of Democracy podcast, hosted by Nancy Bynum. In this season, Nancy will look back at the gains we have made in protecting our democracy, the healing and rebuilding that needs to take place, and an optimistic look ahead at the opportunities for real progress under the Biden administration. Join Nancy for inspiring conversations with people at the grassroots and the grasstops who are making this all happen, political newcomers and policy leaders alike, all of whom share a common goal of bringing us closer to a more perfect union and the America that we believe we can be.
37 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Martha Shockey on the State of Georgia
This episode features a conversation with Martha Shockey of the grassroots political action group, Indivisible Georgia. A soft-spoken powerhouse, Martha talks about all the hard work that groups like hers put into Biden’s win in the state and what they are doing for the two Senate runoffs on January 5. Martha and Nancy discuss the tremendous hurdles created by the Republican’s sophisticated voter suppression tactics executed with surgical precision; how she and others are working to rebuild the Democratic infrastructure in a state that national Democrats had written off; and why it’s important for all of us to do what we can to help get out the vote in the runoffs. If you’d like to donate to help Martha’s group continue to get out the vote, you can do so at the link below. There are also links for phone banking and postcard writing. To donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/IndivisibleGA04 (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/IndivisibleGA04). To phonebank: https://swingleft.org/events/t/ga-runoff-all (https://swingleft.org/events/t/ga-runoff-all) To write postcards: https://postcardstovoters.org/ (https://postcardstovoters.org)
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