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Pod for the Cause
31 minutes | 3 days ago
S04 E07: "Unmasking Reopening"
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by mental health experts: Melvin Wilson (Senior Policy Advisor for Social Justice and Human Rights, at the National Association of Social Workers) and Sherod Haynes (MD/PhD Candidate at Emory University) to unpack mental health after over a year of quarantine, the social dichotomy of vaccinations, and reimagining care during reopening through an intersectional lens.
29 minutes | 16 days ago
S04 E06: We Must Keep Fighting Barriers to the Ballot
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by voting leaders: Bo Shuff (Executive Director at DC Vote), Lisa Cylar Barrett (Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.), and Kadeem Cooper (Policy Counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) to break down the latest in federal voting, DC statehood, and how we move forward after the 2021 election.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
S04 E05: SHE-cession
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by Adrienne Lawrence (Attorney and Sr. Consultant at Jennifer Brown Consulting, Media and Legal Consultant at Bantam Impact, and the Author of Staying in the Game), Jess Morales Rocketto (Co-chair of Families Belong Together and Co-Founder at Care in Action, Supermajority, and She Se Puede), and Kate Bahn (Director of Labor Market Policy at Washington Center for Equitable Growth and EVP of the International Association for Feminist Economics) to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issues women face today including the gender and race pay gap, reproductive justice, and harassment through an intersectional lens.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
S04 E04: #AVLExplains Local Elections
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by amazing members of the All Voting is Local team: Peter Burress (Wisconsin Campaign Manager), Rosemary Avila (Arizona Campaign Manager), Ifeolu Claytor (Ohio Campaign Manager), and Ben Gardner (Michigan Campaign Manager) to break down voting at the local level and discuss the intersectionality of voter suppression.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
S04 E03: Black Justice is Our Justice
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by Claudia Flores (Senior Campaign Manager at the Center for American Progress), Abraham Paulos (Deputy Director of Policy and Communications at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration), and Jill Yu (Managing Director and Cofounder at Act to Change) to talk about immigration, white supremacy, and how we can activate our own communities to eradicate the anti-blackness within them.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
S04 E02: The First 100 Days of Biden-Harris
Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by Monica Simpson (Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective), Tina Tchen (President & CEO of TIME'S UP), and LaShawn Warren (Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at The Leadership Conference) to talk all about the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration, and what all the executive orders and COVID-19 relief actually mean for all of us.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
S04 E01: This is America
On the season 4 premiere of Pod for the Cause, Wade Henderson, civil rights lawyer, human rights activist, and interim president of The Leadership Conference, and Nelini Stamp, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Working Families Party, join host Vanessa Gonzalez to discuss where we've been as a country( and where we want to be) in the aftermath of the white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
S03 E09: Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021
2020 has been a year unlike any other. From the COVID-19 pandemic, to racial injustice, a historic presidential election and more. As we close the door on 2020 and welcome a New Year, The Leadership Conference colleagues LaShawn Warren and Kelly Brewington join Vanesa Gonzalez to take a look back to reflect on all that has happened this year, while also bringing in some cheer as we approach a New Year.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
S03 E08: Allyship 101: Listening, Learning, and Loving Others in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Schuyler Bailar, athlete, activist, life coach, and the first openly trans NCAA Division I athlete and swimmer, and Sam White, social impact strategist and advocate, join host Allyn Brooks-LaSure for a conversation all about allyship in the Black Lives Matter movement. The Leadership Conference's own Vanessa Gonzalez hits us with her Hot Takes.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
S03 E07: Election Breakdown with Travon Free & Jenny Yang
On our first post-Election episode, comedians Travon Free and Jenny Yang join host Allyn Brooks-LaSure to break down the 2020 Election and the state of comedy as we transition from the Trump Presidency to a Biden-Harris Administration.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
S03 E06: The Election Episode
Welcome to The Election Episode of Pod for the Cause! Host Allyn Brooks-LaSure sits down with Leigh Chapman, Program Director of Voting Rights at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Ramon Contreras, Founder of Youth Over Guns, and Deja Foxx, activist and founder of Gen Z Girl Gang.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
S03 E05: Courts & Voting
On this week's Pod for the Cause, we talk all about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings and voting with Aklima Khondoker (Georgia State Director, All Voting is Local), Kayla Griffin (Ohio State Director, All Voting is Local), Lena Zwarensteyn (Fair Courts Campaign Director, The Leadership Conference), and Rosemary Avila (Arizona Campaign Manager, All Voting is Local).
24 minutes | 7 months ago
S03 E04: College During COVID
How are college students feeling during COVID-19? What's it like to be an undergrad during a global pandemic? On this week's Pod for the Cause, we check in with student leaders of color across the country for a collegiate roundtable. Joining host Allyn Brooks-LaSure on the Pod Squad is Danielle Geathers, President of the Student Government at MIT, Luis Huerta, President of the Associated Students of University of California, Riverside, Cameron Nolan, Student Government Association President at Morehouse College, and Foothill College Student Government President, Abhiraj Muhar.
37 minutes | 8 months ago
S03 E03: Healing Our Hearts and Minds During COVID-19
This week's Pod for the Cause episode hosted by Allyn Brooks-LaSure is all about the psychological impacts of COVID-19, especially for communities of color. Author, Veteran, and Heart Healer Rob Hill Sr. joins us as our special guest to share more wisdom and words around this topic. Plus, Assistant Professor and Director of Wellness at Washington University in St Louis, Dr. Jessi Gold, M.D. MS, and The Leadership Conference's Communications Assistant, Kenny Park Yi, join the "Pod Squad" to talk about self care and mental health during COVID-19.
30 minutes | 8 months ago
S03 E02: Census Counts
Pod for the Cause is all about the census this week! Stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo joins us to talk about the power the census holds for historically undercounted communities — and the urgency of saving the 2020 Census — with guest host Beth Lynk, Director of Census Counts. Plus, our own Ashley Allison and Tamika Turner, Communications Director of Census Counts, round out the Pod Squad!
25 minutes | 10 months ago
S03 E01: The Horrible Storm
In the season 3 premiere of "Pod for the Cause", host Ashley Allison is joined by Compton’s Mayor Aja Brown to discuss the horrible storm - between COVID-19, police violence, and everything else that has been happening in our nation. Plus, The Leadership Conference’s Allyn Brooks-LaSure and United We Dream’s Greisa Martinez join Ashley on the Pod Squad to talk about the legacies of Rev. C. T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis, a major victory for DACA at the Supreme Court, when the pandemic is or isn’t ending, and hyper-realistic cakes.
36 minutes | a year ago
S02 E10: Will Our Lives Still Matter?
Pod for the Cause is guest hosted by Allyn Brooks-LaSure to discuss the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement in unprecedented times - we cover allyship, true change, and more, all with a packed Pod Squad and special guest Iyanla Vanzant.
37 minutes | a year ago
S02 E09: A Mother's Day Tribute — 1 Year Later
In honor of the Mother's Day and the one year anniversary of Pod for the Cause, host Ashley Allison is joined by former Obama Administration Senior Advisor, New York Times Bestselling Author, and mother/grandmother Valerie Jarrett to talk about the journey of motherhood, finding her voice, and the realities of being a working mother. Plus, Ashley and the pod squad celebrates Mother's Day by bringing their moms in on this episode too!
31 minutes | a year ago
S02 E08: Getting Educated in America
Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by the creator, writer, and director of the Netflix series Dear White People, Justin Simien, and the actress who portrays the character Joelle Brooks in Dear White People, Ashley Blaine Featherson, to discuss the experience of students of color on college campuses along with the complexities of race in our nation.
33 minutes | a year ago
S02 E07: Black Lives and COVID-19
Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined remotely by New York Times bestselling author, historian and antiracist activist Dr. Ibram Kendi to talk about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black communities.
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