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52 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Episode 199: Using Data to Lead a Black Wealth Renaissance
Everyday we use data to change or alter our behaviors. But can we use data to correct the wrongs of the past policies that have created the Black wealth gap of today? Where do we find that data? L. Joy brings Garnesha Ezedario, lead of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initative, and Gary Cunningham, CEO & President of Prosperity Now, to the front of the class to discuss their collaboration which uses data to help accelerate the rate of Black wealth accumulation.
50 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Episode 198: Organize Locally-The Vote Is Not A Magic Spell
What do you get when two noted political strategists get together for a conversation? You get what you need to motivate you to get engaged around issues that matter to you-from knowing your political values, to voting, to even running for office. L. Joy brings A’shanti Gholar to the front of the class to discuss politics, family, and the Power Rising conference.
44 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Episode 197: Rolling Down the Ballot
When you show up at your polling place, ready to cast your very important vote, it is important to read all the way down the ballot (even flip it over to make sure you do not miss anything). There may be ballot measures/initiatives that will affect your life either positively or negatively that you need to vote on. L. Joy brings Sister District’s Lala Wu to the front of the class to discuss the power of State Legislatures and importance of voting on ballot measures/initiatives.
52 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
Episode 196: September, Set, GO!
It’s a new season! It’s a new day and L. Joy is reminding us that we must pay attention to more than the happenings on the Federal level, there are actions happening locally. This September, time to get our strategies together, get set to visit with our elected officials, and go to work. To help with strategy and tips for lobbying for our communities, L. Joy revisits her interview with New York State lobbyist Jacqui Williams.
52 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
Episode 195: Getting Back to Work
There is a “Great Resignation” and folks are leaving their jobs. There are not enough good jobs to go around. People are lazy and do not want to work. There are many statements made around work, but are they correct? L. Joy begins our ongoing conversation Work and what it has to do with civics, by discussing work and our young people ages 16-24, and how we get them into the employment pipeline, with Marjorie Parker at the front of the class.
48 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Episode 194: The Civics of Space Exploration
Space exploration and civics. What do they have in common? The government! NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) receives our tax dollars through Congress and they do a lot with that money! They launched the James Webb Telescope (Webb), which compliments and extends discoveries by the Hubble Telescope, in December of 2021 and the first pictures are in! L. Joy is one of the first people to see the pictures before they were released to the world. To discuss NASA and Webb, L. Joy brings Gregory Robinson and Michelle Jones to the front of the class.
52 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Episode 192: Ballot Access
L. Joy has been on a mission to get us to understand the nuts and bolts of how the government works. One thing a lot of folks probably are not clear on is ballot access. Ballot access are the rules that manage how candidates are able to appear on voters' ballots. To break down the particulars on ballot access, L. Joy brings political analyst Richard Winger to the front of the class.
51 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Episode 191: What Do We Do Now?!? THE WORK
Episode after episode, L. Joy gives us the tools to do the work needed to help bring about change. From one of the first shows “You Have No Constitutional Right to Vote,” to “What to Do After You Lose,” to “Biden Won, Now What?,” and all the episodes in between, the through line has-been we always have work to do! This episode, L. Joy brings back her thoroughest girls, Lurie Daniel Favors and June Moses, to have a frank conversation on THE WORK and what needs to be done starting now to right our collective ship.
47 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Episode 190: Immigration Part III
Continuing our conversation on immigration, L. Joy is discussing the fastest growing immigrant population in the country-African immigrants. They are also fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for their families here in the United States. Amaha Kassa comes to the front of the class to give us the information and the context we need to know right now.
47 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
Episode 189: Immigration Part II
We have heard from a member of Congress and a Dreamer on immigration for this series. Now to give us the nuts and bolts on immigration-from who is immigrating, how they are immigrating, to who are the “deciders” when it comes to immigration, and is there an actual “line” to become a citizen, L. Joy brings noted immigration attorney Allen Orr Jr. to the front of the class.
49 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Episode 188: Immigration Part I
Just the word immigration elicits feelings, but do you know the facts? This episode is the first part of a series where L. Joy takes a deep dive into immigration. She is hearing from organizations working on immigration reform, attorneys, elected officials, and others, to help answer what is comprehensive immigration reform, who are the decision makers, and how do we get civically engaged around making positive change around immigration.
51 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Episode 187: Setting an Agenda & The Black Census
L. Joy is happy! Why? Because she’s been civically engaged, along with community partners, around voting rights. Those civic actions have resulted in both houses of the New York State Legislature passing the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York State. This legislation is how New York is stepping up in the absence of federal protections. Then L. Joy brings Alicia Garza to the front of the class to discuss the work that Black Futures Lab is doing and taking the Black Census.
53 minutes | May 25, 2022
Episode 186: Educate, Register, Engage and Mobilize
It’s time to get primed and prepped for the midterm elections. L. Joy walks us through step by step how to on creating a report card for your elected officials, grading them, then engaging them. Next, L. Joy brings Nse Ufot back to the front of the class to discuss the continued laser focused work of the New Georgia Project on winning in Georgia.
52 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 185: How Media and Technology Impact the Fight for Racial Justice
Media has always played a part in social justice movements. Cellphones, social media, and the internet give an immediacy and democratization to today’s media, for good and for bad. L. Joy brings Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster to discuss their book, Seen and Unseen, our greater connectivity because of technology, and how all of this new media is used to amplify the voices of the marginalized.
51 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode 184: We Need Dignity In This Digital Age
We are living in a digital explosion. Opportunities are seemingly everywhere but out of reach for too many Americans, especially those already marginalized. The pandemic has heightened the need to close the digital divide, expand education access to credentialed courses in the field, and an immediate call for a digital Bill of Rights. To have the conversation on how we bring dignity to this digital age, L. Joy brings self proclaimed Progressive Capitalist Congressman Ro Khanna to the front of the class.
52 minutes | May 2, 2022
Episode 183: We Need An Economic Bill Of Rights Now!
Franklin D. Roosevelt advocated for it in his 1944 State of the Union Address. Martin Luther King Jr. demanded it over 20 years later during the Poor People’s Campaign. Yet, we still do not have an Economic Bill of Rights. L. Joy brings Nina Turner to the front of the class to discuss how an Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century would help close the wealth gap, the mortality gap, and bring us closer to MLK’s Beloved Community. L. Joy closes out the episode with a meaningful commentary on values.
50 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Episode 182: Being Poor Is Expensive
Check cashing places, payday loan lenders, car title loans, and flex loans are examples of predatory financial products that are pretty much the only resort for people living in low income areas. With repayment rates of up to 400%, how do people who are starting off with less survive if they continuously have to pay more? To break down what we need to know about predatory financial products and solutions to the problem that can help close the racial wealth gap, L. Joy brings Bill Bynum to the front of the class.
53 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Episode 181: Reparations: History, Context, and Where We Stand Today
According to the United Nations, adequate, effective and prompt reparation is intended to promote justice by redressing gross violations of international human rights law or serious violations of international humanitarian law. Reparation should be proportional to the gravity of the violations and the harm suffered. To take us on a deep dive into the history and context of reparations and break down where we are today with correcting a great harm, L. Joy brings the esteemed Dr. Ron Daniels to the front of the class.
45 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Episode 180: 23 Million+ Will No Longer Be Ignored
Did you know that the Asian American Pacific Island (AAPI) population is, according to the AAPI Victory Fund, 23 million plus people strong with roots from countries in East, South, and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. They have vast ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity and make up approximately six percent of America’s population. L. Joy brings AAPI Victory Fund President and CEO, Brad Jenkins, to the front of the class to break down coalition building, engaging and empowering the AAPI population, and why PACs can be a force for good.
52 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
Episode 179: What’s The Problem With a Teenage Mom?
“Congratulations, you are simply glowing!” “You’re going to be a wonderful mother, I’m so happy for you,” are just a few of the phrases said to women who are pregnant. But when it comes to teenage pregnancy and teenage fatherhood, you may not hear those words and most certainly will experience shame and lack of support, at a time when you would need the most support. L. Joy brings Nicole Lynn Lewis to the front of the class to discuss teen parenthood and how we as a society can give the support our young parents deserve.
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