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The Democracy in Color podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, features today’s best and brightest political leaders, strategists and thinkers of the New American Majority. We’ve featured Senator Cory Booker; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal; San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs; BART Director Lateefah Simon; writer Eric Liu; #Goodmuslimbadmuslim co-host Tanzila Ahmed; New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, and writers Rebecca Solnit and Jeff Chang, among many others. E ...
 
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The California State Senator is in the race for his political life against a 20-year incumbent. But this son of an immigrant single mother says he's overcome bigger odds and is ready for this challenge. He's also not holding back on the failure of fellow Democrats to lead their party and the country.…
 
The Detroit native is running to fill a key Democratic House seat in Michigan, one already mired in controversy. But the outspoken candidate has already taken on billionaires in defense of her constituents, thrice beating recall efforts. Simply put, Tlaib stands up no matter the size of the challenge.…
 
The gubernatorial candidate and fourth-generation Arizonan is campaigning on the premise that for his state to live up to its promise, it must elect someone who represents the state's population more accurately.
 
The Congressman is in charge of getting more Democrats get elected and “flipping the House,” and he’s got his work cut out for him. He talks to Aimee about rethinking traditional campaigning, the challenge of defeating a party headed by pathological liar, and what the rising majority needs to do to assert its political power.…
 
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is running for governor of Florida, and has a strong chance of flipping the high-stakes red state—but he’ll have to overcome legacy issues like voter suppression and the NRA first. The stakes are high: if a progressive Democrat can win Florida in a gubernatorial race, they could effectively turn it blue for 2020.…
 
The political game is changing and we will get you ready as the November elections approach. In our third season, host Aimee Allison elevates the national conversation about a post-Trump electorate, the ascension of voters of color, and the surge in political leaders of all stripes. Aimee's guests are strategists, thinkers, candidates and power ...…
 
Vien Truong is one of the country’s foremost policy experts and strategists on building an equitable green economy. She leads Green For All, a national initiative that puts communities of color at the forefront of the climate movement and equality at the center of environmental solutions.
 
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Ian Danley is the Governing Board President of Phoenix Union High School District and the Executive Director of One Arizona, from the White House as a Champion of Change.
 
Color of Change, and one of its top leaders Arisha Hatch has emerged as one of the sharpest and powerful advocates for the justice and rights for African Americans in this country. They have been behind some tremendous campaigns -- including one that led to Bill O’Reilly being fired from FOX News. Stay tuned for Arisha Hatch.…
 
I’ve been thinking about the term “citizenship” differently after talking with my latest guest, Eric Liu, an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. He spoke at length about the concept of “powerful citizenship,” the central theme of his new book, You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen. He describes his ...…
 
Jelani Cobb is one of the sharpest, brightest, most poignant writers and observers of the moment that we’re in. Cobb is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about race, politics, history, and culture. He is also an author and professor of journalism at Columbia University. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Cobb is a graduate of ...…
 
Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, co-host of the popular podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim (which has been described by Oprah Magazine as a “a savvy mash-up of pop culture and politics…frankness — on sex, feminism, Islamophobia”), is an activist, poet, writer, and politico based in Los Angeles. (She is also a visual artist/designer. Check out her awesome — and w ...…
 
She’s been called the “Anti-Trump.” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district is a true changemaker. She embodies intersectional, fierce, progressive and inclusive politics. As a longtime organizer, especially for immigration rights, women’s issues, civil rights and access to education, Jayap ...…
 
First-time political candidate, Wendy Carrillo, 36, went from fleeing war in El Salvador to campaigning for Congressional office. She is running to represent California’s 34th Congressional District (which is almost entirely within the City of LA) in a highly contested race to replace former Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is now California’s attorney ...…
 
Michael Tubbs is the first African-American Mayor of Stockton, CA as well as the youngest ever elected to that office. He graduated from Stanford, completed internships at the White House and Google, and came back home to create opportunities for other residents of Stockton. In this first episode of our second season, we talk federalism, politi ...…
 
For our season finale host Aimee Allison sits down with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Steve Phillips, author of New York Times bestseller Brown Is the New White and founder of Democracy in Color. A week before this historic election, they discuss how Democrats can win big up and down the ballot, our opportunity to fix the criminal justice ...…
 
In this second part of a two-part episode, Aimee continues her conversation with: Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford and author of the newly launched book We Gon’ Be Alright; David Kyuman Kim, professor of religious studies and American studies at Connecticut College and author of Melancholic F ...…
 
In the first part of a two-part episode, Aimee Allison sits down with three of America's top writers and social justice advocates: Jeff Chang, author of the newly launched book “We Gon’ Be Alright”; David Kyuman Kim, professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Connecticut College and author of Melancholic Freedom, and Rebecca Solnit, ...…
 
San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is a true fighter. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, she has been fighting for affordable housing, for a $15 an hour minimum wage and to make community college free again. Now, Jane's taking the fight to Sacramento, one of the most important legislative bodies in the country today. In this episode, Aim ...…
 
In this episode, Aimee talks with Matt Nelson about the unrest in Milwaukee following the recent police killing of Sylville Smith. Matt Nelson is the Executive Director of Presente.org. Presente is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.…
 
For 20 years Lateefah Simon has led community organizations and expanded economic opportunities for thousands of low-income families in the Bay Area. Now she is running for District 7 BART Board Director. In this episode Lateefah and Aimee talk about her beautiful struggle, sister-friends and her vision for a better BART system and Bay Area.…
 
Lucy Flores served two terms in the Nevada House, making her the first Latina member of Nevada's legislature. She then ran as the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor, and later for Congress. In this episode, Lucy shares her story of growing up in poverty, overcoming adversity and fighting for the rights of underrepresented communities.…
 
Democracy in Color made history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We kicked off the week by hosting a luncheon celebrating the political power of women of color, the first event of its kind in the history of the convention. Titled, “Women of Color: Uniting the Party, Leading the Country,” the event drew more than 300 a ...…
 
Before opening fire on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, shooters Micah Johnson and Gaving Long served in the U.S. military. We cannot overlook the importance of their shared experience. Their military service is not a tangential issue; it is the issue. In this personal essay, Aimee offers her thoughts on the police shootings, and reco ...…
 
It is clear that we are at a turning point. Last week we were reminded that we, as a nation, still have so much work to do to make true racial justice a reality, that the movement for Civil Rights continues and must continue. We are faced with two existential questions: “Who are we becoming as a country? Who do we want to become?”The upcoming e ...…
 
Nina Turner in a candid conversation about life after Bernie, uniting the party, and leading with the heart even when it hurts.
 
Most electoral campaigns underinvest in voters of color and often take them for granted. Campaigns assume voters of color will vote for Democrats no matter what, and some campaigns dismiss voters of color because they assume low income people won’t turn up on election day. Truth is, Democrats cannot win without large turnouts of voters of color ...…
 
Congresswoman Donna Edwards ran to be the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate during Maryland's 2016 primary. She's a strong progressive and a real champion of social justice who ran to represent the 4th Blackest state in the country. Why then, did the Democratic Party - the party of inclusion and diversity - fail to support her? How much longe ...…
 
American demographics have changed drastically, but politicians are still obsessed with chasing white swing voters. How come? What’s to be done?In this inaugural episode of Democracy in Color Aimee Allison is joined by New York Times Bestselling author of Brown is the New White, Steve Phillips and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, M ...…
 
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TomDispatch founding editor, and author most recently of Terminator Planet and The United States of Fear, Tom Engelhardt shares his predictions for a possible October Surprise, which, in his opinion, will more likely come from abroad than at home. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
Peter Van Buren, a 24-year State Department employee, TomDispatch regular, and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped to Lose the Battle For the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, talks about some issues that are currently on his mind, as well as the content of his upcoming book. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
Jeremiah Goulka, a political and cultural writer for American Prospect, Salon, and former DOJ attorney discusses his background as a moderate Republican and his later political shift. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
John Feffer, the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, Open Society fellow, and author most recently of Crusade 2.0: The West's Resurgent War on Islam talks about the different manifestations of American power. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
Tom Engelhardt, the founding editor of TomDispatch and author most recently of Terminator Planet, talks about green-on-blue violence in Afghanistan and how it is in fact an unprecedented facet of the new American Way of War. Download mp3 version at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
William deBuys, an environmental activist and author most recently of A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, talks about the recent heat waves and droughts across the country and where we stand along the predicted path of climate change. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
Noam Chomsky, the renowned linguist, MIT professor, and foreign policy critic, talks about the Magna Carta and the lesser known companion charter titled the 'Charter of the Forest' and how the current administration is straying from the ideals outlined in these two documents. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology at American University and author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia, talks about his research into the ever-expanding network of US military bases around the world. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
Nick Turse, an award-winning journalist, historian, and co-author of Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050, talks about the growing US military presence in Africa, including the training of local armies and militia, and the use of both surveillance and armed drones. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project the the Center for International Policy and author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex, talks about the history and current state of nuclear arms development around the world. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
Michael Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, a TomDispatch regular, and author most recently of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, talks about the current administration's foreign policy objectives as they relate to the control of global energy resources and how ...…
 
Peter Van Buren, a long-time State Department employee, blogger, and author most recently of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, talks about how the political game has changed when it comes to both leaking and stifling information. Download mp3 at www.archive.org…
 
Andy Kroll, the Washington DC correspondent for Mother Jones magazine and an associate editor for TomDispatch, talks about the recent gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin and what Scott Walker's win means for the future. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
TomDispatch founder Tom Engelhardt talks about the history and future of drone warfare. It is the subject of his latest book, along with co-author and TomDispatch regular Nick Turse, titled Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army Colonel, Boston University professor, author of Washington Rules, and editor most recently of The Short American Century, talks about the changing face of the so-called global war on terror. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
TomDispatch founder and author most recently of The United States of Fear Tom Engelhardt talks about the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and what Americans should really be remembering this holiday. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the acclaimed Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, talks about her latest project to fund investigative journalism focused on poverty in the United States and the financial reality of being part of our nation's working poor. Download mp3 at www.archive.orgBy noreply@blogger.com (TomDispatch).
 
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