Category: Community Activism (42)

A Call to Arms: Bill McKibben

February 13, 2020

“We’re now in the early and dangerous stages of climate change.”

Bill McKibben is an author, educator, and legendary environmentalist. He is the Founder of 350.org, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. We talk about his new book Falter, reducing our carbon footprint, and the power of working together to face climate change.

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Ending Urban Violence: Thomas Abt

January 17, 2020

“If you want to reduce violence, you need to focus directly on the violence.”

Thomas Abt is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, and author of Bleeding Out, The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets. We talk about why violence must be tackled first, how it is the lynchpin of concentrated urban poverty, and what effective violence reduction strategies should look like.

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Eradicating Cash Bail: Robin Steinberg

August 9, 2019

“The cash bail system is a humanitarian crisis that unfolds in real time.”

Robing Steinberg is the founder and CEO of The Bail Project, an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by transforming the pretrial system in the US. We discuss how cash bail has been used to incarcerate millions of innocent people, what the collateral cost of this system is to our society, and how we should reconceive it.

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Alan Yarborough and Bill Steverson

June 7, 2019

“The practice of civil discourse really is about unlocking a way forward.”

Alan Yarborough is the communications coordinator in the Office of Government Relations of the Episcopal Church in Washington. Bill Steverson is a parishioner of the church in Tennessee. We discuss the power of civil discourse to engage despite disagreements, and finding common value with respect and humility to allow for a sacred space for debate.

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Marí Urbina

May 31, 2019

“We have power to make the politically impossible possible.”

Marí Urbina is the National Political Director of Indivisible, an organization that cultivates a grassroots movement of thousands of local Indivisible groups to elect progressive leaders and realize bold progressive policies. We discuss the power of grassroots movements, speaking with one voice, and building an inclusive democracy.

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Brad Fitch

May 24, 2019

“There's nothing more powerful than that in-person interaction.”

Brad Fitch is the President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization that educates constituents on how Congress works, giving them a stronger voice in policy outcomes. We discuss the power of in-person meetings, the necessary preparations for successful advocacy, and productive protest.

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Julianne Hoffenberg

May 17, 2019

“Find a way to let your voice be heard.”

Julianne Hoffenberg is the Director of Operations of the Gathering For
Justice, a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005.
We discuss the holistic, multi-pronged approach for effective advocacy, the
practice of Kingian non-violence, and the power of storytelling, art, and
culture for social change.

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Cristóbal J. Alex

October 19, 2018

“It's been pretty profound to see great Latino candidates exploding Latino turnout.”

Cristóbal Alex is the President of Latino Victory, an organization that is augmenting Latino political power by empowering the community’s voters, donors, and candidates. We discuss why it is essential to increase Latino representation in government and how a more inclusive politics benefits all Americans.

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