21 episodes

The Pledge Podcast explores political activism through short audio portraits. We call it The Pledge because it celebrates activism as a commitment to the hard work of democracy. Making this pledge means taking risks, speaking out, working hard and fighting day after day. It’s not easy, and success is often slow and never guaranteed. But making a commitment—a pledge—can motivate us to stay engaged for the long haul, which is the only way to truly make change.

The Pledge Podcast Allison Daskal Hausman

    • Government

The Pledge Podcast explores political activism through short audio portraits. We call it The Pledge because it celebrates activism as a commitment to the hard work of democracy. Making this pledge means taking risks, speaking out, working hard and fighting day after day. It’s not easy, and success is often slow and never guaranteed. But making a commitment—a pledge—can motivate us to stay engaged for the long haul, which is the only way to truly make change.

    The Blessing of All This Madness

    The Blessing of All This Madness

    In this final episode of Season 2, we meet a dedicated group of chef-activists who have created a new recipe for change in Virginia, without ever leaving their home in state of Vermont. Their solution is instructive, inspiring, and delicious!

    • 19 min
    My Whole World Shifted

    My Whole World Shifted

    Three women—Kathryn Laughon, Althea Laughon-Worrell, and Miss Katrina Turner—had their worlds shifted by the events surrounding the hate rallies in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017. Hear their stories of how they were affected, and how it has motivated them to fight for justice in their communities.

    • 23 min
    You Saw his Greatness

    You Saw his Greatness

    Learn about Valerie Slater’s tireless efforts to transform juvenile justice in Virginia with her organization, RISE for Youth, and meet Douglas Johnson, a teenager she has helped. Valerie’s remarkable journey from high-school drop-out through law school, together with her strong faith, helps her see the value and potential in every young person. Now, she is unstoppable at protecting the rights of youth and creating alternative solutions that support them so they have a chance to grow and thrive.

    • 23 min
    It's Painfully Easy to be Ignored

    It's Painfully Easy to be Ignored

    Janine worked with faculty and other students to expose the strings attached to private donations to George Mason University. Janine grew into a leadership role following a chance encounter with group co-founder Samantha at a political rally. She learned valuable and empowering lessons about her own abilities to make change. Their work brought them all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court with a case that could have implications for transparency for university donations everywhere.

    • 17 min
    If I don't say anything, nobody says anything!

    If I don't say anything, nobody says anything!

    In this first of two episodes highlighting activists working to expose the influence of big-money donors to American universities, we learn why Bethany has devoted herself to fighting for the rights of marginalized people - and how she refused to ignore the growing but hidden influence of dark money at George Mason University in Virginia.

    Warning: Contains description of sexual assault.

    • 18 min
    No Sir! Not on my watch!

    No Sir! Not on my watch!

    Learn how Kim experienced the growing threats of climate change amidst the increasingly powerful hurricanes on the coast of Virginia and became an organizer for Mothers Out Front. Her activism helped Kim transform her life, and led her to start helping and inspiring others. Also meet Cindy Burbank to learn about her efforts to bring more conservatives into the fight against climate change.

    • 16 min

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