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A color-conscious political podcast offering insight to today’s most pressing political issues.

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A color-conscious political podcast offering insight to today’s most pressing political issues.

    Politically, We Need To Respect The Chitlins - A Thanksgiving Special

    Politically, We Need To Respect The Chitlins - A Thanksgiving Special

    Thanksgiving is different this year, but it could’ve looked even more terrifying if not for the millions of people who persisted in myriad ways to forestall fascism, kick Trump out of the White House and reclaim our country for the multi-racial majority.

    To celebrate, Steve, Sharline, and Julie gather around a virtual table for a little fun Thanksgiving dinner game of “This or That.” [5:43]

    We then take time to reflect and thank all the people who helped us get through 2020 in our personal lives and in the political sphere as well. [13:01]

    Thank you to all our listeners and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Nse Ufot - @nseufot, CEO of The New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians. @NewGAProject

    Stacey Abrams - @staceyabrams - https://fairfight.com

    Aimee Allison - @aimeeallison, founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color. @_shethepeople

    Susan Sandler - When I First Found Out I Had Cancer, a book which chronicles her journey with cancer and provides resources for survivors and their loved ones. https://braincancerandme.com

    Clint Smith // The Atlantic - In 1864, Like in 2020, America Just Got Lucky https://theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/election-when-america-narrowly-avoided-disaster/617176/

    Sweet Honey in the Rock - Ella’s Song https://youtube.com/watch?v=U6Uus--gFrc

    • 29 min
    After the Election: America’s Road Ahead

    After the Election: America’s Road Ahead

    With the defeat of Trump, we managed to forestall fascism for the moment, and the entire world is taking a collective sigh of relief. Over the course of Election Week, we flipped Arizona and Georgia blue, witnessed record turnout across the country, and propelled Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. In this episode, we revel in the victory just a little longer before honing in on what’s next—winning two Senate runoff races in Georgia in January so Democrats can take control of the U.S. Senate.

    We also talk with our data expert, Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega, and Arizona strategist John Loredo, founder of Arizona Wins, about what the election results reveal about the American character and what we have to do to build lasting progressive power in the coming years. John also shares how Biden winning Arizona is the culmination of a sustained 10-year effort to turn the state blue, and he offers important lessons learned for the future of Democratic politics.

    John Loredo - former member of the Arizona House of Representatives (1997-2005), Founder Arizona Wins! http://az-wins.org/
    Donate to Raphael Warnock & Jon Ossoff for U.S. Senate, and to Fair Fight https://secure.actblue.com/donate/warnock-ossoff?refcode=podcast
    Democratic Party of Georgia - Georgia Runoff Strike Team Sign Up https://mobilize.us/democracyincolor/event/362551/
    America Votes Georgia Volunteer Sign Up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfKPID0RoAGR2KUsg1sWHioMFVKfk0lTSUzQ-xVWElv1pjOg/viewform
    Edison Research // New York Times - Election Exit Polls https://nytimes.com/interactive/2020/11/03/us/elections/exit-polls-president.html
    Roxane Gay // The New York Times - I Am Shattered but Ready to Fight https://nytimes.com/2020/11/05/opinion/trump-supporters-election-2020.html
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Election Results 2020 (23:22 - 23:55) https://youtube.com/watch?v=LyC855KdBKo
    11Alive - Atlanta takes to the streets to celebrate the Biden and Harris win https://youtube.com/watch?v=C7p94KMgITk

    One Arizona https://onearizona.org/
    Lucha https://luchaaz.org
    Our Voice, Our Vote https://ourvoiceourvote.us
    Mi Familia Vota https://mifamiliavota.org
    Chispa Arizona https://chispaaz.org
    Unite Here http://unitehere11.org
    Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy: CASE http://case-az.org/

    • 49 min
    Special Election Episode: The Next President

    Special Election Episode: The Next President

    Steve, Sharline and data scientist Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega give us a post-Election Day update of everything that went down last night. They talk about what surprised them, what gives them hope for the future of the New American Majority, and what to expect over the next several hours and days.

    Scott Walker - @scottwalker - 45 Governor of Wisconsin (2011-2019)

    John Loredo - former member of the Arizona House of Representatives (1997-2005), Founder Arizona Wins! @JohnLoredo10 http://az-wins.org/

    Ron Brownstein - @RonBrownstein - senior editor at The Atlantic and senior political analyst for CNN - Twitter thread https://twitter.com/RonBrownstein/status/1323644768807628802

    Excerpt from thread: An E-day thread: For 4 years, Trump has governed as a wartime president for red America, w/blue America, not any foreign adversary as the target. That's provoked an enormous reaction from the diverse, well-educated urban centers & inner suburbs driving eco growth & innovation

    Ronald Brownstein // The Atlantic - The GOP’s Demographic Doom Millenials and Gen Z are only a few years away from dominating the electorate https://theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/10/millennials-and-gen-z-will-soon-dominate-us-elections/616818/

    Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips podcast with special guest Ron Brownstein - One Virus, Two Americas https://democracyincolor.com/podepisodes/2020/4/2/one-virus-two-americas

    Tram Nguyen // The New York Times - Democrats Could Learn A Lot from What Happened in Virginia https://nytimes.com/2019/11/06/opinion/virginia-election-democrats.html

    • 32 min
    The Four Things to Watch on Election Night

    The Four Things to Watch on Election Night

    With just five days left before Election Day, we offer a How-To guide of what to watch for as election results unfold on November 3rd. We hone in on the top four signs to watch for to get a sense of who is going to win. Our favorite data scientist, Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega, breaks down which states and counties to keep an eye on—and at what time of the night. Also, Steve and Dr. Julie give us their quick gut-check: whether they think certain swing states will end up going for Biden or Trump.

    Election Night 2020 - Follow Along At Home With Democracy in Color on Election Night http://democracyincolor.com/election

    Dave Wasserman // NBC News - Will Trump Win Again? Watch Florida’s Sumter County for first election night clue. https://nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/will-trump-win-again-watch-florida-s-sumter-county-first-n1243497

    Allen Smith // NBC News - 'Nothing happening': Third-party candidacies appear less a factor in 2020 https://nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/nothing-happening-third-party-candidacies-appear-less-factor-2020-n1240433

    Protect the Results - https://protecttheresults.com

    • 41 min
    Why Trump's Health Matters to Democrats

    Why Trump's Health Matters to Democrats

    Trump didn't believe in COVID; then he got COVID. Then he got better (or so it is seeming, at least for now). Schadenfreude abounded especially when the news that he had tested positive for the virus was first announced. In this episode, we talk about why our country, this election, and Democrats’ prospects for taking back the White House and Senate are better off if No. 45’s health stays steady/doesn't take a nosedive.

    Our special guest Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Twitter celeb for his insightful posts on Trump’s health, shares with us his thoughts on the president’s medical outlook. [17:22]

    And data scientist extraordinaire Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega joins us to explain why the top two Senate races that progressives should be supporting in these final weeks before Election Day are those in Georgia and Texas. [37:21]

    Also this episode—our 30th—marks the one-year anniversary of this podcast! Thank you to all of our listeners!


    Dr. Bob Wachter - @Bob_Wachter
    Steve Phillips // The Nation - These Are the States to Focus on to Flip the Senate https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/elections-senate-texas-georgia/
    The New York Times // Tram Nguyen - Democrats Could Learn a Lot From What Happened in Virginia States Don’t Become Battlegrounds Overnight https://nytimes.com/2019/11/06/opinion/virginia-election-democrats.html
    Megan Thee Stallion - @theestallion
    Megan Thee Stallion // The New York Times - Why I Speak Up for Black Women https://nytimes.com/2020/10/13/opinion/megan-thee-stallion-black-women.html
    Susan Sandler - Series of Essays: When I First Found Out I had Cancer - Website http://Braincancerandme.com

    Senate Candidates
    Raphael Warnock for GA - https://warnockforgeorgia.com
    Jon Ossof for GA - https://electjon.com
    MJ Hagar for TX - https://mjfortexas.com
    Sara Gideon for ME - https://saragideon.com
    Jamie Harrison for SC - https://jaimeharrison.com

    New Virginia Majority - https://newvirginiamajority.org
    New Georgia Project Action Fund - https://www.ngpaf.org
    Texas Organizing Project Website - https://organizetexas.org

    • 58 min
    What You Can Do Before Election Day

    What You Can Do Before Election Day

    With Election Day only 33 days away, we answer a question on everyone’s mind—What more can I do in these final few weeks? In this episode, we offer suggestions on top actions you can take right now to make a difference before November 3rd. We also sit down with Krystal Ortiz, a director of NEWCO Strategies, who shares insight about strategic election-related volunteering options. Steve describes NEWCO, a political consulting firm, as “a quiet, behind-the-scenes force supporting a lot of the most important work happening in progressive politics and social change in this country.”

    Steve also discusses what recent developments since RBG’s death have revealed about the exact nature of the fight we are currently in as a nation and why Democrats and progressives need to get clear on this, and fast.


    Krystal Ortiz, Director at NEWCO Strategies - https://newcostrategies.com/krystal-ortiz - @klortiz14
    Campaign Healthy Website - @EatReal2Win - https://healthycampaign.org
    The New York Times // Lisa Lerer  - ‘Election Stress Disorder,’ the Sequel https://nytimes.com/2020/09/24/us/politics/election-stress-disorder.html
    Bobby Seale Founder of the Black Panthers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Seale
    Nse Ufot @NseUfot - Clip - Q&A: And She Could Be Next https://youtube.com/watch?v=rvcURUQhK0s
    And She Could Be Next - https://andshecouldbenext.com

    Where to Donate:

    Arizona Wins - http://az-wins.org
    New Georgia Project Action Fund Website - @ngpaction - https://ngpaf.org
    New Florida Majority Website - @NewFLMajority - https://newfloridamajority.org
    One Pennsylvania Website - @OnePennsylvania - https://onepa.org/vote
    Casa in Action Website - @CASAinAction - https://casainaction.org/pennsylvania

    Where to Volunteer if you have Time and Energy:

    Swing Left’s The Last Weekends - https://thelastweekends.org/democracyincolor
    Vote Forward Website - @votefwd - https://votefwd.org/democracyincolor

    Protecting Voting Results:

    Protect the Results - https://protecttheresults.com
    Power the Polls - @PowerThePolls - https://powerthepolls.org

    Television Show Choices:

    Krystal: Schitt’s Creek, CBC/Netflix
    Sharline: Avatar The Last Airbender, Nickelodeon/Netflix
    Steve: Ted Lasso, Apple+; The Bridge, BBC; Trapped, BBC

    • 43 min

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