Hey you, this is Takema and welcome to Converge for Change: The Business of Social Justice podcast. Each week we discuss what's really happening on the front lines for racial, social, and economic justice, and highlight the amazing grassroots leaders across our communities, doing the deep work of freedom. But don't get it twisted. We'll keep the conversation all the way real! Whether you're a fellow justice warrior or looking to better understand what's happening behind the veil. We unpack it here.
S3E2: Words Matter
This episode of Converge for Change the Business of Social Justice Podcast includes a special guest segment with Lauren Maddox, Co-founder of Due East Partners. Takema and Lauren discuss some of the major pain points experienced today in non-profit and social justice work including one of the most salient, language barriers.
The conversation continues live with Nia Davis (Converge College Dean) and Dr. Jennifer Sandoval (Language Expert & Assoc. Professor at the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida.) for a deep dive into the power of language and communication from colonial practices, resistance & the culture of fear, to education & understanding.
Find out how practitioners are challenging themselves to evolve in our current environment in order to continue moving the needle forward.
S3E1: Origins of the Non-Profit Sector Pt.1
Converge for Change: The Business of Social Justice returns for Season 3, LIVE with Sevetri Wilson, Founder & CEO of Resilia and Wall Street Journal Best-selling author of Resilient. Tune in for a great conversation about the historical context of the non-profit sector, how companies like Resilia have used technology to help organizations scale-up, and the role non-profits play in racial equity.
S2E9: First 100 Days - POTUS
71 days into Biden's administration, Takema sits down, LIVE, with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson to discuss the first 100 days in office and the role the South has played in saving the US.
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 35-year-old Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), woman from the working class, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the first Black woman to serve as Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. As a member of multiple leadership teams in the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), Ash-Lee has thrown down on the Vision for Black Lives and the BREATHE Act. Ash-Lee has served on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly, the advisory committee of the National Bailout Collective, and is an active leader of The Frontline. She is a long-time activist who has done work in movements fighting for workers, for reproductive justice, for LGBTQUIA+ folks, for environmental justice, and more.
S2E8: Fist 100 Days - NOLA DA
Less than two months in and New Orleans’s new district attorney is making waves. Takema sits down with her dear friend, Flozell Daniels Jr., Transition Co-Chair for the new New Orleans District Attorney's office (and President of Foundation for Louisiana )to talk about the history of the criminal legal system in nola and how this new administration plans to impact real and necessary change for our community.
S2E7: White Supremacy Organizational Culture Pt. 1
Takema sits down with Lucecita Castille, Associate Consultant at Converge to discuss White Supremacy Organizational Culture. Through the company's latest initiative, Converge College, this topic is broken down through historical references and timelines dating back to slavery and brought present-day.
Join the conversation and get a sneak-peek into the 10-week College module that takes a deeper dive into the steps necessary to restructure and re-create a real anti-racist organization through racial and intersectional equity.
S2E6: A Georgia Debrief - Black Voters Matter
How do you radically change a system? Ask a Black Woman to Lead.
Host Takema Robinson, Founder & CEO of Converge, is joined by LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter for a real and personal account of her life, her progression, and lessons learned as a leader and organizer. Hear first-hand stories of what life on the road looks like as a grassroots organization committed to flipping Senate seats and turning Red states Blue, and what philanthropy should understand as they enter new communities.
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Takema, host of the podcast, highlights all aspects of social justice and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
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Takema, Thank you for creating an authentic, real talk space to dialogue on topics and issues facing marginalized communities where change is required, not debatable! You and your guests expertise in this space make the episode discussions so rich! It’s refreshing and gives those of us on the outer circle insight, information and actionable steps how to lean in and take part in Change! Keep information coming! Boldness and uncomfortable is the space we should seek, supporting change! Peace and Blessings
Real, authentic, and informative. Hard to find that these days, thanks. Please keep it up.