Welcome to the New Faces of Democracy podcast, hosted by Nancy Bynum.
This podcast features inspiring interviews with people who have transformed their lives since 2016 and who are transforming our political landscape. These are not career politicians or former cabinet members, but ordinary citizens who are starting organizations, running for office for the first time, using their creative skills and otherwise stepping outside of their comfort zones to stand up for our democracy. Along the way, they are discovering new skills and talents and creating new communities.
Nancy felt her own personal call to action in the aftermath of the election of 2016, when it became painfully clear how important it is to use our voices to stand up for the America we believe in. As she became increasingly politically active, she witnessed the emergence of an awe-inspiring phenomenon: people changing their lives to defend our democracy. She decided that the best way for her to help would be to share the work of these change-makers, and New Faces of Democracy was born. Since then, she has dedicated herself to both spreading the word about this new wave of activism and chronicling the tremendous political and patriotic energy of this time.
This podcast elevates and celebrates these new faces, and in the process, will hopefully inspire you and maybe even galvanize you to take action on your own. These are unprecedented times, but there is a silver lining. As we become more engaged citizens, our democracy will become stronger and more resilient– in fact, it’s already happening. So if you’ve had enough depressing news and are ready to feel hopeful and maybe even optimistic about the future, head over to newfacesofdemocracy.org where you can subscribe to the podcast, watch the videos and follow New Faces of Democracy on social media.
Elizabeth Fernandez of Movement Voter Project
This episode features a conversation with Elizabeth Fernandez of Movement Voter Project. Movement Voter Project is based on the ingenious concept of empowering local grassroots groups that work in and are trusted by their communities to bring home important wins for Democrats during elections. MVP provides local groups around the country with support and training and frees them up from time-consuming fundraising to focus on their important work helping and advocating for their neighbors. And when elections roll around, these organizers are perfectly positioned to get out the Democratic vote in ways that no outsider could replicate. MVP may fly under the radar but its reach is deep and wide, having raised $100 million in the last election cycle. Nancy and Elizabeth talk about MVP’s astonishing impact in 2020; why the key to lasting progressive change lies in empowering local community organizers; and why they need support all year, every year and not just during the big elections.
Katie Michel of Victory Garden Collective
This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Katie Michel, owner of Planthouse Gallery in New York City and a member of Victory Garden Collective, a group of women artists using their craft to exercise their patriotic duty. While the group started in 2016 to support Hillary Clinton in anticipation of her victory, it morphed into an act of political resistance under Trump. Just as victory gardens in WWII provided sustenance and nurturing, so has the Victory Garden Collective in providing sustenance to both the artists and their audience during a challenging four years while nurturing the resistance through works that unite activism with a tongue-in-cheek domesticity. Nancy and Katie talk about the power of political art to unite, console and inspire us; finding joy in being part of the conversation; and the multitudes of women who have discovered their political voices in the last four years and made them heard.
Lisa Guide on the Caregiver Vote
This episode features a conversation with Lisa Guide, co-founder of the Women Effect Action Fund, a group dedicated to achieving economic equality for women in our country. Lisa and her colleagues have spent the last four years focused on turning out the caregiver vote, and thanks to them women came out in force to vote in this past election, motivated by care economy issues. These are working moms, who have silently struggled for decades to fulfill their historical caregiver roles while also holding down jobs, often as the primary wage earners in their homes. Lisa and Nancy talk about why everyone loses when women must choose between staying home with a sick child or losing a day’s pay; why policies like paid family leave and childcare are just as important to our economy and infrastructure as bridges and roads; and how Covid has made the situation exponentially worse. This emergent caregiver voting bloc is urban, suburban and rural, Democrat, Republican and Independent and is a force to be reckoned with. In other words, I am woman, hear me roar. You can learn more about the Women Effect Fund at the link below.
Aditi Juneja of Protect Democracy
This episode features a conversation with Aditi Juneja of Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting efforts to undermine our right to free, fair, and fully informed self-government. In other words, while you spent the last four years calling your senator and phone banking, the superheroes at Protect Democracy have been doing nothing less than preventing our country from sliding into authoritarianism. Nancy and Aditi talk about the work the group did to protect the guardrails of democracy, what accountability should look like, and what changes we need in our government going forward to win back the faith of its citizens. If you’d like to learn more about Protect Democracy or support their work, you can do so at the link below.
Season 2 trailer
Welcome to Season 2 of the New Faces of Democracy podcast, hosted by Nancy Bynum. In this season, Nancy will look back at the gains we have made in protecting our democracy, the healing and rebuilding that needs to take place, and an optimistic look ahead at the opportunities for real progress under the Biden administration. Join Nancy for inspiring conversations with people at the grassroots and the grasstops who are making this all happen, political newcomers and policy leaders alike, all of whom share a common goal of bringing us closer to a more perfect union and the America that we believe we can be.
Martha Shockey on the State of Georgia
This episode features a conversation with Martha Shockey of the grassroots political action group, Indivisible Georgia. A soft-spoken powerhouse, Martha talks about all the hard work that groups like hers put into Biden’s win in the state and what they are doing for the two Senate runoffs on January 5. Martha and Nancy discuss the tremendous hurdles created by the Republican’s sophisticated voter suppression tactics executed with surgical precision; how she and others are working to rebuild the Democratic infrastructure in a state that national Democrats had written off; and why it’s important for all of us to do what we can to help get out the vote in the runoffs. If you’d like to donate to help Martha’s group continue to get out the vote, you can do so at the link below. There are also links for phone banking and postcard writing.
To donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/IndivisibleGA04 (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/IndivisibleGA04).
To phonebank: https://swingleft.org/events/t/ga-runoff-all (https://swingleft.org/events/t/ga-runoff-all)
To write postcards: https://postcardstovoters.org/ (https://postcardstovoters.org)
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Smart and inspiring
I learn a great deal from these podcasts and they always leave me inspired. Democracy is not a spectator sport, and this podcast embodies this fact.
TPP forever ... so glad you spoke with Diana Weymar !!!
This was a balm to the soul ... insight into a brilliant mind ... and one if the voices we need to follow ... thank you thank you thank you !!!
Loved the Melissa Walker episode!