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Rachel Maiore talks about the 2019 Pioneer Valley Women's March
Rachel Maiore, co founder of the Pioneer Valley Women's March talks about this year's Women' Wave March on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Northampton, MA.
Episode #15: Tanya Neslusan, Candidate for State Rep 1st Hampden District MA
Massachusetts district where she is now running to unseat an incumbent. The first district is gigantic - and diverse - and Tanya tries to find common ground at every door she knocks. And she knocks on those doors every single day. Tanya lives in Sturbridge with her wife, Rebecca, her teenage son, Nick, two dogs and cat. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and has spent the majority of her career working in health insurance information technology.
Episode #14 Sophie Hansen, social worker, lobbyist and speaker
Sophie Hansen, LCSW, is the Political Director of National Association of Social Workers, MA chapter. That means she does a lot of her work at the MA state house trying to get legislators to take action. She's pretty comfortable in the halls of state power talking to high-powered legislators about important public policy. But she's also a member of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center(BARC) where she tells a more personal story. What is it like to experience those two different speaking situations? In this interview, she'll tell us all about it!
Episode #14 Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Candidate for Congress in MASS First Congressional District
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud knew that something was wrong in her community. As a civil rights and family lawyer, as a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. she saw that public policy - and the long-time elected representative - was not serving the constituents in the region. She decided to run for US Congress in the First Massachusetts District. because she knew she could make a difference. And she has spent every day in the last eight months listening and talking to voters throughout the 70-plus towns of her giant district. Listen to her talk about her reasons for running, the way she is running her campaign, and dealing with bigotry in the race.
Episode #13 Sabrina Heisey, Candidate for State Rep in MA is DONE with the status quo.
Sabrina Heisey is a professional, a mother of six, and a candidate for MA state Rep. in the 36th Middlesex district. That means every night after work, she and her family head out for canvassing. What is it like to canvass as a progressive in a district that voted for Trump? And what's it like to campaign as you truly are - with the confidence, bravery, and at times, vulnerability? Sabrina Heisey has a unique story and a unique campaign, and you should know about it.
Episode #11 How candidate Becca Rausch uses her choreography know-how to be a better speaker
Becca Rausch is a lawyer, a candidate for Massachusetts State Senate, and a professional dancer. She tells us how that background in performance has helped her become a much better speaker. (Hint: It's all choreography!) She talks about how her activism, her family, and experiencing anti-semitism as a student helped shape her candidacy. And, she gives a secret remedy for calming ourselves right at the podium.