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

The Pledge Podcast

Release Date: 11/21/2019

It Mattered! Gerrymander Reform in Michigan show art It Mattered! Gerrymander Reform in Michigan

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Nancy Wang is the Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, which led the 2018 campaign to defeat gerrymandering in Michigan. That was never her plan! Responding to a Facebook post from a stranger, Nancy became one of the thousands of volunteers to get involved. She ended up leading the policy committee that drafted the new amendment. Eventually she left her job teaching law at the University of Michigan to head up the organization full-time.

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When People Have Power show art When People Have Power

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Ellen Freidin led a successful gerrymandering reform campaign in Florida, and then fought to make sure the new electoral maps were drawn fairly. Her story took place over several years, starting with discovering how damaging gerrymandered districts were to Florida’s democracy, through the painstaking process of crafting a redistricting process that could honor a truly diverse group of stakeholders. Ellen asked many questions, she listened, and she persevered. Listen and remind yourself what’s possible

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This is Bigger than Us: Sheena Meade Part 2 show art This is Bigger than Us: Sheena Meade Part 2

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In the second episode featuring Sheena Meade, we see how persevering in the face of expected and unexpected obstacles is a crucial part of making our democracy work.

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Releasing the Chains of our Ancestors show art Releasing the Chains of our Ancestors

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Sheena Meade was instrumental in the passage of Florida’s 2018 Amendment 4, restoring the right to vote to 1.4 million citizens.

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Season Three Trailer show art Season Three Trailer

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Starting August 6th, we are bringing stories of women from 3 different states determined to secure voting rights for every citizen. The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed so many of us, making these stories of action are more important than ever. This season we are also excited to collaborate with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith to provide broader context for each episode.

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The Blessing of All This Madness show art The Blessing of All This Madness

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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!

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My Whole World Shifted show art My Whole World Shifted

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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.

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You Saw his Greatness show art You Saw his Greatness

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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.

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It's Painfully Easy to be Ignored show art It's Painfully Easy to be Ignored

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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.

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

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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.

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In this first of two episodes highlighting activists working to expose the risk big-money donors to universities pose to our democracy, 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.