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Every Voice Speaks

Every Voice Speaks is a podcast that discusses political news and issues of the day -- especially the different effects of money on politics. Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice, interviews experts on a variety of money-in-politics subjects. This is a production of Every Voice, an organization working to ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy. Learn more at www.everyvoice.org.
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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 26, 2016

It's been a couple of months since we've checked in on the presidential race, and a lot has happened since then! Trump makes a big pivot from self-funding to fundraising, Clinton's got a plan that she isn't talking about, and Sanders' ongoing focus on money in politics could reverberate up and down the ballot and on both sides of the aisle. Francoise joins Adam to talk about this plus the party platforms and the piles of money that have already been raised and spent. 

Links from this episode:

http://prospect.org/article/clintons-best-defense

May 19, 2016

Every Voice Speaks goes on the road and visits Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) at his office on Capitol Hill. Adam and Rep. Sarbanes break down the basics of the Government By the People Act, why it is needed, and how it would change the incentives to transform business as usual in government. And the number one thing that you can do: don't give up! This episode originally aired Sept. 17, 2015. 

May 12, 2016

This ain't your grandfather's working class. This week, we speak with Tamara Draut, who explores the power and makeup of today's working class in her new book "The Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America." Composed largely of service sector jobs, and made up of more women and people of color than ever before, today's working class is exerting its power in a number of ways, including the Fight for $15, Black Lives Matter, and immigrants rights. And they are demanding a new kind of politics where they can claim their power, rather than wealthy donors. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.sleepinggiantthebook.org/

http://www.demos.org/

 

May 5, 2016

Last week, we talked about the setbacks that voting rights have faced since the Supreme Court's Shelby County case. This week, we invited Karundi Williams of the SEIU on to talk about their proactive strategies and victories to expand voting rights, making voter registration automatic, enfranchising ex-felons, and pushing back on voter ID laws. 

Links from this episode: 

http://www.seiu.org/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/this-man-is-on-parole-on-thursday-he-registered-to-vote/2016/03/10/0cc50ad4-e6d6-11e5-bc08-3e03a5b41910_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/us/governor-terry-mcauliffe-virginia-voting-rights-convicted-felons.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vermont-automatic-registration_us_572227bee4b0b49df6aa5b1a

 

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