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Who We Elect: Attorney General

We celebrate 100 episodes of #SundayCivics with another installment of our #WhoWeElect series focusing on the elected position of state attorney general. The state attorney general is the …

Who We Elect: Judges

How do those adorned in Black robes make it to the bench? Some judges are appointed but some also appear on our ballots. In another installment of our Who We Elect series we discuss the …

Do Endorsements Matter?

If your favorite celebrity endorses a candidate for public office it may not matter much to you unless of course it is the candidate you are already supporting. Endorsements from …

Intersection of Race and Technology

"The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans..." That is a statement straight out of a Senate Intelligence …

What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?

What does it mean to be “healthy” and how does our civic life and that healthy life intersect? What role does the government play in your “healthy” …

The Empowering 20’s

Welcome to the 20's...what our civics teacher & friendly neighborhood political strategist L. Joy Williams has dubbed the Empowering 20's. The …

The Anger Gap

Anger can motivate a voter to the polls, to the streets and even to the White House. L Joy brings Assistant Professor of Political Science Davin …

“You will never be able to out white a white man…”

L. Joy brings her mentor to the front of the class for a discussion on the presidential race, speaking up in corporate spaces and the role of legacy …

Who We Elect: School Boards

Our #WhoWeElect series continues with a focus on school boards. School boards set the vision of your local school district, hire and evaluate the …

Whipping A Party

Have you ever wondered how elected officials get together enough votes to pass legislation? While in the Great State of South Carolina, our beloved …

You Have the Right to an Attorney

You have the right to legal representation in a criminal matter but there is no guarantee that representation will have the resources and the access to represent you well. L. Joy brings …

We Want Housing, Fit for the Shelter of Human Beings

We have an obvious housing crisis that our government has a responsibility to address. The demand for housing, that is fit for the shelter of human beings, is a human right. L.Joy brings …

Public Spaces Private Places

If "public space" is created and managed by private companies, what rights do any of us have while in those spaces? What are the trade offs of giving land and tax incentives to companies …

How To Meet Who Represents You

Ready to #TakeCivicAction? Then it’s time to meet those who represent you. L. Joy brings her own State Senator Julia Salazar to the front of the …

How to Become a Democratic Convention Delegate

Rev. Leah Daughtry returns to the front of the class to give us a lesson on how to become a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The process is different in each state and …

Small Town vs. Big Government

Clarence Anthony from the National League of Cities comes to the front of the class to discuss the ongoing tension between federal, state and local governments. The discussion includes a …

Redistricting

Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district lines. This is the process that happens after the Census. Next year, April of 2020 to be exact, the government will begin counting …

Who We Elect: Sheriff

Our “Who We Elect” series continues with a focus on the office of Sheriff. They are responsible for keeping the peace, enforcing the law and in most states the office is written into the …

If You Aren’t Scared, You Aren’t Paying Attention

Vacation does not keep L. Joy from making sure we get our needed #SundayCivics lesson! To discuss voter suppression, she brings film producer Timothy Smith and the incomparable Joy Ann Reid …

Fighting White Supremacy

White supremacy and violent white nationalists are at the top of the news cycle but what can government actually do to address white supremacy? L. …

The Voter Blame Game

The voter blame game has begun with talking heads blaming voters who stayed home in 2016 for Trump's win. But shaming voters is not a winning strategy, only voter engagement produces voter …

Government Surveillance and Suing Robert Mueller

Vincent Warren and Ian Head from the Center for Constitutional Rights come to the front of the class to discuss government surveillance, corporate human rights abuses and how they used the …

Who We Elect: Secretary of State

We continue our #WhoWeElect series examining the position of Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is an elected office in 35 states and an appointed position in 12 others. Alaska, …

What is “Progressive” to Communities of Color

Do you consider yourself a progressive? If someone asked you what progressive means would you be able to clearly define what it means and why you …

Who We Elect: District Attorney

District attorneys are the most powerful position in your local criminal and legal system and we choose who they are with a vote. L. Joy kicks-off …

Repair After the War on Drugs

Is the War on Drugs over? President Nixon began his crusade in 1971 but drug prohibition and criminalization have long deep racial and economic roots. L. Joy brings Kassandra Frederique to …

To Impeach or Not To Impeach

Impeachment has been the popular thing to talk about for awhile and L.Joy wouldn’t be the fabulous civics teacher she is, if she didn’t inform us …

Elected Officials Don’t Read

If reading is fundamental, why aren’t our elected representatives doing it more? Since the release of the Mueller Report, we are realizing …

Who Will Be the Electorate?

Who will be the electorate in 2020? What voters will be motivated to show up to the polls on Election Day and what will be the implications of the …

How to Start a PAC

What is a political action committee (PAC)? It's a political organization that raises money to elect and/or defeat political candidates. Liuba …

Power of the Presidency

Have you ever thought about how much power the President of the United States has? The power of the executive branch has significantly grown since the founders deliberated about the …

Military Families in Distress

What do we know about the lives of military families? When we think or speak of the military, the conversation is often focused on war or the …

Who or What Determines Candidate Viability?

Is there one checklist to use to determine candidate viability? Who are the decision makers in this process? Candidate viability changes, ebbs and flows, depending on a myriad of factors …

Big Money vs. Us

What does it mean when you hear someone say “we need to get big money out of politics?” The term “big money” refers to large campaign contributions …

Combating Poverty and a State Budget

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker sheds some light on some of the issues at stake in the state budget process along with issues and policy on the …

All the Local News You Should Read

Is reading the local news part of your morning ritual? What outlets do you watch and what papers do you read? L. Joy brings journalists Azi Paybarah and Ben Max to the front of the class to …

A New #CivicDocket and Meeting Senator Bernie Sanders

The team discusses the news “below the fold” and L. Joy shares the story of meeting Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
#CivicDocket - …

Black Women Are Power Rising

Organized for Black women by Black women, the Power Rising Summit is a safe space for Black women to develop strategic, actionable ways to build and …

How to Fix Our Democracy

Democracy is in crisis. How do we fix it? Professor Hélène Landemore comes to the front of the class to give a lesson on various forms of democracy …

The Black Power of Guns

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  …

What Do The Polls Say?

How do polls impact our politics? Quinnipiac, Gallup and even SurveyMonkey put out polls measuring approval ratings, issues and candidate viability …

Title IX Is More Than Sports

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or …

Governing Our “Persistent Human Problems”

Isn’t clean air, safe & nutritious food and potable water important to you? Who manages your trash or makes sure there is electricity? On this episode of #SundayCivics, L. Joy begins …

Take Civic Action 2019: Choosing a Presidential Candidate

New Year, new presidential candidates. The 2020 race may be a ways off, but candidates are starting to reveal themselves. L. Joy brings Carol …

Take Civic Action 2019: Census 2020

As the year comes to a close, our next few shows feature L. Joy sharing tips on how to #TakeCivicAction in 2019. We begin by revisiting Census 2020 with NPR National Correspondent Hansi Lo …

What Do You Know About the Farm Bill?

While everyone excitedly awaits the swearing in of the 116th Congress, there is still work to be done by this “lame duck” session. Every five years, Congress passes legislation called "The …

How to Change Election Law

Are you outraged by the long lines, the number of voters kicked off the rolls, the millions of dollars candidates need to run for office, faulty …

The Democrats

When you use the phrase "the Democrats" who are you referring to? The democratic leadership in Congress, the Democratic Party or democratic voters? The Democrats actually include a mix of …

You Voted, Now What?

Whew!! We made it to the other side of another Election Day…..what do we do now? Listen as L. Joy breaks down what we need to do to continue to be #CivicallyEngaged after we vote.

Joy shares …

Let’s Make a Vote Plan

Studies show that you are more likely to make it to the polls if you actively make a plan to vote. Our civics teacher walks us through making our …

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