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When Activists Get Elected

54 minutes

What happens when the activist goes from protesting outside City Hall to getting elected and becoming part of the system? L. Joy introduces us to Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, an “activist-elected official”.

3:01 - Say hello to our summer interns Samantha and Amani. They hit the ground running doing the pre-production for this episode, creating content and questions for our guest. (Remember to pay your interns and not with food.)

8:30 - L. Joy will be attending the NAACP 109th National Convention in San Antonio, Texas representing the Brooklyn NAACP. On Saturday, she joined a panel #BlackVotesMatter hosted by Roland Martin and on Monday she will speak on the national stage to deliver the charge to the delegates. Later this week, L. Joy will be in D.C. to present titled “Ballots & Black Women: Marching to the Polls” during the March on Washington Film Festival. Get your FREE ticket.


Council Member Jumaane D. Williams represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Williams currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council. He is co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence and the Taskforce on City Workforce Equity, and a founding member of the Progressive Caucus, and is a member of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus. He is an advocate for affordable housing, anti-gun violence measures, fair policing, equity, and social justice. Council Member Williams is also currently running for Lieutenant Governor in New York.
11:52 - Council Member Williams shares his #FirstCivicAction
23:01 - What is the definition of an “activist-elected official”?
30:30 - How do constituents hold their elected representative accountable?
49:39 - What advice would you give young activists?

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