Democracy in Color

35 EpisodesProduced by Democracy in Color

The Democracy in Color podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, features today’s best and brightest political leaders, strategists and thinkers of the New American Majority. We’ve featured Senator Cory Booker; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal; San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Stockton, California Mayor Mich… read more

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Midterm Elections 2018: Not a Blue Wave, But a Brown One

November 8th, 2018

Aimee sits down with political insider Tim Molina and Democracy in Color founder Steve Phillips to debrief on the wins and losses of this historic …

Political Organizer Nse Ufot

October 21st, 2018

Nse Ufot calls in from one of the political hot zones leading up to the elections. She leads the New Georgia Project, in a state where a contentious …

Rising Political Power Couple Michael and Anna Tubbs

October 1st, 2018

By acting locally with purpose and resolve, the millennial black mayor and first lady of Stockton, CA, are leading the nation by example in their own …

She the People Changes the Game for Women of Color

September 8th, 2018

She the People is a national movement to elect more women of color, spearheaded by our very own Aimee Allison, who, with her two guests, provides …

Political Writer Julie Kohler Has a Message for Her Fellow White Women

August 21st, 2018

Writer and political analyst Julie Kohler has a message for other white women about how to be better progressive and intersectional allies.

Kevin de León Is Ready for The Big Leagues

July 30th, 2018

The California State Senator is in the race for his political life against a 20-year incumbent. But this son of an immigrant single mother says he's …

Why Rashida Tlaib Feels Like the Future

July 9th, 2018

The Detroit native is running to fill a key Democratic House seat in Michigan, one already mired in controversy. But the outspoken candidate has already taken on billionaires in defense of her constituents, thrice …

David Garcia says "Somebody with my last name needs to win."

June 18th, 2018

The gubernatorial candidate and fourth-generation Arizonan is campaigning on the premise that for his state to live up to its promise, it must elect …

Congressman Ted Lieu Sets a Target for November Elections

May 28th, 2018

The Congressman is in charge of getting more Democrats get elected and “flipping the House,” and he’s got his work cut out for him. He talks to Aimee about rethinking traditional campaigning, the challenge of defeating …

Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum

May 7th, 2018

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is running for governor of Florida, and has a strong chance of flipping the high-stakes red state—but he’ll have to overcome legacy issues like voter suppression and the NRA first. The …

S3 Trailer

April 25th, 2018

The political game is changing and we will get you ready as the November elections approach. In our third season, host Aimee Allison elevates the …

Vien Truong — An Environmental Hero for Our Times

September 12th, 2017

Vien Truong is one of the country’s foremost policy experts and strategists on building an equitable green economy. She leads Green For All, a …

The Revolution of Love: Valarie Kaur

September 11th, 2017

The Revolution of Love: Valarie Kaur by Democracy in Color

Ian Danley & One Arizona

July 22nd, 2017

Ian Danley is the Governing Board President of Phoenix Union High School District and the Executive Director of One Arizona, from the White House as …

Power to the People— In Conversation with Arisha Hatch of Color of Change

June 26th, 2017

Color of Change, and one of its top leaders Arisha Hatch has emerged as one of the sharpest and powerful advocates for the justice and rights for …

Eric Liu Says You're More Powerful Than You Think

May 26th, 2017

I’ve been thinking about the term “citizenship” differently after talking with my latest guest, Eric Liu, an author, educator, and civic …

The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb on White Supremacy and the White House

May 10th, 2017

Jelani Cobb is one of the sharpest, brightest, most poignant writers and observers of the moment that we’re in. Cobb is a staff writer for The New …

In Conversation With Taz Ahmed, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Co-Host

May 1st, 2017

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, co-host of the popular podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim (which has been described by Oprah Magazine as a “a savvy mash-up of pop …

Rep. Jayapal Brings Her Organizing Chops to Congress

April 20th, 2017

She’s been called the “Anti-Trump.” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th congressional district is a true changemaker. She embodies intersectional, fierce, progressive and inclusive …

Wendy Carrillo--Out of the Shadows, into Congress

March 17th, 2017

First-time political candidate, Wendy Carrillo, 36, went from fleeing war in El Salvador to campaigning for Congressional office. She is running to …

The Serum Is in the Venom: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

March 3rd, 2017

Michael Tubbs is the first African-American Mayor of Stockton, CA as well as the youngest ever elected to that office. He graduated from Stanford, completed internships at the White House and Google, and came back home …

Senator Cory Booker: Making Our Future This Election

November 1st, 2016

For our season finale host Aimee Allison sits down with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Steve Phillips, author of New York Times bestseller Brown …

Beating Trump for Good: Love, Imagination, Empathy w/ Jeff Chang, David Kim and Rebecca Solnit

September 28th, 2016

In this second part of a two-part episode, Aimee continues her conversation with: Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford and author of the newly launched book We Gon’ Be …

On Race, Millennials and Claiming the 80s

September 21st, 2016

In the first part of a two-part episode, Aimee Allison sits down with three of America's top writers and social justice advocates: Jeff Chang, author of the newly launched book “We Gon’ Be Alright”; David Kyuman Kim, …

Jane Kim Takes the Fight to the California State Senate

August 24th, 2016

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is a true fighter. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, she has been fighting for affordable housing, for a …

S1E10 Milwaukee: Riot, Rebellion or Something Else?

August 18th, 2016

In this episode, Aimee talks with Matt Nelson about the unrest in Milwaukee following the recent police killing of Sylville Smith. Matt Nelson is the …

Lateefah Simon: On BART, Social Justice and Her Run for Office in Oscar Grant's Memory

August 11th, 2016

For 20 years Lateefah Simon has led community organizations and expanded economic opportunities for thousands of low-income families in the Bay Area. Now she is running for District 7 BART Board Director. In this …

A Fearless Conversation with Lucy #FierceFlores

August 4th, 2016

Lucy Flores served two terms in the Nevada House, making her the first Latina member of Nevada's legislature. She then ran as the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor, and later for Congress. In this episode, Lucy shares …

Women of Color: Uniting the Party, Leading the Country

July 28th, 2016

Democracy in Color made history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We kicked off the week by hosting a luncheon celebrating …

The War Is Home: On the Shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge

July 22nd, 2016

Before opening fire on police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, shooters Micah Johnson and Gaving Long served in the U.S. military. We cannot …

Best of Brown is the New White

July 11th, 2016

It is clear that we are at a turning point. Last week we were reminded that we, as a nation, still have so much work to do to make true racial justice a reality, that the movement for Civil Rights continues and must …

S1E4 Nina Turner: America's Progressive Future

June 29th, 2016

Nina Turner in a candid conversation about life after Bernie, uniting the party, and leading with the heart even when it hurts.

Fighting for Ohio: The Swing State of Swing States

June 24th, 2016

Most electoral campaigns underinvest in voters of color and often take them for granted. Campaigns assume voters of color will vote for Democrats no …

Why Are There No Black Women in the Senate?

June 15th, 2016

Congresswoman Donna Edwards ran to be the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate during Maryland's 2016 primary. She's a strong progressive and a real champion of social justice who ran to represent the 4th Blackest state …

S1E1 Why are Politicians Still Chasing White Swing Voters?

May 19th, 2016

American demographics have changed drastically, but politicians are still obsessed with chasing white swing voters. How come? What’s to be done? In …
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