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A podcast for the civically engaged.

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L. Joy Williams

L. Joy Williams

Creator & Host

L. Joy Williams is a national political strategist, media thought leader, public speaker, and social justice advocate. She is a trusted strategic adviser to elected leaders and organizations across the country and is sought after by various media outlets for her expertise in politics, civic engagement, and social justice. She is the Founder and Principal of New York-based consulting firm LJW Community Strategies, President of the Brooklyn NAACP, founding Chairman of Higher Heights for America and host of #SundayCivics on SiriusXM Urban View.

Lurie Daniel Favors


Lurie Daniel Favors is General Counsel at the Center for Law and Social Justice, an activist and attorney with a long-standing commitment to racial and social justice. Before graduating from New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar, Ms. Daniel Favors co-founded Sankofa Community Empowerment, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to empower racially disenfranchised communities. She later co-founded Breaking the Cycle Consulting Services LLC, which specializes in creating comprehensive professional development for educators, youth education programs and family workshops designed to address the crisis in urban education through the use of culturally responsive teaching. Ms. Daniel Favors is a weekly racial justice contributor for the Karen Hunter Show on Sirius XM Urban View and the #SundayCivics.

June Moses

June Moses

My name is June, like the month, Moses like in the bible. I was adopted and raised in Westchester County in New York. I now reside, and have for the past 25 years, in the wonderful village of Harlem in NYC. At almost half a century, I have seen the world change, grow, retract and go back to growing and there are two things I have found to be valuable: being a lifelong learner in any way and try to be a better person today than you were yesterday. I have worked in civil rights/social justice on some level in some form, all my life. I believe that people can and are the agents of change they seek so it gives me great pleasure that L.Joy has taken me along for this great ride with the creation of #SundayCivics.

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The Voter Blame Game

August 5th, 2019


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 turnout. I  Nse Ufot comes to …

Government Surveillance and Suing Robert Mueller

July 28th, 2019


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 Freedom of Information Act …

Who We Elect: Secretary of State

July 14th, 2019


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, Hawaii and Utah do not have the …

What is “Progressive” to Communities of Color

June 30th, 2019


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

June 23rd, 2019


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

June 16th, 2019


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 the front of the class to …

To Impeach or Not To Impeach

June 10th, 2019


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

June 2nd, 2019


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?

May 21st, 2019


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

May 21st, 2019


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

May 19th, 2019


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 function of a new position called …

Military Families in Distress

April 30th, 2019


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?

April 29th, 2019


Is there one checklist to use to determine candidate viability? Who are the decision makers in this process? Candidate viability changes, ebbs and …

Big Money vs. Us

April 14th, 2019


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

April 3rd, 2019


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

March 27th, 2019


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 lead a conversation on the …

A New #CivicDocket and Meeting Senator Bernie Sanders

March 26th, 2019


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

March 4th, 2019


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

February 25th, 2019


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

February 11th, 2019


"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?

January 29th, 2019


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

January 22nd, 2019


"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 activity receiving Federal …

Governing Our “Persistent Human Problems”

January 14th, 2019


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 the conversation about our …

Take Civic Action 2019: Choosing a Presidential Candidate

January 10th, 2019


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

December 9th, 2018


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 Wang.
L. Joy, June …

What Do You Know About the Farm Bill?

December 3rd, 2018


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 Farm Bill" to set national …

How to Change Election Law

December 3rd, 2018


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

December 2nd, 2018


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 different leaders and our …

You Voted, Now What?

November 13th, 2018


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 the story of how she met 2016 …

Let’s Make a Vote Plan

November 5th, 2018


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 …

Sistas Gonna Work It Out

October 21st, 2018


We get a history lesson on Black women's power at the voting booth and kick-off our new #SistasToWatch segment profiling Black women running for office with Glynda Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founders of Higher …

What’s On My Ballot

October 14th, 2018


We've spent a great deal of time talking about the candidates on your ballot but you may also have important questions called ballot proposals that need your vote. We will get you ready to vote up and down the ballot by …

What is the Role of Congress?

October 4th, 2018


We are counting down to the midterm election with a discussion on the role of Congress featuring an interview with Congresswoman Yvette D. …

What to Do After You Lose

September 23rd, 2018


Primary election season is officially over and some candidates didn't make it across the finish line. But just because you or your candidate lose the election, it doesn't mean it's time to take your toys and go home.

L. …

Power and Importance of State Legislatures

September 9th, 2018


Class is back in session!! Our civics teacher, L. Joy Williams is back with our Social Justice “Lawya” Lurie Daniel Favors and June to bring us back to the basics discussing the power and importance of State …

When Activists Get Elected

July 15th, 2018


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”.

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What Do You Know About Puerto Rico?

July 8th, 2018


Puerto Rico is experiencing a humanitarian crisis following the slow and inept response to Hurricane Maria. Senator Gustavo Rivera and renowned …

What’s Policy and What’s Law?

June 24th, 2018


L. Joy sets aside the #CivicDocket to give us a quick breakdown of the difference between a policy and a law and we begin the first of many …

What We Should Demand of “Big Tech”

June 20th, 2018


On this episode of #SundayCivics L. Joy shares where she’s been and what she has been doing
with Higher Heights, sends love to our “Lawya” Lurie …

A Women’s Place Is In The House

June 3rd, 2018


On this episode of #SundayCivics L. Joy begins with a clarifying discussion on the difference between an elected "executive" official and an elected "representative" official with Lurie and June. Then her guest …

Political Girls Trip to the ATL

May 20th, 2018


L. Joy has packed her bags and is headed to Atlanta, Georgia on a Political Girls Trip, and of course, she brings along some friends. We talk about …

Working on a Campaign

May 14th, 2018


This episode of #SundayCivics is all about working on a campaign. Get out your pen and paper for this wealth of information!

#CivicDocket - 07:35
A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may …

When Black Women “Set The World On Fire”

April 29th, 2018


On this episode L. Joy introduces us to Dr. Keisha Blain a 20th century historian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh …

Legislative Efforts to Control “Lady Parts”

April 22nd, 2018


Comedian, political satirist and professional troublemaker Lizz Winstead sits in with us to discuss legislative efforts to control lady parts and how …

Our Government Segregated America

April 15th, 2018


On this episode of #SundayCivics, L. Joy has a conversation with the author Richard Rothstein about his book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History …

Representing the Boogie Down Bronx

April 8th, 2018


Take a trip to the boogie down Bronx with the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr and learn how a local elected official has dedicated his public career to improving the lives of his neighbors and tackling issues of …

What is Microtargeting?

April 1st, 2018


Does the Cambridge Analytica scandal have you ready to delete Facebook? That's just one source of information about you that's used in …

What Does a Political Party Do?

March 18th, 2018


Delving deeper into our discussion from Episode 23, L. Joy walks us through what a political party does. The #CivicDocket returns with a discussion …

What Is Partisanship?

March 11th, 2018


What does it mean to be partisan? Are we more partisan and divided by politics than ever before? Prof. Brian Arbour of John Jay College joins us to …

Be a Lobbyist for Your Community

March 4th, 2018


Most Americans have an unfavorable view of the lobbying profession but the act of lobbying or persuading an elected or public official to support an issue, isn't inherently bad. The team discusses issues and legislation …

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