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#SundayCivics teaches civic education and engagement using current political issues. Hosted by national political strategist L. Joy Williams, the show features interviews with advocates, elected officials and everyday citizens who take civic action in their communities. Listen and learn the civics lesson you missed in school. To learn more, visit sundaycivics.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook at @SundayCivics

Latest Episodes

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 state constitution as the highest elective office in any county. Sheriff Garry McFadden comes to the front of the class to discuss the role of the one of the oldest elected positions in the United States. Then L. Joy brings Kamari Guthrie, director of communications of Vote.Org to the front of the class to discuss their strategy and what tools they use to register, educate and engage voters. OUR GUESTS Sheriff Gary McFadden Sheriff Garry McFadden is a 36-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and is currently the Mecklenburg County Sheriff. His service includes 27 years as a Detective and 20 years in the Homicide Unit. His office employs more than 1,000 people and oversees a budget of about $120 million. He was duly elected in 2018. Kamari Guthrie Kamari is the Communications Director of Vote Dot Org and has an unwavering commitment to expanding public awareness and access to the democratic process. Since 2016, Vote.org has registered close to two million voters, and run large-scale Get Out The Vote campaigns targeting tens of millions of low-propensity voters.

51 MIN2 weeks ago
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Who We Elect: Sheriff

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 to the front of the class to discuss the perils of voter suppression because in the words of Joy Ann Reid, “..if you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention.” Our Guests Timothy (Tim) Smith is an accomplished and award-winning television producer and Executive Producer of the film Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas. Tim has worked for The PBS NewsHour, Unapix Entertainment, Newsweek Productions, Docere Digital Studios and MSNBC, where he executive produced t...

51 MIN3 weeks ago
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If You Aren’t Scared, You Aren’t Paying Attention

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. Joy brings Ifeome (Ify) Ike to the front of the class and has her thoroughest girls Lurie and June to examine "outing" Trump donors, public information of voter data and fighting white supremacy. Our Guest Ifeoma Ike—Ify, for short—is a first-generation, Nigerian-American activist, artist and attorney whose entire career has been dedicated to empowering marginalized communities and creating data-informed strategies to reduce inequity. Ify is a co-founding Principal of social impact firm, Think Rubix, a professor at Lehman College, and a board member of the Women’s Prison Association, as well as a Junior Board member of the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation.

51 MINAUG 12
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Fighting White Supremacy

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 turnout. I Nse Ufot comes to the front of the class to share her #FirstCivicAction and discuss how her organization engages and empowers nearly 10,000 voters in a week. Our Guest: Nse Ufot is the Executive Director of the New Georgia Project, a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage the rising electorate in the state of Georgia. Nse has dedicated her life and career working on various civil, human, and workers’ rights issues. Ms. Ufot, a proud naturalized citizen, was born in Nigeria and raised in Southwest Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Ms. Ufot is fluent in both French and English. She is proud to lead the New Georgia Project to its goal of strengthening the s...

51 MINAUG 6
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The Voter Blame Game

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 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to unearth something the FBI calls the "Race Paper”. Our guests: Vincent Warren: Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender, and LGBT injustice; combating abusive immigration policies and Muslim profiling; and stopping the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies. Ian Head: Senior Legal Worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he works on policing, racial justice, immigrant rights, and prisoners’ rights issues. Ian has significant experience in Freedom of Information Act and open records request...

51 MINJUL 29
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Government Surveillance and Suing Robert Mueller

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, Hawaii and Utah do not have the statewide position at all. To really understand the role of the elected position you really need to get state specific. In some places it's purely an administrative role but in a lot of the states the Secretary of State is also the chief elections administrator. Secretary Alex Padilla of California and Secretary Denise Merrill of Connecticut share the responsibilities of their respective state roles and Shelby County Tennessee Election Commissioner Bennie Smith joins the conversation to discuss the gaps in our election security. Our Guests: Secretary Denise W. Merrill Elected to her third term as Connecticut's 73rd Secretary of State on November 6, 2018. As Connecticut's chief elections official and business registrar, Merrill has focused on modernizing Connecticut's e...

51 MINJUL 14
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Who We Elect: Secretary of State

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 identify as one? What is progressive to communities of color? L. Joy brings Lumumba Bandele and Ludovic Blain to the front of the class to help us answer these pressing questions. Our guests: Lumumba Bandele: is the Senior Community Organizer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and a member and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Ludovic Blain: is the Executive Director of the California Donor Table. Previously, Ludovic was a leader in building people of color-centered movements around closing the racial wealth gap, environmental justice, media justice, campaign finance and voting rights. Ludovic has also led capacity-building work in Haiti, Canada, Denmark and The Gambia. Ludovic is a graduate of the City College of NY, as well as leadership programs including the Rockwood Leadership Institute. He serves on sever...

51 MINJUN 30
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What is “Progressive” to Communities of Color

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 her series "Who We Elect" which will highlight state and local positions which may appear further down your ballot. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez comes to the front of the class share his #FirstCivicAction and how he sees his role as the elected district attorney of Brooklyn, New York. Our Guest Eric Gonzalez made history in November 2017 when he became the first Latino District Attorney elected in New York State. He had been appointed Acting District Attorney by Governor Andrew Cuomo a year earlier following the tragic death of his predecessor, the late Ken Thompson, for whom Gonzalez had served as Chief Assistant District Attorney. DA Gonzalez began his legal career in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office upon his graduation from law school in 1995. Since his appointment to lead the office, DA Gonzalez has implemented his own trai...

49 MINJUN 24
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Who We Elect: District Attorney

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 the front of the class to discuss the history of the war on drugs and current efforts to these failing policies. Our Guest Kassandra Frederique is New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Frederique previously ran the day-to-day operations of the statewide campaign to end New York’s racially biased marijuana arrests, which cut the number of NYC marijuana arrests in half. In addition to working for policy solutions to reduce the harms associated with drug use, Frederique works with communities throughout the state to address and resolve the collateral consequences of the War on Drugs. Kassandra cultivates and mobilizes powerful coalitions in communities devastated by drug misuse and drug criminalization to develop municipal strategies to foster healthier and safer communities. Fr...

51 MINJUN 17
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Repair After the War on Drugs

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 about the process. So on this episode, L.Joy gives us a lesson on impeachment and then brings Carolyn DeWitt of Rock the Vote to the front of the class to discuss their #Census2020 work. About Our Guest Carolyn DeWitt is the President and Executive Director of Rock the Vote, the largest national organization focused on building long-term political power for this country’s most diverse youth generation. Rock the Vote has recently launched an educational awareness campaign, focused on engaging young people around the 2020 census. #FirstCivicAction Congresswoman Yvette D. Clark, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York's 9th congressional district. #CivicBookClub Picks Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood Episode Reading List Impea...

51 MINJUN 10
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To Impeach or Not To Impeach

Latest Episodes

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 state constitution as the highest elective office in any county. Sheriff Garry McFadden comes to the front of the class to discuss the role of the one of the oldest elected positions in the United States. Then L. Joy brings Kamari Guthrie, director of communications of Vote.Org to the front of the class to discuss their strategy and what tools they use to register, educate and engage voters. OUR GUESTS Sheriff Gary McFadden Sheriff Garry McFadden is a 36-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and is currently the Mecklenburg County Sheriff. His service includes 27 years as a Detective and 20 years in the Homicide Unit. His office employs more than 1,000 people and oversees a budget of about $120 million. He was duly elected in 2018. Kamari Guthrie Kamari is the Communications Director of Vote Dot Org and has an unwavering commitment to expanding public awareness and access to the democratic process. Since 2016, Vote.org has registered close to two million voters, and run large-scale Get Out The Vote campaigns targeting tens of millions of low-propensity voters.

51 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Who We Elect: Sheriff

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 to the front of the class to discuss the perils of voter suppression because in the words of Joy Ann Reid, “..if you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention.” Our Guests Timothy (Tim) Smith is an accomplished and award-winning television producer and Executive Producer of the film Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas. Tim has worked for The PBS NewsHour, Unapix Entertainment, Newsweek Productions, Docere Digital Studios and MSNBC, where he executive produced t...

51 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
If You Aren’t Scared, You Aren’t Paying Attention

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. Joy brings Ifeome (Ify) Ike to the front of the class and has her thoroughest girls Lurie and June to examine "outing" Trump donors, public information of voter data and fighting white supremacy. Our Guest Ifeoma Ike—Ify, for short—is a first-generation, Nigerian-American activist, artist and attorney whose entire career has been dedicated to empowering marginalized communities and creating data-informed strategies to reduce inequity. Ify is a co-founding Principal of social impact firm, Think Rubix, a professor at Lehman College, and a board member of the Women’s Prison Association, as well as a Junior Board member of the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation.

51 MINAUG 12
Comments
Fighting White Supremacy

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 turnout. I Nse Ufot comes to the front of the class to share her #FirstCivicAction and discuss how her organization engages and empowers nearly 10,000 voters in a week. Our Guest: Nse Ufot is the Executive Director of the New Georgia Project, a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage the rising electorate in the state of Georgia. Nse has dedicated her life and career working on various civil, human, and workers’ rights issues. Ms. Ufot, a proud naturalized citizen, was born in Nigeria and raised in Southwest Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Ms. Ufot is fluent in both French and English. She is proud to lead the New Georgia Project to its goal of strengthening the s...

51 MINAUG 6
Comments
The Voter Blame Game

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 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to unearth something the FBI calls the "Race Paper”. Our guests: Vincent Warren: Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender, and LGBT injustice; combating abusive immigration policies and Muslim profiling; and stopping the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies. Ian Head: Senior Legal Worker at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he works on policing, racial justice, immigrant rights, and prisoners’ rights issues. Ian has significant experience in Freedom of Information Act and open records request...

51 MINJUL 29
Comments
Government Surveillance and Suing Robert Mueller

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, Hawaii and Utah do not have the statewide position at all. To really understand the role of the elected position you really need to get state specific. In some places it's purely an administrative role but in a lot of the states the Secretary of State is also the chief elections administrator. Secretary Alex Padilla of California and Secretary Denise Merrill of Connecticut share the responsibilities of their respective state roles and Shelby County Tennessee Election Commissioner Bennie Smith joins the conversation to discuss the gaps in our election security. Our Guests: Secretary Denise W. Merrill Elected to her third term as Connecticut's 73rd Secretary of State on November 6, 2018. As Connecticut's chief elections official and business registrar, Merrill has focused on modernizing Connecticut's e...

51 MINJUL 14
Comments
Who We Elect: Secretary of State

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 identify as one? What is progressive to communities of color? L. Joy brings Lumumba Bandele and Ludovic Blain to the front of the class to help us answer these pressing questions. Our guests: Lumumba Bandele: is the Senior Community Organizer at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and a member and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Ludovic Blain: is the Executive Director of the California Donor Table. Previously, Ludovic was a leader in building people of color-centered movements around closing the racial wealth gap, environmental justice, media justice, campaign finance and voting rights. Ludovic has also led capacity-building work in Haiti, Canada, Denmark and The Gambia. Ludovic is a graduate of the City College of NY, as well as leadership programs including the Rockwood Leadership Institute. He serves on sever...

51 MINJUN 30
Comments
What is “Progressive” to Communities of Color

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 her series "Who We Elect" which will highlight state and local positions which may appear further down your ballot. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez comes to the front of the class share his #FirstCivicAction and how he sees his role as the elected district attorney of Brooklyn, New York. Our Guest Eric Gonzalez made history in November 2017 when he became the first Latino District Attorney elected in New York State. He had been appointed Acting District Attorney by Governor Andrew Cuomo a year earlier following the tragic death of his predecessor, the late Ken Thompson, for whom Gonzalez had served as Chief Assistant District Attorney. DA Gonzalez began his legal career in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office upon his graduation from law school in 1995. Since his appointment to lead the office, DA Gonzalez has implemented his own trai...

49 MINJUN 24
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Who We Elect: District Attorney

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 the front of the class to discuss the history of the war on drugs and current efforts to these failing policies. Our Guest Kassandra Frederique is New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Frederique previously ran the day-to-day operations of the statewide campaign to end New York’s racially biased marijuana arrests, which cut the number of NYC marijuana arrests in half. In addition to working for policy solutions to reduce the harms associated with drug use, Frederique works with communities throughout the state to address and resolve the collateral consequences of the War on Drugs. Kassandra cultivates and mobilizes powerful coalitions in communities devastated by drug misuse and drug criminalization to develop municipal strategies to foster healthier and safer communities. Fr...

51 MINJUN 17
Comments
Repair After the War on Drugs

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 about the process. So on this episode, L.Joy gives us a lesson on impeachment and then brings Carolyn DeWitt of Rock the Vote to the front of the class to discuss their #Census2020 work. About Our Guest Carolyn DeWitt is the President and Executive Director of Rock the Vote, the largest national organization focused on building long-term political power for this country’s most diverse youth generation. Rock the Vote has recently launched an educational awareness campaign, focused on engaging young people around the 2020 census. #FirstCivicAction Congresswoman Yvette D. Clark, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing New York's 9th congressional district. #CivicBookClub Picks Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood Episode Reading List Impea...

51 MINJUN 10
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To Impeach or Not To Impeach