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Our Government Segregated America

4/15/2018
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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 of How Our Government Segregated America”. The book is our first pick for the #CivicBookClub and it gives a detailed analysis of the history of housing segregation and breaks down how the policies and laws enacted by local, state and the federal governments helped support the practice. Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic...

Duration:00:42:23

Representing the Boogie Down Bronx

4/8/2018
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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 education, healthcare, income inequality, poverty and economic revitalization in the Bronx. Ruben Diaz Jr. first entered public office as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1997, and is currently serving his third full term as Bronx Borough President, having been...

Duration:00:54:14

What is Microtargeting?

4/1/2018
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Does the Cambridge Analytica scandal have you ready to delete Facebook? That's just one source of information about you that's used in "microtargeting". L. Joy gives a lesson on how microtargeting is used on political campaigns and shares her favorite Easter song. UNIVERSAL FANCON The #SundayCivics team will be in Baltimore, MD April 27-29th registering voters and serving up mini civics lessons and interviews at Universal FanCon. Universal FanCon is the first large-scale, 24-hour event...

Duration:02:20:47

What Does a Political Party Do?

3/18/2018
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Delving deeper into our discussion from Episode 23, L. Joy walks us through what a political party does. The #CivicDocket returns with a discussion on police reform and gun violence. #CIVICDOCKET - 09:00 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. Police are still killing black people. Why isn’t it news anymore? - link Inside a secret 2014 list of hundreds of L.A....

Duration:00:51:58

What Is Partisanship?

3/11/2018
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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 discuss and define political partisanship, ideology and our hosts share where their political values come from. GUEST INTERVIEW - 11:58 Brian Arbour, Associate Professor of Political Science, received a BA from Pomona College and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on political communication and campaign...

Duration:00:51:56

Be a Lobbyist for Your Community

3/4/2018
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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 happening in the states, speaks with registered lobbyist Jacqui Williams about the lobbying profession and gives tips on how to "lobby" or advocate on behalf of your community to elected officials. #CIVICDOCKET - 05:21 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the...

Duration:00:55:21

When Children March

2/25/2018
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Our hosts get local and discuss the need for reform in the states on occupational licensing and we continue our conversation about youth and civic engagement with a quick history lesson on movements led by young people. #CIVICDOCKET - 08:19 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. It's Harder to Become a Hair-Braider Than an EMT. Who's to Blame? - link To Help...

Duration:00:58:51

Civic Engagement is Learned Behavior

2/18/2018
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The exceptional Nell Merlino, creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, organizer, advocate and author joins us for our civics lesson on engaging young people in the political process. #CIVICDOCKET - 05:33 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. Hot pink for hunters: Young sisters push for new law in Maryland - link 6 teenagers are running for Governor in Kansas...

Duration:01:48:33

The Political Church

2/11/2018
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Churches are political. Religious institutions have led or been at the center of numerous political movements in this country. While most believe there is a separation of church and state, churches have not only served as the meeting space for communities to learn and strategize but they have also historically been the leaders of various struggles for social justice. We began the conversation discussing the phrase “separation of church and state”. Contrary to popular belief, that phrase is...

Duration:02:02:27

The REAL State of our Union

2/4/2018
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It seems like the state of the union address was ages ago but on this episode we discuss a few takeaways from the President's address and then discuss the REAL state of our union features failing infrastructure, income inequality, threats to our education system and more. STATE OF THE UNION - 11:42 L.Joy, Lurie and June have a FEW thoughts on the Trump's first State of the Union Address. #CIVICDOCKET - 30:00 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have...

Duration:00:52:35

Declining Black Incarceration, Immigration and Trusting the Government

1/28/2018
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Alexa can help keep you get civically engaged, labeling the formerly incarcerated and why Black folks should care and participate in the immigration debate. #CIVICDOCKET A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. Formerly Incarcerated vs. Felon L. Joy shares why she has been fixing headlines and talks about the stigma and labeling of the formerly incarcerated. The...

Duration:00:49:08

The Case for Automatic Voter Registration

1/21/2018
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Making the case for automatic voter registration and other ways we can make voting easier. Guest interviews with Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York and Stacey Abrams, a candidate for Governor in Georgia. FROM L. JOY'S DESK - 0:24 L. Joy reflects on a year of "the resistance" and features a clip of a panel discussion on the Brian Lehrer Show for their LIVE “A Year of Resistance” special. L. Joy talked about her mission to focus on civic education and how she inspires...

Duration:00:46:27

Taking Civic Action in 2018

1/7/2018
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L. Joy, June and Lurie give you the preview on 2018 elections including the latest threats and civic action opportunities in voting rights, education and the upcoming census. How Will you #TakeCivicAction in 2018? - 13:25 We share stories from listeners who plan to #TakeCivicAction in 2018 and our hosts share their own plans to get civically engaged this year. #CIVICDOCKET - 19:14 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media....

Duration:01:00:58

#BlackWomenLead and Grading Your Legislators

12/17/2017
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The growing political power of Black women, China ain't taking our...trash and L. Joy gives a civics lesson on how to grade your legislators. #CIVICDOCKET - 9:39 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. NY Governor taking guns away from those convicted of domestic violence China no longer taking our trash Test your knowledge on #BillOfRightsDay and take this quick...

Duration:01:05:00

On the Couch and Uncensored – Episode 13

12/6/2017
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June and Lurie join L. Joy on her living room couch to talk about everything from net neutrality, the GOP tax bill, federal judicial nominees and more. TOPICS: 2:18 - Net Neutrality 9:57 - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 18:15 - Federal Judges (Elected and Appointed) 24:37 - Tax Bill 32:55 - Getting to know June, Lurie and L. Joy 49:50 - "If you don't see yourself, create it!" --- BECOME A CIVIC PATRON Help us continue to grow and spread civic education and engagement by becoming a...

Duration:00:58:24

Economic Equity: Struggling Toward a Better Economic Future- Episode 12

11/26/2017
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For this post Thanksgiving episode, L. Joy highlights those advocating for economic equity. Unless you are among the wealthy, you are probably feeling economically strained. The gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider and millions of us are struggling to make ends meet. You may be employed but living paycheck to paycheck and one emergency away from despair. Millions of others are experiencing homelessness, poverty and have trouble feeding themselves and their children on a daily...

Duration:00:45:06

Census 2020: Why Be Counted? – Episode 11

11/11/2017
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The 2020 seems far away but in this episode we discuss the many changes and issues complicating our preparedness for the upcoming census. Prof. John Flateau, PhD of the DuBois Bunche Center For Public Policy at Medgar Evers College, CUNY joins us to discuss the importance and long term political and economic effects of the census count. #CIVICDOCKET - 8:06 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag...

Duration:01:35:23

Equal Protection of the Laws – Episode 10

11/5/2017
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L. Joy, June and Lurie discuss the Hotep in their closet, an excerpt of Donna Brazile's upcoming book on the 2016 election, how a repeal of the Johnson Amendment would impact the separation of church and state and Esmeralda Simmons on the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. #CIVICDOCKET - 09:23 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. GOP Tax Bill Would...

Duration:01:11:15

Policing the Police: A Citizen’s Guide to Police Reform – Episode 09

10/29/2017
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Police reform conversations are stuck on methods to improve community and police relations but are missing the point of accountability and transparency. On this episode, L. Joy, June and Lurie discuss advocacy efforts towards police reform and a citizen’s role in policing the police. Guests include Dr. Phill Goff, Co-Founder and President of the Center for Policing Equity and lifelong activist Lumumba Bandele. #CIVICDOCKET - 10:59 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show...

Duration:01:26:54

The Daily Assault of American Politics – Episode 08 - #SUNDAYCIVICS

10/22/2017
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L. Joy, June and Lurie discuss the consequences of free speech, why it's so easy to exploit racial animus in the United States and the daily assault of American politics. OPENING Audio excerpt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reading from his text "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". #CIVICDOCKET - 11:09 A few of the civic related stories we discussed on the show that you may have missed in mainstream media. Follow the hashtag #CivicDocket on Twitter or view more here. Black Lawmakers Hold a...

Duration:01:29:59

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