Economic Security

Podcast 12.14.23

S07 E01: Angelic Troublemakers: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin

Welcome back to Pod for the Cause Season 7! On today’s episode, our host, Kanya Bennett, managing director of government affairs at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin with President Clayola Brown, head of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, International Vice President of Workers United-SEIU, and Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnership and Racial Justice at the AFL-CIO; Dr. David Johns, the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Author Michael G. Long, most recently, the editor of Bayard Rustin: A Legacy of Protest and Politics.

Podcast 10.26.22

S6 E04: Affirmative Action Means Opportunity for All

On today’s episode of Pod For the Cause, our host, Kanya Bennett, is joined by ​​Star Wingate-Bey, a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina and a student intervenor who helped defend UNC’s admissions policy in the affirmative action case involving the university, and Genzie Bonadies Torres, Associate Director for the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, to discuss affirmative action and the related cases before the Supreme Court – Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of North Carolina (UNC).

Podcast 10.13.22

S6 E03: Our Bodies Are on the Ballot

On today’s episode of Pod for the Cause our host, Kanya Bennett discusses the intersectionality of abortion rights and voting and its impact on Black women with Marcela Howell, president and CEO of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Agenda.

Podcast 09.20.21

S05 E01: The Intersections of Abortion Bans

Our host Vanessa Gonzalez is joined by Aimee Arrambide, Executive Director at Avow Texas; Leila Abolfazli, Director for Federal Reproductive Rights at National Women’s Law Center; and Nancy Cardenas Pena, Texas Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice to discuss how recent abortion restrictions ​and laws that are chipping away at the right to vote are rooted in white supremacy and how to fight against them.

Podcast 06.17.21

S04 E08: School in the Time of COVID

Vanessa Gonzalez is joined by Sylvia Tanguma, president of the McAllen American Federation of Teachers and a teacher at James Bonham Elementary in McAllen, TX, to discuss how teachers heroically pivoted their curriculum and methods in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to help students and teachers re-enter the classroom, as we emerge from the pandemic.

Podcast 05.12.21

S04 E07: Unmasking Reopening

Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by mental health experts: Melvin Wilson (Senior Policy Advisor for Social Justice and Human Rights, at the National Association of Social Workers) and Sherod Haynes (MD/PhD Candidate ​at Emory University) to unpack mental health after over a year of quarantine, the social dichotomy of vaccinations, and reimagining care during reopening through an intersectional lens.

Podcast 03.23.21

S04 E05: SHE-cession

Pod for the Cause host Vanessa N. Gonzalez is joined by Adrienne Lawrence (Attorney and Sr. Consultant at Jennifer Brown Consulting, Media and Legal Consultant at Bantam Impact, and the Author of Staying in the Game), Jess Morales Rocketto (Co-chair of Families Belong Together and Co-Founder at Care in Action, Supermajority, and She Se Puede), and Kate Bahn (Director of Labor Market Policy at Washington Center for Equitable Growth and EVP of the International Association for Feminist Economics) to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issues women face today including the gender and race pay gap, reproductive justice, and harassment through an intersectional lens.

Podcast 05.11.20

S02 E09: A Mother’s Day Tribute – 1 Year Later

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by former Senior Advisor to barack Obama, New York Times Bestselling Author, and mother/grandmother Valerie Jarrett to talk about the journey of motherhood, finding her voice, and the realities of being a working mother.