Pod for the Cause

Welcome to the official podcast of The Leadership Conference

We’ve joined the airwaves to help spark conversation and activism on some of the most critical issues of today.

From the courts to immigration, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on the values we hold near and dear. At Pod for the Cause, we’re going to tackle these issues and more. Our friends in the movement will be stopping by to have these conversations, and they promise to be real, straightforward and honest.

This podcast was created for those of you wanting to effect change, who understand the importance of restoring our democracy and want to engage in deep conversation around the issues. So check out the first episode of Pod for the Cause, and subscribe below!

S7 E7: Music and the Movement
June 10, 2024

June has been designated a month of awareness for several civil rights causes and constituencies. From LGBTQ Pride and Stonewall to Caribbean Ameri...

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S7 E6: Brown v. Board at 70: Still Separate, Still Unequal
May 7, 2024

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, this podcast episode delves into the...

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S7 E5: Building a Diverse Judiciary
March 5, 2024

For our courts to work for all of us, our judges should reflect and represent the diversity of our society. Federal courts have been slow to includ...

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S07 E04: The State of Black Lives
February 20, 2024

Today on Pod for the Cause, we will use Black History Month as an opportunity to consider the state of the Movement for Black Lives. For this conve...

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S07 E03: Centering Tech and AI on Civil Rights
February 1, 2024

Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. Thanks to technological advances, there are increased connections and efficiencies around how...

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S07 E02: Attacks on the Dream: Dr. King’s Legacy Today
January 17, 2024

Pod for the Cause Season 7 Episode 2: As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in January, we are provided with an opport...

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S07 E01: Angelic Troublemakers: The Legacy of Bayard Rustin
December 14, 2023

Welcome back to Pod for the Cause Season 7! On today’s episode, our host, Kanya Bennett, managing director of government affairs at the Leadershi...

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S06 E12: 10 Years Since Shelby SCOTUS Decision: How Voting Rights Have Drastically Changed in a Decade
June 21, 2023

Join Kanya Bennett as she discusses the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder with Carolyn Shields, Preside...

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S6 E11: Honoring Juneteenth and the Need for Reparations for Black Americans
June 15, 2023

Join Kanya Bennett as she discusses Juneteenth and reparations with Jeff Robinson of The Who We are Project, Kavon Ward of Where is My Land, and Ke...

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Meet the Host

Kanya Bennett headshot

Kanya Bennett is the managing director of government affairs at The Leadership Conference — a coalition of more than 220 organizations serving as a strategic hub of the civil rights movement. Kanya Bennett has advanced a civil rights policy agenda for more than a decade in Washington, DC, a city she calls home by way of Chicago. She currently serves as the Managing Director for Government Affairs at The Leadership Conference. A social justice lawyer by day, and basketball momager by night, you can catch Kanya on the sidelines when she’s not on Capitol Hill.

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