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!


S02 E09: A Mother’s Day Tribute – 1 Year Later
May 11, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by former Senior Advisor to barack Obama, New York Times Bestselling Author, and mother/grandmother...

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S02 E08: Getting Educated in America
May 1, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by the creator, writer, and director of the Netflix series Dear White People, Justin Simien, and th...

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S02 E07: Black Lives and COVID-19
April 20, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined remotely by New York Times bestselling author, historian, and antiracist activist Dr. Ibram Kendi t...

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S02 E06: Staying Connected at Home
April 13, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined remotely by Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference, to talk about how COVID-1...

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S02 E05: Get Out The Count, Get Out The Vote
March 11, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic nominee for the governorship of Georgia, the Founder and Ch...

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S02 E04 (Part 2): For the People – Meet Your Representatives
February 19, 2020

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by powerhouse Representatives Kathy Castor, Darren Soto, Marc Veasey, Al Green and John Sarbanes fo...

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S02 E04 (Part 1): For the People – Meet Your Representatives
February 19, 2020

Powerhouse Representatives Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Maxine Waters joined Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison for par...

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S02 E03: We Are Democracy
December 11, 2019

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by Cecile Richards, Mayra Macias, and Alicia Garza for a very special episode live from The Leaders...

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S02 E02: DACA – The Fight Continues
November 20, 2019

Pod for the Cause host Ashley Allison is joined by Martín Batalla Vidal, the lead plaintiff in the New York case McAleenan v. Vidal, to discuss DA...

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Meet the Host

Kanya Bennett headshotKanya 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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