Big money plagues our politics—and its impact on candidates is not equal. In this episode, top women leaders describe how money corrupts our election cycle, makes it more difficult for people at the intersection of one or more marginalized identities to run and win, and how fighting against money in politics will bring us closer to equal representation for all.
- Moderator: Cynthia Richie Terrell, Founder and Executive Director of RepresentWomen
- Speaker 1: Andrea Serrano, Executive Director, OLÉ New Mexico
- Speaker 2: The Honorable Kerry Healey, President, Babson College; Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
- Speaker 3: Charly Carter, Founder, Step Up Maryland
- Speaker 4: The Honorable Ruth Buffalo, State Representative, North Dakota House of Representatives
In this episode, legal, policy, and grassroots advocates discuss why redistricting is so important, and where the fight to end gerrymandering is headed. In 2018, five states—Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, and Utah—all won historic gerrymandering reform with bipartisan support. With the recent Supreme Court ruling that partisan gerrymandering is an inherently political fight, and “beyond the reach” of any federal court, the strategy to fix gerrymandering starts and ends with the states
Facebook post that started a movement. A “People’s Veto” campaign that fought back against a legislature meddling with the will of the people. So many incredible stories of people power fighting back against rigged voting lines. With new congressional districts to be drawn in 2021—this episode will discuss this unprecedented year of reforms—and how we can “slay the gerrymander” once and for all.
- Moderator: Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
- Speaker 1: The Honorable Tim Burchett, U.S. House of Representatives (R-TN)
- Speaker 2: Paul Smith, Vice President, Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center
- Speaker 3: Katie Fahey, Executive Director, Voters Not Politicians (MI)
- Speaker 4: Kareem Crayton, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Episode Three of Unrig the System Podcast discusses the impacts of the prison industrial complex—and bipartisan solutions for unrigging our criminal justice system.
Special interests exploit our corrupt political system to pad their bottom lines, maligning our criminal justice system and keeping Americans behind bars in the process. Now, an unresponsive Congress and a hardened Department of Justice have pushed the issue of criminal justice reform to the state and local levels. But exciting new bipartisan coalitions are pushing back, coming together on two particular high-impact reforms—overhauling our lobbying laws and changing how we choose state court judges—that can help redefine what’s possible for both the democracy and criminal justice communities.
- Moderator: DeRay Mckesson, Civil Rights Activist, Author, and Host of Pod Save the People; Campaign Zero
- Speaker 1: The Honorable Penny White, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law; Former Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
- Speaker 2: Julie Warren, Tennessee State Director, Right on Crime; Fellow, Beacon Center
- Speaker 3: Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Director, No Exceptions Prison Collective
- Speaker 4: Keshia Morris, Mass Incarceration & Census Project Manager, Common Cause
Episode Two of Unrig the System Podcast kicks off with a robust conversation about breaking big money’s grip on power amidst a crisis in confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court.
These panelists are an unrivaled group of experts and activists showing how new strategies—from candidate pledges to forego corporate cash or Super PAC support, to the full launch of the breakthrough “democracy vouchers” program—give us plenty of reasons to keep pushing the limits of what’s possible. We also hear first hand from the Chair of the FEC and explore the most important campaign finance legislation in congressional history. This is a panel about opportunity, about hope, and about you as the future of our movement.
- Moderator: Scott Greytak, Senior Counsel, RepresentUs
- Speaker 1: The Honorable Ellen Weintraub, Chair, Federal Election Commission
- Speaker 2: The Honorable Zach Wamp, former member of Congress (R-TN) and Co-Chair, Issue One ReFormers Caucus
- Speaker 3: Dan Tokaji, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Speaker 4: Liz Dupee, Director, Washington Democracy Hub
In this inaugural episode, we introduce Unrig Summit 2019 and give a sneak peek of what the podcast is all about. In our first panel—moderated by Academy Award-winning Actress and RepresentUs Board Member Jennifer Lawrence—you’ll be able to hear directly from the leaders of historic 2018 reform victories, why these policies change the game, and learn how you can become a part of the next wave of Unrigging the system.
- Moderator: Jennifer Lawrence, Academy Award-winning Actress; Board Member, RepresentUs
- Speaker 1: Katie Fahey, Executive Director, Voters Not Politicians
- Speaker 2: Desmond Meade, President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
- Speaker 3: Catherine Kanter, Campaign Manager, Yes on Prop 4
- Speaker 4: Kyle Bailey, Committee for Ranked Choice Voting
- Speaker 5: Sean Nicholson, Campaign Director, Clean Missouri
- Speaker 6: Dina Butcher, Campaign Director & President, North Dakotans for Public Integrity