Boom! Lawyered
Boom! Lawyered
Oct 14, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett Hearings, Day Three: Make Birth Control Illegal Again
27 min

Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy recap the third day of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

On Wednesday, Barrett flubbed the basics of the First Amendment, refused to denounce poll taxes, and couldn't confirm that a right to privacy exists. Oh, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed nostalgic about segregation? Join Jess and Imani as they wade through it all on our final podcast of the week (barring yet another huge surprise!).

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Intersectionality Matters!
Intersectionality Matters!
African American Policy Forum
29. Black Men For Trump?: The Overdue Conversation on Patriarchy & Misogynoir in Black Politics
In this “barbershop edition” of Intersectionality Matters, which was recorded live on October 28th, Kimberlé is joined by a panel of activists, scholars, and writers to discuss, patriarchy, misogynoir, and why a small but meaningful minority of Black men, including prominent celebrities like 50 Cent and Ice Cube, are choosing to support President Trump this election. Led by AAPF Co-Founder Luke Charles Harris, this roundtable conversation explores what genuine self-love looks like for Black men, the relationship between racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia in the Black community, and how we can imagine different, more empowering futures for ourselves and our communities. With:
 WADE DAVIS - Former player and first LGBT inclusion consultant at the NFL LUKE CHARLES HARRIS - Co-founder, African American Policy Forum; Associate Professor, Vassar College KIESE LAYMON - Author of Heavy and Long Division; Professor, the University of Mississippi
 MARLON PETERSON - Host of DEcarcerated Podcast; Author of Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom Song (upcoming) ALVIN STARKS - Director of the Equality Team, Open Society Foundations Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw (@sandylocks)
 Produced by Julia Sharpe-Levine Edited by Asal Ehsanipour, Rebecca Scheckman, and Julia Sharpe-Levine
 Additional support provided by the African American Policy Forum
 Music by Blue Dot Sessions
 Follow us at @intersectionalitymatters, @IMKC_podcast
1 hr 6 min
System Check with Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren
System Check with Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren
System Check
4: Why Are People Poor?
This week, your co-hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren get personal. Melissa’s Grandma Rosa lived and worked in poverty in the Jim Crow south. She was a seamstress who suffered from arthritis, and she made tremendous personal sacrifices to ensure her twin sons, William and Wesley, could go to college ( and create a legacy of achievement and activism. ( Her story is inspiring, but why did she have to make the choice between personal comfort and her children’s future? Dorian’s grandmother also grew up poor on the south side of Chicago. Born in the midst of the 1919 Race Riot ( and growing up during the Great Depression, she taught him to “earn a nickel, save 2 cents,” proving that while she certainly needed more money, she did not need the kind of “financial literacy” programs that many think tanks and philanthropies put forward as a solution to poverty. These were resilient, forward-thinking women—but they still struggled with poverty. That leads Melissa and Dorian to ask the guiding question for this episode: “Why are people poor?” Why does the richest country in the world still tolerate millions of our neighbors living in poverty? And why is it so rare to hear—in the media, in the boardrooms of philanthropies, in the halls of power in Washington, D.C.—from the people who are experiencing poverty? To answer all these questions and more, we turn to our experts. Aisha Nyandoro, Chief Executive Officer of Springboard To Opportunities ( talked with System Check about the Magnolia Mother’s Trust ( . The Trust is the first guaranteed income project in the country to focus explicitly on racial and gender justice. Magnolia Mother's Trust gives $1,000 a month, with no strings attached, to extremely low income black women living in federally subsidized affordable housing. Nyandoro began the program in 2018 as a small pilot with just 20 women in Jackson, Mississippi. Today there are 110 women receiving $1,000 a month for a full year, and the results are pretty amazing. This week’s Final Word is offered by Tiana Gaines-Turner. Despite working as the Housing Stabilization Specialist at Eddie’s House ( in Philadelphia, this wife and mom still struggles with poverty, housing instability and food insecurity. In her final word this week, Gaines-Turner explains why she and others in her community should be at the policy-making table ( . “Nothing about us, without us” is her lesson for System Check. We hope that after listening to our guests this week, you feel inspired to transform analysis into action. Here is this week’s System Checklist. Fight for 15: Set a monthly reminder on your calendar—let’s say the 15th of every month, or any day that works for you. Each month, on that date, call or email your senators ( and your representative in Congress ( . Urge them to increase the federal minimum wage to $15/ hour. Get your family, friends, and social media contacts involved. Let them know, “Every month, on the 15th, we are going to demand 15!” Make sure you follow and support the Fight for 15 ( . Give Locally: Take a small step to make an immediate impact in your local community. If you have the financial resources, set up a recurring monthly contribution to your community foodbank. ( As little as $10 a month can make a big difference. While you are at it, find out if your employer will match your contribution. ( Many companies will double, or even triple, charitable contributions made by their employees. Act Locally: If you are ready, consider taking an even bigger step in your local community. Find ways to get involved with families who are experiencing poverty, hunger or homelessness. Contact your local department of social services, your United Way, ( the homeless liaison at your local school, or your religious organization to find out where the need is in your community to identify how your time and talents can contribute to a more fair and just system. Water the Grassroots: If you’re really ready to commit to this work, join a local grassroots community organization fighting to upend the system of poverty on which our country, and especially the 1%, depend. Join or support efforts to unionize. Support collective efforts in your workplace, support friends and family who are organizing, and vote for candidates and policies that give workers more voice and power. Make a personal pledge to “show up” in solidarity for someone else’s fight at least 5 times in 2021--whether a town hall, a digital rally, or contacting your local elected officials, especially for folks who are struggling to make ends meet in the midst of a disastrous health and economic crisis. As always, we welcome your additions to our Checklist! Use our Twitter ( and Facebook ( pages to add your comments, suggested actions, and organizations to support. System Check is a project of The Nation magazine, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren and produced by Sophia Steinert-Evoy. Support for System Check comes from Omidyar Network, a social change venture that is reimagining how capitalism should work. Learn more about their efforts to recenter our economy around individuals, community, and societal well-being at ( . Our executive producer is Frank Reynolds. DD Guttenplan is Editor of The Nation, Erin O’Mara is President of The Nation. Our theme music is by Brooklyn-based artist and producer Jachary ( .  Subscribe to The Nation to support all of our podcasts:
33 min
Our America with Julián Castro
Our America with Julián Castro
Lemonada Media
Homeless In Las Vegas
Below the iconic Las Vegas Strip, another reality exists in stark contrast to the gambling and entertainment excesses. This week, Louis Lacey of HELP of Southern Nevada paints the picture of homelessness in the city’s drainage tunnels, and how his personal experience with homelessness has influenced his community outreach work. We also talk with Emily Paulsen of the Nevada Homeless Alliance about solutions to homelessness and the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.   Keep up with Julián on twitter @JulianCastro and Instagram @JulianCastroTX.    Resources from this episode: Follow HELP of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Homeless Alliance’s community initiatives on Twitter.    Support the show by checking out our sponsors You can digitally purchase life insurance from Haven Life Insurance Agency at Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC17DTC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is 0K71922 and in Arkansas, 100139527. The Marguerite Casey Foundation, creating greater freedom for changemakers to create a truly representative economy. Learn more at, and connect with the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.    To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to shortly after the air date.   Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.   See for privacy information.
31 min
Ep. 96 Ain't Gone Move Without Spirit ft. @itsjujubae
*NOTE* Nikeeta’s computer is raggedy so unfortunately there’s a popping sound in her audio. Please forgive her! I tried to fix it but alas... Nikeeta is solo on this episode...well, kinda. She gives an update about a campaign in upstate NY to provide justice for a Black trans woman, Chanel Hines who’s one of the QueerWOC’s of the week. The other queerwoc of the week is none other than Juju (@itsjujubae) from A Little Juju podcast. Money has a FANTASTIC interview/conversation with Juju that you absolutely do not want to miss! Nikeeta rounds out the show taking a turn at the Tumblr cake questions. It’s no surprise that her answers and Money’s answers are wildly different. Intro by TRUTH of Mother Nature. If you love the intro, listen to their new album Portalz here: Where to find us: IG & Twitter - @queerwocpod FB - Tumblr - Listen to us on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Castbox, PocketCasts Contribute to QueerWOC via CashApp: $QueerWOCPod Become a Patron: Love us out loud by doing The R’s: Rate, Review, Request, Repost, Retweet, and Reply! Use the hashtag #QueerWOC to talk all things the podcast Send us an email or submit your Curved Chronicles: QueerWOC of the Week 00:11:26 Support Chanel Hines a Black trans woman who’s fighting for her life here in upstate New York. draiser is organized by the Geneva Women's Assembly in conjunction with Chanel's family. Juju Juju’s website: Social Media accounts: Twitter and Instagram @itsjujubae & @alittlejujupodcast Community Contributors 00:27:04 New patrons: Veornique, Kandace upped their pledge Cash App: M. Martinez, Dan Borders are fake shoutouts - Wautoma, WI / San Antonio, TX / Federal Way, WA / Hanoi Vietnam/ Port au Prince, Haiti Aviva! Mental Moment with Money 00:31:01 No Mental Moment w/ Money this week but check out last episode’s moment on ‘Compassion Fatigue’ Word 00:31:45 No word this week but Nikeeta has a question for listeners about a topic she wants to do for next episode. Topic 00:34:20 Money’s Interview with Juju! Nov. 19 7pm - 9pm Hoodoo 101 Registration link Support Juju on Patreon Juju’s Booklist that Money mentions: Topic II 01:43:49 It’s Nikeeta’s turn to take a stab at the Tumblr Cake questions. How on earth does she manage to work Luther Vandross into these damn questions?
1 hr 57 min
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