She has been in congress for less than 3 years, but Pramila Jayapal is already shifting the conversation in the other Washington. As the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus at the dawn of newfound Democratic power, the Seattle-area representative has been instrumental in persuading Democratic leadership in the House to more fully embrace its more left-leaning contingent. She has raised the profile of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal while continuing to champion the immigration issues that she first worked on prior to her political career. Crosscut political reporter Melissa Santos asks the U.S. Representative what it means to be a powerful progressive in the Trump era and a woman of color in this new congress.
Some activists need to use loudspeakers, but others are fortunate enough to already have the world’s attention. Colin Kaepernick, for example, showed how a single act — and the commitment to repeat it — can both inspire and agitate on a national scale. But how does one turn fame into societal change? Prominent social justice activist and author DeRay McKesson leads a conversation with hip-hop artist Macklemore and Super Bowl champion Doug Baldwin Jr. about how the two socially active figures choose a cause, make positive change, and keep working through it all.
As the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the early ‘00s, Christine Todd Whitman served at the pleasure of one Republican president. Now the former Republican governor of New Jersey is being very public about her displeasure with another. Following President Trump’s defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin last July, Whitman penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times calling the commander-in-chief unfit for the office. She has also been calling on the president and her party to recognize human-caused climate change. Crosscut contributor Enrique Cerna asks what she doesn't like about Trump and whether she is getting through.
Socialism may ignite the ire of Republicans and many baby boomers, but it is gaining broad acceptance from millennials as politicians like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders urge the country to adopt some of its tenets. We bring together socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Democratic Socialist upstart Sarah Smith and Washington state Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski to talk about what socialism is, what it isn’t and how it could play into the future of the Democratic party. Atlas Obscura CEO and Slate Political Gabfest co-host David Plotz leads the discussion.