Welcome the official start of season two of Majority 54.
If you’re new to Majority 54, I’m Jason Kander, the president of Let America Vote: an organization dedicated to making sure that every American gets to vote by creating political consequences for anyone who wants to diminish the most basic American right. And we’re talking to the 54% of American who did not vote for Donald Trump about where we go from here.
He’s a District Attorney for Nueces County in Texas. He’s a proponent of criminal justice reform. He’s a self-proclaimed “Mexican biker lawyer covered in tattoos.” He’s a Dallas Cowboys fan. He’s never prosecuted a single case. He’s Mark Gonzalez, and he’s our guest today.
We’re going to discuss how law enforcement impacts real people, how sweeping reform needs to come to America, and how District Attorneys can change enforcement on a local level.
We hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as we enjoyed discussing Mark’s colorful history and bright future.
Produced by Brock Wilbur
Eric Ries inadvertently became very influential in the Resistance against Donald Trump’s policies (and many of you probably have used a tool he invented without even knowing it). We’re going to discuss how the online landscape has changed the political and the person forever, and what we can do in the face of it.
Senator Yvanna Cancela is a millennial union leader who thought she was headed for a much different destination. She listened to her calling and became the leader of Culinary Local 226, Nevada’s largest union. Now, Cancela has led protests, lobbied state lawmakers and played a pivotal role in turning Nevada blue last November when most of the nation wound up red. We’re going to discuss how unions are perceived in America, both positively and negatively, and what the future of organized labor looks like.
Trump hits a bump in the road on his way to the Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans try their hardest to make 2018 about immigrant gang members, and 700 Trump investigation stories break in one day. Then Jason Kander joins Jon and Dan to talk about the midterms and the new season of Majority 54, and Inimai Chettiar of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the prison reform bill moving through Congress.
Today we’re talking health care, taxes, and activism with Ady Barkan. You probably first became aware of Ady when a video of him confronting Sen. Jeff Flake went viral. Eighteen months ago, at the age of 33, Ady and his wife Rachel welcomed a son, Carl, and shortly thereafter, Ady was diagnosed with ALS.