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
DeRay, Sam and Brittany are on to talk about Spike Lee’s new movie BlacKkKlansman, the white supremacy rally in DC, and this week’s overlooked news. Clint joins to share his thoughts drawing distinctions between past and current waves of immigration. Oral health writer and expert Mary Otto and health care expert Ifetayo Johnson about the history, access and implications of dental health care nationwide, and what communities can do to improve community oral health.
Arjun Singh Sethi, author of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, joins Ana on this week’s pod. Over the course of their conversation, Arjun explained why he wrote the book: to center the perspectives of hate survivors, who live with the everyday hate not just of Trump’s America, but that -- shocker -- has always been present in American life.
DeRay, Sam, Clint, and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including how the Trump administration is attacking a crucial lifeline for domestic violence victims, and how Memphis police spying on activists is worse than we thought. Candidate for St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell joins DeRay and discusses how he wants to reform the criminal justice system in St. Louis, and Lyft’s Vice President of Government Relations, Joseph Okpaku, joins DeRay to discuss new legislation that could put a cap on the number of drivers in New York City.
DeRay, Sam, Clint, and Brittany discuss the overlooked news, including Target's coupon fix for cash-strapped teachers and what it says about the state of education funding, and President Trump’s status as the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. “Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley joins DeRay and discusses how class factors into movements, his film, and how to leverage power.