Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th District. He is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform where he also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He has worked extensively to make sure that democracy is government of, by, and for the people. Raskin is known for supporting DC statehood before it became a national conversation. He has written legal and constitutional arguments in favor of statehood for decades. Most recently, he served as the lead impeachment manager for Donald Trump's second impeachment trail while co-writing the single article of impeachment against Trump.
Congressman Mondaire Jones is serving his first term as the Congressman from New York’s 17th District, encompassing all of Rockland County and parts of central and northern Westchester County. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Rep. Jones was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. Prior to serving in Congress, he worked in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, where he vetted candidates for federal judgeships and worked to reform our criminal legal system to make it more fair and equitable. Now he is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jones continues his lifelong advocacy for civil rights and civil liberties, and the strengthening of our democracy.
Lake Street Dive epitomizes democracy in action: the group, expanded into a quintet since touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss officially joined in 2017, share writing and arrangement duties. Their personalities, skills, and wide-ranging taste in pop, rock, R&B, and jazz have long blended together to make an impressively cohesive sound, both sophisticated and playful, combining retro influences with contemporary attitude. On its most recent Nonesuch album, 2018’s Free Yourself Up, the band even produced the record itself.
Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. Baratunde is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. He’s the executive producer and host of How To Citizen with Baratunde which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020.
Lucinda Gayle Williams is a fiercely independent artist who had to fight for the creative freedom that allowed her to do her best work. She is an American rock, folk and country music singer, songwriter and musician. At a young age, Williams started performing folk songs publicly in New Orleans. In 1978 and 1980 she recorded her first albums in a traditional country and blues style and received very little attention from radio, the media, or the public. Her Americana recordings over the past four decades have received wide acclaim and she is the winner of three Grammy awards.
Alex Edelman is a stand-up comedian based in New York City. He is known for his shows “Millennial,” “Everything Handed to You” and “Just for Us.” He is the creator of “Peer Group,” a show about the millennial generation, on Radio 4. He writes regularly for outlets like THE ATLANTIC, CBS and THE BELIEVER, has written and produced documentaries for the US State Department and ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 series, and spent more than a decade working as a speechwriter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.
Negin Farsad was named one of 50 Funniest Women by Huffington Post, named one of the 10 Best Feminist Comedians by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She even gave a TEDTalk because they slipped up and let a comedian on their vaunted stage. She is the author of the recently released How To Make White People Laugh, a memoir-meets-social-justice-comedy manifesto which was nominated for the Thurber Prize for Humor and recommended by Oprah Magazine. Farsad is host of Fake the Nation, a political comedy podcast on the Earwolf network and she’s a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Graham Nash Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner.
John Fugelsang is a New York-based political commentator, comedian, TV and radio personality, performer, and writer. He was the host of America's Funniest Home Videos and has appeared frequently on news commentary shows on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR. He hosts Tell Me Everything weekdays on Sirius XM Insight 121 and The Sanity-Cast.... a new podcast about politics, religion and pop culture.
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