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Louisiana Lefty, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist Lynda Woolard, is a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, where we make the case that the health of the state requires a strong progressive movement, fueled by the critical work of organizing on the ground. Our goal is to democratize information, demystify party politics and empower you to join the mission. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack for creating our Super ...
 
Former US Navy SEAL's Brandon "Pancho" Cruz and Ryan "Lefty" Bates team up once again together in this weekly podcast to discuss leadership skills, reminisce on war stories, and give encouragement to a new group of warriors. There expertise and knowledge is unparalleled.
 
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On this episode, Omari Ho-Sang, North Louisiana organizer with Black Voters Matter, talks to host Lynda Woolard about the 365-day-a-year work of movement building, the possibilities for big progress in the state, and the fact that there is a role for every person to play in moving us forward. Email Omari to find out more about partnering with Black…
 
On this episode, Louisiana author Sam Spitale joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about his brand new book, How to Win the War on Truth. This illustrated guide blends together politics, history, and psychology, as well as insights on the forces of power and media literacy, to create a roadmap for Americans to become better informed voters and better p…
 
Chris Pourciau is a Criminal Justice Reform advocate and political operative who led efforts to pass Constitutional Amendment 2 in 2018 for the Unanimous Jury Coalition as Deputy Campaign Manager. On this episode, he talks to host Lynda Woolard, who joined his team in the final months of that campaign to manage their statewide field efforts. Contin…
 
Madison Smither, a young advocate and Democrat from Louisiana who’s currently attending the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on climate and new energy, joins host Lynda Woolard to share her experience at the inaugural Global Clean Energy Action Forum and her research on the Inflation Reduction Act’s provisions that address climate change. Connec…
 
Michael Hobbs, born and raised in the Deep South, is a Marine Veteran who served in the Iraq War and a political operative currently working to combat partisan and racial gerrymandering in Ohio. Between those two plot points in his life story, he’s been involved in Democratic campaigns in both Ohio and the great state of Louisiana as everything fro…
 
Angelle Bradford, activist and executive committee at-large member of Louisiana’s Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss her work on Climate Justice and Transit Equity. We address the intersectionality of this issue, particularly in our Gulf state, with the environment, wildlife, pollution, healthcare, workers' rights…
 
Andy Berke, senior Biden administration official and U.S. special representative for broadband with a mission of internet access and equity, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss his recent trip to Louisiana. While here, he attended the inaugural Louisiana Internet for All Summit where he announced big digital infrastructure investments for our state…
 
Sara Tabatabaie, chief political officer and communications director for #VOTEPROCHOICE, joins host Lynda Woolard in a conversation about the importance of building a Pro-Choice Democratic bench at the local level and the work their organization is doing to elect Pro-Choice candidates up and down the ballot. Sign up for Action Alerts and get your l…
 
Drew Prestridge, president at Prestridge Political, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about creating fundraising plans for candidates, beginning a career as a finance director, and developing a range of skill sets to increase your value on political campaigns. Connect with Drew on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on…
 
Welcome to Season 4 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard highlights key themes from Season 3, and gives a preview of the next phase. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check out all the great Louisiana organizers we've celebrated on Bayou Brief's Organizer …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re releasing mini-pods. This week, we’ve got clips from an advocacy event we did last week, based on a piece host Lynda Woolard wrote for the Bayou Brief in response to the overturn of Roe by the Supreme Court. We had Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women with a Vision, speak about what's happening in …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Westley Bayas returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about GOTV or Get Out The Vote: what it is and what it is not. Find GOTV and other campaign trainings at the National Democratic Training Committee’s website: traindemocrats.org. Connect with West…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break for the next three episodes, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Stephen “Professor" Handwerk returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about the difference between the civic engagement of voter registration and the electoral work of Get Out The Vote. Visit IWillVote.com to check that you…
 
On the final episode of season three, Liz Leger from Avoyelles Sleeves Up joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about organizing in rural parishes and small towns, whether for electoral politics or community engagement. Her team's organizing work in Central Louisiana is a great blueprint for how to put progress above partisan ends, how to build relation…
 
Ben Zucker, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the second in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Ben and his partner Maria Harmon, who was on our previous episode, are classic organizers. Ben is leadin…
 
Maria Harmon, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the first in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Maria and her partner Ben Zucker, who will be on the next episode, are classic organizers. Maria is lea…
 
Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke joins host Lynda Woolard for the second of a two part interview during Earth Month. If you missed our previous episode, Greater Powers than You Know No. 1 with Logan Burke, please give it a listen, and then come back to this episode, as we pick up where we left off, with …
 
Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke joins host Lynda Woolard for the first of a two part interview during Earth Month. While the episode features some nerd outs over topics like the governor's Climate Initiative Task Force, the bipartisan infrastructure plan, Build Back Better, and the Green New Deal, the r…
 
Norris Henderson, best known as founder and executive director of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Voters Organized to Educate, joins host Lynda Woolard for the second of a two part interview to talk about his decades of organizing for Criminal Justice Reform, the patience and persistence required for progressive change, and the formula being us…
 
Norris Henderson, best known as founder and executive director of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Voters Organized to Educate, joins host Lynda Woolard for the first of a two part interview to talk about his decades of organizing for Criminal Justice Reform, the patience and persistence required for progressive change, and the formula being use…
 
Justin Hartley, President of the College Democrats of Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about CDLA’s bold stances on issues impacting the state, the importance for Democrats to coalition build with local community groups, and the need for the party to pass the torch to the next generation. Connect with CDLA on Twitter, Facebook, and Insta…
 
Sade Dumas, executive director of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition and co-chair of PAC for Justice, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about the foundational work that goes into successful progressive change, the tug of war between Criminal Justice Reform and rising crime rates, and how to best welcome people into the movement. Connect with…
 
Welcome to Season 3 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard shares some highlights from Season 2, and zeroes in on key themes we’ll continue to explore. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check out all the great Louisiana organizers we've celebrated on the Bay…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on winter break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, host Lynda Woolard highlights suggested materials from the Recommended Resources page of our website: LouisianaLefty.Rocks With Voting Rights legislation hanging in the balance, All In: The Fight for Democracy, a documentary framed by Stacey …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on winter break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, host Lynda Woolard goes over the resources available on our website: LouisianaLefty.Rocks Any missed podcast episodes can be found on our Archives page. We continue to add to the Watch, Read, and Listen Lists on our Recommended Resources page…
 
Self-described "Steminist" Alsie Dunbar joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on her journey to a career as a chemical engineer, as well as her STEM Gems program mentoring girls in Ascension Parish, encouraging them to explore the world of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math]. We also talk about lessons learned on her 2017 campai…
 
Representative Aimee Adatto Freeman from Louisiana House District 98 joins host Lynda Woolard on this episode to recount how she passed the Pink Tax Exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers, share insight on how to build needed majorities to pass bills, and explain the important role our progressive advocacy groups play in informing legis…
 
Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Desmarais talks to host Lynda Woolard about her work in public health to address the coronavirus pandemic. We discuss how the virus has been purposely politicized. Then Catherine offers facts to help listeners make good health decisions for themselves, to debunk myths that have circulated out of misunderstanding and fea…
 
Mercedes Montagnes of the Promise of Justice Initiative and PAC for Justice talks to host Lynda Woolard about the success of the Unanimous Jury Coalition’s efforts to change the Louisiana Constitution, and explores other opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform in our state. Connect with the Promise of Justice Initiative on Twitter, Facebook, and …
 
In Part 2 of the conversation between Bayou Brief publisher Lamar White, Jr. and host Lynda Woolard, they continue their conversation about Huey P. Long in the context of modern politics, explore some of the accusations made against Long by his contemporaries and scholars, and touch on some of the other topics of Lamar’s writing. If you missed Cham…
 
Lamar White, Jr. is publisher of and writer for Louisiana’s first and only reader-supported digital publication, the Bayou Brief. In this episode, he joins host Lynda Woolard for the first in a two-part conversation on the need for a left-wing media ecosystem, his new 3-part piece on the death of Huey P. Long, and how Long’s progressive populism co…
 
Tyronne Walker, political consultant and Chief Administrative Officer for Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on building teams to win elections and making progress in Louisiana’s justice system. Connect with the work of @orleansparishda on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through their …
 
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Amelie LeBreton, former finance director for the DCCC and Planned Parenthood, as well as current development director for the Louisiana SPCA, for the second of a two-part conversation on fundraising for political campaigns. Learn more about creating a finance plan at the Complete Political Fundraising Guide for 2021 …
 
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Amelie LeBreton, former finance director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Planned Parenthood, as well as current development director for the Louisiana SPCA, for the first of a two-part conversation on fundraising for political campaigns. Read more about the Basics of Fundraising for a Politica…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Stephen Handwerk, consultant, strategist, and former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, for the second in a series of episodes on how the Democratic party operates. This week, we go through the alphabet soup of organizations in Washington, D.C. that work on Democratic party politics throughout the United State…
 
Host Lynda Woolard speaks to Louisiana District 93 Representative Royce Duplessis about his call to public service, his winning state house campaign, and successes worth celebrating from legislative session. Connect with Royce Duplessis on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Click here to subscribe to Rep. Duplessis’ email newsletter Thanks to Ben Co…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard shares some highlights from the first season, and sets up the next steps for the podcast. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and contributors, with special acknowledgments to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jen…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, Lamar White, publisher of the Bayou Brief, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss the Organizer of the Month Awards. View our previous awardees and nominate your favorite organizer for future recognition at the links below. Bayou Brief: Louisian…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives a quick overview of how to set up your own Letter To the Editor writing team, with best practices for getting your letters published. For more information on how to write letters and why they work, check out this ACLU LTE …
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives advice on how to organize Twitter actions. Follow Louisiana Lefty on Twitter! Louisiana Political Hashtags: #lalege #lagov #lasen For more details, check out: How to Organize a Twitter Storm. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for…
 
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard offers some Twitter basics for you to use or share with your volunteers. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating ou…
 
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Davante Lewis, Director of Public Affairs and Outreach at the Louisiana Budget Project, for a conversation on the intersection of policy and organizing. Connect with Davante on Twitter. Check out the Louisiana Budget Project's work at labudget.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More ways to connect …
 
Did you know Caleb won a National Championship in 2015? This member of the current #1 team has had a long journey to get to where he is today. Listen in as we talk early days, improvement, and what it means to him to be #1. Follow Block: Follow Caleb’s team Boysterous on Instagram @boysterous_spikeball. Follow us on Instagram @LeftyOnTwo and checko…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Stephen Handwerk, consultant, strategist, and former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, for the first in a series of episodes on how the Democratic party operates. This week, we go through what candidates need to know about getting an endorsement from the party. Find Stephen Handwerk on Twitter. Read the DNC b…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Gaby Goldstein, co-founder and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Sister District, to discuss the importance of state legislatures in advancing progressive policies and protecting democracy. The conversation includes a deep dive into the work Sister District is doing across the country to share data, support organ…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Peyton Rose Michelle, activist with Louisiana Trans Advocates and elected member to the Democratic State Central Committee, for a discussion on anti-trans legislation, organizing at the state Capitol, and getting pronouns right. Follow Peyton on Twitter and Facebook. Connect to Louisiana Trans Advocates: latransadvocates.org Fin…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Brooks Fordham, student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA, and outgoing Vice President of College Democrats of Louisiana, for the podcast’s continuing series of conversations with young Democratic leaders on the best ways to engage voters in their peer group. Connect with Louisiana Lefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Thanks…
 
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