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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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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 …
 
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…
 
Tamara Agins, Executive Director for Emerge Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for a discussion on the crucial role their organization’s work to recruit and train Democratic women candidates plays in our state. Also, check out Women in Politics, the Bayou Brief’s very first podcast, which was recorded at the November 2017 launch of Emerge Louisian…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Cameron English, outgoing Chair of College Democrats of Louisiana, and plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee challenging Louisiana’s congressional district map. Following release of the 2020 census data, petitioners asked the Court to declare Louisiana’s current congressional district …
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Jean-Paul “J.P.” Morrell, self-described “former legislator, current lawyer, comic nerd and dad,” for a discussion on his role in ending the discriminatory practice of non-unanimous juries in Louisiana. J.P. walks us through the legislative efforts and messaging discipline that were required to get Constitutional Amendment 2 on …
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Frederick Bell, founder of Louisiana High School Democrats, organizer for multiple campaigns, and current campaign associate for the Democracy program at the Hub Project. You can connect to Frederick’s work, past and present, at the following links: Louisiana High School Democrats Bayou Brief Interview with James Carville Louisi…
 
Lynda Woolard hosts Robin Parrott, Democratic party leader, Emerge Louisiana alum, and former candidate for House District 95, to start a conversation on the difficulties of being a Democrat in solidly red parts of Louisiana. Robin shares her experiences running for office in Livingston Parish, and offers ideas of how Louisianans in Democratic stro…
 
Host Lynda Woolard speaks with Hyma Moore, who has a wide range of experience in campaign communications, from press secretary to advance man for presidential candidates. The discussion includes advice to campaigns on crafting a strong communications strategy, explains how communications staff needs organizers to succeed, and shows the importance o…
 
Louisiana State Representative, Mandie Landry, talks to host, Lynda Woolard, about the extra hurdles women candidates face, the importance of having progressive representation in Baton Rouge, and the long game strategy Democrats must maintain to make progress in Louisiana. You can connect to Rep. Landry’s work by following @votelandry on Twitter an…
 
Political strategist and media consultant, Westley Bayas III, and host, Lynda Woolard, discuss paid media for campaigns, give advice for progressives considering a run for office, and underscore the importance of utilizing modern campaign techniques to level the playing field in Louisiana. You can connect to Westley’s work at https://berlinrosen.co…
 
Democratic strategist, Ryan Berni, joins host, Lynda Woolard, for a discussion on how Louisiana Democrats and Progressives can “Win The Day.” Ryan is best known for his work with James Carville and Mitch Landrieu. You can connect to Ryan’s nonprofit, nonpartisan work with former mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, through E Pluribus Unum at: unum…
 
Louisiana Pollster Jennifer Johnson joins host, Lynda Woolard, for a discussion on how to think about polls, how to use data to inform campaign work, and what the numbers can tell us about the possibilities for progressives. You can connect to Jennifer’s work at: ljrcustomstrategies.com Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jenn…
 
Versha Sharma, Alexandria native and journalist with Now This!, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation about the role media plays in powering our organizing, combating disinformation, and saving democracy. You can connect to Versha’s work with Now This! at nowthisnews.com and all social media platforms. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twit…
 
Naima Savage, our inaugural Louisiana Organizer of the Month, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation highlighting the importance of the organizing craft, celebrating the ingenuity and thoughtfulness that have allowed organizers to continue the work during a pandemic, and rightfully elevating them to superhero status. You can connect to Naima’s…
 
Kirstin Alvanitakis, former Communications Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on messaging for Democratic candidates and Progressive community organizers. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousan…
 
As a follow up to our first episode, Ashley Shelton of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on organizing in Louisiana, framed by recent Democratic gains in Georgia. Connect to the Power Coalition at powercoalition.org. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collin…
 
Candice Battiste of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on organizing in Louisiana, framed by recent Democratic gains in Georgia. Connect to the Power Coalition at powercoalition.org. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Left…
 
Welcome to Louisiana Lefty, a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist, Lynda Woolard. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp …
 
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