The Leslie Marshall Show
Reproductive Justice is a Human Right

Reproductive Justice is a Human Right

October 17, 2019

Today's guest host is Edwith Theogene, Organizing Director for Generation Progress.  She's joined by a trio of special guests to discuss why reproductive justice is a human right.

At a high level, Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. It is a movement and a framework that was coined by visionary Black women activists in 1994 to recognize people who felt marginalized or sidelined by the existing women’s rights movement, which centered the experiences of white women and primarily focused on abortion, often without discussing non-legal barriers to abortion access, including cost, travel time, and lack of childcare.

Reproductive justice is an issue that Edwith is very passionate about—as she previously managed the 'Act for Women Campaign' at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is a national campaign to support the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA)—federal legislation that ensures that pregnant people can have a safe and accessible abortion no matter where they live.

To dive deeper into this subject, Edwith is joined today by three experts in the reproductive justice field: Margie Del Castillo, the Director of Field and Advocacy for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (www.latinainstitute.org), Jessica Pinckney, the Vice President of Government Affairs at In Our Own Voice (www.blackrj.com), and Jaclyn Dean, the Public Policy Manager for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (www.napawf.org).

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Edwith Theogene's Twitter handle is @WhoIsEdwith, Margie Del Castillo's handle is @margieinthedmv, Jessica Pinckney's handle is @jnpinckney, and Jaclyn Dean's handle is @jacryndean.

Winning with Progressive Political Messaging

Winning with Progressive Political Messaging

October 15, 2019

Leslie is joined by two different guests during today's show.

She's first joined by Morris Pearl, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of hundreds of high-net-worth Americans who are committed to making all Americans better off by building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. The group focuses on promoting public policy solutions that encourage political equality, guarantee a sustaining wage for working Americans, and ensure that millionaires, billionaires, and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

Leslie and Morris discuss his organization's relaunch of 'Patriotic Millionaires University,' also known as PMU. They created PMU as a one-stop-shop for polling, policy, and communication insights on the GOP tax scam. It was a winning message in 2018 and has never been more important or more effective with 2020 right around the corner.

Since there has never been a more important time to be involved in the political process, they’ve also updated Patriotic Millionaires University for Citizens.
This grassroots-focused sister site to PMU is built to help all participants in our democracy fight inequality and build a more prosperous country for everyone.
You can find Patriotic Millionaires University (PMU) on the web at pmuniversity.org.The website for the Patriotic Millionaires is www.PatrioticMillionaires.org, their Instagram handle is @PatrioticMillionaires, and their Twitter handle is @PatrioticMills. Morris Pearl's Twitter handle is @Morris_Pearl.

During the second half of today's show, Leslie is joined by Anat Shenker-Osorio, Founder and Principal of ASO Communications. Anat examines why certain messages falter where others deliver. She’s led research into how to persuade and mobilize on issues ranging from tackling right-wing race baiting to promoting clean energy and from honoring the rights of immigrants to reforming criminal justice.

The focus of today's discussion is Anat's new podcast, 'Brave New Words.' 'Brave New Words' takes listeners on a journey around the globe with Anat as she unpacks real-world narrative shifts that led to real-world victories. From electing the dynamic Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand, to repealing a national ban on abortion in Ireland, to beating back right-wing race baiting in Minnesota, Anatand her guests explore what made it possible to engage the base, persuade the middle, send the naysayers packing, and win.

Anat has delivered her findings at venues such as the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus, Centre for Australian Progress, Irish Migrant Centre, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, the European Commission and LUSH International.

You can find the 'Brave New Words' podcast on the web at BraveNewWordsPod.com. Anat's Twitter handle is @anatosaurus and the handle for her podcast is @_BraveNewWords.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month—Examining Impacts of DV and IPV on Marginalized Communities

Domestic Violence Awareness Month—Examining Impacts of DV and IPV on Marginalized Communities

October 9, 2019

Today's guest hosts are Charlotte Hancock, Communications Director for Generation Progress, and Edwith Theogene, Organizing Director for Generation Progress.
They discuss National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in the month of October.

The month of Domestic Violence Awareness was brought into existence in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a day of unity for domestic violence prevention advocates across the country. Since then, the conversation around domestic violence has evolved significantly—between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds thanks to the tireless work of activists and advocates to change the conversation around domestic violence and introduce and pass legislation to target perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse. Still, roughly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men have experienced severe intimate partner violence. Domestic violence and intimate partner violence affect people of all races, genders, income levels, and geographic areas—but people from marginalized communities who have experienced domestic violence aren’t often centered in that conversation or given the resources and support they need.

To discuss the work that’s being done in the domestic violence prevention space, and what still needs to happen to make all people safer, Charlotte and Edith are joined today by Mohini Lal, the staff attorney at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Kimberly Inez McGuire, the Executive Director of URGE (“Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity”).

The website for the National Network to End Domestic Violence is www.nrcdv.org and their Twitter handle is @nnedv. Mohini Lal's handle is @moh_in_law. URGE's website is www.URGE.org and their Twitter handle is @URGE_org. Kimberly Inez McGuire's handle is @KimberlyInezMcG.

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress. Charlotte Hancock's Twitter handle is @CharlatAnne.

National Security Implications of Trump’s Moves with Syria, Turkey, Ukraine & Russia; Impeachment Politics

National Security Implications of Trump’s Moves with Syria, Turkey, Ukraine & Russia; Impeachment Politics

October 8, 2019

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Colonel Cedric Leighton (Retired-Air Force), Founder and President of Cedric Leighton Associates, a strategic risk and leadership consultancy serving global companies and organizations.  Colonel Leighton's Twitter handle is @Cedric Leighton.

The two discuss whether President Trump is sacrificing the national security of the United States in pursuit of his own personal and political self interests. 
This includes Trump's actions with Ukraine, Russia, and China.
 
They also discuss Trump's widely criticized decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria while allowing Turkish forces to invade.  Critics are concerned that the sudden decision of a full withdrawal will leave Kurdish forces, who have fought ISIS alongside U.S. forces, vulnerable to being slaughtered by Turkish forces (who concerned the Kurds terrorists).  There is also great concern that this move will allow ISIS to regroup, just as they seem to be defeated.
 
During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Will Jawando and Mark Grimaldi.
 

Will Jawando is Councilmember At-Large for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Described as “the progressive leader we need” by revered civil rights activist and Congressman, John Lewis, Will has worked with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, and then-Senator Barack Obama.

During the 8-year Obama Administration, Will had the honor of serving as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, followed by a position as an advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the U.S. Department of Education.. His Twitter handle is @WillJawando.
Mark Grimaldi, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

The round-table discusses the politics of impeachment, as well as the Democratic Primary race.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

The Fight to #DefundHate

The Fight to #DefundHate

October 3, 2019

Today's guest hosts are Charlotte Hancock, Communications Director for Generation Progress, and Brent Cohen, Executive Director of Generation Progress and the VP of the Center for American Progress.

They discuss the fight to #DefundHate.  The Trump administration has been particularly cruel on the issue of immigration (for example, it was reported this week that President Trump sought out quotes for the cost of building an alligator-filled moat at the southern border and advocated for shooting people in the legs as they attempted to cross the border), but United States immigration policy, and the enforcement of those policies by Homeland Security, ICE, and CBP, has always been deeply flawed. Some of the most egregious actions of this administration have been highlighted fairly extensively by the media—the family separation policy comes to mind—however, the consistent violence, neglect, and physical and psychological harm experienced by people crossing into the United States who are held in our detention facilities is an enormous and ongoing crisis.

In order to address this, activist-led movements have called on the government to abolish ICE and/or significantly cut funding for ICE and CBP, but due to loopholes in the congressional appropriations process, ICE is still managing to claim more and more funding for themselves at the expense of other agencies like FEMA that desperately need the money.

To walk everyone through what’s happening with the #DefundHate movement, congressional appropriations, and immigration policy more generally, Charlotte and Brent are joined today by Yesenia Chavez, the Immigrants’ Rights Policy Analyst at the ACLU, and Amy Fischer, the #DefundHate Coordinator at the Detention Watch Network.


The website for the ACLU is ACLU.org and their Twitter handle is @ACLU.  Yesenia's handle is @MsYeseniaChavez.   The Detention Watch Network's website is DetentionWatchNetwork.org and their Twitter handle is @DetentionWatch.  Amy Fischer's handle is @AmyWFischer.

The website for "The Center for American Progress" is www.AmericanProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @amprog.

Charlotte Hancock's Twitter handle is @CharlatAnne and Brent Cohen's handle is @BrentJCohen.

Fixing MadeInUSA Mislabeling; Making Sure Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act Has Teeth

Fixing MadeInUSA Mislabeling; Making Sure Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act Has Teeth

October 1, 2019

Leslie is rejoined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union.

The two discuss a pair of topics related to American Manufacturing.  First is the issue of fraudulent 'Made in USA' products, and how the FTC can strengthen its enforcement mechanisms to stop the cheaters from getting away with it.
 
Second, Leslie and Scott touch on the Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act (TIVSA).  Congress is passing its annual defense spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Attached to this giant bill is legislation – TIVSA – that would ban Chinese state-owned or -backed enterprises from access to the federal procurement market for big-ticket transit items, specifically buses and railcars. It would mean: If a local city transit agency wanted to buy railcars for its subway from a giant manufacturer like CRRC, (a Chinese state-owned enterprise), it wouldn’t be allowed to use federal funding to do so.

But a competing version of the TIVSA legislation is significantly weaker – it creates a huge loophole for the purchasing of buses. Scott discusses which version may end up in the final bill and why.

 

The website for AAM is AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's Twitter handle is @ScottPaulAAM.
 
*Now is your chance to weigh in: The FTC is accepting public comments through Oct. 11, and you can take part by signing AAM's petition that asks the FTC to strengthen its enforcement of 'Made in USA' labeling. Just go to http://tinyurl.com/FTCMadeInUSAPetition*
Trump & GOP Congress Struggle to Defend Zelensky Call, Polls Surge in Favor of Impeachment

Trump & GOP Congress Struggle to Defend Zelensky Call, Polls Surge in Favor of Impeachment

October 1, 2019

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by John Bennett, Senior White House Correspondent for Roll Call. John's Twitter handle is @BennettJohnT.

The two discuss President Trump and Congressional Republicans' disjointed response to the whistleblower complaint about the Trump-Zelensky Ukraine call, and the impeachment inquiry.  They also highlight Trump's tweet invoking a civil war in response to impeachment, and his oval office comments today that he is "looking for the whistleblower."

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Tim Zenk and Mark Grimaldi.

Tim is a Principle at 'Molecule,' a business and public affairs company, a former Democratic staffer, and a well known renewable energy expert. His Twitter handle is @greencrude.

Mark Grimaldi, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.
 
The round-table first analyzes the significant swing in public support for impeaching President Trump.
They also hypothesize as to what affect the Trump-Ukraine scandal, and impeachment inquiry, may have on Vice President Biden's campaign.  This includes the question of whether it will lead some Democratic primary voters to rally around Biden as he is attacked with falsehoods by Trump and his cronies.


Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Trump Tax Returns; Trump-Ukraine and Impeachment

Trump Tax Returns; Trump-Ukraine and Impeachment

September 24, 2019

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by David Cay Johnston, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an IRE Medal, and the George Polk Award. He's Author of "The Making of Donald Trump," and is an expert on Trump's taxes, having covered him as a Journalist for 31 years. Additionally, David is the Founder of DCReport.org, a unique, nonprofit news service that reports what the President and Congress DO, not what they SAY. His website is DCReport.org and his Twitter handle is @DavidCayJ.

The two discuss Donald Trump's tax returns, his history as a conman, and how he was able to con so many Americans in the 2016 election.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with two guests who discuss the latest on the Trump-Ukraine whisteblower story, impeachment, and Greta Thunberg's United Nations' climate speech.

The two round table guests are Kimberly Scott and Mark Grimaldi. Kimberly is the Founder and Publisher of DemList, LLC, a free national daily political column, calendar and resource site for Democrats and allies - a unique, central source that connects people to the who, what and where of Democratic events, issues and activism.

You can find out more about them at DemList.com and follow them on Twitter @TheDemList.

Mark Grimaldi, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Attack on Clean Water

The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Attack on Clean Water

September 18, 2019

Today's guest hosts are Charlotte Hancock, Communications Director for Generation Progress, and Brent Cohen, Executive Director of Generation Progress and the VP of the Center for American Progress.

They discuss the Trump administration's new rollback of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, the Waters of the United States rule, which placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. The rollback will likely take effect in the next few weeks, and will result in polluters no longer needing a permit to discharge potentially harmful substances into many streams and wetlands. This is just the latest example of the systematic effort by the current administration to dismantle environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration.

The rollback is extremely dangerous—and we know this because many places in this country, like Flint, Michigan, already lack access to safe, clean drinking water, which has been disastrous for those communities.

To talk about this water protection rollback and who stands to gain and lose the most from it, Brent and Charlotte are joined by Andrew Grinberg, the National Campaigns Special Projects Manager at Clean Water Action, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, the Executive Director at the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN).

The website for Clean Water Action is CleanWaterAction.org and their Twitter handle is @cleanh2oaction. Andrew's handle is @AndrewBGrinberg. CEHN's website is CEHN.org and their Twitter handle is @CEHN.

The website for "The Center for American Progress" is www.AmericanProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @amprog.

Charlotte Hancock's Twitter handle is @CharlatAnne and Brent Cohen's handle is @BrentJCohen.

Biggest Takeaways from 3rd Democratic Debate

Biggest Takeaways from 3rd Democratic Debate

September 17, 2019

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Shawn Zeller, Deputy Editor of CQ Magazine, and host of the 'CQ on Congress' podcast. Shawn's Twitter handle is @ShawnZeller.

The two discuss the third Democratic Debate, which took place this past Thursday night.  They highlight the moments that stood out to them and explain why they found them important in the race.  This includes the discussion on Healthcare Reform, a potential reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, and a proposed mandatory buyback program for assault rifles like the AR-15 (the weapon most frequently used in mass shootings in the U.S.).

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with two guests who continue the discussion on Thursday's debate.

The two round-table guests are Anisha Singh and Mark Grimaldi. Anisha is an attorney turned organizer and Democratic Strategist. Her Twitter handle is @Anisha_S113.

Mark Grimaldi, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.
 
During the round-table, Anisha highlights how problematic it is that neither the attacks on reproductive rights, nor Trump packing the courts, were brought up once during the debate.  Her hope is that, once the number of candidates on the debate stage decreases, the extra time gained by the remaining candidates will be used to take a deeper dive into the issues that were not addressed during Thursday's debate.


Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago.
You can read Brad's columns at MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.