Episode 218: Rumble w/ Michael Moore
If you’ve been following the recent political machinations out of D.C. or in any state, you’ve probably wondered at some point: “how did THAT guy get elected to public office?!” Sadly, the bar is really low.
The good news is that there are hundreds of new, first-time, working class, and diverse candidates who have decided to raise their hands, take the plunge and run for office locally in the past 5 years. And there are some outstanding groups working to recruit, guide and help these new candidates in their runs for anything from city council to school board to precinct delegate to drain commissioner.
For this week’s episode of Rumble with Michael Moore, I am joined by Amanda Litman, the co-founder of Run for Something, an organization that launched in 2017 and has successfully helped elect 508 candidates in 48 states. These winners are 56% women, 56% Black, Indigenous or People of Color, 21% LGBTQ+, and all 40 years old or younger. This crop of candidates represent the majority of Americans that want a living wage, climate justice, voting rights, equal rights for women, and all the other obvious things. And while the results are still trickling in for Election Day 2021, the majority is winning. And Amanda delivers some inspiring news in grim times.
Plus, I share my story of how, in the first election that 18-year olds were given the right to vote, I ran for school board with the promise of firing the principal and firing the vice principal of my high school...and won!
I hope you’ll listen, share with someone you think should run for something, or decide that YOU — YES YOU — should run for something in 2022. As you’ll hear from Amanda, she’s here to help!
You can learn about, volunteer with, and run for office with Run For Something here: https://runforsomething.net
Read Amanda’s book “Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself”: https://bookshop.org/books/run-for-something-a-real-talk-guide-to-fixing-the-system-yourself/9781501180446
Listen to Run for Something’s podcast: https://runforsomething.net/podcast/
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