Since the 2013 Shelby v. HolderSupreme Court decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, we’ve witnessed a rise in voter suppression efforts across the United States. However, grassroots organizations across the country are fighting back and finding innovative ways to mobilize the Black and Latinx vote. Today, we are joined by an award winning community organizer, Tequila Johnson, who helped register nearly 100,000 voters in TN as the co-founder of The Equity Alliance and the statewide manager for the Tennessee Black Voter Project. During our conversation, we discuss the power of grassroots organizing (17:35) and the challenges that activists face as they fight for equity (20:15). We then discuss barriers to mobilizing the Black vote (26:02) as well as voter suppression and gerrymandering (32:02). We close by discussing the 2020 presidential hopefuls (36:40), qualities that voters should look for in a political leader (39:40), ways that everyday people can join the movement (42:30), and resources to become more knowledgeable about the political process (45:34).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch up on Politics with Ty and Daphne
11:08 - Introduction of the Topic
14:00 - Learn more about Tequila Johnson
52:04 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview