Ordinary people doing extraordinary things to stand up for our democracy.

Podcast

Diana Weymar, Tiny Pricks and the Art of Protest

Podcast Episode 7 This week’s podcast features a conversation with artist Diana Weymar of Tiny Pricks Project. Diana is a textile artist who one day in 2018 had the impulse to embroider the words “I am a stable genius” onto an old piece of her grandmother’s needlework, and Tiny Pricks was born. Now Tiny Pricks is a public textile-based protest project with hundreds of participants around the world and 56,000 followers on instagram. Nancy and Diana talk about the importance of preserving Trump’s language and transforming it into something beautiful in protest, the therapeutic benefits of doing this work, learning…
Nancy
July 7, 2020
Podcast

The View from Across the Pond with Mark Bergman

Podcast Episode 6 This week Nancy speaks with Mark Bergman, a lawyer and Democrat based in London, who since 2017 has been keeping his fellow Democrats abroad engaged in the political process here at home through conference calls with candidates, elected officials and democracy groups. Mark’s calls have featured sitting senators, state attorneys general, candidates for the House and Senate, and other prominent American political figures like James Comey and James Carville. With an audience maxing out in the double digits, the calls provide an intimate opportunity for listeners to hear from and ask questions of these Americans who have…
Nancy
July 1, 2020
Podcast

So what I’m hearing is…

Bonus Episode Almost two months into the podcast, Nancy takes a break to muse on one theme that's been coming up a lot in her interviews: the importance of state and local elections.
Nancy
June 26, 2020
Podcast

Stacy Kramer on Fundraising Democratically

Podcast Episode 5 This episode features Hollywood writer and producer Stacy Kramer, who since 2016 has become a tireless fundraiser for Democratic candidates and grassroots groups. Stacy talks about how to make Democratic fundraisers more democratic, how her creative skills as a writer and her "noodgy" skills as a producer have worked to her advantage, and why making people feel included and engaged in the process is just as important as raising money. Listen for Stacy’s tips on how to host successful fundraisers and creative ways to make them fun on Zoom.
Nancy
June 17, 2020
Podcast

Susan Rogan: Librarian, Grandmother, Activist

Podcast Episode 4 This episode of the podcast features a conversation with Susan Rogan, founder of the political action newsletter Rogan’s List. A self-proclaimed “retired grandmother in a recliner,” Susan is also an activist icon thanks to her newsletter that has been dropping into inboxes since two days after the 2016 election. Having spent her career as an academic librarian, Susan talks about how she puts her organizational and research skills to use in a new way with the newsletter. Susan also talks about new opportunities in activism created by the pandemic, the joy she gets from helping people take…
Nancy
June 10, 2020
Podcast

Alex Posen and the Power of Design

Podcast Episode 3 This podcast features a conversation with Alex Posen, co-founder of Resistance by Design, a company that designs accessories and products that allow you to tastefully and professionally express your political opinions. Alex knows beautiful design, having been creative director of her brother Zac Posen’s fashion line. Alex and Nancy talk about the power of wearing your politics on your sleeve, the therapeutic benefits of being a creative activist, motherhood and activism, and how having more women in government will save the world.
Nancy
June 3, 2020
Podcast

Samra Brouk: The Future of Leadership

Podcast Episode 2 On this episode of the podcast, Nancy has a conversation with Samra Brouk, who is running for state senate in upstate New York. Up until now, Samra’s career has been in public service, seeing the impact of government policies on people’s lives up close, and now she wants to use that insight as a lawmaker helping to craft those policies . Samra talks about finding common ground among the voters in her diverse district, the importance of nurturing political talent in state legislatures and the effect of Covid-19 on the issues people are facing today. Samra also…
Nancy
May 27, 2020
Podcast

Melissa Walker of Future Now on Why States Matter

Podcast Episode 1 This episode features a conversation with Melissa Walker of Future Now Fund, a group started in 2017 dedicated to electing more Democrats to our state legislatures and supporting them with policy expertise once they’re in office. Melissa talks about how to be most impactful with your activism, what it means to take down a Republican supermajority, and why state legislatures are where it’s at if you want to transform American politics and improve people’s lives. Melissa also discusses the power of giving circles, building community and how you can join in on the fun. Please enjoy this…
nfod
May 5, 2020
Podcast

Introducing the New Faces of Democracy Podcast

Welcome to the New Faces of Democracy podcast, hosted by Nancy Bynum. This podcast features inspiring interviews with people who have transformed their lives since 2016 and who are transforming our political landscape. These are not career politicians or former cabinet members, but ordinary citizens who are starting organizations, running for office for the first time, using their creative skills and otherwise stepping outside of their comfort zones to stand up for our democracy. Along the way, they are discovering new skills and talents and creating new communities. Nancy felt her own personal call to action in the aftermath of…
nfod
April 18, 2020
New Faces

Jason Berlin and Field Team 6

When Jason Berlin starts talking, it’s pretty clear he’s going to make you laugh. What you don’t expect is that it will be about things that usually make you cry -- like the 2016 election, Republicans or the fact that the world actually does need saving. That’s because Jason used to write comedy and reality show tv and now uses those skills at Field Team 6 to register Democrats to vote. So if you think activism means angry people in Birkenstocks, take a look at this video and let Jason and his infectious good humor prove you wrong. (more…)
Nancy
March 4, 2020
New Faces

31st Street Swing Left: Grassroots in Action

If anyone is the embodiment of the New Face of Democracy, it’s Lisa Herrick of 31st Street Swing Left. A clinical psychologist with no political experience whatsoever, she channeled her despondency after the 2016 election into creating and running a group of like-minded people from all walks of life who share a common goal -- supporting Democratic candidates for office to flip red districts to blue. The video speaks for itself, and Lisa speaks powerfully. (more…)
Nancy
November 17, 2019
New Faces

Postcard Writing Groups: A Lovely and Beautiful Benefit

What is a Postcards to Voters group? Imagine a cross between an activist meeting and a 21st century knitting circle whose members meet regularly to write colorful, friendly postcards to get out the Democratic vote in elections around the country. And while these activists write, and talk, they are immersing themselves in positive messaging, building community and finding their political voices. Their commitment to changing our democracy one postcard at a time epitomizes the remarkable grassroots energy that is defining this moment in our history. (more…)
Nancy
May 9, 2019
Spotlight

TONY THE DEMOCRAT

In 2017, Tony McMullin, aka Tony the Democrat, got together with five friends to write postcards to Democrats, reminding them to vote in a special Congressional election in Tony’s home state of Georgia. Little did he know at the time but Tony had just started a movement that would transform elections and lives. (more…)
nfod
March 25, 2019
New Faces

Pamela Bell, Founder of Prinkshop

Videography by Mehmet S. Yildirim Fashion insider and quintessential cool girl Pamela Bell is using her talent for design and merchandising at her company Prinkshop to speak out about the most important issues facing our society today. (more…)
nfod
December 14, 2018
New Faces

Perry Gershon, Congressional Candidate

Videography by Mehmet S. Yildirim Perry Gershon never thought he would run for office… until Trump was elected.  Instead of sitting around and stewing about it for four years, he decided to run for Congress.  In this video, hear what motivates him and his advice. (more…)
nfod
October 11, 2018
New Faces

Catherine Vaughan, Flippable

Catherine Vaughan, CEO and co-founder of Flippable, is a New Face of Democracy because she used her passion for public service and management skills to create a game changing force to turn state legislatures from red to blue. (more…)
nfod
September 4, 2018
New Faces

Rachel May, NY Senate Candidate

What do you do if you’re naturally shy but you've got something important to say? If you’re Rachel May, you run for office. And then you win. Rachel is a political newcomer from Syracuse, NY who is running as the Democratic candidate for NY State Senate. In this video learn how she overcame her fears to stand up for what she believes in. (more…)
nfod
September 3, 2018
New Faces

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Climate change: intractable, vexing, global…. and solvable. Nicole Crescimanno Meehan of Citizens’ Climate Lobby talks about the carbon fee and dividend, a common sense, economic solution for climate change.   (more…)
nfod
February 13, 2018

New Faces of Democracy is about hope.
That’s right, hope, in a time when a lot of us are full of despair.

Like many of you, I woke up on the morning of November 9, 2016 and felt like the world had come to an end, or at least the America I love. After a few days of wandering in a daze, I realized it was time to get to work to fight for the country I believed in. I started a political action group, and in the process of running that group, I witnessed the emergence of a remarkable and awe-inspiring group of individuals and organizations committed to defending and protecting our democracy, the most precious asset we have as Americans. Thus was born New Faces of Democracy, devoted to both spreading the word about these changemakers and chronicling the tremendous political and patriotic energy of this time in history.

New Faces of Democracy is a series of profiles of these modern day heroes, regular citizens from all walks of life, who are using their talents and skills to transform the political landscape. In these short profiles, you will hear their stories and learn about their missions. And if you want to get involved, some will even have action steps to help you get started. We all have a voice in our democracy and there are already paths in place to make it heard.

Who am I? I’m a mother, a lawyer, a wife, a daughter and a descendant of immigrants. I’ve always been proud to be American, but I’m not proud of where America is today. I believe in the melting pot and the American dream.  I believe that true patriots are those who can find common ground with those with whom they disagree as fellow Americans who put their country first. I believe all these things are worth fighting for.

My hope is that New Faces of Democracy will help you find your own political voice, inspire you to take action and most importantly, give you hope that there will be a silver lining to this era. As we become more engaged citizens, our democracy will become stronger and more resilient than ever.

So yes, New Faces of Democracy is about hope, and our ability to bring about the change we want to see in our country.

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