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

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Gordon Herr on How to Vote

This week’s episode goes local with Gordon Herr, Chairman of the Democratic Committee in Southampton NY, and member of the Board of Elections in Suffolk County, Long Island. Gordon demystifies the voting process for us and will put your mind at ease about voting during a pandemic in this most crucial of elections by telling us everything we need to know about absentee ballots, early voting and more. New Yorkers, this one’s for you, but there’s plenty for others too as Gordon and Nancy talk about standardizing the voting process at the federal level, why to get involved in your…
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October 21, 2020
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Tech for Campaigns: Bringing the Tech and Digital Edge to Democrats

This episode features a conversation with Jessica Alter and Krisserin Canary of Tech for Campaigns. After Trump’s Muslim ban in 2017, tech entrepreneur Jessica Alter couldn’t take it anymore and asked a few of her fellow tech workers if they were interested in volunteering their skills to help Democratic campaigns, and Tech for Campaigns was born. Tech for campaigns is now the permanent tech and digital arm for Democrats, offering access to best-in-class talent with their 15,000 volunteers focusing on state races. Jessica and Krisserin, a state director in charge of flipping the Texas State House, talk to Nancy about…
Nancy
October 14, 2020
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Ravi Gupta: Changing the Face of Politics

This episode features a conversation with Ravi Gupta, an Obama alum, podcast host and founder of Arena, an organization that trains and supports the next generation of Democratic candidates and campaign staff. After working on Obama’s campaign and then administration, Ravi stepped away to start a network of schools in the south but jumped back into political action immediately after the 2016 election. At Arena, Ravi uses his political expertise to identify and support transformative new candidates outside of the traditional political establishment who reflect the diversity of our society. Then he does everything possible to help them win at…
Nancy
October 7, 2020
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Katie Paris of Red Wine & Blue

On this week’s episode, Nancy speaks with Katie Paris, founder of of Red Wine & Blue. Red Wine &Blue is an Ohio-based group that’s harnessing the political power of suburban women to save democracy while having a good time. Politics, fun and festive cocktails usually don’t go together but Red Wine & Blue is lightening up the conversation for women who don’t consider themselves political but also don’t want Trump to define them, thank you very much. Katie and Nancy talk about how the path to victory runs through suburbia, the power of personal networks and the joy we find…
Nancy
September 30, 2020
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Vernetta Alston: What’s on the Line in North Carolina

On this episode, Nancy speaks with Vernetta Alston, a state legislator in North Carolina. In 2017, Vernetta pivoted from a career as a criminal defense attorney to run for public office on the Durham city council. She was then appointed to fill an empty seat in the North Carolina General Assembly last spring and now she is in the enviable position of being an unopposed incumbent in her race. Vernetta and Nancy talk about the state of the state in North Carolina, home of the Bathroom Bill and extreme partisan gerrymandering. Vernetta explains what’s at stake if Republicans keep their…
Nancy
September 23, 2020
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Max Rose of Sheriffs for Trusting Communities

This episode features a conversation with Max Rose, founder of Sheriffs for Trusting Communities. Imagine a law enforcement officer with vast power and authority, little accountability and no meaningful term limits. That’s called a sheriff. It’s an elected position but  many of us do not look far enough down the ballot or know enough to cast a vote. Nationwide, sheriffs make 2 million arrests every year, they control our jails and they have immense power in the civil arena as well when it comes to things like evictions, gun permits and civil asset forfeitures. Max and Nancy talk about the…
Nancy
September 16, 2020
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Desiree Tims, Running for Change in Ohio

On this episode, Nancy speaks with Desiree Tims, a young congressional candidate in Ohio’s 10th district. There are a lot of firsts when it comes to Desiree. This is her first time running for office, she is the first member of her family to graduate from a four year college, and if elected, she would be the first African American AND the first woman to represent this district. The southwest corner of Ohio in many ways presents a microcosm of the issues plaguing our country -- with skilled but unemployed or underemployed former steel workers, a crumbling infrastructure and residents…
Nancy
September 9, 2020
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Dr. Fergie Reid Jr. on the Strategy To Flip FL Blue (and TX and GA and NC), Part 2

This episode features Part 2 of the Flipping Florida Series with Dr. Fergie Reid Jr. Dr. Reid talks about his strategy for flipping the state and its 29 electoral college votes blue, based on the work spearheaded by him and his father in Virginia, helping to flip that state in 2019. He explains the simple and intuitive concept to register more voters and run candidates in every race, and why this strategy has been historically underutilized by Democrats. We talk about how Florida is ripe for the picking, with its many races in red districts uncontested by Democrats, and how…
Nancy
August 26, 2020
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Walls of Moms

Minisode Nancy takes a break from the podcast to muse on the army of mothers powering the resistance.
Nancy
August 19, 2020
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Sara Trail: Quilter, Warrior

This episode features a conversation with Sara Trail, founder of Social Justice Sewing Academy, an organization that provides young people in marginalized communities with free workshops to make textile art about social justice issues. You might think of quilters as little old ladies in rockers, but this fierce, young warrior will upend all your notions of what can be achieved through the artistic expression of quilting. The young makers use fabric, needle and thread in decidedly un-old lady-like ways to create arresting images where they can protest injustice and advocate for social change, giving them the chance to be heard…
Nancy
August 12, 2020
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Zak Malamed of The Next 50 on the Youth Vote

Podcast Episode 9 In 2018, Zak Malamed was living the millennial dream with a job at Facebook. But after coming home from a trip to Auschwitz to images on CNN of internment camps on the Mexican border, he decided he could no longer sit on the sidelines and he needed to do something that felt more purposeful. Since then, he has founded The Next 50, a group focused on helping young people harness their grassroots political powers through political giving. Zak and Nancy discuss how political giving and proximity to power can engage young voters in the political process, how…
Nancy
July 28, 2020
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How to Flip Florida Blue with 140 Florida Blue Project

Podcast Episode 8 Janelle Christensen is a professor and head of the Florida Democratic Environmental Caucus. Margie Stein is a political activist who has found her niche in fundraising for Florida state races. Together, this dynamic duo are spearheading an effort to turn Florida blue by taking a page out of the Virginia playbook that helped flip that state in 2019. Their program, called 140 Florida Blue Project, has recruited democratic candidates to run in all 33 of Florida’s state legislature races in which the Republican candidate had been running unopposed. They talk about why it matters to chip away…
Nancy
July 21, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

info@newfacesofdemocracy.org