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I’m excited about this show! We have inspiring guests and we’re going to cover the latest on voter suppression and how you can report when you see people trying to stop other people from voting.  We’re going to cover what’s at stake for lots of people in this election -- from healthcare to reproductive rights, to domestic workers, to Latino voters, to all of us. We have spectacular guests and spectacular experts to speak to all of these issues and to inspire you to vote.

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Special guests include:

•    Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote

•    Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director of the  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

•    Judy Waxman, Vice-President of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center

•    Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

•    Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland

***LISTEN to the entire “MomsRising with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner” radio show here:


Rock the Vote!  What’s at Stake and Who’s Voting!” MomsRising Radio with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Highlights: 

Heather Smith is the Chief Rocker, CEO and Czar of Rock the Vote:
On Smith’s favorite “Rock the Vote” moment (At 1:20 on iTunes

“17 million have turned 18 since the last election and they have to get registered in order to vote. So we’ve really focused on voter registration, making it easy, bringing it to you on your cell phones and your Facebook page and online.  And we actually had our one-millionth voter of the campaign last Monday and it just felt really good.  There are about a million new people all around this country who will be able to vote because of the work that we did. We registered a million voters! Now we have to turn them out…”

Barbara Arnwine is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

On voter suppression tactics: (At 11:47 on iTunes

“…These vigilantes are poorly trained.  They don’t even know the law.  So they were trying to stop Somalis at one poll station because they said they didn’t speak good English and that has nothing to do with your right to vote.  That’s why the Voting Rights Act has a bilingual section, it’s because many naturalized U.S. citizens, who are entitled to vote, may not have “perfect command of the English language.”

“Now there are reports in North Carolina and Indiana of robo calls and other calls that are telling people they’re great voters and they can vote by phone.  And of course that is nothing but a lie and a scam and it’s widespread and getting a lot of traction throughout the country… There is no such thing in the United States as voting by phone."

Judy Waxman is the Vice-President of Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center:

On healthcare : (At 30:10 on iTunes

“The fact that we have existed as one of the wealthiest nations in the world for so long and still have 50 million people without any health care coverage at all, is kind of a national disgrace… Now that the Affordable Care Act is law, we feel like American women and men have made a major step forward… What we are saying is that it really isn’t for the boss to decide what services a woman uses or gets to use.  It’s really up to each individual employee to decide whether or not they want to use it.”

On the fight over birth control : (At 35:44 on iTunes

“99 percent of all sexually active people have used birth control at some point in their lives and so it is a question of what is the controversy about.  I don’t really get it… Virtually all of us use birth control and if you look at family sizes in this nation, it’s the rare family that now has six, seven, eight, nine kids… And that speaks for itself.”

Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance

On workers’ rights policies: (At 41:08 on iTunes

“Well I’m really concerned about workers’ rights, particularly the rights of low-wage workers in the midst of this jobs crisis.  It’s been clear that most of the jobs that have been created in this period have been low-wage jobs and jobs mostly dominated by women and many by mothers.  And so for our constituents it is really important that those jobs are actually good quality jobs with real pathways to economic security and opportunity.”

On the importance of voting: (At 48:00 on iTunes

"Just think about all of the generations of organizers and activists who came before us who really put their lives on the line for democratic rights in this country, and generation after generation they’ve been able to strengthen democracy by expanding voting rights and the many movements for change that have made that possible. When I think about that and I think about our fight for democracy today, and all of the working people and all of the people out there -- students, young people who are fighting to make this country a better place, the importance of getting out there and voting is all about that. It’s about how we come together as a country and particularly on this one particular day to exercise our democratic right to vote, to really show how much we care about making the country a better place for our families, for future generations, and for the future of the world, given the important role that this country plays in the rest of the world.  And so I just think it’s a part of our responsibility to each other and to future generations that we get out there on Tuesday and really make it happen.”

Gustavo Torres is the Executive Director of CASA de Maryland

On the impact of the Latino vote (At 51:21 on iTunes

“I want to quote President Obama first - what he said about the Latino vote.  He said that, “The reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican party have so alienated the fastest growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”  I am in agreement with him.  That’s very simple…  We have 23 million Latinos who are eligible to vote in this year. We expect that as many as 12 million are going to vote in November so more than 50 percent.  We expect that is going to be 60 percent of the voters in those states that are very, very essential.  Remember that in California, 50 years ago, a governor tried to attack and destroy the Latino community and now California has become a blue state because of Latinos.  So, we expect that the same situation is going to happen in the states that are purple right now.”

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