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Louisiana Lefty

By Louisiana Lefty
Louisiana Lefty, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist Lynda Woolard, is a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, where we make the case that the health of the state requires a strong progressive movement, fueled by the critical work of organizing on the ground. Our goal is to democratize information, demystify party politics and empower you to join the mission.

Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack for creating our Super Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard.
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Powers for Good with Drew Prestridge
Drew Prestridge, president at Prestridge Political, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about creating fundraising plans for candidates, beginning a career as a finance director, and developing a range of skill sets to increase your value on political campaigns. Connect with Drew on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:10:27
August 16, 2022
The Next Phase with Lynda Woolard
Welcome to Season 4 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard highlights key themes from Season 3, and gives a preview of the next phase. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check out all the great Louisiana organizers we've celebrated on Bayou Brief's Organizer of the Month Gallery. If you've missed any episodes from our previous seasons, you can find them all in our Louisiana Lefty Archives. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and contributors, with special acknowledgments to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as our Louisiana Lefty theme song.
09:03
August 02, 2022
Action Lefty No. 7: What Comes Next?
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re releasing mini-pods. This week, we’ve got clips from an advocacy event we did last week, based on a piece host Lynda Woolard wrote for the Bayou Brief in response to the overturn of Roe by the Supreme Court. We had Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women with a Vision, speak about what's happening in the Reproductive Justice space in Louisiana. We had State Representative Mandie Landry address what's been going on with our legislature and in the courts. And our host spoke about ways Louisianans can contribute to Democratic wins in the midterms such that we can restore our federal protections for the people of our state, which have shielded us for years, and which we desperately need back. Watch the full recording: What Comes Next? Advocacy Zoom Read the article in the Bayou Brief: “A Fight Worth Having” Find the 2022 Midterms cheat sheet here: bit.ly/BayouBrief2022Midterms Connect with Women With A Vision: wwav-no.org Connect with Representative Mandie Landry: mandielandry.com Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
20:48
July 19, 2022
GOTV Wins with Westley Bayas
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Westley Bayas returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about GOTV or Get Out The Vote: what it is and what it is not. Find GOTV and other campaign trainings at the National Democratic Training Committee’s website: traindemocrats.org. Connect with Westley Bayas III on Twitter. Listen to Westley’s previous episode from Season 1: Never Yield: Louisiana Forever with Westley Bayas Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
23:45
July 05, 2022
Demystifying Voter Reg vs GOTV with Professor Handwerk
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break for the next three episodes, but we’re still releasing mini-pods. This week, Stephen “Professor" Handwerk returns to the podcast to speak with host Lynda Woolard about the difference between the civic engagement of voter registration and the electoral work of Get Out The Vote.  Visit IWillVote.com to check that your own voter registration is active and to make any necessary updates before the midterm elections. Don’t forget to share that link across your social media accounts to recommend that your friends and followers do the same. Connect with Stephen Handwerk on Twitter. Previous Professor Handwerk episodes are available on the following topics: Season 1: Demystifying Democratic Endorsements Season 2: Demystifying Democratic Alphabet Soup Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
25:50
June 21, 2022
The League of Extraordinary Women with Liz Leger
On the final episode of season three, Liz Leger from Avoyelles Sleeves Up joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about organizing in rural parishes and small towns, whether for electoral politics or community engagement. Her team's organizing work in Central Louisiana is a great blueprint for how to put progress above partisan ends, how to build relationships in more conservative communities, and how to leverage the local media to accomplish big goals. Connect with Avoyelles Sleeves Up on Facebook or through their website: avoyellessleevesup.org. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
56:46
June 07, 2022
Organizing Everyman with Ben Zucker
Ben Zucker, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the second in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Ben and his partner Maria Harmon, who was on our previous episode, are classic organizers. Ben is leading Step Up’s efforts on Economic Justice from New Orleans, while Maria leads their efforts on Education Justice from Baton Rouge. They’ve already racked up some impressive successes for a young organization founded by young leaders and powered by dedicated community members. Connect with Step Up Louisiana on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or through their website: stepuplouisiana.org. Click here to sign up for Step Up Louisiana’s mailing list. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Nominate your favorite Louisiana organizer for our Organizer of the Month award. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:04:17
May 24, 2022
Organizing is Her Superpower with Maria Harmon
Maria Harmon, co-founder and co-director of Step Up Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for the first in a two-part series focusing on this relatively young statewide community group, and their mission of good jobs and good schools for Louisiana. Maria and her partner Ben Zucker, who will be on the next episode, are classic organizers. Maria is leading Step Up’s efforts on Education Justice from Baton Rouge, while Ben leads their efforts on Economic Justice from New Orleans. They’ve already racked up some impressive successes for a young organization founded by young leaders and powered by dedicated community members. Connect with Step Up Louisiana on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or through their website: stepuplouisiana.org. Click here to sign up for Step Up Louisiana’s mailing list. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
43:35
May 10, 2022
Greater Powers than You Know No. 2 with Logan Burke
Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke joins host Lynda Woolard for the second of a two part interview during Earth Month. If you missed our previous episode, Greater Powers than You Know No. 1 with Logan Burke, please give it a listen, and then come back to this episode, as we pick up where we left off, with a wide ranging conversation on how energy impacts every aspect of our daily lives, and how each piece of the power puzzle is part of an interconnected web that requires a thoughtful and holistic approach. Connect with the Alliance for Affordable Energy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and sign up for their email newsletter on their website. Catch the Alliance For Affordable Energy’s radio show, the People’s Power Hour, every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. CST on 102.3 WHIV FM in New Orleans or at whivfm.org/listen from everywhere else. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Find all our episodes, transcripts, and more resources at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
44:38
April 26, 2022
Greater Powers than You Know No. 1 with Logan Burke
Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy Logan Atkinson Burke  joins host Lynda Woolard for the first of a two part interview during Earth Month. While the episode features some nerd outs over topics like the governor's Climate Initiative Task Force, the bipartisan infrastructure plan, Build Back Better, and the Green New Deal, the reality is, energy issues affect almost every aspect of our daily lives, so this is information to which everyone should have access. For those of us living in the Gulf South, the impact is next level on individuals, communities, cities, ecosystems, and frankly, the entire state of Louisiana. Connect with the Alliance for Affordable Energy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Find all our episodes, transcripts, and more resources at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
52:22
April 12, 2022
Animated by Justice No. 2 with Norris Henderson
Norris Henderson, best known as founder and executive director of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Voters Organized to Educate, joins host Lynda Woolard for the second of a two part interview to talk about his decades of organizing for Criminal Justice Reform, the patience and persistence required for progressive change, and the formula being used by his organizations to win big victories in Louisiana. If you missed Animated by Justice No. 1 please give it a listen, and then come back to this episode, as we pick up where we left off, with a deeper dive on the Unanimous Jury Coalition’s campaign to change the Louisiana constitution. Connect with Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website. Connect with Voters Organized to Educate on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website. Read Lynda Woolard's article on the Bayou Brief, Ground Game, about the Louisiana groups that worked together in the 2019 election cycle, at: www.bayoubrief.com/2019/11/26/ground-game Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
55:49
March 29, 2022
Animated by Justice No. 1 with Norris Henderson
Norris Henderson, best known as founder and executive director of Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) and Voters Organized to Educate, joins host Lynda Woolard for the first of a two part interview to talk about his decades of organizing for Criminal Justice Reform, the patience and persistence required for progressive change, and the formula being used by his organizations to win big victories in Louisiana. Connect with Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website. Connect with Voters Organized to Educate on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:02:45
March 15, 2022
Destiny like a Riptide with Justin Hartley
Justin Hartley, President of the College Democrats of Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about CDLA’s bold stances on issues impacting the state, the importance for Democrats to coalition build with local community groups, and the need for the party to pass the torch to the next generation. Connect with CDLA  on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or through their linktree. Help with Justin’s other work by connecting with and donating to the New Orleans Abortion Fund and Lift Louisiana. Also check out #MyLASexEd, a youth-driven campaign to encourage conversations around the lack of sex education in Louisiana and advocate for its expansion. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
58:02
March 01, 2022
A Force with Sade Dumas
Sade Dumas, executive director of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition and co-chair of PAC for Justice, joins host Lynda Woolard to talk about the foundational work that goes into successful progressive change, the tug of war between Criminal Justice Reform and rising crime rates, and how to best welcome people into the movement. Connect with OPPRC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and through their website: opprcnola.org. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
51:23
February 15, 2022
Glorious Purpose with Lynda Woolard
Welcome to Season 3 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard shares some highlights from Season 2, and zeroes in on key themes we’ll continue to explore. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform and all our social media channels: Facebook Twitter Instagram Check out all the great Louisiana organizers we've celebrated on the Bayou Brief's Organizer of the Month Gallery. If you've missed any episodes from our previous seasons, you can find them all in our Louisiana Lefty Archives. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and contributors, with special acknowledgments to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as our Louisiana Lefty theme song.
43:47
February 01, 2022
Action Lefty No. 6: Walk Together
Louisiana Lefty is on winter break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, host Lynda Woolard highlights suggested materials from the Recommended Resources page of our website: LouisianaLefty.Rocks With Voting Rights legislation hanging in the balance, All In: The Fight for Democracy, a documentary framed by Stacey Abrams’ first run for governor of Georgia, is essential viewing, as it examines the issue of voter suppression in America, interweaving current voting hurdles with historical insights that explain how we got here. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more content! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
04:04
January 18, 2022
Action Lefty No. 5: The Watcher
Louisiana Lefty is on winter break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, host Lynda Woolard goes over the resources available on our website: LouisianaLefty.Rocks Any missed podcast episodes can be found on our Archives page. We continue to add to the Watch, Read, and Listen Lists on our Recommended Resources page. As we hit the first anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection, we particularly recommend watching The Brainwashing of My Dad documentary as essential viewing to understand the right-wing forces we are facing. The Contact page contains both the link to the Organizer of the Month Gallery and the link to our form to nominate your favorite Louisiana organizer for future recognition. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more content! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
02:54
January 04, 2022
Ironheart with Alsie Dunbar
Self-described "Steminist" Alsie Dunbar joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on her journey to a career as a chemical engineer, as well as her STEM Gems program mentoring girls in Ascension Parish, encouraging them to explore the world of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math]. We also talk about lessons learned on her 2017 campaign for a Louisiana legislative seat in majority minority house district 58. Connect with Alsie on Facebook and Instagram. Connect with the Stem Gems Mentoring Program via Instagram and their website: thestemgems.org. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
52:26
December 21, 2021
Wonder Woman for President with Aimee Freeman
Representative Aimee Adatto Freeman from Louisiana House District 98 joins host Lynda Woolard on this episode to recount how she passed the Pink Tax Exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers, share insight on how to build needed majorities to pass bills, and explain the important role our progressive advocacy groups play in informing legislation. Connect with Rep. Freeman on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Connect with Aimee Freeman Consulting through her website. Watch Rep. Freeman’s video on the Pink Tax Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
45:24
December 07, 2021
The Cure to el Everything with Dr. Catherine Desmarais
Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Desmarais talks to host Lynda Woolard about her work in public health to address the coronavirus pandemic. We discuss how the virus has been purposely politicized. Then Catherine offers facts to help listeners make good health decisions for themselves, to debunk myths that have circulated out of misunderstanding and fear, and to counter disinformation that’s being spread intentionally to divide us. Links to Trustworthy Resources and Data on Covid-19, Vaccinations, and Masks: Nerdy Girls’ Dear Pandemic Your Local Epidemiologist (YLE) Louisiana Department of Health Covid-19 Dashboard CDC Guidance for Coronavirus CDC Parish-Level Data for Covid-19 V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker Understanding Breakthrough Infections Following Vaccination Mask-wearing and Control of Covid-19 Masks Do More Than Protect Others Mask Use and Ventilation to Reduce Covid-19 Quack Watch Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:25:40
November 23, 2021
Great Responsibility with Mercedes Montagnes
Mercedes Montagnes of the Promise of Justice Initiative and PAC for Justice talks to host Lynda Woolard about the success of the Unanimous Jury Coalition’s efforts to change the Louisiana Constitution, and explores other opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform in our state. Connect with the Promise of Justice Initiative on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Connect with PAC for Justice on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
46:44
November 09, 2021
Champion of Facts No. 2 with Lamar White
In Part 2 of the conversation between Bayou Brief publisher Lamar White, Jr. and host Lynda Woolard, they continue their conversation about Huey P. Long in the context of modern politics, explore some of the accusations made against Long by his contemporaries and scholars, and touch on some of the other topics of Lamar’s writing. If you missed Champion of Facts No. 1, please give it a listen, and then come back to this episode, as we pick up where we left off, with the question of whether Long deserves his own Broadway musical. Connect with Lamar’s work through Patreon and Twitter. Read The Final Days of the Indefatigable Huey P. Long, Jr. here Connect with the Bayou Brief on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through their website. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
50:03
October 26, 2021
Champion of Facts No. 1 with Lamar White
Lamar White, Jr. is publisher of and writer for Louisiana’s first and only reader-supported digital publication, the Bayou Brief. In this episode, he joins host Lynda Woolard for the first in a two-part conversation on the need for a left-wing media ecosystem, his new 3-part piece on the death of Huey P. Long, and how Long’s progressive populism compares to the politics of today. Follow us on your favorite podcast platform so you will get a notification for the second installment of Champion of Facts and all our future episodes. Read The Final Days of the Indefatigable Huey P. Long, Jr. here Connect with the Bayou Brief on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through their website. Note: The answer to the Louisiana parishes Bernie Sanders won in the 2016 primaries is: Cameron and LaSalle. Find more Louisiana Lefty content on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LouisianaLefty.Rocks. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
46:52
October 12, 2021
The Wise Build Teams with Tyronne Walker
Tyronne Walker, political consultant and Chief Administrative Officer for Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on building teams to win elections and making progress in Louisiana’s justice system. Connect with the work of @orleansparishda on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through their website: orleansda.com Note: Louisiana Lefty missed a few weeks of episodes due to Hurricane Ida’s impact on the Gulf Coast. Due to the long road of recovery ahead, we are adjusting to release new episodes every other week for the remainder of the season. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:09:25
September 28, 2021
All Star Campaign Finance No. 2 with Amelie LeBreton
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Amelie LeBreton, former finance director for the DCCC and Planned Parenthood, as well as current development director for the Louisiana SPCA, for the second of a two-part conversation on fundraising for political campaigns. Learn more about creating a finance plan at the Complete Political Fundraising Guide for 2021 from Numero. Find information on donors at the following sites: Federal Election Commission Louisiana Campaign Finance Reports Political Moneyline Open Secrets Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
56:60
August 31, 2021
All Star Campaign Finance No. 1 with Amelie LeBreton
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Amelie LeBreton, former finance director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Planned Parenthood, as well as current development director for the Louisiana SPCA, for the first of a two-part conversation on fundraising for political campaigns. Read more about the Basics of Fundraising for a Political Campaign from NGP-VAN. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
41:33
August 24, 2021
Demystifying Democratic Alphabet Soup with Professor Handwerk
Lynda Woolard hosts Stephen Handwerk, consultant, strategist, and former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, for the second in a series of episodes on how the Democratic party operates. This week, we go through the alphabet soup of organizations in Washington, D.C. that work on Democratic party politics throughout the United States. Follow Stephen Handwerk on Twitter. Read about the Democratic Alphabet Soup on the DNC website. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
32:35
August 17, 2021
504 Underdog with Royce Duplessis
Host Lynda Woolard speaks to Louisiana District 93 Representative Royce Duplessis about his call to public service, his winning state house campaign, and successes worth celebrating from legislative session. Connect with Royce Duplessis on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Click here to subscribe to Rep. Duplessis’ email newsletter Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
43:41
August 10, 2021
Previously On with Lynda Woolard
Welcome to Season 2 of Louisiana Lefty! Host Lynda Woolard shares some highlights from the first season, and sets up the next steps for the podcast. Please follow Louisiana Lefty on your favorite podcast platform. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and contributors, with special acknowledgments to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as our Louisiana Lefty theme song.
40:14
August 03, 2021
Action Lefty No. 4: Louisiana’s Mightiest Heroes
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still releasing Action Lefty mini-pods. This week, Lamar White, publisher of the Bayou Brief, joins host Lynda Woolard to discuss the Organizer of the Month Awards. View our previous awardees and nominate your favorite organizer for future recognition at the links below. Bayou Brief: Louisiana Organizer of the Month Gallery Organizer of the Month Nomination Form Read Lynda Woolard's Ground Game on the Bayou Brief about the organizers who helped re-elect Louisiana’s governor in 2019. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more content! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
09:45
July 27, 2021
Action Lefty No. 3: Letters to the Daily Planet
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives a quick overview of how to set up your own Letter To the Editor writing team, with best practices for getting your letters published.  For more information on how to write letters and why they work, check out this ACLU LTE page. If you listen to us on the Apple podcast app, please help us reach more listeners by giving us a great rating and positive review. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more content! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
06:17
July 20, 2021
Action Lefty No. 2: Whose Tweets? Our Tweets!
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard gives advice on how to organize Twitter actions. Follow Louisiana Lefty on Twitter! Louisiana Political Hashtags: #lalege #lagov #lasen For more details, check out: How to Organize a Twitter Storm. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
08:03
July 13, 2021
Action Lefty No. 1: Twitter 101
Louisiana Lefty is on summer break this month, but we’re still dishing out tips and tricks! This week, host Lynda Woolard offers some Twitter basics for you to use or share with your volunteers. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
05:52
July 06, 2021
Run Before You Walk with Davante Lewis
Host Lynda Woolard is joined by Davante Lewis, Director of Public Affairs and Outreach at the Louisiana Budget Project, for a conversation on the intersection of policy and organizing. Connect with Davante on Twitter. Check out the Louisiana Budget Project's work at labudget.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More ways to connect to Davante’s work: Foundation for Louisiana: Truth and Racial Healing New Leaders Council - Louisiana Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
51:08
June 29, 2021
Demystifying Democratic Endorsements with Professor Handwerk
Lynda Woolard hosts Stephen Handwerk, consultant, strategist, and former executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, for the first in a series of episodes on how the Democratic party operates. This week, we go through what candidates need to know about getting an endorsement from the party. Find Stephen Handwerk on Twitter. Read the DNC bylaws.  Read the Louisiana Democratic Party bylaws. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
29:52
June 22, 2021
There’s a Hero in Us All with Gaby Goldstein
Lynda Woolard hosts Gaby Goldstein, co-founder and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Sister District, to discuss the importance of state legislatures in advancing progressive policies and protecting democracy. The conversation includes a deep dive into the work Sister District is doing across the country to share data, support organizers, and build coalitions, as part of a complete strategy to shift state legislatures to the left. Connect with Sister District through their website: sisterdistrict.com Follow Sister District on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Watch Texas valedictorian Paxton Smith’s graduation speech on abortion rights. Learn more about the national efforts of ALEC - the American Legislative Exchange Council - to move state legislatures to the right. Learn more about the interests LABI - the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry - serves in Louisiana. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
53:18
June 15, 2021
Super Friends Team Up with Peyton Rose Michelle
Lynda Woolard hosts Peyton Rose Michelle, activist with Louisiana Trans Advocates and elected member to the Democratic State Central Committee, for a discussion on anti-trans legislation, organizing at the state Capitol, and getting pronouns right. Follow Peyton on Twitter and Facebook. Connect to Louisiana Trans Advocates: latransadvocates.org Find more information about the Louisiana Legislature: legis.la.gov Watch Blair Imani’s Smarter in Seconds TikTok on Pronouns. Peyton used the term AFAB in the podcast, and for those who are unfamiliar, it’s short-hand for Assigned Female At Birth. Read more about AFAB/AMAB. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
49:15
June 08, 2021
Proof of Heart with Brooks Fordham
Lynda Woolard hosts Brooks Fordham, student at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA, and outgoing Vice President of College Democrats of Louisiana, for the podcast’s continuing series of conversations with young Democratic leaders on the best ways to engage voters in their peer group. Connect with Louisiana Lefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
32:21
June 01, 2021
Sister Civics with Tamara Agins
Tamara Agins, Executive Director for Emerge Louisiana, joins host Lynda Woolard for a discussion on the crucial role their organization’s work to recruit and train Democratic women candidates plays in our state. Also, check out Women in Politics, the Bayou Brief’s very first podcast, which was recorded at the November 2017 launch of Emerge Louisiana. It features Lynda Woolard’s interview of former State Representative and current New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno and Emerge America Founder Andrea Dew Steele. There are multiple ways to plug into Emerge Louisiana. Contact Tamara for office hours: tamara@emergelouisiana.org Join their email list: https://la.emergeamerica.org/email-signup/ Sign up for one of their trainings: http://bit.ly/applyLA Nominate a woman you think should run for office: http://bit.ly/run2WIN And follow Emerge Louisiana on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
53:20
May 25, 2021
It Is Your Time with Cameron English
Lynda Woolard hosts Cameron English, outgoing Chair of College Democrats of Louisiana, and plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee challenging Louisiana’s congressional district map. Following release of the 2020 census data, petitioners asked the Court to declare Louisiana’s current congressional district map unconstitutional and implement a new map that adheres to the constitutional requirement of one-person, one-vote. You can reach out to the College Democrats of Louisiana’s Membership Director at: collegedemsla@gmail.com And follow College Democrats of Louisiana on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can read the complaint filed against Louisiana Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin here: Louisiana Redistricting Lawsuit To keep up with ongoing redistricting and voting rights litigation, connect with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Democracy Docket. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
22:37
May 18, 2021
Reform Without Fear with J.P. Morrell
Lynda Woolard hosts Jean-Paul “J.P.” Morrell, self-described “former legislator, current lawyer, comic nerd and dad,” for a discussion on his role in ending the discriminatory practice of non-unanimous juries in Louisiana. J.P. walks us through the legislative efforts and messaging discipline that were required to get Constitutional Amendment 2 on the ballot in 2018. This, in turn, launched the Unanimous Juries Coalition, which created a network and a model that shows how we can win on progressive issues in Louisiana. You can connect to J.P. at @jpmorrell on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and listen to his podcast at Ask JP. Further resources mentioned in the podcast: The Advocate: Tilting the Scale Series Blake Miguez: Unanimous Juries Ad Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why I’m Writing Captain America Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:07:44
May 11, 2021
Fantastically Forward with Frederick Bell
Lynda Woolard hosts Frederick Bell, founder of Louisiana High School Democrats, organizer for multiple campaigns, and current campaign associate for the Democracy program at the Hub Project. You can connect to Frederick’s work, past and present, at the following links: Louisiana High School Democrats Bayou Brief Interview with James Carville Louisiana Youth Platform The Hub Project Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
35:58
May 04, 2021
Democrats United with Robin Parrott
Lynda Woolard hosts Robin Parrott, Democratic party leader, Emerge Louisiana alum, and former candidate for House District 95, to start a conversation on the difficulties of being a Democrat in solidly red parts of Louisiana. Robin shares her experiences running for office in Livingston Parish, and offers ideas of how Louisianans in Democratic strongholds can assist those who are trying to build the party in the more rural and suburban areas of the state. You can connect to Robin’s work with her Democratic Parish Executive Committee (DPEC) by following Livingston Parish Democrats on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
37:26
April 27, 2021
Merging Messaging Brains and Brawn with Hyma Moore
Host Lynda Woolard speaks with Hyma Moore, who has a wide range of experience in campaign communications, from press secretary to advance man for presidential candidates. The discussion includes advice to campaigns on crafting a strong communications strategy, explains how communications staff needs organizers to succeed, and shows the importance of early investment in young people who are interested in politics. You can connect to Hyma’s work by following @hymamoore on Twitter. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:00:25
April 20, 2021
Warrior Strength and Endless Compassion with Mandie Landry
Louisiana State Representative, Mandie Landry, talks to host, Lynda Woolard, about the extra hurdles women candidates face, the importance of having progressive representation in Baton Rouge, and the long game strategy Democrats must maintain to make progress in Louisiana. You can connect to Rep. Landry’s work by following @votelandry on Twitter and Instagram. To watch the Louisiana legislature during session, find daily agendas, and search for filed bills, go to legis.la.gov Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
37:49
April 13, 2021
Never Yield: Louisiana Forever with Westley Bayas
Political strategist and media consultant, Westley Bayas III, and host, Lynda Woolard, discuss paid media for campaigns, give advice for progressives considering a run for office, and underscore the importance of utilizing modern campaign techniques to level the playing field in Louisiana. You can connect to Westley’s work at https://berlinrosen.com/campaigns/ and https://bit.ly/3aw0Te9 As promised, here is the photo of his costume: http://bit.ly/39vERs5 Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:05:52
April 06, 2021
Not All Crusaders Wear Capes with Ryan Berni
Democratic strategist, Ryan Berni, joins host, Lynda Woolard, for a discussion on how Louisiana Democrats and Progressives can “Win The Day.” Ryan is best known for his work with James Carville and Mitch Landrieu. You can connect to Ryan’s nonprofit, nonpartisan work with former mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, through E Pluribus Unum at: unumfund.org and dividedbydesign.org Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:07:14
March 30, 2021
Golden Lasso of Data with Jennifer Johnson
Louisiana Pollster Jennifer Johnson joins host, Lynda Woolard, for a discussion on how to think about polls, how to use data to inform campaign work, and what the numbers can tell us about the possibilities for progressives. You can connect to Jennifer’s work at: ljrcustomstrategies.com Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
01:03:43
March 23, 2021
Star Spangled Super Journo with Versha Sharma
Versha Sharma, Alexandria native and journalist with Now This!, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation about the role media plays in powering our organizing, combating disinformation, and saving democracy. You can connect to Versha’s work with Now This! at nowthisnews.com and all social media platforms. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
58:01
March 16, 2021
Organizers Assemble… Six Feet Apart with Naima Savage
Naima Savage, our inaugural Louisiana Organizer of the Month, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation highlighting the importance of the organizing craft, celebrating the ingenuity and thoughtfulness that have allowed organizers to continue the work during a pandemic, and rightfully elevating them to superhero status. You can connect to Naima’s work at stepuplouisiana.org Nominate your favorite Louisiana organizer for recognition here: bit.ly/louisianaorganizers To see all our Organizers of the Month, follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song.
45:34
March 09, 2021
Let Stacey Abrams Binge Bridgerton with Kirstin Alvanitakis
Kirstin Alvanitakis, former Communications Director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on messaging for Democratic candidates and Progressive community organizers. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Lefty’s Watch List: The Social Dilemma: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com The Brainwashing of My Dad: https://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com Kirstin’s Reading List: Paul Tully Message Box: https://www.thecampaignworkshop.com/blog/pillar/political-campaign/tully-message-box Voicing Our Values: http://publicleadershipinstitute.org/messaging-guide/ The Public Narrative by Marshall Ganz: http://marshallganz.usmblogs.com/files/2012/08/Public-Narrative-Worksheet-Fall-2013-.pdf
01:01:38
March 02, 2021
The Stacey Abrams of Louisiana with Ashley Shelton
As a follow up to our first episode, Ashley Shelton of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on organizing in Louisiana, framed by recent Democratic gains in Georgia. Connect to the Power Coalition at powercoalition.org. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song. Read Ground Game, about the Louisiana groups that worked together in the 2019 election cycle, at: www.bayoubrief.com/2019/11/26/ground-game
29:38
February 23, 2021
Stacey Abrams Wasn't Built in a Day with Candice Battiste
Candice Battiste of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice joins host Lynda Woolard for a conversation on organizing in Louisiana, framed by recent Democratic gains in Georgia. Connect to the Power Coalition at powercoalition.org. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song. Read Ground Game, about the Louisiana groups that worked together in the 2019 election cycle, at: www.bayoubrief.com/2019/11/26/ground-game
27:60
February 16, 2021
A Podcast for Progressives with Lynda Woolard
Welcome to Louisiana Lefty, a podcast about politics and community in Louisiana, hosted by veteran campaign organizer and Democratic strategist, Lynda Woolard. Thanks to Ben Collinsworth for producing Louisiana Lefty, Jennifer Pack of Black Cat Studios for creating our Super-Lefty artwork, and Thousand Dollar Car for allowing us to use their swamp pop classic, Security Guard, as the Louisiana Lefty theme song. Follow @LouisianaLefty on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
07:11
February 09, 2021