About the show

Everything’s Political with Junius Williams examines the politics we don't see that shape our lives. Through conversations about social justice issues, Junius and his guests help the listener connect the dots to reveal the true American experience, as it plays out in the community, or in our living room. Junius Williams is a civil rights organizer, lawyer, community leader, musician, and author of the book Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power. Join us for a conversation about the hidden side of politics.

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Episodes

  • The Power of the Vote – Part 2

    May 13th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  50 mins 20 secs
    bloody sunday, civil rights, community, nonviolence, politics, selma, social justice, voting

    In the last episode of Everything's Political season two, we're once again challenging our listeners to weigh in on The Power of the Vote! Junius Williams sits down with W. Mondale Robinson, principal of the Black Male Voter Project, to discuss the current state of voting, and shares more clips from his trip to this year's Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

  • The Power of the Vote – Part 1

    April 13th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 mins
    bloody sunday, civil rights, community, nonviolence, politics, selma, social justice, voting

    In this episode, Francesca speaks with Junius about his sudden decision to attend the 57th Anniversary of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. Do you know the story of Selma? Wondering why Junius was moved to attend this year?

  • Healing

    March 9th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 21 secs
    civil rights, community, detroit, healing, mental health, newark, nonviolence, politics, social justice, trauma

    In Episode 6, “Healing,” host Junius Williams shows a community undergoing the healing process in Newark and Detroit — and why people can’t just heal alone. Engaging the community is an important step in normalizing mental health support and nonviolence…but how do we do it?

  • Do Women Make the Best Organizers?

    February 9th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 35 secs
    america, black america, black power, black women, elections, feminism, mothers, organize, politics, usa, women

    Junius and Francesca sit down with Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Asst. Professor of Religion at the University of Florida and Megan Douglass, Digital Director of For Our Future Michigan, to discuss the present state of community organizing for women — how the experiences of yesterday can help women navigate male chauvinism in grassroots organizations.

  • How Black Are You, Baby?

    January 19th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 59 secs
    african american, biracial, black america, black identity, black power, education, intersectional identity, intersectionality, lgbtq, multiracial identity, organize

    When did you first consider yourself to be Black? Junius and Francesca are joined by Sam Anderson, Darnell L. Moore, and Che Williams to explore questions of intersectional Black identity and how it impacts our organizing.

  • A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest - The Power of Story (ft. Beloved Community Center + Raise UP for $15)

    December 8th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  47 mins 32 secs
    america, black america, black power, critical race theory, education, elections, fight for 15, governor, greensboro, minimum wage, north carolina, organize, politics, reconciliation, story, truth, usa, virginia

    We know when our story hits home because the opposition fights so hard. A dying mule always kicks the hardest. In Episode 3, Junius and Francesca are joined by North Carolina organizers from the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Beloved Community Center and Raise UP for $15 to explore the power of story in organizing.  

  • Episode 2: What does it mean to be organized? (ft. Detroit Will Breathe's Praveen Loganathan)

    November 10th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  52 mins 42 secs
    action, ahmaud aubrey, breanna taylor, detroit, george floyd, organizing, praveen

    How have different circumstances prescribed different definitions of organization and what is the recipe for justice today? In Episode 2, Junius and Francesca are joined by Detroit Will Breathe organizer Praveen Loganathan to talk about the tactics used by organizers today to keep people engaged and governments accountable.

  • Episode 1: Am I an Organizer? (Season 2 Preview)

    October 13th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  56 mins
    civil rights movement, genz, millennials, mobilize, news, organize, organizing, politics, racial justice, rebellion, social justice, united states

    Are you a mobilizer or an organizer? Junius Williams prepares listeners to explore their potential as organizers and movement builders. Junius will be joined by podcast producer and advocate, Francesca Larson, to talk about the new season's format, challenge each other on generational views about organizing, and share what listeners can expect to learn this season.

  • Episode 7: Defund the Police? Mayor Ras Baraka on a Newark Alternative

    May 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 46 secs
    black politics, newark, politics

    What made Mayor Ras Baraka reject calls for de-funding the police in Newark, NJ after the George Floyd killing last summer in Minneapolis? Listen to Mayor Baraka talk about reliance upon his Office of Violence Prevention and a new Community Museum to help create a culture of non-violence in Newark.

  • Episode 6: Has Gen Z Been Scarred Forever by COVID? A Discussion with the Experts and Young People Themselves

    April 28th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 2 secs

    Junius Williams, the Host of Everything's Political, will interview Julie Cai of the Center for Economic and Policy Research to talk about job prospects for young people in high school and college. Then he will be joined by Kelly Prempeh, a senior at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Sarah Sciortino, a senior at the University of Vermont, to see what changes they foresee in their lives because of Covid. Are they optimistic about the future? Does it matter that Sarah is a white woman, living in Vermont; and Kelly, is a black man from Newark?

  • Episode 4: What Happened to The Blues? The Politics of The Music that You Hear

    February 24th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  44 mins
    black, blues, history, music, politics