In 2020

55 years after the Voting Rights Act passed (and seven years after the Supreme Court gutted it), voter suppression and disenfranchisement still runs rampant, disproportionately affecting Black communities. Meanwhile, the summer doldrums – as well as an unprecedented pandemic and public protests in our streets – have not stopped important policy initiatives in Washington. This is no less true despite a major source of news and information in this country being hijacked for partisan purposes.

This week, New York Times best-selling author investigative journalist Greg Palast will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss his latest book, How Trump Stole 2020: The Hunt for America’s Vanished Voters, exposing attacks on the right to vote in the leadup to the 2020 election.

Interfaith Alliance has long been committed to protecting true religious freedom for those of all faiths and none in the courts. The past two weeks have brought hope; and yet, there is much work to be done. To discuss the opportunities for more progress going forward, Welton will sit down with Katy Joseph, director of policy and advocacy for Interfaith Alliance.

For generations, American foreign broadcast services such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty have provided fiercely independent and objective reporting to audiences around the globe. Founded as an antidote to Nazi propaganda during World War II, these services – and their credibility – are profoundly needed today. Ray Kirstein — producer of State of Belief — will join Welton to break down for us why this is such a crushing blow – mere months after the president called the government broadcaster’s work “disgusting.”

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