Policy Lab is a platform for brainstorming policies that affect the lives of American people. The Covid-19 pandemic is exposing and worsening the inequality in our society as the results of the decades-long policy decisions made in favor of capital owners over workers.
Many of us—teachers, nurses, small business owners, artists, bank tellers, factory workers—don’t feel that we are well-represented in our political landscape. In fact, the chances of someone from a middle to low-income household, especially for a person of color, to win a seat in Congress are much slimmer than those from affluent households. If we want our laws to reflect the needs of us, the majority, we need representatives from the same backgrounds as ours.
While this would entail changes on many levels—welfare, education, justice, etc.—the first step, to amplify the voices of the under-represented majority, is already under way in various grassroots actions. Through this Policy Lab, we hope to contribute to this global effort by providing a platform of communication among policy makers, candidates, and voters from various fields.
We begin with round table-type discussions with a different theme each week, with guests representing diverse views, in the framework of how related policies should be formed or reformed. But this project does not end at the podcast. The recordings will be categorized, tagged, and accessible to the public. They will be organized by topic so it’ll be easy to find relevant clips that can be used by candidates, policymakers, and grassroots organizers.
In this world of online communication, stories are the most valuable assets. But they are as good as the vehicles and channels they are presented through. Unfortunately, too many hardworking people are over-extended, not given the space or means to tell their stories. This project aims to provide such a space.
Our goal is to find partnering organizations throughout this country who can host their own Policy Lab Podcasts with their audio clips joining the master archive. Over time, we’ll have a library of policy ideas that will reflect local nuances, all organized and searchable in one place.
Our first podcast will launch in spring of 2021.