Buffy Jo Christina Wicks is an American politician, serves in the California State Assembly representing District 15, she also co-hosts The Riveters Podcast.
The government shutdown turns into a Trump/Pelosi showdown, and Governor Gavin Newsom is greeted with a teachers strike in LA and the possible bankruptcy of PG&E (0:58). Then, Scott and Marisa are joined by East Bay Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, who talks about juggling parenting and politics, her childhood in the Sierra foothills, working for President Obama, and facing challenges from the left in her race for State Assembly (6:44).
In this episode, Buffy and I discuss her upbringing in a trailer park in a small, conservative California town and her early work in the Bay Area following college (2:21); the triumphs of her work on the Affordable Care Act legislation and the GOP’s current attempt to dismantle it (5:42); the dynamic of her being a progressive community activist who then worked on the Clinton campaign (16:22); her decision to run for office shortly after the birth of her first child (18:58); the importance of childcare for economic equality and a leveled playing field for women in the workforce (22:01); her efforts to advocate for children’s rights in California (24:35); and her experience completing an Iron (Wo)Man despite having never before done a triathlon (27:11).
Stephanie Schriock joins us to talk about the surge of women resisting Trump by running for office. Join us to hear her thoughts about how Democrats can re-gain power in 2018 and beyond.
Mayor Schaaf joins The Riveters to talk about leading Oakland, California one of the most progressive cities in the country, and a proud Sanctuary City.
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Aug 10th, 1977
Oakland, CA, USA
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1 day, 10 hours