In our latest episode of the Fun Time Program, John & Vivica chat with Rev. Wendy Hamilton about her campaign for congress in the District of Columbia and the issues that inspired her to run including DC Statehood, Universal Basic Income and inspiring more people to become engaged by being a hope dealer in politics.
Fun Time Program
Rev. Wendy Hamilton
00:00 - Intro
00:21 - How Rev. Wendy got her start in politics
07:09 - Getting started with the Andrew Yang campaign
11:51 - What inspired Rev. Wendy to run for Congress?
17:30 - Why the fight for DC statehood is so important
18:13 - What role does the current DC representative have in Congress?
20:55 - Why it is important to advocate for important issues beyond statehood.
25:14 - On being inspired by The Squad
28:06 - The challenges of running against an entrenched incumbent
31:59 - Why having competitive elections is so important for voter enthusiasm
33:09 - On being a “Hope Dealer”
34:33 - Why running for office is about more than just winning, it’s about changing the conversation and enabling new ideas to be heard and considered.
35:12 - What is the biggest challenge in running for office?
39:54 - What is it going to take to get DC Statehood passed?
50:56 - Will the push for DC Statehood help the push for Puerto Rico Statehood?
54:50 - Why Universal Basic Income is the most important issue after DC Statehood
55:05 - MLK was championing for a UBI when he was shot and killed
57:09 - How are we going to pay for UBI?
1:01:04 - How far we have come since the Democrats laughed at Andrew Yang on the debate stage in Detroit just one year ago.
1:02:55 - How Andrew Yang transitioned from running for president to continuing to fight for his ideas with his non-profit Humanity Forward
1:06:27 - Why turnout is going to be the most important factor in this election
1:09:00 - What is has been like since announcing her campaign
1:11:06 - How can people help out with the campaign?
1:11:49 - How the ban on political advertising on social media has hindered fundraising.
1:13:25 - Rev. Wendy loves the Yang Gang!
1:20:24 - Final Words