The Pledge podcast is about building a community of people outside the traditional spheres of political influence who are engaging in democratic activity and having impact. It is about the possibility of a democracy for all. It is about making a pledge to act.

In each episode, we will learn what makes some people take extraordinary action to participate in government and, from their examples, what all of us can achieve. Why do or don’t we get involved with the democratic process? What circumstances and changes in outlook make someone who traditionally hasn’t felt empowered choose to take action?

The podcast will initially focus on stories from Alabama. Up until the recent special election, many Alabamians didn’t feel that the possibility of change existed. But a remarkable awakening occurred, led by the energy, innovation, and motivation of individuals who found their voices and the power to engage. The new energy, optimism and progress happening in that state will provide lessons and inspiration to all Americans eager to see a more responsive and effective government.