TidePod Season 3, Episode 3: MoCo Activists Talk Local Elections


Valerie Wang

The TidePod, which was started in early 2019, is currently in its third season. Graphic designed by Valerie Wang.

TidePod Crew

In the third episode of the third season of the TidePod, we talked to members of different political activism organizations to learn more about their contributions and the importance of participating in local elections. Election season has come to the end and we’ve witnessed a lot of attention and energy being dedicated to influencing the outcome of the presidential election, whether that be simply exercising one’s given right to vote or organizing initiatives to educate and mobilize large groups of citizens. Understandably so, as the future president will possess the ability to approve or deny critical legislation, have power over the armed forces, and nominate Supreme Court justices, among many other responsibilities. However, in the midst of the presidential election commotion, Americans tend to overlook the importance of state and local elections. In this episode, we will be breaking down the role of the central versus local governments by talking to members of different political activism groups at RM and our county as a whole to get their input. Today, we are joined by Claire Gelilo, Nikhitha Balijepalli and Julia Angel. Your hosts for this episode are Courtney Kim and Kyson Taylor

Photo courtesy of Rediet Ghebrehiwet. Political activism organization leaders Nikhitha Balijepalli (top right), Claire Gelilo (bottom left), Julia Angel (bottom right). Host Kyson Taylor (top left).

You can listen to “MoCo Activists Talk Local Elections”.

The featured guests are Claire Gelilo, Nikhitha Balijepalli and Julia Angel

This episode is hosted by Courtney Kim and Kyson Taylor.

The script was written by Annie Guo and Rediet Ghebrehiwet. Publicity and Outreach by Mirula Prasad, Amna Shamim, Rediet Ghebrehiwet, and Kyson Taylor.

Graphic by Valerie Wang. Music courtesy of Corrigan Peters.

Edited by Rediet Ghebrehiwet. Produced by Mirula Prasad and Amna Shamim.

You can listen to the rest of the TidePod podcast here.