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Welcome to Breakthrough Spotlight, a video and podcast series featuring conversations with community leaders, activists, artists and partner organizations working to build a world that is more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable for all.

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Ignite the Youth Vote!

Wednesday, August 26, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight the work of IGNITE, a national organization that's mobilizing women and girls to vote, run for political office, and build their civic power amid the challenges of voter disenfranchisement and COVID-19.

Hosted by Zahra Chaudhry, Partnerships, Breakthrough
Featuring Raie Gessesse, Midwest Program Manager, IGNITE National

Survivor Justice Through Arts & Activism

Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight the advocacy and client services of Sakhi for South Asian Women, which advances justice for survivors of gender-based violence. Join Sakhi on Saturday, August 22 at its 5th annual showcase, Gender Justice and the Arts, for a vibrant celebration of South Asian art, and the power of radical imagination.

Hosted by Priya Kvam, Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships, Breakthrough
Featuring Veda Kamra, Communications Associate, Sakhi for South Asian Women
& Azaadi Khan, Youth Counselor & Advocate, Sakhi for South Asian Women

Momentous Healing for Indigenous Futures

Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight how COVID-19 is affecting Indigenous communities, and offer creative nourishment and healing.

Hosted by Charlie Amáya Scott, Doctoral Students, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver
Featuring Emily Johnson, Director & Choreographer, Catalyst
& Taté Walker, Mniconjou Lakota & Two Spirit Storyteller

Young People Imagining a World Without Police

Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation we spotlight how police and prison abolition became a rallying cry in the movement for Black liberation, and the young people who are leading it.

Hosted by Imani Richardson, Community Engagement Intern, Breakthrough
Featuring K. Agbebiyi, Social Worker & Abolitionist Organizer, Survived & Punished NY

Trans Portrayal in Hollywood

Tuesday, June 30, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation with director Sam Feder and EP S. Mona Sinha, we spotlight Disclosure, a documentary that shows how the fabled stories of Hollywood deeply influence how Americans feel about transgender people, and how trans people are taught to feel about themselves.

Hosted by Moni Vargas, Creative Director, Breakthrough
Featuring Sam Feder, Director, Disclosure
& S. Mona Sinha, Executive Producer, Disclosure

Liberation Dreams

Friday, June 24, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight Robin Kelley's Freedom Dreams and the essential practice of imagining a world free of oppression, the tireless organizing work of Black women activists and thinkers who have made this global movement in defense of Black lives possible and Breakthrough's commitment to documenting, amplifying and uplifting the BIPOC youth leaders, artists and content creators who are demanding justice, equity and liberation for all.

Hosted by Moni Vargas, Creative Director, Breakthrough
Featuring Darnell Moore, Author, No Ashes in the Fire

Queer Healing Through the Arts

Friday, June 5, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight the healing practices queer people have developed by building communities outside of social restrictions, and how these practices are propagated through the arts.

Hosted by Hari Ziyad, Content Strategist, Breakthrough
Featuring Alexander Hardy, Writer & Wellness Warrior, Get Some Joy

Disability Justice: Then & Now

Wednesday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. ET | 9:30 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight disability rights and experiences of disabled people under COVID-19.

Hosted by Priya Kvam, Associate Director of Partnerships, Breakthrough
Featuring Doris Quintanilla, The Melanin Collective
& Ola Ojewumi, Project ASCEND

Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Friday, May 22, 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight Loira Limbal and her work on Through the Night, a documentary that highlights the "personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center."

Hosted by Moni Vargas, Creative Director, Breakthrough
Featuring Loira Limbal, Director/Producer, Through the Night

Alternative Models of Care

Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight the downsides to the state’s criminalizing responses to public health crises, and alternative models of care that keep communities safe.

Hosted by Hari Ziyad, Content Strategist, Breakthrough
Featuring Ted Kerr, Founding Member, W.W.H.I.V.D.D.
& Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, G.L.I.T.S.

Caregiving in a Pandemic

Friday, May 8, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

In this conversation, we spotlight Caring Across Generations and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, doing essential advocacy for family caregivers & domestic workers during COVID-19.

Hosted by Priya Kvam, Associate Director of Partnerships, Breakthrough
Featuring Ishita Srivastava, Caring Across Generations
& Kristina Mevs-Apgar, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Mental Health in a Pandemic

Wednesday, May 6, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

On this episode, world renowned cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) expert and lecturer, Dr. Leslie Sokol, shares practical ways to improve our wellness during Covid-19 and prepare ourselves for life post shelter-at-home.

Hosted by Moni Vargas, Director of Programs, Breakthrough
Featuring Dr. Leslie Sokol, Licensed Psychologist

Women Make Movies

Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m. ET | 10 a.m. PT

For over 45 years, Women Make Movies has been championing women filmmakers and their stories. They support women producers and directors from the beginning, planting the seeds for a diverse and inclusive filmmaking landscape. As the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women, they amplify historically ignored voices and challenge the mainstream media.

Hosted by Moni Vargas, Director of Programs, Breakthrough
Featuring Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies