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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

On this podcast, we have talked with so many remarkable current and future leaders, some as young as 13 years old, who have given us great hope for the decade and century ahead of us. And today to close out this series, I wanted to speak with one of the most recognizable leaders of our time, someone who has dedicated her life to service, someone who’s built wisdom through decades of experience and someone who channels all of that into the important work of encouraging people to organize…


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

From fully tackling systemic racism, to leveling the playing field for small business owners of color, to opening up educational opportunities for minority students. It has never been more important for us to break down systemic and institutional barriers and deliver true equity and roads to prosperity for communities of color. From the beginning the Latino community has been a vital part of America’s story and now represents the fastest growing demographic group in America. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

The experience of music, playing music, listening to music, sharing music is a central part of life for so many of us, certainly for me. I played piano from an early age, took up guitar as a teenager. I’m no professional, but it’s meant a lot to me as a different form of expression and a different way to respond to the world. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg, and this is The Deciding Decade.

I’ve thought a lot about shared purpose in the Trump era, and how we’ve seen so many people come together, in electoral and political coalitions of course, but also people across industries and sectors across this country and the world. One group that has had an enormous impact on the election and on national conversations around equal pay, social and racial justice, and more is athletes. From the U.S. women’s soccer team fighting for equal pay to LeBron James’ More Than a Vote organization registering and turning people…


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

As a new president prepares to take office and the country continues to reel from the effects of the pandemic, income inequality and workers’ rights remain a central issue in our country. Americans are clearly seeking a better deal for workers, polls and referendum results show strong support for measures like a higher minimum wage, yet traditional organized labor has seen its membership shrink and even union members don’t always vote for pro-labor political candidates.

I think it’s a vital time to assess the future of labor for…


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is the Deciding Decade.

Politically, people running for office are often advised to speak only about the middle class, not to use the words “poor” or “poverty.” There’s always a heavy focus on making the country work for the middle class, to grow the middle class — which of course is important and true. But the stark reality is there are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

I think a lot about storytelling as an art form, in politics and beyond politics. We communicate so much through sharing experiences, real lived experiences and fictional experiences. So much meaning in my life and I’m sure in yours has been fed, or informed, or nourished based on stories that I’ve heard and read or watched. And one nuance here is that white audiences and viewers often don’t have to reflect on how frequently and disproportionally often we see ourselves in the content we consume. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

Our economy is in rough shape right now. There’s no denying that. Well some people, of course, deny it and they mostly work in the White House. But even before COVID and this terrible crash, we were all wrestling with the glaring issues within our economic system. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg and this is The Deciding Decade.

Sometimes people say politicians are like actors, and when they say that they usually don’t mean it as a compliment. There’s some truth to that — just look at our president, who was a reality TV star who feels like he’s acting more than governing most of the time.

But I think that comparison often sells short the importance of actors, of artists. In their vulnerability, their creativity, their courage, artists bring meaning to our lives that we simply couldn’t find anywhere else. …


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Pete Buttigieg: Hi, I’m Pete Buttigieg, and this is The Deciding Decade.

Restoring the credibility of the United States will be an immediate, urgent task for the next administration and an ongoing effort through the decade ahead. Countries and peoples around the world trust the United States far less than at any other time in modern memory as a consequence of Donald Trump’s administration reversing American leadership on issues like climate change, insulting and abandoning our allies, and attacking our democratic institutions here at home, while cozying up to dictators and strongmen around the world. The work ahead will be…

Pete Buttigieg

Husband, veteran, writer, Democrat, South Bend’s former Mayor Pete. Boot-Edge-Edge. (he/him)

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