August 15, 2021
In the history of American politics, there has never been a movement rooted in improving the lives of working class and poor Americans that did not include Black people. What are the consequences of contemporary Black electoral Black politics being rooted in the corporate right wing of the Democratic party with a large number of White progressives to its left? How can working class Black politics be brought to life in order to challenge this reality. We will ask former Bernie Sanders communication director, Briahna Joy Gray that question and more.
After graduating from law school, Gray worked as a corporate litigator in New York City for Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She was also the host of Someone’s Wrong on the Internet, a podcast that covers politics and pop culture. Gray was hired by The Intercept in 2018, and has also written columns for Rolling Stone, Current Affairs, The Guardian, and New York Magazine.
She was a supporter of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign and joined his 2020 campaign as his National Press Secretary. Gray has stated that she voted for Jill Stein in the 2016 presidential election.
After joining the Sanders campaign in March 2019, Gray became the host of Hear the Bern, a podcast sponsored by the campaign that features interviews with progressive celebrities, journalists, and political figures. Gray has also been featured on CBS News, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, The Majority Report with Sam Seder, The Michael Brooks Show, and Rising on The Hill TV.Gray appeared as a guest speaker at the Harvard Law Review Forum.In 2020, Gray was included in Fortune magazine's '40 Under 40' listing under the "Government and Politics" category.
On April 13, 2020 after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary, Gray stated on Twitter that she did not endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.In response, Bernie Sanders distanced himself from her saying that “She is my former press secretary — not on the payroll.”Sanders also stated that it would be "irresponsible" not to vote for Joe Biden.
Since the conclusion of Bernie Sanders' 2020 Democratic primary campaign, Gray has returned to her role as contributing editor at Current Affairs in addition to co-hosting the Bad Faith podcast with Chapo Trap House co-host Virgil Texas. One of the podcast's most discussed episodes was an October 2020 debate with Noam Chomsky, who implored listeners to vote for Joe Biden as a second Trump presidency would be more detrimental for the world; Chomsky has referred to the Republican Party as one of the most dangerous organizations on Earth, largely due to the party's actions regarding the global climate crisis.Conversely, Gray and Texas argued that progressives should only be willing to vote for one of the major parties if certain standards are met.
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