L Joy Williams is creating #SundayCivics
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patrons

Will you help me become America's civics teacher?

I've worked in politics and government for 20 years. I've worked to change laws, registered new voters, and trained and elected candidates to political office. My most rewarding experience has been teaching people how government and our political process works - or doesn't. I always enjoy teaching people how to take control of government, be it through workshops, speeches, over the phone or at brunch. I will continue this work but I need your support to teach civic education to more people.

Most Americans lack basic cvic education. Schools only teach government and most believe civic engagement begins and ends on Election Day. We can make and mold this country into the "democracy" we aspire to be but we need better civic education to do that. I'm going to do for civic education what Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson do for science. I plan to teach Americans of all ages, races and ethnicities how to engage in their own governance. The first step in that process is a little podcast show I call #SundayCivics.

What is #SundayCivics?
#SundayCivics is a podcast series for both the civically engaged and those who want to become more active. Each episode explores a current political issue and demonstrates how to take action. Guests include issue advocates, elected officials, academics and everyday citizens. 
What is the money for?
#SundayCivics
the podcast is filmed, in part, before a live studio audience. We tape 3 episodes per recording session which are edited and released for free. Your financial support will help with the following;

Space & Equipment: I film multiple episodes at a time to keep costs low and maximize the budget. Your support helps me cover the cost of the rental and purchase of the video and audio equipment and renting a local community space to tape the show. Instead of filming in a studio, I rent local community space to financially support community institutions.

Pay Talented People: I am blessed to have a talented group of predominantly women of color who believe in the mission and are talented at what they do. Your support allows me to pay everyone from the camera operators, editor, production assistant and even the interns. 

Marketing & Promotion: All of the episodes of the show are free but with so much free content out there it's hard to stand out. In addition to people like you spreading the word about this project, we have developed a small marketing budget to increase exposure and views.

Finally, your contribution supports me. While I am currently the primary funding source of the project I don't have Oprah money. You and I won't be the only ones funding this project. I have also sought support from organizations in addition to sponsors, affiliate programs and of course ads.

We can make America the democracy our founding documents claim it to be. My goal is to educate and inspire everyday citizens to take the reins of control from who and what governs them.
Tiers
Get the #CivicDocket
$3 or more per month
As a patron on this level you will receive;
  • Access to the patron only feed with exclusive content
  • Monthly email newsletter #CivicDocket with information on the latest news, what books and articles L. Joy is reading and more.
Get Early Access
$5 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Early access to episodes days before public release
The first 25 patrons at this level will receive a promo pack
Go Behind the Scenes
$10 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Access to footage left on the cutting room floor
  • Ad-free episode downloads
Go Live with L. Joy
$25 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Access and immediate notification when I "go live" for monthly video chats. During the chats you can ask about anything including how we prepare for the show, who we are interviewing next, and my opinion on what is going on in national and local politics.
The first 25 patrons at this level will receive one of our limited edition #SundayCivics coffee mugs.
Come to the Show
$50 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • An opportunity to be in the audience during one of our recording sessions.
Please note: Our audience is limited to 30 people for each recording session. Free tickets for this level are released 2 weeks before the recording date and available on a first come-first served basis.
Become a Civic Host
$100 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Your name listed in the show credits
  • Advance notice of show topics and guests
  • Opportunity to submit questions that L. Joy may ask guests during the show
Goals
78% complete
This covers all of our monthly hosting, the apps we use to produce the show, and make sure to pay our Civic Accomplice June for the hours she spends managing our social media accounts.
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Will you help me become America's civics teacher?

I've worked in politics and government for 20 years. I've worked to change laws, registered new voters, and trained and elected candidates to political office. My most rewarding experience has been teaching people how government and our political process works - or doesn't. I always enjoy teaching people how to take control of government, be it through workshops, speeches, over the phone or at brunch. I will continue this work but I need your support to teach civic education to more people.

Most Americans lack basic cvic education. Schools only teach government and most believe civic engagement begins and ends on Election Day. We can make and mold this country into the "democracy" we aspire to be but we need better civic education to do that. I'm going to do for civic education what Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson do for science. I plan to teach Americans of all ages, races and ethnicities how to engage in their own governance. The first step in that process is a little podcast show I call #SundayCivics.

What is #SundayCivics?
#SundayCivics is a podcast series for both the civically engaged and those who want to become more active. Each episode explores a current political issue and demonstrates how to take action. Guests include issue advocates, elected officials, academics and everyday citizens. 
What is the money for?
#SundayCivics
the podcast is filmed, in part, before a live studio audience. We tape 3 episodes per recording session which are edited and released for free. Your financial support will help with the following;

Space & Equipment: I film multiple episodes at a time to keep costs low and maximize the budget. Your support helps me cover the cost of the rental and purchase of the video and audio equipment and renting a local community space to tape the show. Instead of filming in a studio, I rent local community space to financially support community institutions.

Pay Talented People: I am blessed to have a talented group of predominantly women of color who believe in the mission and are talented at what they do. Your support allows me to pay everyone from the camera operators, editor, production assistant and even the interns. 

Marketing & Promotion: All of the episodes of the show are free but with so much free content out there it's hard to stand out. In addition to people like you spreading the word about this project, we have developed a small marketing budget to increase exposure and views.

Finally, your contribution supports me. While I am currently the primary funding source of the project I don't have Oprah money. You and I won't be the only ones funding this project. I have also sought support from organizations in addition to sponsors, affiliate programs and of course ads.

We can make America the democracy our founding documents claim it to be. My goal is to educate and inspire everyday citizens to take the reins of control from who and what governs them.

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Tiers
Get the #CivicDocket
$3 or more per month
As a patron on this level you will receive;
  • Access to the patron only feed with exclusive content
  • Monthly email newsletter #CivicDocket with information on the latest news, what books and articles L. Joy is reading and more.
Get Early Access
$5 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Early access to episodes days before public release
The first 25 patrons at this level will receive a promo pack
Go Behind the Scenes
$10 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Access to footage left on the cutting room floor
  • Ad-free episode downloads
Go Live with L. Joy
$25 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Access and immediate notification when I "go live" for monthly video chats. During the chats you can ask about anything including how we prepare for the show, who we are interviewing next, and my opinion on what is going on in national and local politics.
The first 25 patrons at this level will receive one of our limited edition #SundayCivics coffee mugs.
Come to the Show
$50 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • An opportunity to be in the audience during one of our recording sessions.
Please note: Our audience is limited to 30 people for each recording session. Free tickets for this level are released 2 weeks before the recording date and available on a first come-first served basis.
Become a Civic Host
$100 or more per month
All of the previous level benefits plus;
  • Your name listed in the show credits
  • Advance notice of show topics and guests
  • Opportunity to submit questions that L. Joy may ask guests during the show