Episode 06: New Year, New Administration, and New Opportunities, with Fatima Goss Graves from the National Women’s Law Center!

A historic election in Georgia. The insurrection at the U.S Capitol. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hiba and Chevon return to kick off the second half of Season 2 by addressing everything that happened in the month of January and talking about the work moving forward under a new presidential administration.

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and co-founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund joins Chevon and Hiba to talk about the importance of the new historically-diverse administration, what it means for the future of women and communities of color, and the persistent work, mobilization, and legislative efforts it took to get to this moment –– and why we need to continue pushing even further. Fatima also talks about her journey to becoming involved in gender justice work, the NWLC’s accomplishments as it heads into its 50th year next year, the creation of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, taking on the leadership of the NWLC at the beginning of the Trump administration, and the NWLC’s new initiative during the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration: 100 Wins, 100 Days: Decisive Actions to Advance Gender Justice. 

Some important news: Hiba will be going on sabbatical for the next few months, but she will be back for Season 3 –– in the meantime, Chevon and the Momentum team will continue to bring you exciting guests, and all the latest updates within the racial justice movement!


Resources (by order of mention) 


Ossoff, Warnock receive their Senate committee assignments (via AJC)



Leading Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Denounce Domestic Terrorism at U.S Capitol 



Reconstruction in America: Documenting Reconstruction Violence (via Equal Justice Initiative)



[Video] History of White Backlash Against Progress: Rev. Dr. William Barber (via Story of America)



Leading Civil Rights Groups Call on President Biden to Create White House Racial Equity and Inclusion Office 



National Women’s Law Center 


100 Wins, 100 Days: Decisive Actions to Advance Gender Justice [Resource]



Why  Collecting  Data  Is So Important for Advancing Equity [Blog]



The Biden-Harris Administration’s First Action on Reproductive Health Care Is a Win, But They Must Do So Much More to Expand Access to Abortion and Birth Control [Resource]



Times Up Legal Defense Fund –– About



Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity (2014)



NWLC on Tik Tok 



Fatima Goss Graves 








Executive Producers: 

Hendel Leiva, Cheryl Cato Blakemore

Associate Producer/ Editor: Kendy Solis

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Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba give their unique takes on race and pop culture, and uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Build on your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action by learning from organizational leaders and community activists.


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