Chop Wood Carry Water with Jessica Craven

By Jessica Craven

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Jessica Craven is a mom, veteran activist, and the author of daily actions email “Chop Wood, Carry Water.” She's also the creator of both "Activism 101" and "Democracy 101," free workshops that have activated and engaged thousands of new-to-politics Americans. Jessica's also a TikTok creator who explains civics and activism in easy-to-understand one-minute videos. She's committed to teaching all Americans how to use their voices to strengthen and shape our democracy. You can learn more about her at

Episode Date
Arizona's "Hold My Beer” Moment.

We discuss the next state-level voting rights crisis, this time in Arizona, as well as Senator Sinema’s strange opposition to reforming the filibuster. Which brings us to the For the People Act—AGAIN. Plus, how corporations joined the fray and why it’s a good thing. Plus a GIANT gratitude list and a democracy pep talk!

Apr 14, 2021
Et tu, Texas?

In this episode, Craven covers more state-level voter suppression, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, ATT’s bad choices, and Texas’s upcoming Congressional election. Plus: Wind power! Legalized weed! Diverse judges! And lots more reasons to celebrate.

Apr 05, 2021
Mad about GA? Action is the antidote

In this episode, Craven breaks down what the filibuster is and why passing voting rights legislation—and so much more!--depends on getting rid of it. She also tells us what we can do about voter suppression bills that have passed in Georgia, and that are coming down the pike in Arizona. Finally, why YOU should help win an election in Wisconsin on April 6th. Let’s do this!

Mar 29, 2021
Feeling down...ballot.

In episode 2, Craven highlights last week’s small victories, discusses GOP opposition to the Violence Against Women Act, unpacks the “Boyfriend Loophole,” talks Louisiana outcomes and spotlights an upcoming Wisconsin election. Let’s #DoSomething!

Mar 22, 2021
What's With the Name?

In this inaugural episode, Craven talks about the podcast’s title, how activism can save us, and why each person’s actions are critical to positive change. Then she covers Biden’s spectacular cabinet nominees, HR1 the For the People Act, a special election in Louisiana, and the part corporations like Coca-Cola are playing in voter suppression.

Come to listen, stay to get fired up.

Mar 18, 2021