The Official Podcast of Forward March NY

Have you been drowning in national news, while wondering WTF is going on in New York State politics? Fear no more — on the first of each month, Anat, Elissa, and Danielle will help you digest the biggest national political headlines of the previous month, as well as local New York State news. They’ll close out with The Breakdown, in which they’ll tackle one of the hottest topics of the month in women’s lives and lay out all the facts.


Democrat Andrew Yang has launched his campaign for the Oval Office, relying on a platform of Universal Basic Income (UBI) — a $1000 check from the government, every month, for every American. What does this mean, exactly, and how does he expect it to fix our hurting economy and high poverty rates? And most importantly, how will he pay for it?

Learn more about Andrew’s campaign at

Jessica Ramos, candidate for NY State Senate District 13 (Queens including Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Corona; parts of Woodside, Astoria, and Flushing) talks about taking on incumbent IDC member Jose Peralta. We talk about how Latinas should be leading the charge in progressive ideals, what having more women in Albany can do, how the Catholic Church got so messed up, why NYC public schools lack funding, and more. Learn more about Jessica at 

The September 13th NY primaries were a big deal, and not just because of the Governor’s race. We talk about why, and about what’s happening with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Then, we get a call from special guest Alessandra Biaggi, who won that September 13th primary against IDC leader Jeff Klein in District 34 (Westchester and the Bronx). We talk about what it was like to start a campaign from scratch in her parents’ living room, that resulted in a dream come true. Every great creation in history starts out with an idea in someone’s mind, Biaggi says, so if you have that idea to run for office, go for it. All in all, the last week has been a mix of very good news and very bad news!

Learn more about Alessandra at

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Episode 4
Air date: 5/1/18

Episode 3
Air date: 3/30/18

Episode 2
Air date: 3/1/18

Episode 1
Air date: 2/5/18

The Hosts

Anat Maytal (she/hers), a litigation associate in the New York offices of Baker Hostetler LLP and the President of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, has always been passionate about women’s issues. She has taken on pro bono work for HER JUSTICE, which provides legal assistance to low-income women who are victims of domestic violence. She previously worked at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC, was Co-President of the Women’s Law Association at Boston University School of Law, and on the board of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence at Harvard University.

Danielle DeMatteo (she/hers) is a producer and writer who has worked on over a dozen Broadway shows and is committed to seeing women represented accurately and equally in the arts. She founded SheNYC Arts, an organization promoting gender parity in the New York City theater scene. It produces the annual SheNYC Summer Theater Festival, the city’s only program devoted to producing full-length plays and musicals by female writers, now expanding to L.A. in 2018. She joined the Women’s March movement to ensure that women’s voices continue to be heard, both onstage and off.

Elissa Ha (she/hers) is a marketing manager by day and unapologetic social justice warrior all the damn time. She is based in Brooklyn. As a queer woman of color and the child of Vietnamese refugees, growing up in the ‘burbs of Pennsylvania led to her passion for intersectionality, postcolonial feminism, and activism. She moved to New York City to attend NYU and has since called the city her home. After volunteering with organizations such as Raising Women’s Voices, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March on Washington, she helped co-create Forward March with the other badass women on the Pod. She is here to support increasing agency for marginalized peoples, make political participation more accessible and engaging, and for good witch vibes.