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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson

Technical Producer: Jeron Wilson

Apr 17, 2018

On his campaign website, DeMarco Davidson writes, "I have been blessed to teach & serve in schools and after-school programs, worked for non-profits, organized political campaigns, challenged City & County ballot issues, mentored youth, served behind the scenes in the church & the streets during Ferguson, assisted in creating alternatives to homelessness, and I have been mentored by many of the great leaders of St. Louis. I am not a politician, but I know politics."

Hank Thompson with DeMarco Davidson

 

Part 1: "Not being a voice for the voiceless - nnmm mmmm. Removing any barriers, any boundaries, any issues that are muting or silencing the voices of the people. To me, that's what being a public servant is."  Who is DeMarco Davidson and why is he running for Congress? (0:00-12:15)

Part 2: "'No Child Left Behind,' to me, is the educational equivalent of the crack epidemic. That's how bad that was." To fix education in the 1st Congressional District, Davidson says "We need an entire taskforce" because there are so many interconnected issues making it nearly impossible for kids to learn. (12:15-27:25)

Part 3: "This seat belongs to St Louis, not 'St Lacy'." The roadmap and organization that leads to victory for Davidson. (27:25-35:45)

Part 4: "We've never had anyone come out here!" DeMarco wants to represent everyone living in the 1st Congressional District and he's busy getting to know the people. (35:45-46:25)

*This week's episode is dedicated to the memory of the late attorney/activist, Eric Vickers.*

Dhati Kennedy provided the beats behind Tangazo. Andy Heaslet is the show's engineer.

Listen to more of Hank's interviews on KDHX from his time filling in for DJ Wilson on Collateral Damage; check out episodes 122-134.