Speak for Change

Speak for Change was founded with the mission of creating positive and lasting social change in our local and global communities. From a studio at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, Thomas Sage Pedersen has hosted over 100 podcast episodes – and now, Speak for Change and Indexical bring you a series of live events! Each event features an interview and a musical guest, with new and custom sets tailored to the topic of conversation.

Upcoming Events

Speak for Change with Ashanti Branch and August Lee Stevens

Thu., Jun. 9, 2022 PDT | Indexical

On the two-year anniversary of Speak for Change Podcast, Thomas Sage Pedersen interviews Ashanti Branch, the Oakland-based founder of the Ever Forward Club. Growing out of Branch’s passion for his second career of teaching, the Ever Forward Club provides a support group for African American and Latino males who were not achieving to the level of their potential, and has since helped 100% of its members graduate high school. Pianist and singer August Lee Stevens opens the night with her mix of classical, pop, indie, and soul tunes.

Past Events

Speak for Change with Stoney V. Godet and Alwa Gordon

Tue., May. 10, 2022 PDT | Indexical

Thomas Sage Pedersen and Stoney V. Godet discuss Stoney’s work as the Founder and Executive Director of the Autism Family Network of Santa Cruz, their work with the Black Kings of Santa Cruz County, and many other topics on a live taping of Speak for Change Podcast. Local hip-hop artist Alwa Gordon opens the night, as the leader of his own creative label “88 Over Everything,” and the artist behind the release “16 Summers.”