Episode 002 - Barclay Deveau - Persist NYC

In this episode, Debbie and her long time college friend, Barclay, compare notes on their activist groups they started last year. We play with what is an appropriate color for the pussy hat, how becoming an activist may put rifts between you and family at Thanksgiving, and why having an all female group is not a slight at the male population but a necessity to make it through this turbulent time. Join us as we talk to Barclay about her group Persist NYC and make sure to check out the links below and browse through the Podcats Levels of Action she suggests.


Barclay DeVeau is a producer/director based in Los Angeles and New York.  She has produced dozens of feature films and television shows, including projects for 20th Century FOX, Disney, Regency Television, Viacom and NBC Universal.

DeVeau has received several honors for her work, including special recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her contribution to the “Magic of Television” and a Sony Music Video Director’s Award.

A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, DeVeau has also been a featured guest lecturer for USC’s Independent Feature Workshop.  She is dedicated to raising the visibility of women in front of and behind the camera and to increasing opportunities for women in the entertainment industry and beyond.


PERSIST is a women’s activist group dedicated to combating systemic inequities and achieving gender parity.

Based in NYC and formed shortly after the 2016 election, Persist is comprised of women who span the spectrum of careers - film, television and Broadway producers, musicians and composers, performers, writers, editors, architects, surgeons, attorneys, venture capitalists and veterinarians, among others.

Thanks to the guidance and support of some incredible mentors, including Kathleen Turner, Gloria Feldt and the inspiring team at the Joyful Heart Foundation, Persist spent 2017 raising money and awareness for several organizations that tackle gender parity.  We teamed up with Kathleen to raise money for the local chapters of Planned Parenthood that were most in need of funds, we’ve been working with Joyful Heart on their End the Backlog campaign, and our group members wrote, performed in and directed a theatrical piece about systemic workplace harassment at the November benefit gala for Take the Lead, Gloria Feldt’s organization dedicated to achieving leadership parity by 2025.

Through advocacy, education and empowerment, the women of Persist continue working to shed light on the myriad issues that contribute to the continuance of a patriarchal society, in order to achieve gender parity in the workplace and beyond.



Follow them at Twitter @persistnyc

Follow them on Instagram @persistnyc



ONE CLICK WONDER - Take a moment and check out 5calls.org

TUB THUMPER - Find volunteer/activist events near you in NYC year round: nycares.org

SUPER SOLDIER - Contact Barclay at persistnyc@gmail.com to join or build your own group!

KEEP THE CHANGE - Donate to endthebacklog.org

And here is the link to Ms. Sanchez's class we promised! Enjoy!

Crystal Munson