It’s a historic year: a record 256 women are running for the House and Senate. Will this result in a record-breaking number of women elected? Democracy in Color president Aimee Allison believes success lies with women of color.
“[Women of color] are the most progressive block,” Allison tells BUST in a phone interview. “We have the numbers to flip states blue. We are the potential that hasn’t been previously recognized.”
Women’s Equality Series: Part 2. Increasing the political power of women of color empowers people of all races and genders. Meet the spokeswomen of the New American Majority.
I don’t know you, but I’m pretty certain of one thing. Unless you’re white, male, heterosexual, rich, ultra-conservative, and far- or alt-right, there’s a very good chance that you’ve felt marginalized and disempowered by the priorities and policies of our current president and administration.
She the People is a national movement to elect more women of color, spearheaded by our very own Aimee Allison, who, with her two guests, provides insights into how to harness the power of voters of color throughout the South and the rest of the country. Political strategists LaTosha Brown and Tory Gavito dissect the organizational errors that have mired Democrats for decades, explain why “the South eats strategy for breakfast,” and how women of color are redefining what makes a winning strategy one House seat at a time.
Aimee Allison, the President of Democracy in Color and founder She the People, discusses the goals of her organizations including how we an return the country to a progressive, multiracial majority in government via increasing new voter turn out. We also discuss midterms and the direction Democrats should go in order to in future elections. Lastly, we discuss the She the People summit aimed at elevating the voices of women of color in leadership.
When you think of a woman of color who walks the walk and talks the talk, Aimee Allison is one of those women. I have admired her for a long time for being 100% unapologetic and steadfast in her commitment to seeing women of color, especially Black women, get the credit and respect they deserve for the role they play as political activists and leaders. In our interview, Aimee and I talk about her work at Democracy in Colorfocusingon the New American Majority, the Get in Formation campaign for Stacey Abrams, her fiery speech at Netroots Nation 2018, and of course, the upcoming She The People Summit.
NEW ORLEANS—“Women of color are leading a multiracial democratic coalition that will win in swing states and beyond this year and in 2020. And these victories are not simply about electing Democrats. We, women of color, have bigger plans for the nation.”
Those were the opening words of a speech by Aimee Allison, founder of She the People and president of Democracy in Color, at the opening keynote of the Netroots Nations 2018 conference. Allison was speaking to the growing phenomenon of women of color candidates running for public office across the country running for public office.