This year’s packed schedule of Democratic presidential town halls and debates will feature something different: a forum specifically designed to make candidates answer to women of color.
Aimee Allison has one wish for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential pairing: “We cannot have an all-white ticket.”
Not when the Democratic Party’s most loyal voters are women of color, said Allison, an Oakland resident and founder of She the People. The group works to advance women of color in politics, and will host the first presidential forum focused on their issues April 24 in Houston.
WASHINGTON – A presidential forum focusing on issues important to women of color has drawn four more Democratic hopefuls, signaling the key role these women are likely to play in the 2020 battle for the party’s nomination.
Women of color are key when it comes to deciding who will be the Democratic nominee for president, and for the first time ever, a candidates forum will be dedicated to the issues that matter most to them. The She the People Presidential Forum on women of color has been organized for April 24, but only three of the eight spots have been filled so far, as NBC News reports. Notably, no women candidates have signed up to attend yet.
WASHINGTON — A new progressive group is hosting what it's calling the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on women of color.
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro have claimed the first of eight available spots in the April 24 forum hosted by She the People, officials told NBC News. All candidates have been invited to the event at Texas Southern University, a historically black school in Houston. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the most prominent woman of color in the 2020 field, has not yet told organizers whether she will attend.
Heading into 2020, Democrats would be foolish to ignore women of color, either as a powerful electorate or as policy leaders.
Research from the data firm Catalist shows that women of color have the strongest propensity to vote Democratic; 88 percent supported Democrats in the 2018 midterms, compared with 48 percent of white women and 38 percent of white men.
She the People, a national network of women of color in politics, is planning a presidential forum in April to question candidates specifically about issues concerning women of color, the organization announced Thursday.
No presidential campaigns have committed to attending the forum yet, but Aimee Allison, the founder of the organization, said that campaigns and people still mulling presidential runs are aware of the opportunity to speak directly with women of color.
Black women have historically voted on the right side of history, and their 2020 candidate to watch is U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
She the People, a network connecting and amplifying women of color as transformative leaders, conducted a survey among 264 women of color. The participants serve as campaign workers and managers, political strategists, organizers and activists and were questioned about the upcoming 2020 presidential election. When asked about their top three potential candidates for what is soon to be an all-news-consuming race, Harris drew a strong lead with 71.1 percent choosing the Democrat as their front-runner. Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden followed behind with 38.3 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Stacey Abrams and Bernie Sanders were also considered as presidential potentials, but each received less than 25 percent of the vote.