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.
The current roster consists of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro. All "declared" candidates were invited to participate.
"No Democrat is winning the nomination, or the White House, without women of color," She the People founder Aimee Allison told NBC News. "This forum will allow candidates to speak directly to one of the largest Democratic voting blocs — and most reliably Democratic — in the country ahead of a contentious primary."
In addition to speaking to women of color across the country, there will also be about 1,000 in the audience at the event. The public is invited to attend the presidential forum, which will be held at Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston. Free tickets are available on EventBrite.