A historic number of women of color are running for public office in today’s election. At least 255 women are on the ballot as congressional candidates, including a record number of women of color. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams hopes to become the state’s first black governor—and the country’s first black woman governor. Meanwhile in New Mexico, Deb Haaland could become the nation’s first Native American woman to serve in Congress. Amid a rash of racist ads by Abrams’s opponent Brian Kemp, there is something “deeply transformational about the electoral organizing and the campaign that Stacey Abrams represents,” says Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color and founder of She the People.
For many, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was about more than a seat on the Supreme Court. It was a test of how far the conversation about sexual violence has come in the year since survivors began raising their voices.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations. But supporters of #MeToo say the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh showed just how little the institutions of the American government have been touched by the cultural shift taking place in other realms of society.
An ugly history repeated itself when a woman stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 to testify that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said in her testimony that in 1982, Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a party in Maryland when they were both teenagers.
One out of every three women nominees for Congress this year — across parties — are women of color. Read that again. And again, and again. While each of these electoral wins have been "surprising," "startling," and even "shocking" to the white, male establishment, one out of every three is no anomaly. Our democracy should reflect our demography. This is what our democracy is supposed to look like.
At the recent She the Peoplesummit in San Francisco, hundreds of women clapped and cheered as the organization’s founder, Aimee Allison, ran through a list of women of color who she said are bringing excitement to the 2018 elections.
“It’s Stacey Abrams, who will be the first black woman governor in history, (in) Georgia," Allison said. "It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who beat a 10-term Democrat in New York." The list went on.
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This week a dream of mine came true, and it wasn’t just my dream, it was the dream of all of our godmothers. On September 20, 2018, I launched the first-ever national summit of women of color in politics. The sold-out inaugural She the People Summit, held in the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.
Anita Hill’s testimony in Congress triggered the first “Year of the Woman” in 1992, after she accused the Republican Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her. But that wave of enthusiasm and outrage mostly elected white women.
The new allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, another Republican Supreme Court nominee, comes from a white woman. But in a rapidly diversifying America, it may help Democrats elect not only more white women, but also an unprecedented number of women of color.
Hundreds of women are gathering today in San Francisco for the inaugural “She The People” summit, billed as the first ever national confab for women of color in politics.
Elected officials, candidates for office, activists, organizers and voters are expected from around the country for the sold out event. Keynote speakers will include Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA); Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Linda Sarsour of Women’s March.
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.
“Democrats’ job is not to convince someone who voted for Trump to vote for us,” said Aimee Allison, president of She the People, which focuses on mobilizing women of color. “We actually don’t need those people. Our swing voters are from nonvoter to voter.” The Netroots programming underscored this shift. Most of the panels were about mobilizing black and brown non-voters to get to the polls, not persuading habitual voters to move to the left.
“We’re on the cusp of a cultural and political moment. That’s evident now more than ever,” Aimee Allison, the president of Democracy in Color and founder of She the People, told BuzzFeed News after Warren and Harris had spoken to the crowd.
Allison emphasized that the Democratic Party’s priorities moving forward should be expanding the electorate and paying attention to the base that’s always supported the party but hasn’t often been recognized. “Our swing voter isn’t red to blue,” she said. “It’s nonvoter to voter.”
We’re in trouble in this country. And the very people in this country that have been ignored, taken for granted, discounted, and dehumanized are the ones who are going to save us. The people who are most deeply affected and harmed by the cruel policies and practices of this country are the ones poised to lead as courageous candidates and elected officials, strategists, and voters. I’m talking about the saving graces of our democracy: women of color.
After Doug Jones won the special election to replace Senator Jeff Sessions in Alabama in December, author, podcaster and TEDWomen presenter Luvvie Ajayi was reading about the results and one statistic jumped out at her. "When I read that 98% of Black women voted for Doug Jones (while 63% of white women voted for Moore) and that gave him the win, I realized that we really need to do work to elevate Black women and get them into office," she told me recently, "Because if you can't trust anybody else, you can trust Black women."
We are in the midst of primary season. With just a few months until the midterms, there is dramatic potential this year to elect a record number of women to office, including many black women and other women of color.
When early voting begins today in the Georgia primary campaign for governor, Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, may very well take a momentous step closer to becoming the first black woman in the nation to be elected governor.