The numbers are in and the message is clear: women of color won the midterms. The significance of this victory is bigger than you think. Women of color beat Republicans to win congressional seats and sealed a Democratic majority in the House. The Democrats now have the ability to check Donald Trump. In addition to changing the face of power, women of color enter Congress with organizing chops and powerful visions for social justice. Read more.
We Are the Ocean
Celebrating She the People’s Success: The First-Ever National Women of Color and Politics Summit
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. Read more.
Hidden Figures: How Women of Color are Making History in the Midterms
Aimee Allison, Remezcla
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. Read more.
Women of Color Are Making Election History in 2018
Aimee Allison, Teen Vogue
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. There is also a great opportunity for women of color — along with other voters of color — to not only elect these leaders, but to take back this country by turning traditionally red states blue. Read more.
Is Stacey Abrams Assembling a New Democratic Majority?
Aimee Allison, The New York Times
When early voting begins Monday 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. Ms. Abrams will have entered that office lifted by the political power of a multiracial coalition led by the Democratic Party’s most powerful voting bloc, black women. Read more.
In 2018 Black Women Deserve More From Democrats — It’s Long Overdue
Aimee Allison, Essence
This year is off to the races, and Black women continue to drive the political narrative as we look towards the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. Read more.
After Alabama: Say 'thank you' to black women, and mean it
Aimee Allison, The Hill
Let's be clear on who deserves gratitude for Tuesday night's Senate victory in Alabama: Black women.
For the first time in my 25 years of political advocacy and electoral work, the truth about the central role black women play in ensuring justice in this country is breaking through. Black women are the most loyal Democrats, with the highest consistent turnout of any race and gender. We win elections, period. Read more.
Democrats’ new 'Better Deal' comes up short for people of color
Aimee Allison, The Hill
Democrats just unveiled a new platform they call “The Better Deal.” The name itself begs two questions: Better than what? And better for whom?
The platform makes a step toward economic populism with a broad commitment to enacting anti-trust measures to protect average people from abuses of concentrated corporate wealth and political power. The hope, presumably, is that the new platform will ramp up voter enthusiasm for the Democratic Party, whose months of anti-Trump messages have not increased Democratic voter enthusiasm. The platform closely resembles Hillary Clinton’s policy plan from her 2016 presidential campaign. But is it a better deal for people of color and does it specifically articulate their commitment to a politics of racial justice? Read more.
Week Two: Solidarity and Conscience
Trump has been in office for just two weeks and already we are reeling daily with shock and awe from the onslaught of radical executive orders and actions, most of which have been targeted against people of color: banning refugees and legal immigrants from seven Muslim countries; the firing of top State Department staff and the acting Attorney General (who refused to use her authority to enforce the new anti-immigrant rules); an order to build the Dakota pipeline on Native lands; border patrol agents ignoring court stays to end the ban, and thinly veiled threats of war against Mexico and Iran. Read more.
Shoulder to Shoulder: My Journey at the Women’s March
I didn’t know what to expect when I boarded the flight to D.C. last Thursday for the Women’s March. But by the time I touched down, I knew that the Women’s March that was converging in a few hours was alive and vibrant and fierce. This movement of women, led by women of color and embracing a broad justice agenda, was the essential expression of our collective joy, love and energy. Read more.