Black Women in Politics: Video Discussion Links & Resources
We had a great discussion March 21st about the role and importance of Black Women in Politics. Below you will find some additional links about our speakers and resources on the issue, some of which were mentioned in the conversation.
If you have some time, also check out our conversation on recruiting progressive Latinx candidates in Florida.
ADDITIONAL LINKS & RESOURCES
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Representative Tracie Davis is a member of the Florida House of Representatives. She represents District 13 which is located in Jacksonville, FL. You can see her legislative assignments here and follow her work via Twitter at @traciedavisjax
Francesca Menes is the Local Progress Florida State Coordinator for the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). For more information on Local Progress, visit http://localprogress.org. For more info on CPD, visit https://populardemocracy.org/
Jessica Byrd is the Founder and Chief Doer of the Three Point Strategies, which she founded in in 2015 to provide a home for electoral strategy that centers racial justice and is transformational rather than transactional. You can find out more about their work at https://www.threepointstrategies.org and by following her via Twitter at @JessicaLBYRD.
ORGANIZATIONS/PACS HELPING TO RECRUIT BLACK WOMEN CANDIDATES
Higher Heights seeks to elevate Black women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics. By strengthening Black women’s civic participation in grassroots advocacy campaigns and the electoral process; Higher Heights for America will create the environment in which more Black women, and other candidates who are committed to advance policies that affect Black women, can be elected to public office.
BlackPAC is an independent, Black-led organization that uses the power of year-round political engagement and elections to change our economic, justice, and political systems. We are committed to long-term, sustained engagement with Black voters. We don’t just show up in communities to ask for their votes.
Black Futures Lab
Launched by BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, the Black Futures Lab looks to transform Black communities into constituencies that change the way power operates—locally, statewide and nationally. The problems facing our communities are complex—the solutions require experimentation, innovation and political power.
Mainstream organizations like Emily’s List and Ruth List (which operates in Florida) are also working to
recruit more women of color into their training and support programs.
Bustle: Black Women in Politics Database Helps You Find Black Women Running for Office In Your District
With the midterm elections taking place in November, a lot of folks are hoping to flip seats in Conservative districts — and make sure they’re occupied by women. A group of women have created a database to help you do just that: The Black Women In Politics database allows you to easily find the Black women candidates running for office in your district, making it easier to support their runs.
WaPo: Black women underrepresented in elected offices, but could make gains and history in 2018
Black female voters drew national attention for their outsize performance in December’s special Senate election in Alabama. In 2018 several African American women will try to make history as candidates for Congress and statewide offices.
Article Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/03/05/black-women-looking-to-make-history-increase-their-numbers-in-elected-offices-in-2018
Report Link: TheChisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018: http://www.higherheightsleadershipfund.org/2018_report
USA Today: Black women want to be seen more as candidates, not just reliable Democratic voters
If there’s one voting demographic the Democratic party could consistently thank for its electoral successes, it’s black women. Yet when it comes to promoting black women as candidates, national Democratic organizations aren’t returning the favor, candidates and advocates say.
Vox: In 2018, black women want more than thanks. They want political power.
“It’s one thing to acknowledge African-American women as the wheels of our political moment. It’s another to put them in the driver’s seat.”
WaPo: At inaugural Power Rising summit, black women celebrate wins, strategize for upcoming battles
More than 1,000 African American women attended Power Rising, a three-day conference in Atlanta, where big-name speakers and grass-roots activists shared wisdom, laughter and even a few dance moves in joyous affirmation of one another. The aim was to connect to share ideas and strategies for improving their communities. It was a rare national meeting of black women that was not convened by a membership-based, professional or service organization.
OTHER RESEARCH RESOURCES
Women of Color in Politics
Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics has running list of research that traces the progress of women of color in winning office at various levels and identifying distinctive challenges and concerns for women of color in U.S. politics.