Earlier today, New Florida Majority, an organization building independent political power for communities of color in Florida, released the following statement from their Executive Director Andrea Mercado, regarding Senator Kamala Harris being named as Joe Biden’s running mate:
Voters in Florida and across the country are ready to defeat Trump and end the failure of leadership and right wing robbery of this administration. With the Democratic ticket decided we can all get to work for this historic election, including electing the first woman of color Vice President.
Senator Harris is the first Black and Asian-American vice presidential candidate in our country’s history. However, we want to emphasize how critical it is that this ticket listens to grassroots organizations and communities that are the future of this party.
Racial justice organizations are acutely aware of the problems facing many Americans—problems central to our nation’s path of progress. We know that in the next 4 years we can make necessary progress on important issues including criminal justice reform, voting rights, climate change among others.