Black Women in Politics: Video Discussion Links & Resources

March 21st Video Discussion 

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 
http://www.higherheightsforamerica.org  

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 
http://www.blackpac.com/

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 
https://blackfutureslab.org/ 

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. 
 

 

ARTICLES  

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. 

Article Link: https://www.bustle.com/p/black-women-in-politics-database-helps-you-find-black-women-running-for-office-in-your-district-8005172  

Website: https://blackwomeninpolitics.com/  

 

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: The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018http://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. 

Link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/22/black-women-want-seen-more-candidates-not-just-reliable-democratic-voters/449681002/ 

 

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.” 

Link: https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/8/16849720/black-voters-women-midterm-2018    

 

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. 

 

Linkhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/25/at-inaugural-power-rising-summit-black-women-celebrate-wins-strategize-for-upcoming-battles  

 

OTHER RESEARCH RESOURCES 

Women of Color in Politics 
http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/research/women-color-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.  

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