Black women’s dedication to leadership and civic engagement and the changing demographics of our country, mean that Black and Brown folks (like us!) have an opportunity to make big waves in every upcoming election. And with 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, 36 governorships, and many state legislature seats up for grabs in 2018, we can use our power to advance the issues we care about like, wage parity and wealth-building, education and healthcare reform, and criminal justice reform, this fall. We simply need to raise our voices and vote, volunteer and givvvve this election season.
In the guide, we share a list of organizations that have been doing this work for a hot minute. Join them! Please also check out, learn from, and join the organizations and campaigns below.
Black Girls Vote – Their mission is to inspire women of color to use the political process to improve the quality of life for their families and the collective community. Connect with them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Black Voters Matter – Their mission is to increase power in our communities. Because effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. Amen! Connect with them on Twitter, and Facebook.
Run for Something – Their mission is to recruit and support young progressives. They also have mentoring opportunities for established politicos. Connect with them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Spread the Vote – Their mission is “to help voters get the IDs they need for a job, housing, voting, and more 365 days a year PLUS election day.” WE LOVE IT! Connect with them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Registered to vote in Georgia? Be sure to check out Glow Vote. From NOW until May 22, they are organizing Georgia women to come out for Stacey Abrams so that she can nail her primary on May 22. Connect with them on Instagram and Twitter.
Finally, last week, the Black Women’s Roundtable launched the Unity ’18 Black Voting & Power Building “Time4APowerShift” campaign in Atlanta. The goal of the campaign is “to leverage the impact of the Black vote and collective leadership, with a special emphasis on the South, Black women, and young voters.” This is a long-term power building campaign that encompasses 60 organizations and aims to #GetUsInFormation for 2020! There will be an emphasis on getting out the vote in places where the Black vote will be key to shifting political power, such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Connect with them on Twitter, and Facebook.
“We are galvanizing Black women’s collective voices and leadership, and working to maximize the power and influence of Black women voters in the 2018 midterm elections. We’ve shown in the past that our voting bloc can shift elections and our presence is often a definitive factor in turnout. We are seizing the moment to create change.” – Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable.
This is such an exciting time for Black women! Please let us know what we missed. We want to know about all of the resources you are using to lift up #OurVoicesOurPower!
P.S. Don’t forget to download your copy of The Black Woman’s Guide to the 2018 Midterms today!