This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.
Look over this list of black women, compiled by Luvvie, who are running for office, and support them.
Black voters, and in particular, black women voters, have done the right thing at the polls, over and over again. A total of 94 percent of black women who voted for president in November 2016 chose Hillary Clinton, and 98 percent of Alabamian black women voters cast their ballots for Doug Jones in the December 12 special election for senate.
After Jones won, there was a loud and long-overdue call for the Democratic Party to recognize the contributions of black women, and to cultivate them.
You can, and should, help in that effort.
Luvvie (that’s the name she goes by) runs the Awesomely Luvvie blog. After Jones won, she compiled a list of more than 100 black women who are running for office, as challengers and incumbents.
She stresses that a listing is not an endorsement–‘This is a database, not a vouching for. Think about it as a phone book.’ And she stresses that the list is a labor of love, and updates won’t come immediately.
We at OTYCD encourage you to look over the list and see if you can support any of these candidates with time, money, word of mouth, or some combination of the three.
The list is alphabetical, by state. It covers federal, state, and local races.
Know that not everyone on this list is a Democrat. Know also that OTYCD will be going through Luvvie’s list, and we expect to choose at least some of the candidates for dedicated blog posts. We also invite your suggestions for coverage. We wish to prioritize those who are involved in special elections that will occur before November 2018, but we’ll cover November 2018 candidates too, of course.
See Luvvie’s list here:
Follow Luvvie on Twitter:
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Luvvie also cited the work of Higher Heights, which aims to “mobilize one million Black women and dollars by 2020 in order to harness their collective economic and voting power.” See its website:
See Higher Heights’s ‘Sistas to Watch’ page:
Donate to Higher Heights:
Also see Luvvie’s shop (she has a Maxine Waters collection!):
And check in on the #BlackWomenLead hashtag on Twitter, too.