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February is Black History Month! In addition to learning more about the history of the Black community in America, this month is an opportunity to refocus our efforts on addressing inequality that still exists today while celebrating paths towards progress.
Although one of the most active voting blocks in America, Black women remain significantly underrepresented in both state and federal government. In Congress today, Black women make up only 1% of the Senate and 5% of the House of Representatives. There are no Black Republican Congresswomen currently serving.
This Take Action Tuesday, take action towards achieving equality for Black women in politics and beyond.
- Identify The Issues. In a 2019 survey, Black women identified their top issue priority as criminal justice and policing reform, followed closely by affordable healthcare. Learn more about the importance of these issues, proposed solutions, and ask your legislators how they are taking action.
- Join Advocacy Organizations. Amplify your impact and learn about the issues by joining forces with advocacy organizations that serve and represent the Black community. Find local branches of national organizations like the NAACP or the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, or search for local organizations operating in your city or state.
- Support Black Women Candidates. Due to systemic, intersectional barriers, Black women candidates raised the least amount money of any demographic group in the 2018 election. Now, with the 2020 election just around the corner, support Black women candidates who you want to see elected to local, state, or federal office this November by fundraising or volunteering for their campaign.
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