Colorlines is not publishing again until February 1, so I’m passing on this important message from them which they shared with their subscribers.
A week has passed since the insurrection on Capitol Hill, where rioters staged a violent, failed coup attempt to overthrow the will of the people and discount the voices of millions of Black and Brown voters. We briefly addressed the riot in a social media post by framing it in a historical context. Now we want to draw your attention to the Black women and other organizers of color who have been instrumental in turning the tide against ongoing political oppression.
Stacey Abrams has become the face of the groundbreaking, multiracial coalition, led by Black women, against voter suppression in the South, and justifiably so. Long before the historic 2020 elections, Abrams had boots on the ground, strategizing, organizing and connecting with voters on issues that matter to them the most. What we witnessed in Georgia is a true testament to the enduring power of grassroots organizing, and a model for investing in communities of color and local leaders, not just around election time, but all-year-round.
But Abrams is not alone in her longstanding fight to dismantle racist practices and empower voters. She stands among throngs of organizers and volunteers, many unknown, who have fought the good fight and continue to do so in the face of a system that seeks to dehumanize us and deny our rights. So today we are turning the spotlight on a few organizers and movement makers who have worked tirelessly to chart a new course in voter registration and engagement.
MEET THE ORGANIZERS
Other organizers include Helen Butler (The Coalition for the People’s Agenda), Tory Gavito (Way to Win), Yterenickia “YT” Bell (Care in Action), Melanie L. Campbell (The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women’s Roundtable), Tamieka Atkins (Pro Georgia and The Women of Color Initiative), Lauren Groh-Wargo (Fair Fight), and so many more!