Exactly one year before election day, we at She the People courageously declared that colored women would take the road to victory. And with the results from Pennsylvania and Georgia, it is clear that our organization, our commitment and our fight against voter oppression have paid off.
It was Stacey Abrams who has held this vision for over a decade. From her New Georgia project to Fair Fight, she built the infrastructure and organizational capacity to harness the political power of colored communities, and here we are. Thanks to her tireless work, Joe Biden is the next president of the United States, and the Democrats have a real chance of entering the Senate in two runoff elections in Georgia in January.
Georgia and Pennsylvania, as well as Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan, demonstrate the organizing power of colored women and their years of efforts to expand and protect the voting rights of black and brown communities. On the ballot, we cast votes in record numbers.
While the ballots were still being counted this week, most white mobs flocked to the counting locations and shouted, “Stop the count!” in the very cities where we demonstrated our electoral strength-from Detroit to Phoenix and Philadelphia. In his desperation, Trump himself tweeted “Stop the Count! Thursday, after falsely claiming victory early Wednesday morning.
These are just the latest ugly tricks by Trump and his followers to stop the power of our voice and destroy the very foundation of our democracy. By fighting for every vote to be counted, we colored women have held high the deepest and most sacred pillars of American life. In 2020, the American patriot is a woman of color.
We asked for a colored woman on the presidential list, and we got one in Kamala Harris. People’s listening sessions and polls made it clear that a woman of color as vice presidential candidate would give energy to the women colored voters. And she did.
It turned out that women of color in the contested states voted in a number that dwarfs the 2016 number. It is because of colored women that the Democrats were able to win battlefield states. Early voting data showed that in Georgia, for example, 258,000 more women of color voted early in 2016 during the same period, an increase of 69 percent according to an analysis based on Catalan data. We have seen this kind of historic voter turnout in all contested states, and it has paid off in many ways.
With Harris, we will have the first black and Asian-American vice president in history.
The four colored Congresswomen known as Squad Representatives – Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts – won re-election, along with Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress.
The cadre will return to Washington stronger than ever, with Black Lives Matter activist and Pastor Cori Bush as U.S. representative of Missouri, reproductive rights lawyer and former leader of the Democratic Party of Georgia Nikema Williams as U.S. representative of Georgia, and climate justice lawyer Teresa Leger Fernandez as U.S. representative of New Mexico.
Down-ballot races are races where our leaders can directly influence our daily lives, from education to health and social services to police brutality. Local organizer Gabriella Cásares-Kelly won her race as a Pima County recorder in defense of the voting rights of the Native American and Latinx communities in southern Arizona. Racial justice attorney Francesca Hong is the first Asian to be elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Felicia Brabec is the youngest member of the Michigan House of Representatives that recently passed and implemented the groundbreaking Washtenaw Racial Equity Policy.
Colored women will govern with honor, integrity, compassion and a tireless commitment to the pursuit of justice. This is who we are. This is who we have always been. This day is the result of the momentum built by women in colored organizations across the country, from Abrams’ New Georgia Project to One Arizona to One PA, who are committed to engaging, mobilizing and revitalizing colored communities.
When we learn a lesson from the year 2020