2014 Sunday Brunch Review

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Happy New Year!  Today’s Sunday Brunch with Higher Heights menu features our 2014 year in review. 

In July 2014 we launched Sunday Brunch a powerful new series that combined our love for a great Sunday Brunch and conversation with a monthly social-media dialogue. Our goal was to inform and engage Higher Heights’ online community in national conversation on trending political and current events affecting our communities. 

This Sunday, let’s take some time and recap some of our top stories.  Please share your favorite stories with your network and let us know which Sunday Brunch articles were your favorites.

We look forward to growing our Sunday Brunch series and we need your help.  Join us on Sunday, February 1, 2015 for a Brunch and Chat as #BlackWomenLead conversations about politics, policy and leadership.    

2014 Sunday Brunch Menu Review

2014 Sistas to Watch Recap 

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Just in case you missed any of our amazing profiles and interviews this year. Take some time and meet our 2014 Sistas to Watch list. These women are changing the face of politics and making a difference!

The Cost of Justice
by Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler Allen, Co-Founders of Higher Heights.

"If the Civil Rights movement taught us anything, it’s that coordinated, nonviolent protests can be a powerful tool for change. But another tool less frequently employed by communities of color may be the most powerful weapon at our disposal: our economic might..." 

A Different Sort of Celebration
by L. Joy Williams, Principal & Founder, LJW Community Strategies, LLC.

Our political work continues beyond Election Day. Over the past few weeks, we have seen Black women at the front lines of movements in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City, protesting recent killings of unarmed Black citizens by law enforcement officials. Our demands for justice and accountability are just as important as casting our ballot, and it is Black women who are at the helm of these efforts. 

Clearing the Campaign Financing Hurdle Is Tough for Black Women Candidates
by Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Co-Founder, Higher Heights

Where's the MONEY? On average, male members of the Congressional Black Caucus raised just over $1 million where female members raised just under $782,000. The deficit can be even more substantial when Black women run in competitive races, and the financial disadvantage can mean the difference between winning and losing...

Exercising Our Influence: From Electoral Engagement to Political Power and Policy Impact
by Maya L. Harris, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Three election cycles later, hard-nosed political observers are starting to take note.  The conversation about black women’s political power is poised to move beyond the historical context of our participation in the Suffrage and Civil Rights movements into a discussion about the yet-to-be-fully-tapped potential of our political muscle at the ballot box.

Voting Empowers Young Black Women to Choose their Futures 
by Lauren Wilson

"I grew up in a family that took voting very seriously. My father, a preacher, often used his sermons to stress the importance of going to the polls and exercising your power to pick leaders who care about your community. But the truth is I never really understood why it is so important and how empowering it is to vote until I had my first chance to cast a ballot... 

Voting Is the Only Way to Create a Real, Continued Democracy
by Doris Rhea  

I was right out of high school when I moved from Greenwood, Miss., to Detroit. It was 1956, and voting in Mississippi was a dangerous thing for black people to do. Still, my mother and father made a point of voting in every election. Their determination to be part of this country’s democratic process wasn’t lost on me, so three years later, when I turned 21 in Detroit, one of the first things I did was register to vote.

I Vote Because It Gives Voice to All the Women Who Weren’t Allowed To
by Glynda C. Carr

"My great-grandmother and grandmother lived through the Women’s Suffrage Movement, legalized segregation and Brown vs. Board of Education. They drank from “coloreds only” water fountains, didn’t have the right to vote and lacked real leadership and career opportunities not only because..."

Five Black Women Are Making Political History in 2014
by Higher Heights’ Co-Founders Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Regardless of how they fair, by setting a record for the most number of Black women to ever be on a statewide ballot during a single election year, these women have already made 2014 an historic year in politics.  What’s most surprising about their feat, however, is that they have set this record in a state that has been at the forefront of the conservative vanguard for much of this country’s history.

What the Supreme Court’s Decision on Hobby Lobby Means for Your Reproductive Health
by City of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones 

Beyond medical needs, access to affordable birth control is also an economic issue for women. Before the Affordable Care Act coverage requirement, out-of-pocket costs for prescription birth control could run as much as $600 a year—a cost that is unmanageable for many low-income women and discriminatory towards women in general.