August 2016 #SundayBrunch

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Re-imagining the United States Senate with 100 Black Women Senators

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I'm often asked, what are the barriers to women of color running for elected office? I usually cite a number of predictable and persistent barriers such as inability to raise money, serving as heads of households they are unable to afford to run.

Women of color are usually serving as caregivers to elderly loved ones, and of course sexism is real, and racist stereotypes too. All of these barriers are legitimate. However, I know, the greatest barrier comes from a lack of confidence and ownership, the nagging fear of one's own power, and of course, the fear of losing. Lately James Baldwin's profound and prophetic words have been a repeat refrain in my head "Your crown has been bought and paid for, all you have to do is wear it."

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#BlackWomenLead: Taking our Seat

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July 2016 #SundayBrunch

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Black Women at the Center

By Michele Jawando

IMG_3316.JPGBlack women have long been a powerful force in America’s social and political landscape. As the country reels from the tragic events in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge—events that have shocked, scared, and saddened us—we are forced to confront the reality that the time has come to change the direction in which this country is moving, and that Black women are at the center of that conversation. 

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