Flexing our political muscle in 2018

Flexing our political muscle in 2018

From my buddy, Reggie…. Always forward thinking!

Happy New Year!   If you paid attention to news reports about last year’s statewide election results in Virginia, and particularly the results from Alabama state’s special election for United States Senate; you probably understand (or came to understand) the significance of the strategic use and deployment of African American political power (and financial capital) that produced those election results.

Year 2018 is a critically important election year in the US: 36 state governor races, 435 U.S. House races, and 33 U.S. Senate races; along with numerous “less visible” but equally important races for down ballot state and local government elected positions.  That being said, there’s a tremendous opportunity to strategically use our political muscle (and/or capital) to produce electoral outcomes on a national scale, similar to last year’s results seen in VA and AL!   Take a look at the following political action committees (PACs) that have contributed in varying degrees, towards generating last year’s statewide election outcomes in VA and AL:

The Collective PAC (Purpose: Increase black voter turnout, build black political clout at the Federal/state/local levels)

https://collectivepac.org/

New Nation Rising PAC (Purpose: To fight voter suppression, mass incarceration, urban gun violence)

https://www.nnrpac.org/

Higher Heights PAC (Purpose: To invest in/cultivate black women’s political power & leadership potential)

http://www.higherheightsforamerica.org/

Black PAC (Purpose: Long-term black voter engagement, identifies & holds accountable those candidates/elected officials that tackle issues facing the black community)

http://www.blackpac.com/our-agenda/

The above listed PACs will work to ensure that the results from last year’s elections in VA/AL, are accomplished across the board for the numerous state governor and U.S. Congressional/Senate elections, that will take place this year.  In closing, consider the below news articles (and one media interview) that sheds some light on the value of these PACs:

Justin Fairfax discusses his historic win in Virginia

http://www.msnbc.com/am-joy/watch/justin-fairfax-discusses-his-historic-win-in-virginia-1094306371959

How Grassroots Organizers Got Black Voters To The Polls In Alabama

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/sparking-an-electoral-revival-in-alabama/548504/

Black Women “saved America” from Roy Moore – now vote them into office

http://www.newsweek.com/thank-black-women-vote-office-political-activists-748619

… I want to follow up by highlighting a downstream consequence that directly resulted from last year’s strategic exercise of black political power (in Alabama), as coordinated through the PAC’s mentioned in the previous email:

Doug Jones hires African-American chief of staff

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/02/doug-jones-african-american-chief-of-staff-dana-gresham-320117

Link from U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones’ Twitter page

https://twitter.com/GDouglasJones/status/948241178830540801/photo/1

 

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