In 2020, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is making sure that you are an informed voter before you head to the polls. We have been speaking with Black women of all ages around the country about the issues that are most important to them and will motivate them to vote.
In the 2018 midterm more than 90 percent of the Black women who voted stated that they did so because “the stakes were too high not to.” They were concerned about ending racial discrimination, ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions received health care, and that their kids had clean water to drink. The stakes were high and more than 6.2 million Black women voted in 2018, up from the last midterm election by almost 2 million.
Not surprising, we are seeing some of the same themes emerge as they share what it means to be a Black woman voter in 2020 - the importance of family, education, health care, and taxes. They are concerned about their kids having a better life than they have, about their parents getting older and not being able to retire, and concerned about how racism has affected their lives over the last three years under an Administration that seems to hate them.
As a voter, we have an obligation to vote in every election. As a voter, we have a responsibility to hold those we elect accountable to our communities. Voting is just the first step in participating in our democracy. When we go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3, we need to make sure that we cast ballots for candidates who understand the issues that matter to us – afterall, by voting for them, we are hiring them to do a job that will help make our communities better.
Listen to what candidates are saying about the issues – from education to taxes, health care to gun safety, abortion rights to clean water, a living wage to public transportation – that impact your life. We need clean water in our pipes and safe neighborhoods to live in. We need better health care and safer air to breathe. We need economic power, social power, and political power, and the resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, our families, and our communities in ALL aspects of our lives.
And your vote is your voice and OUR POWER!
Founder & President
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda