Presidential Candidates RSVP to Forum Hosted by Women of Color
We told you earlier this month that She the People, a national network connecting women of color, would host a presidential forum in Houston next month, which will be the first led by women of color. Now, RSVPs from the candidates are rolling in. All candidates have been invited to the event at Texas Southern University, an HBCU in Houston. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and former TX Congressman Beto O’Rourke have, so far, claimed eight of the spots the group has made available for the forum. Organizers said they scheduled the forum early in the campaign cycle to establish the group as a political force. "This forum will allow candidates to speak directly to one of the largest Democratic voting blocs — and most reliably Democratic — in the country ahead of a contentious primary," said She the People Founder Aimee Allison. Candidates will take questions from an expected audience of more than 1,000 women of color. Other questions can be submitted by those watching a livestream at events organized by partner groups across the country, including the Texas Organizing Project, Planned Parenthood Texas, and union-like groups that organize restaurant workers and domestic workers. Black women in the past two years have helped deliver crucial victories to Democratic politicians in recent contests in Virginia, New Jersey, and Alabama. The number of Black women who won in 2018, and the even greater number of Black women who ran, highlights how Black women are a crucial voting bloc in 2020. Latinx voters made up an estimated 11% of all voters nationwide during the 2018 midterms and among them, 73% of Hispanic women backed Democratic congressional candidates. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), the most prominent woman of color in the 2020 field, has not yet told organizers whether or not she will attend. We’ll keep you posted. More about the forum here.