In Philadelphia July 2019, at the largest Netroots Nation conference to date, with 3,700 participants, the first day featured a panel discussing this very shift in dynamics. A session titled “Young Women of Color Winning Elections” highlighted four elected officials, all young women of color, who spoke to the role that racism and sexism played in their campaigns and the personal and systemic challenges they continue to face now that they hold public office.
Moderated by the political director of People for the American Way, Lizet Ocampo, the group of speakers featured: West Virginia House of Delegates member Sammi Brown of District 65, Phoenix Elementary School Board member Elora Diaz, Democratic State Rep. Summer Lee of Pennsylvania’s 34th District, and State Rep. Anna Eskamani of District 47 in Florida’s Orange County.
Each of the women addressed the need to challenge prevailing ideas about what a “politician” or a “winner” supposedly looks like. Eskamani, the first Iranian-American elected to the Florida legislature, asserted that there is a double standard women of color face when running for office. “[We are] often accused of identity politics,” she said, noting that there is power in being your authentic self. Eskamani advised activists and candidates to “never want to fit into a box,” especially when opponents are attempting to classify you as the “other.”
In response to a Politico article bemoaning the dangers of a lack of POC staff working on Democratic Party campaigns.
Corryn Grace Freeman December 4 at 12:52 PM ·
I call bullshit... Here is a list of some of the phenomenal POC campaign staff I know at every level just within my network. Feel free to add the one's you know and I'll happily send to POLITICO
Jack Lofgren IV, Anurag Pal, Karen Andre, Ashley Green, Ashley Bryant, Dorien Paul, Siottis Jackson, Angie Nixon, Eunic Ortiz, Melissa Morales, Jazz Johnson, Ernest Lee Boston, Jr., Reginald Abraham, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, Ida Vishkaee Eskamani, Jalisa Washington Price, Alida Garcia, Alicia Stallworth, Jones Alicia, Bertisha Jones, Asa R. Rogers-Shaw, Valencia Gunder, Stephanie Ighodaro, Victoria Elliott York, Marilyn Davis, Stefanie Brown James, Quentin James, Marcus Switzer, Alexis Camille Crews, Bianki Collection, Jamaa Bickley-King, Jamarr Brown, Max Clermont, Elbert Garcia, Antonio Lewis, Al Barrentine, Mila Al-Ayoubi, Tomas Kennedy, Francesca Menes, Nancy Metayer.
These are just the ones that I came up with without thinking... I'm sure I have a ton more. There are also resources like Inclusv that have thousands of POC campaign staff.
Sunrise slate 2018
Sunrise Movement August 2 2018:
We're thrilled to introduce you to our first-ever round of candidate endorsements: the #SunriseSlate2018!
These candidates are some of the earliest adopters of the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge and, if elected, would lead the fight against oil and gas lobbyists in state capitols and Washington, DC. They’re putting forward big policy solutions to the climate crisis, like championing a Green New Deal and supporting a just and rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy future that leaves no community behind.
Learn more and support our efforts here! https://www.sunrisemovement.org/2018-endorsed-candidates — with Katie Muth for PA Senate, Deb Haaland for Congress, Alessandra Biaggi, Kaniela Ing, Jess King for Congress, Julia Salazar for State Senate, Dana Hamp Gulick for PA 97th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Anna Eskamani, Abdul El-Sayed, Danielle Friel Otten for PA District 155, Cynthia Nixon for New York, Benjamin Jealous, Jumaane D. Williams, Ilhan Omar for Congress, Randy Bryce, Zellnor Myrie for New York and Rashida Tlaib For Congress, Penelope Tsernoglou Michigan State House, Michele Wherley Pennsylvania State House. .