Netroots Nation 2021
SURVIVAL OF THE SQUAD: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OF COLOR IN POLITICS Panel; Thu, 10/07/2021 - 03:45pm (Eastern)
Women of color have made significant electoral gains across the United States in the last decade, but what do we know about their experience on the campaign trail — from candidate to office holder? While assault, intimidation and abuse against women candidates has gained attention, do we know how this harassment and marginalization especially affect women of color? We’ll examine these questions, consider why and when women of color decide to run, and various tactics to retain and promote women of color in politics.
Led by: Sameena Mustafa
Our Revolution endorsement 2020
"Progressive District Attorneys"
- Striking further blows to our cruel and racist regimes of punishment, cities elected (and in some cases reelected) progressive district attorneys who campaigned on platforms of reform — ending cash bail, for example — including Chicago’s Kim Foxx, St. Louis’s Kim Gardner, Mark Gonzalez in Corpus Christi, Monique Worrell in Orlando, Eli Savit in Ann Arbor, Austin’s Jose Garza, and George Gascon in Los Angeles. (It looks as if Julie Gunnigle, in Phoenix, may also win when all the votes are counted, but that race is still very close.
The People's Lobby
According to Will Tanzman, Executive Director–The People’s Lobby, the organizing that led to the re-election of Kim Foxx as Cook County State’s Attorney has a long history, starting in the years leading up to her first win in 2016. Anita Alvarez had been a target for years of grassroots organizing by Project NIA, SOUL, and others for her “tough on crime” approach to prosecution. When the video of a police officer murdering Black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released after an attempted cover-up that was abetted by Alvarez, a confluence of movement organizations made sure she felt the consequences in the 2016 election. Young, Black women connected to the Black Lives Matter movement coined the hashtag #ByeAnita, which quickly went viral, and The People’s Lobby, Reclaim Chicago and other electoral groups dialed and doorknocked hundreds of thousands of voters, leading to Foxx’s first landslide win in 2016. Foxx then used her office’s discretion in charging and plea bargaining decisions to significantly reduce incarceration of Black and Latinx people and supported bail reform efforts demanded by the Coalition to End Money Bond that resulted in thousands fewer people locked up before trial.
Unsurprisingly, the forces of white supremacy regrouped and began fighting back. The "notoriously racist" Fraternal Order of Police—whose Chicago lodge endorsed Donald Trump—stoked a firestorm of public backlash to Foxx’s decision to drop charges against the actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of filing a false police report after he claimed to have suffered a racist, homophobic attack while visiting Chicago.
In August, billionaire Bill Conway III announced his candidacy against Foxx. His campaign was bankrolled by his father, a co-founder of the Carlyle Group private equity firm that profited from the second Iraq war, sold tear gas to the Ferguson police, and manages the Chicago police pension fund.
In fighting off attacks on Foxx by white supremacists and faux progressives, the continuing grassroots organizing by The People's Lobby, SOUL in Action, the Mass Liberation Project, Vote Liberation, and a variety of other groups was crucial in ensuring that voters saw through the racist dog whistles of Foxx’s opponents. Grassroots leaders and activists had conversations with thousands of voters about the kind of criminal justice system that would create real community safety by addressing the root causes of violence instead of doubling down on a racist incarceration system.
Millions from George Soros
- "Foxx's victory was propelled by money from deep-pocketed liberal donors and groups who zeroed in on her reelection efforts. The largest was Soros, who poured $2 million into a state-level PAC created for the sole purpose of keeping Foxx in office. The PAC poured more than $1 million into advertisements attacking [Kim Foxx's opponent Bill] Conway."
- "Despite Foxx's handling of the [Jussie] Smollett case, Soros was not alone in his attempt to save Foxx. She was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), musician John Legend, and failed presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.). Foxx also received six-figure donations from billionaire hedge fund manager Donald Sussman, NewsWeb corporation chairman Fred Eychaner, and Grosvenor Capital chief executive Michael Sacks. Each gave between $100,000 and $600,000 to her campaign. Many of the donors entered a prosecutor race for the first time to prop up Foxx.
Praise from Natalie Shure
In June 2019, Natalie Shure tweeted  that "DAs like Larry Krasner in Philadelphia and Kim Foxx in Chicago have used their offices with explicit intent of reducing incarceration and more broadly, decriminalizing poverty." She additionally said:"Prosecutorial discretion - often reflecting the tough-on-crime political context in which such decisions were made - drove mass incarceration. Progressive DAs like Tiffany Caban can operate within a different ideological framework to help reverse it."
Jussie Smollett Case
Kim Foxx gained national coverage on March 26 2019 for the role of her office in dropping all 16 felony charges against alleged hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett. Foxx had "formally recused herself from the case in February because she had spoken with Smollett’s family." The decision to drop the charges was officially made by Joe Magats, first assistant state’s attorney.
"Community Leadership Award"
Sufyan Sohel received award for "community leadership" in May 2018 from State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois Kim Foxx, who received nationwide attention for her handling of Jussie Smollett's fake hate crime case.
Kim Foxx receives $408k donation from George Soros
- "Soros has spent heavily on backing 'progressive' candidates for local prosecutorial offices across the nation, following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014, which alleged that black defendants have been treated unfairly by the justice system."
Kim Foxx receives $250K donation from Toni Preckwinkle
From the article:
- "Former state and federal prosecutor Donna More on Friday lifted the cap on donations to candidates in the Cook County state’s attorney’s Democratic primary race by making a $250,000 contribution to her own campaign.
- "More is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP and is an Illinois Gaming Board attorney.
- "She contributed $250,000 to her campaign on Friday, according to filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections. That made her what is known as a “self-funding candidate” under the law — and eliminated the cap on donations to any candidates in that race.
- "Before Friday, her family — specifically, her husband and mother — had donated a total of $99,000 to the campaign. Once donations by a candidate or their family to a campaign reach $100,000, that candidate becomes “self-funding” under the law, which means donation limits are no longer in effect. Those limits would have been $5,400 for individuals, $10,800 for corporations or unions and $53,900 for political action committees.
- "More’s campaign on Friday called the contribution “no big deal.”
- "“She’s putting her own skin in the campaign because she clearly wants to show the importance of this race, how important this race is to her and to the voters and residents of this county,” her spokesman John E. Davis said.
- "More also was criticized for contributing to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign. In a post on her website this week, she wrote that she now regrets the contribution “not because my political opponents have seized on it, but because Governor Rauner has fallen far short of my expectations.”
- "In the post, More called herself a “lifelong, independent-minded Democrat.”
- "“No one will be able to buy this election, no matter how much of their personal wealth they are willing to put in to their campaign,” Foxx spokeswoman Joanna Klonsky said. “Cook County residents will be the ones to decide which candidate is equipped to provide the leadership to bring about the transformation our justice system so urgently needs on March 15.”
- "Alvarez’s campaign spokesman said the campaign isn’t on her mind.
- "“Anita is not thinking about politics right now. There will be a time for campaigning, but for now, she is focused on doing her job,” Ken Snyder said.
Support from Sophia King
'Mentor' Kamala Harris
- "I’m so excited that @KamalaHarris has decided to run for president. I would not be where I am today without her guidance during my first run for political office, and she has continued to mentor me as I work to reform the criminal justice system in Cook County. —KF"
- 19, 2020 Despite Bernie’s Loss, Progressives Scored 3 Major Wins in Illinois. Here’s How. BY WILL TANZMAN
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