The Black woman’s vote determines the outcome of countless elections, but elections are just step one. Our vote will be limited in strength until we master the art of transforming our collective votes into tangible outcomes and policy changes for our community. Now that we know how to get our “souls to the polls”, we have to systematically increase our civic engagement at the community, local, state and federal level. We must learn how to organize campaigns to pressure elected officials to advocate for the needs of our community and empower our neighbors with organizing and mobilizing skills that turn visions of healthy community into reality. We need to build additional pipelines to raise up candidates who can be standard bearers for our people. Votes get us to the table, but our organizing and civic engagement allow us to select from the menu and bring home food to our people.
Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq.
General Counsel, Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY