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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:49 PM

In the Trump era, Black women must be allowed to lead

http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/in-the-trump-era-black-women-must-be-allowed-to-lead/



“There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in Black women. It’s as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet,” said American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

It is only fitting, as we close out Black History month and move into Women’s History month, that we highlight the continued strength and resilience of Black women. Black women are playing significant roles in shaping the direction of emerging social movements and struggles for the rights of working people across the country. And even more, they are a growing force for change and influence in the country’s sharply divided electorate. In order for the labor movement, and the country as a whole to thrive, this force must be recognized and nurtured.

Donald Trump’s agenda is riddled with anti-labor policies. This agenda attacks the livelihood of millions of working people across the nation. From his push to make the National Labor Relations Board into a pro-corporate (and anti- worker) body, to his (and the GOP’s) continued advocacy for the so-called “right to work” law, it is clear that the labor movement will be on the defensive for the next four years.

It is also clear, from the percentages of the 2016 voter turnout, that a majority of Black women knew this, and other offensive policies, were likely to be enacted. Ninety-four percent of Black women who showed up to the polls voted for Hillary Clinton. Yet, Black women do more than vote; they are active in their unions, acting as a force of organizing and mobilization.



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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:05 PM

1. I wish I could recommend this 100 times.

Thank you Starry.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:15 PM

4. It's great, yay!

Nice to see you sheshe!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:52 PM

5. Good to see you as well Starry

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:07 PM

2. This is how we win elections, not pandering to "disaffected " Trump voters.

It's also what Trump voters are afraid of and why they try so hard to restrict voting and voting rights. The Democratic Party needs to be embraced, and run, by a coalition of those they represent. This includes men and women of all races and ethnicities. If we fire up and inspire these voters, we will win elections. We can't be held down.

A post I saw a day or so ago stated that we need younger people to get involved and run our party. We need to be past the days of both people at the top of our Presidential ticket being both older and White, and definitely past the days when they are both White males.

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Response to wcast (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:14 PM

3. X1000

I totally agree.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:59 PM

6. Absolutely.

The future of the Democratic Party lies with people of color, and Black women will be leading the charge. People who insist that we wine and dine the trump voters do so at the very real risk of marginalizing the democrats who are most essential to our future success. That would be insane.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 2, 2017, 12:05 AM

7. Another x1000 here

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