Will Needs of Black and Poor Women Be Addressed By Clinton and Trump?

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By Victor Trammell

Income inequality is a nagging issue, which is threatening the overall stability of American society.

This nation has enough problems with the damning monstrosity of racial inequality. However, racism is made even worse when oppressed people have to deal with classism on top of dealing with discrimination over the color of their skin. Struggles with being an oppressed minority happen tenfold when you’re financially locked out of opportunities.

The Washington Post published an article today, which reported about a number of social justice groups that are coming together to launch a campaign during this national election season. These groups want to make sure black women and economically distressed women of all races do not have their needs overlooked by the Republican and Democratic parties.

We Won’t Wait 2016 is the name of the campaign being launched by this group of social justice organizations that are seeking to give low-income black women and their white, brown, and yellow sisters the platform they need to guarantee that their voices are heard.

“Women of color are key to the outcome of every election, but even with those numbers our issues are often forgotten,” said Tracy Sturdivant in her interview with The Post. Sturdivant is a spokeswoman for this campaign. “This election cycle it is so important for us to focus on all of these issues from an intersectional frame,” she continued.

“This election cycle it is so important for us to focus on all of these issues from an intersectional frame,” she continued.

In their agenda, the We Won’t Wait coalition makes a very valid point by addressing that issues over reproductive rights and equal pay are not the only things that black and poor women of all races should be concerned about. However, it seems like those are the only issues candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties are willing to talk about.

Conversations about gun violence, mental health, and unfettered access to health care are also extremely important.

“The ‘kitchen table’ discussions will take place in communities across the country, in a variety of forums — from small in-person gatherings to video conferences — between now and Nov. 8, when voters across the country will go to the polls to elect a new president, as well as members of Congress and state and local officials,” Sturdivant also said.

A two-day summit by this campaign’s organizers will be held in National Arbor, Maryland on September 19-20th.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/04/groups-look-to-mobilize-women-of-color-low-income-women-for-big-november-turnout/

 

 

 

 

 

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