Antiracist Electoral Action (AREA)
is a grassroots organization that aims to accelerate antiracist progress by increasing awareness about the importance of electoral politics at every level of governance. We create forums to discuss and strategize antiracist electoral politics at the local, state, and federal level. By doing so, we hope to empower members of the American public to make the best use of the ballot box. AREA is not committed to any political party, only political principles and action.

MOST RECENT EVENT

RECENT EVENTS

ELECTORAL JUSTICE, VOTER ENGAGEMENT, AND ANTIRACISM:

How Frontline Activists Engage Hard-to-Reach Voters

October 13, 2020 

Oliver “OJ” Semans
Co-founder
Four Directions, Inc.

Kara Turrentine
Founder and CEO
Turrency Political, LLC

Dulce Rojas
Campaigns Coordinator
Voto Latino

Becky Belcore
Executive Director
NAKASEC

MAKE IT PLAIN

Black Women and Electoral Politics

October 6, 2020 
Representative Merlelyn Bell
Oklahoma’s House of Representatives
District 45

Natalie Collier
Founder and Executive Director
The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects

 

In this forum, our guests discuss the challenges and benefits of running for office as a Black woman; making herstory as “the first”; the role of mentorship; the empowerment and prioritization Black girls and women; tools for assessing whether proposed or active legislation uplifts, support, and celebrates Black girls and women; and Black women’s relationship to U.S. political parties.

PROTESTING & VOTING

Antiracist Necessities

September 15, 2020 
Jeannine Lee Lake, candidate for U.S. Congress (Indiana, 6th district) 

Qasim Rashid, candidate for U.S. Congress (Virginia, 1st district)

 

Two congressional candidates join our forum to discuss the need to both protest and vote in order to advance antiracist change; what it means to “defund the police”; the pursuit of economic justice; and the imperative to advocate for policies that undo systemic racism.