Antiracist Electoral Action (AREA)
ELECTORAL JUSTICE, VOTER ENGAGEMENT, AND ANTIRACISM:
October 13, 2020
Oliver “OJ” Semans
Four Directions, Inc.
Founder and CEO
Turrency Political, LLC
MAKE IT PLAIN
October 6, 2020
Representative Merlelyn Bell
Oklahoma’s House of Representatives
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
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.