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What Shirley Chisholm’s Legacy Means to These 7 Congresswomen | Elle

Madison Feller, Elle African American educator and U.S. congresswoman Shirley Chisholm stands at a podium and gives the victory sign, circa 1968. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images). Featured Image Chisholm is a veritable icon. About 50 years ago, she became the first black woman to ever be elected to the U.S. Congress, and from there, she went on to become the first black candidate to run for a major party’s nomination for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. A representative of New York’s 12th congressional district, Chisholm ran with the campaign slogan “Unbought […]

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Michael Brown’s Mother Loses City Council Race in Ferguson, Where Her Son Was Killed by Police | The New York Times

John Eligon, The New York Times Lesley McSpadden Getty Images, Featured Image five years ago, Lesley McSpadden appeared distraught before the world after finding out that a grand jury had declined to indict a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., in the fatal shooting of her teenage son, Michael Brown, who was black. She stood on top of a car, surrounded by a sea of supporters. “I’ve been here my whole life; I ain’t never had to go through nothing like this,” she said before sinking her face into her hands. Ms. McSpadden, 39, came up short on Tuesday in […]

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African-American women embrace historic moment of Chicago’s mayoral race | Chicago Tribune

Javonte Anderson, Chicago Tribune Mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, left, and Toni Preckwinkle take their seats before a televised debate at the NBC-Ch. 5 studios on March 7, 2019, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune). Featured Image new era in Chicago politics will be ushered in when an African-American woman is elected mayor for the first time in city history. The magnitude of the moment has not escaped black female voters, who have mixed emotions heading into Tuesday’s election. For many black women, Tuesday’s election will be a remarkable shift in Chicago’s history that signifies a progressive step forward for the […]

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Kamala Harris’s First Campaign Policy: A Raise for Teachers | The New York Times

Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times Senator Kamala Harris in Houston on Saturday, where she unveiled early portions of her first policy rollout, a federal investment in teacher pay.CreditCreditLarry W Smith/EPA, via Shutterstock, Featured Image Kamala Harris of California announced a plan Tuesday to heavily invest federal money into teacher pay, the first policy rollout of her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Ms. Harris’s proposal, which was billed as the “largest federal investment in teacher pay in U.S. history,” marks the next step for a campaign that began in February before a crowd of 20,000 supporters. In […]

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Donna Brazile Explains Why She’s Working for Fox News | The New Yorker

Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker Donna Brazile wrote that she is “excited to join the honest and passionate debate at Fox News about our future.”Photograph by Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call / Getty. Featured Image Brazile, who has twice served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is one of the most prominent political strategists of recent times. Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, was the first African-American woman to run a campaign for a major-party Presidential nominee; she had previously worked on the Presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale, Dick Gephardt, and Michael Dukakis. […]

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Stacey Abrams for …. Governor? Senator? Veep? President?! The Georgian who is usually sure about everything finds herself conflicted about her future. | The Cut

Rebecca Traister, The Cut In an election-night tweet, Democrat Stacey Abrams urged her supporters to “STAY IN LINE until your vote is cast.” Three polls stayed open late after some voting machines in predominantly black districts were delivered with no power cords, rendering them useless. (Stacey Abrams/Twitter). Featured Image am sitting in a car with former Georgia House Minority Leader and recent gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. She’s just invited me in from the cold outside Manhattan’s Gramercy Theatre — where she’s soon to go onstage for an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes — but Abrams is signaling in some ineffable […]

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Meet ‘Mayor Jim Kenney,’ a 25-year-old woman | The Inquirer, Philly.com

Claudia Vargas, The Inquirer, Philly.com TIM TAI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER . Featured Image at a small desk across the hall from the mayor’s office, Chamarra McCrorey finds her inner Jim Kenney as she responds to dozens of emails, letters, and social media posts each day. On Valentine’s Day, Kenney received two requests from residents asking him to officiate at their respective weddings. McCrorey wrote back using each of their first names: “Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!… I’m honored by the invitation.” She provided the link for a scheduling request. That day, McCrorey also responded to people asking for a National […]

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