Color Of Change PAC: “Black Voters Behind Biden/Harris Landslide Win; Now it’s Time to Implement the Changes Black Communities Need”
November 7, 2020 – Today, the Color Of Change PAC released the following statement from Arisha Hatch, Executive Director of the Color Of Change PAC, celebrating the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:
The 2020 election has revealed that a demand for racial justice is now a majority opinion, with the largest voting block in the United States of America. This day belongs not just to President-elect Joe Biden and the first Black Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, but to the millions of Black voters in communities all across this country that fought, organized, and voted for a future that includes our voices and our power.
This election has revealed the levers of power that Black people hold in our republic and the fierce determination held within our votes. Not only did Black voters turn out in record numbers — Black communities and leaders made racial justice a central issue in this campaign, which motivated millions of people to vote. With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, we will continue to push them as partners in the long struggle to rip out systemic racism at its roots.
Color Of Change PAC is proud to have contributed to this historic election by engaging millions of Black voters in their communities, in their homes, and online with our #VotingWhileBlack campaign. Over 25,000 volunteers participated in making over 700,000 calls and 6.2 million text messages in key races across the country in the largest Black-led, independent mobilization of Black voters and volunteers in the 2020 cycle. Their digital ads saw over 160 million impressions and the organization sent about 4 million direct mail pieces to Black voters highlighting voting deadlines and information, with the goal of increasing turnout and candidate recognition.
Yet, none of that success makes up for the reality of voting in America: voting laws in dozens of states are intentionally designed to suppress Black voters, and we are going to use our victories this election to finally bring an end to the racism that still defines our voting system. We also have to be honest with ourselves. We wanted this election to firmly reject the last four years of hatred, division, and bigotry that has been exposed and inflamed by Trump and his administration. That did not happen. We know we are going to be living with the increased hatred and division that Trump caused for a very long time.
Now the real work begins. We must end mass incarceration and the terrorizing of Black communities at the hands of militarized police departments. We must instead invest in education, violence reduction, economic empowerment, and other programs we know actually create safe communities. Through Color Of Change PAC’s #VotingWhileBlack campaign we are committed to helping Black people stay politically engaged, run for office, and win power so that we can create a competent, functioning government filled with representatives that fight for people instead of sowing division or enable hate and bigotry. We are also turning our eyes to Georgia as our next electoral battle front where we will fight for a successful runoff to decide the balance of the Senate.
After four difficult and often heartbreaking years, it’s time to take a breath, celebrate, and then get back to work fighting for safety, equity, and justice for all.
Color Of Change PAC is a Political Action Committee focused on building independent Black political power, amplifying Black voices, electing candidates who share our values, and holding them accountable to our communities. For more information on Color Of Change PAC, visit votingwhileblack.com.
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