She did it, folks!
Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have won their Georgia senatorial bids (hooray!), and let’s give credit where credit is due.
Stacey Abrams and her organization Fair Fight Action delivered this victory for the Democratic candidates.
The U.S. senators-elect are strong candidates in their own right, but Ms Abrams’ activism and push to get out the vote for historically marginalized populations was the driving force behind this victory.
Why Stacey Abrams Matters
Ms Abrams is a Black woman in America. Voices (and votes) like hers have been historically repressed in this country generally, in the South specifically.
She matters because she will not be silenced.
She lost her bid for governor of Georgia in 2018, but she has not been silenced.
She saw that voter suppression was likely what cost her the governorship, and decided she wouldn’t sit back and accept it as “the way things are.”
The Work Isn’t Done
Stacey Abrams has proved that even the “reddest” states aren’t all that red. How many other “red” states are more purple than we think?
The work isn’t done until people all across this country–people who have the legal right to vote–are able to do so.
Fair Fight and Ms Abrams focus primarily on Georgia, but the organization is active around the entire country. There are also plenty of similar organizations in other states.
Let’s look them up. Let’s donate our time and our money.
Let’s ensure that voters of color and young voters do not suffer disenfranchisement.
It seems incredible in this day and age, but it is happening. And we must fight it.
Who will be Stacey Abrams in Virginia? Texas? How quickly can we clone her?
God bless you and your work, Stacey Abrams. Thank you for not remaining silent.
Image credit: Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press