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Stacey Abrams is hoping Dems follow her example and continue to reach out to those who may not have voted in the past.

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  • “Any candidate who begins a race trying to defeat the other person is going to lose because you’re playing the other person’s game, you’re following their road map.” -Stacey Abrams
  • Amara’s goal is to help communities – especially challenged communities – unlock their civic imagination so they are empowered to create the solutions that address the city’s most pressing issues

Stacey Abrams is hoping Dems follow her example and continue to reach out to those who may not have voted in the past.

Stacey Abrams came this close to making history as the first Black woman to win a governor’s race in America, but she fell short, thanks to voter suppression efforts led by her opponent, Brian Kemp. Still, Abrams isn’t bitter about the controversial loss, instead, it has only fueled her to keep working even harder as reported from Essence.

“Sometimes you have to be the loser so that the people can be the victor,” Abrams told filmmaker Ava DuVernay during a recent conversation about democracy and diversity. The pair sat down to chat at the National Day of Racial Healing, hosted by DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance and the Kellogg Foundation.

During her race for Georgia’s top seat, Abrams focused on expanding the electorate, not simply on trying to convince disaffected Republicans to join her team. Because of this, she not only turned out more Black and white voters than former President Barack Obama, but she also massively increased Latinx and Asian turnout as well. How? Throughout her campaign, Abrams focused on the issues people cared about most, including education, healthcare, and poverty, which she called “immoral” and “economically inefficient.”

Following Abrams’ model may just be the way Democrats win back the White House in 2020, but the Spelman College grad also had some adept advice for those looking to make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Chicago Mayor Candidate: Amara Enyia

Amara Enyia lives on Chicago’s West Side. In addition to degrees in journalism and political science, she earned a Masters degree in education, a law degree where she focused on international and environmental law, and a PhD in Education Policy.

Amara Enyia founded the Institute for Cooperative Economics and Economic Innovation, a social lab whose primary purpose is to educate, assist, and advocate for the expansion of cooperative economic models and other innovative economic development concepts that would diversify Chicago’s economic eco-system such as worker-owned cooperatives, housing cooperatives, community land trusts, sharing economy platforms, and financial institutions and products that support these enterprises.

She co-authored the book “Chicago Isn’t Broke: Funding the City We Deserve” which proposes fiscally responsible revenue-generating proposals for the City as well as ways to eliminate corruption and waste in city government.

This will be a story that we will closely watch and if elected Amara can be the change the city of Chicago needs to bring out change.


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