Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Female members of Congressional Black Caucus want Jones seated

Female members of Congressional Black Caucus want Jones seated

Barkley said Friday during "Inside the NBA" that he's donating $1 million to women of color in Alabama after they helped elect Democratic candidate Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate in a special election vs.

Party leaders said lessons learned from the unexpected Alabama win could be applied to next year's mid-term elections, when Democrats hope to wrest back control of both the House and Senate. "When we lead with our values, we win".

In an election where an estimated 30 percent of the electorate in the Alabama Senate Race were African-American, the share of these voters was higher than both of Barack Obama's presidential victories. In Alabama, beyond policies and practices that add difficulty to their daily lives, black and Latinx voters reported tactics designed by Republican lawmakers that risked resulting in the suppression of their votes and keeping them from the polls.

"Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can't take that for granted".

Those votes can largely be attributed to Black women says Melanie Campbell, president/CEO of the non-partisan National Coalition for Black Civic Participation and convener of its Black Women's Roundtable. That's a big deal and a testament that The Democratic Party, political operatives, Pacs and other key organizations need to focus a big part of their efforts in getting minorities voters to come out and vote. While Barkley is politically Independent, he endorsed Jones due to opponent Roy Moore's allegations of child molestation and sexual assault. Some African-Americans, including former National Basketball Association player and native Alabamian Charles Barkley, called the election a wake-up call for the Democratic Party "for taking the black vote and the poor for granted". "It's time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor", he continued.

First, one of the most important takeaways from this election is the fact that a majority of voters chose to vote against what is morally right versus sticking to political parties.

Result: long lines of black voters could be seen in cities such as Montgomery, where Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, and Birmingham, where four young girls were killed in the 1963 bombing of a black church.

Alabama's secretary of state has said overseas ballots can continue to come in until Tuesday next week. "You can make it happen".

"This was a referendum on a single candidate", Connors said in a reference to Moore.

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