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    Resentment and fury ran high as the Senate voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to a final confirmation vote. Democratic efforts to continue to debate the nomination were defeated 51-49 this Friday morning. This vote comes after the Senate was given an FBI report on the sexual assault allegations, which Trump ordered due to pressure from Republican senators. The report, which concluded that no one could confirm the allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, has been widely criticized. Democrats argued that agents failed to contact other witnesses.

    While this is a significant hurdle towards Kavanaugh being appointed to a life-time position on the Supreme Court, there’s still a chance lawmakers could vote differently and Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she would consider doing so by 3pm today, reports the Chicago Tribune. These two past weeks have been painful and exhausting. If you’re feeling emotionally gutted right now, you are not alone. We are with you. If you’re terrified of feeling paralyzed with hopelessness in the unfortunate event Kavanaugh is confirmed, make concrete plans to do something that will fulfill you.

    Self-care is essential this weekend, and by self-care I mean doing whatever YOU need to do to feel safe. So much of the time, we’re in a mental battle over what we should be doing and how we should be helping and how we should always know what’s happening. And while activism is undoubtedly needed, the pressure to always be doing something can highlight feelings of inadequacy. As women we are well acquainted with the notion of ‘I am not enough.’ So whether you are a survivor of sexual assault or an ally, please don’t feel guilty if the constant stream of news is becoming too much, you are fully within your right to turn it off.

    However, if you are able to protest this weekend, please do. If you can, keep calling your senators. The number for the Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121 and this website will help you find your reps. Additionally, you can also donate to the "Rapid Response Fund" created by the organization, March On, to fight back in the immediate aftermath of the vote. Do whatever you can to help but also do whatever you can to find some peace. Spend time with friends and loved ones. Wear things that make you comfortable. Read a book. Snuggle with a cute animal. Order that second Frappuccino. Get a yourself a blowout. What’s important is that you make a plan to take care of you. This doesn’t make you indifferent. It makes you more prepared to continue to fight. So rest up and then, if you haven’t already done so, register to vote.

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    Donald Trump Jr. spoke to DailyMailTV about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, saying that the current climate of #MeToo makes him nervous for his sons, The Cut reports.

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    In a joint interview with his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, during a campaign swing for GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, Trump Jr. said, “I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls. When I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary for all things.” When asked whether he was more scared for his sons or daughters, the president’s ‘First Boy’ retorted, “Right now, I’d say my sons.”

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    His mansplaining didn’t cease there as he continued, “For the people who are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, it really diminishes the real claims.” In reality, research has shown that false reporting accounts for just between 2 and 10 percent of sexual assault allegations. Guilfoyle went on to add, “I think it’s important, in terms of doing an investigation, to get the facts out there and find out. But, people need to be careful to understand the politics involved as well and what motivations people may have.”

    Motivations? Like Dr. Blasey’s motivation to offer testimony, at the risk of her personal livelihood, to help government leaders decide whether to grant an alleged sexual predator a lifetime position to the highest court in the nation? Guilfoyle's questioning of people's "motivations" reads as a passive agressive attempt to discredit Dr. Blasey and trauma victims as a whole. 

    Trump and Guilfoyle’s shoddy justifications, in their sympathy for those accused, are not surprising considering over 20 women have accused the president of sexual assault. Additionally, Guilfoyle left her hosting job at Fox News over allegations of sexual misconduct in which she was reportedly “showing personal photographs of male genitalia to colleagues (and identifying whose genitals they were).” 

    If Donald Trump Jr. is so concerned for his son's futures amid the #MeToo era, he should consider taking the time to teach them about appropriate behavior and boundaries towards women. It's really not that hard, Don. 

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    London-based punk band Dream Nails has joined forces with Irish-Italian director Guen Murroni to create a spectacularly political video with a not-so-wee bit of mockery. The band’s 2018 single "Vagina Police" won’t only have you jamming out, but will also get you pumped up to continue the fight for you and your friends’ reproductive rights.

    Dream Nails wants to not only change the conversation about abortion, but to bring attention to the madness of the anti-abortion lobby ahead of the Irish abortion referendum. “It's absolutely ridiculous,” says the band in an email, “and they have no right getting in the way of a woman's choice to become a mother or not." And oh, how the video’s absolute absurdity makes you want to join their fight (and slightly piss yourself).

    But conjuring up political mockery is all but new for this riot grrrl-quartet. You could say "Deep Heat" was the band’s Donald Debut: it's a brilliant tune about hexing Trump’s nether regions. But in addition to their musical messages, the band is known for brewing up some seriously wicked shows, creating powerful zines, and playing fundraisers for charities they’re passionate about. Not to mention that they’ve already headlined Glastonbury's Sisterhood stage and shared a spotlight with killer bands such as Cherry Glazerr and Bleached.

    The video's director, Guen Murroni, said in a statement, "This video is dedicated to our sisters in Ireland who have been campaigning tirelessly for decades for the abortion referendum we're finally having in May. It's also for the women of El Salvador, Malta, the Vatican, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua who live with the strictest abortion laws in the world."

    Lead singer Janey said, “We've produced a zine on 'reproductive justice' to go alongside the vinyl to make clear that globally, people's bodily autonomy is impacted in ways that extend far beyond abortion. For example, forced sterilisation of trans people, women in prison having to give birth in shackles, and the obstacles lesbian parents face. The struggles we face are different, but they are all connected.”

    The video for "Vagina Police" is paired with an assortment of dreamy goods, such as a 7” vinyl and the free zine about reproductive justice. 100% of the proceeds from the song will go towards Abortion Support Network, a UK charity that provides financial assistance and accommodations for women who have to travel outside of Ireland in order to access safe and legal abortions.

    So drop what you’re doing and go watch "Vagina Police,"  released by Everything Sucks Music, and definitely spread the spread-leg-love at Dream Nails’s Bandcamp.

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    Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno has issued an apology via Twitter regarding his recent comments demeaning the seriousness of sexual harassment. On Friday, at a conference in Guayaquil, Moreno spoke about the dire issues men face in a slowly progressing world when it comes to believing victims. Men, he said, are “permanently subjected to the danger of being accused of harassment.”

    Moreno then went on to say that women are biased around reporting incidents of abuse. Better looking men are less likely to be denounced, whereas “ugly” men aren’t. So, if you’re good looking, you’re pretty much off the hook in Moreno’s mind, because OBVIOUSLY women take it as a compliment rather than harassment if the person is above an 8/10.

    “Women often report harassment, it is true, and it is good that they do so,” he starts. “That is to say, that the harassment is when it comes from an ugly person. But if the person is good looking... they usually do not think it is harassment."

    Footage was released online from the conference and Moreno’s comments were heavily criticized online. One person wrote how embarrassing it is for the country to have a president like Moreno. Another tweeted by Women of The World wrote: “He said what!?”

     

    These responses prompted Moreno to apologize in a statement on his Twitter page. The president wrote that regarding his statements, he never intended to minimize such a grave thing as sexual assault and how he was sorry if it was understood as such. Lastly, he claimed he rejects all forms of violence against women. Not once did he backtrack on his previous claims about “better looking” men, however.

     

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    Janelle Monae's New Video Is The Best Bisexual Anthem 

    Let’s talk about Janelle Monae’s tribute to the cooch. Not only has she graced us with her new album Dirty Computer, but her two newly released videos "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane" exude bisexuality and black women’s empowerment, and are sure to get you in the mood. Featuring Tessa Thompson, Moane’s videos express love, scream sex-positivity, and gives the lead monologue to the vag. “Don’t make me spell it out for ya,” just go watch them, baby.

      

    "Nation of Immigrants" Has Been Written Out of USCIS Bill 

    The US Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to redefine what “citizen” means, and it has completely eliminated immigrants from the equation. A revised mission has been released that completely pushes out immigrants, getting rid of the language that described the US as “a nation of immigrants,” and removing “citizen” from “immigrant and citizen benefits,” placing immigrants and citizens into two different categories. Read more about the federal agency's decision to exclude anyone and everyone at Vox.

     

    Brendan Fraser Opens Up About Sexual Assault 

    Ever wonder where Brendan Fraser went? Maybe you didn’t realize our mummy-fighting hero was missing until his most recent appearance in season three of The Affair? Fraser opens up to GQ about how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association president sexually assaulting him, and his decision to leave the film world. Read more of the in-depth interview at GQ.

      

    Stricter Gun Laws to Help Victims of Domestic Violence… Finally

     Oregon finally banned all domestic violence and stalking convicts from owning guns. A similar law was passed in 2015, but a "boyfriend loophole" allowed gun ownership to partners who did not live together, have children, or were not married. Read the full report at The Hill.

      

    Women Won’t Have to Trade for Tampons in Prison Anymore… At Least In Arizona

    You know how in Orange Is the New Black, the women have to buy tampons at commissary? Yeah, that's reality. Arizona has just announced that the will provide incarcerated women with free tampons, sanitary napkins, and other menstrual products. Read more at ABC, and please support incarcerated women at Prison Fellowship to encourage all states to provide menstrual products to prisoners. 

     

    Where Is The Director for Violence Against Women?  

    Trump still hasn’t nominated a director for the Department of Justice's Office On Violence Against Women office, and are we surprised? No. But are we angry? Hell yes. Read the full report at The Washington Post.

     

    Female Inmates Speak Out Against Correctional Officers's Sexual Abuse 

    The New Jersey senate committee held a hearing for former women inmates who recounted their experiences sexual abuse while at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. Read the women’s testimonials at New Jersey’s local news.

      

    Yet Another Attack on Women’s Bodies in South Carolina 

    In case your blood wasn’t boiling already, South Carolina’s state Senate will vote on the “Personhood Act,” a bill banning abortions, birth control, and fertility treatment. The bill was essentially made to overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade. Read more at Newsweek (also, can we talk about all the young white women standing behind Trump during his anti-abortion speech?).

     

    A Global Study on the Gender Wage Gap 

    VOX published an in-depth study about the gender wage gap for postpartum women. Here’s a chart and the drastic decline and discrimination against women versus men with children. Read the full story at VOX.

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    One Inspiring Girl Raises Money for Thousands to See A Wrinkle In Time 

    At the age of nine, Taylor Richardson made a GoFundMe to raise money in order to go to space camp. Five years later, she hasn’t slowed down, now raising money to send young girls to see A Wrinkle in Time. Richardson told Good Morning America, “I wanted all girls, especially girls of color, to know they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up and also can struggle and have flaws and still be successful in life.” Read more about this young woman and her truly inspiring story at Jezebel

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    More disgusting accounts of Brett Kavanaugh’s treatment of women have surfaced, dating back to his years as a high school student at Georgetown Preparatory, The New York Timesreports. Kavanaugh’s yearbook page reveals a high schooler immersed in sports, drinking and parties at the beach. In addition to these typical jock activities, there was an odd mention of “Renate Alumnius"—a reference to a student at a Catholic girls’ school named Renate Schroeder, now Renate Schroeder Dolphin.

    Renate’s name appears numerous times in the Georgetown Prep’s 1983 yearbook on students' pages, as well as in a group photograph with nine football players, including Kavanaugh, labeled the “Renate Alumni.” Two of Kavanaugh's classmates say the "Renate" comments were regarding the men’s unabashed discussion of their sexual exploits with Renate. A former Georgetown Prep student told The New York Times, “They were very disrespectful, at least verbally. I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”

    Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning accusations that he sexually assaulted her in high school. Thus, his time at Georgetown Prep is being carefully examined. This past month, Renate Schroeder Dolphin, as well as 64 other women who knew Kavanaugh in high school, signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee stating that “he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.” Dolphin was unaware of the yearbook jabs when she signed the letter on September 14th.

    In a statement to The New York Times, Dolphin said, “I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago. I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.” 

    Alexandra Walsh, one of Kavanaugh’s lawyers, also issued a statement, which read, “Judge Kavanaugh was friends with Renate Dolphin in high school. He admired her very much then, and he admires her to this day. Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Dolphin attended one high school event together and shared a brief kiss good night following that event. They had no other such encounter. The language from Judge Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook refers to the fact that he and Ms. Dolphin attended that one high school event together and nothing else.” In a response by way of her lawyer, Dolphin says, “I think Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him.” 

    In a sad attempt at damage control, Kavanaugh defended his behavior in high school with the typical "boys will be boys" rhetoric. He told Fox News, “People might have had too many beers on occasion and people generally in high school—I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit.” Many of his former peers recalled Georgetown Prep having a culture of objectifying women at the time. One classmate mentioned Kavanaugh and his friends were part of the school’s “fratty” culture and talked a lot about “sexual conquest with girls.” 

    While it should be common sense that an attempted rapist should not have a seat on the Supreme Court, many Americans don’t care whether or not he’s guilty. You know, 'cause Boys will be boys, right? He was just drunk, everyone does stupid things when they’re drunk, right? And It happened so long ago, so he shouldn’t be held responsible, right?  He can’t still be like that, right? It’s all just locker room talk, right?

    These defenses were used in Brock Turner’s trial. They were used during Trump’s campaign. And they’re now being used with Kavanaugh. What’s arguably most disturbing about these arguments is that they come to the direct conclusion that these men are, in fact, guilty. Kavanaugh’s statements on Fox News reveal that perhaps he did do exactly what Dr. Blasey is accusing him of, but, according to him, it shouldn’t matter because it was just high school. Such notions reinforce dangerous beliefs that the future of a man holds more value than the future of the woman he assaulted. And yet, people still wonder why women don’t immediately come forward to report trauma, when such reports that have historically been met with doubt and shame.

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    “‘I’m so sorry you were so alone.’ Those seven words undid me,” Monica Lewinsky writes for Vanity Fair about an exchange she had with a leader of the #MeToo movement. “Somehow, coming from her — a recognition of sorts on a deep, soulful level — they landed in a way that cracked me open and brought me to tears.”

    Most may know Monica Lewinsky as "the other woman" — she's often framed in the media as a seductive, fame-seeking, twenty-two-year-old intern who pursued Bill Clinton in the late '90s. But what was overlooked when the affair was covered was Lewinsky’s side of the story, which was rewritten in order to save the reputation of the President. But today, with the support of the #MeToo movement, Lewinsky has finally discovered the support she was denied for two decades. 

    Back in the '90s, the media never addressed the idea that the power dynamic between a twenty-two year old intern and the most powerful man of America could be anything but equal — and neither did Lewinsky herself, she writes. Now, thanks to the #MeToo movement, she's reconsidering.

     

    “Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern. I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot. (Although power imbalances—and the ability to abuse them—do exist even when the sex has been consensual),” she writes.

     

     

    “But it’s also complicated. Very, very complicated. The dictionary definition of ‘consent’? ‘To give permission for something to happen,’” Lewinsky continues. “And yet what did the ‘something’ mean in this instance, given the power dynamics, his position, and my age? Was the ‘something’ just about crossing a line of sexual (and later emotional) intimacy? (An intimacy I wanted—with a 22-year-old’s limited understanding of the consequences.) He was my boss. He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college. (Note to the trolls, both Democratic and Republican: none of the above excuses me for my responsibility for what happened. I meet Regret every day.)”

    Lewinsky credits the #MeToo movement for her new understanding: “Given my PTSD and my understanding of trauma, it’s very likely that my thinking would not necessarily be changing at this time had it not been for the #MeToo movement,” she writes, “not only because of the new lens it has provided but also because of how it has offered new avenues toward the safety that comes from solidarity.”

    Read more of Monica Lewinsky’s essay at Vanity Fair.

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    This morning, The Wall Street Journal asserted that Trump “personally directed” his former attorney Michael Cohen and son, Eric Trump, in planning efforts to stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from further sharing details of their affair.

    The Journal wrote that, according to several individuals close to the situation, Trump suggested Cohen get a restraining order to prevent Daniels from speaking with the media. He also said that he would pay all costs and that Cohen should work with his son on necessary paperwork, reported NBC.

    This is major, since—as Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter—the news “describes what we have been saying for months and what Trump and Cohen denied repeatedly.” 

     

     

    Back in January, the Journal revealed that Trump and Cohen paid Daniels $130,000, around the time of his election, to stay silent about the affair, which Trump continues to deny—though Cohen admitted to the hush money and pleaded guilty to multiple federal crimes in August. 

    But despite Trump’s attempts, Daniels won’t stay silent. Her memoir, Full Disclosure, is out today. In it, she shares the details of her affair with Trump, her thoughts on how it was revealed to the public, and the constant manipulation and harrassment from Cohen and her former attorney Keith Davidson, wrote the Hollywood Reporter. (She also shares some, uh, unsavory information about Trump’s penis.) 

    After all, as Daniels says in her book’s synopsis: “Standing up to bullies is kind of my thing.”

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  • Trump 95bacResearchers at The George Washington University have formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to 2,975 from the initial estimate of 64. The Puerto Rican government has officially accepted this number. President Trump, however, disagrees.

    Thursday morning, he tweeted, “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.” He then continued, accusing Democrats of conspiracy: “This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!" 

    The absurdity of that last sentence is profound. Trump does not love Puerto Rico. At best, he is ambivalent towards its 3.3 million American citizens. At worst – which we arrived at months ago – he is contemptuous to deadly consequences. Nearly 3,000 US citizens died from Hurricane Maria. 64 from the immediate storm; thousands more succumbed to heat and insufficient funds. My family, thankfully, was not of those thousands.

    My mom was born in Caguas, a city within the island’s largest valley. I loved her childhood stories, mango orchards and rolling hills. I don’t know if those orchards still stand. I do know that days after Trump left Puerto Rico, only a quarter of cellphone towers worked and only half the island had running water. In July, FEMA reportedempty warehouses and ill-qualified staff  on the island. 

    Last month, power fully, finally, returned the island, the New York Times reported. 

    Throughout, questions of accountability loomed. Puerto Ricans charged FEMA with mismanagement, Trump blamed Puerto Rican officials of incompetence. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a steadfast leader who has endured consistent ire from Trump, blasted his tweets, saying, "In a humanitarian crisis, you should not be grading yourself. You should not be just having a parade of self-accolades. You should never be content with everything we did. I'm not content with everything I did, I should have done more. We should all have done more," Cruz told CNN's Anderson Cooper. Trump instead perpetuates the delusion of “unsung success.” 

    That delusion has been present since October. While in Puerto Rico he toured wealthier neighborhoods that had been saved from most wreckage. On that same visit, he compared the (at the time) inaccurate death toll with Hurricane Katrina’s, saying “16 versus literally thousands of people” had died. Together, my family watched him on TV hurling paper towel rolls.

    But did Puerto Rico ever have a chance of being prioritized by the federal government? After all, the Times reported last year that “only 54 percent of Americans know that people born in Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, are U.S. citizens.” While thousands of Americans slowly died of heat and illness, the mainland discussed the NFL and Roseanne Barr.

    Race and legitimacy are indivisible factors in this disaster. Why didn’t Puerto Ricans deserve the same respect, and attention, as the victims of Hurricane Harvey? Trump toured Texas only four days after Harvey’s landfall. Trump waited six days after Hurricane Maria to agree to visit San Juan. Citizenship, and the federal obligations it demands, seems contingent on skin-deep qualifications.

    Puerto Ricans are resilient; I believe the expanding diaspora will be scarred, but recover. Whether this administration can recover from its self-perpetuated tragedy is another question. 

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    It’s a historic year: a record 256 women are running for the House and Senate. Will this result in a record-breaking number of women elected? Democracy in Color president Aimee Allison believes success lies with women of color. 

    “[Women of color] are the most progressive block,” Allison tells BUST in a phone interview. “We have the numbers to flip states blue. We are the potential that hasn’t been previously recognized.”

    Democracy in Color is a national political organization motivating what its founder, Steve Philips, coined "the New America Majority": America's progressive, multiracial voting block. Their work is comprehensive: stimulating nonvoters, organizing campaigns, lobbying for candidates. 

    As president of the organization, Allison's roles are manifold—public speaker, thought leader, writer. She stays busy; she's the host of the “Democracy in Color” podcast, which Ellen McGirt, editor of Fortune magazine’s raceAhead, called, "The smartest podcast on race I've found in ages. Listen and grow." In 2016, Allison organized and moderated “Women of Color: Uniting the Party, Leading the Country.” It was the first Democratic National Convention highlighting the potential women of color have to change democracy. 

    This Thursday ushers in the next project in Allison’s expansive vision: the inaugural She the People summit. It aims to give those women a platform. Politicians, activists, and organizers will convene in San Francisco this Thursday to connect with each other, strengthen the base, and discuss: how do women of color sustain, and harness, our newfound political momentum? 

    Democracy in Color describes their mission as “to win back our country from those who seek to silence our voices.” To do that, the summit is giving women, and their wide-ranging issues, a chance to be heard. The focus is those who Allison describes as politics' “Hidden Figures": the organizers, the women campaigning on the street.

    She highlights Andrea Mercado, Executive Director of The New Florida Majority. Like many of She the People’s speakers, Mercado is a child of immigrants. She is rarely in the spotlight, but she is a ceaseless force for reform. While living in California, she co-founded the National Domestic Workers Alliance. That alliance propelled the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which passed into seven states’ laws, winning the right to overtime for 2 million people—many of whom are women.

    There's a saying that “when women run, they win.” This summit, a three-year initiative, proves that when even one woman organizes and advocates, reform is possible. It’s an ambitious, unprecedented gathering. Though these are unprecedented times. 

    According to the New York Times, 22 women are running in Senate contests this year, compared to the previous record of 18 in 2012. Eleven of those women are favored to win. There's also an unprecedented increase in woman vs. woman contests: 33, compared to the previous record of 19 in 2002. 1992 saw numbers in the single digits.

    Currently, only 84 of 435 House seats are held by women. If a woman won every race this year, 207 House seats would be held by women. That’s, unfortunately, unlikely. But the candidacies are evidence of the political potential of women of color. Think of the biggest upsets, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacy Abrams. Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota could be the first Muslim American women elected to Congress.

    What Allison emphasizes, though, is that women of color have always been involved in politics—only, outside the spotlight. Take progressive Doug Jones' victory in Alabama for example: 98% of registered black women voted for Jones. 

    “In 2016, we turned out for Clinton—not white women,” she says. “But after [the election] we rejected the notion that we have to wait our turn. It was like a tipping point—we’re going to push our vision.” 

    The women running, and winning, are largely propelled by grassroots efforts. Winning, though, is just the first step in a larger agenda. What She the People envisions of is a revolution of both the establishment Democratic Party, and US democracy. Creating a government representative of its multiracial voting blocks. But first, changing which candidates receive party attention and funding. 

    “We need to convince the people behind funding that [women of color] are worth investing in,” says Allison. “Democrats spent 10 billion on the midterm election, spending it on TV ads which don’t work with local communities. For us to be able to turn the country, RESIST doesn’t get anyone to the polls. And [the Democratic Party] needs to recognize that.”

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