Thanks to Stacey Abrams and Grassroots Organizers, Voters of Color Are a Force in Swing States

Abrams reach extended far past Georgia. Her organization, Fair Fight 2020, mobilized voter outreach efforts across the nation, connecting local organizations and activists with resources and manpower to protect the vote in their communities.

As impressive as Abrams work and foresight was, she was far from alone in this effort. Organizers like Tamieka Atkins of ProGeorgia, Nsé Ufot of the New Georgia Project and Deborah Scott of Georgia Stand-Up played pivotal roles in mobilizing voters across Georgia, rallying them around issues like affordable housing, transit equity, economic development and labor unions.

These same efforts transformed Arizona, a former conservative stalwart. Latinx organizations like Living United for Change in Arizona (Lucha) have worked for decades to flip the state, once known for its draconian Maricopa County Sheriff, Jeff Arpaio (regarded as a precursor to Donald Trump) and SB1070, a law that required local law enforcement to ask the legal immigration status of anyone they considered suspicious.

“The 10 years of this, it’s a sign that Arizona is moving in the direction that we envisioned since 2010,” Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Lucha, told The Guardian. “You have eight-year-olds who experienced the heartbreak of watching their families stand there in fear because of SB1070. They’re now 18-year-old voters. You have a ton of people that have grown up experiencing what it is to organize and what it is to build collective political power in a state that used to have none of it.”

Source: Thanks to Stacey Abrams and Grassroots Organizers, Voters of Color Are a Force in Swing States