Dear ,

Happy Monday!  We're so glad you're here. Together, we can build our personal, economic, and political power.

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Dani McClain, a reporter on race, reproductive health, and activism. McClain is a contributing writer with The Nation and a fellow with TYPE Media Center. She’s the author of the newly released We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. 

Check her out!

BlackHer Fact

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "considerable racial disparities in pregnancy-related mortality exist." See the chart below.

This is because, as BlackHer Shero Linda Blount, president and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative reminded us, RACISM is a risk factor for illness and death.

Enough is enough.

Thankfully, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC -12) and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) just launched the first-ever Black Maternal Health Caucus

Learn more about this effort to literally save our lives.

And be sure to check out Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a collaborative to "center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice."

What We Want

Ensuring access to affordable health care is just one of our public policy priorities. According to a new poll by Intersections of Our Lives, a collaborative of three Reproductive Justice organizations, Black women are also deeply concerned about voting rights, access to clean water, and more!  

Read it.

Because the Democrats Can't Win Without Us

Speaking of lifting up and holding elected officials accountable to our policy priorities, She the People is hosting the first-ever Presidential candidate forum focused on women of color and we are deeply honored to be a partner in this effort.

Not in Houston this week?  No worries! 

You can hear from the candidates by streaming the event on Facebook.

Watch it!

Need Inspiration?

Go watch Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace.

This movie concert will make your heart sing!

In love and solidarity,

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