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BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Yeshimabeit Milner, founder and executive director of Data for Black Lives, a web platform that links scientists and programmers to activists and organizers, and provides grassroots organizations with the data tools they need. Milner is an Echoing Green Fellow but she began her career in organizing as a high-school student!  Prior to founding Data for Black Lives, she served as a campaign manager at Color of Change.  Milner has a BA from Brown University and serves on the board of The Highlander Center in Tennessee.

Check her out!

Kamala Harris for the People

ICYMI, Senator Kamala Harris is running for President of the United States!  She announced her candidacy last Monday and then spoke about her decision to run at Howard University, her alma mater.

Harris is a unicorn's unicorn.  She was the first woman to serve as attorney general of the state of California.  She's the second Black female to serve as a U.S. Senator. (Carol Moseley Braun was the first.)  Now, she's following Shirley Chisholm's lead and making a bid for the presidency!  

We're super excited to follow her campaign closely and share everything we learn with you.  For now, watch the video below and check out her website to learn more about her campaign and join her team!


Majority Rules and Other Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

The longest government shut down in our nation’s history is over - at least for now.  On Friday, Trump signed a bill to fund the government for at least three weeks, while negotiations continue over border security. 

Now that the worst of the shutdown is currently over, Angela looks back to see if there are any lessons that we can learn from this experience.

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BlackHer Fact

We wrote last week about the critical importance of homeownership in generating wealth for Black women and our families. But since the majority of us have not yet achieved this pinnacle of the American Dream, it's important to look at how rent impacts our finances.  

In this great article, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author and assistant professor in the department of African American studies at Princeton, reminds us that while segregation may be illegal, it is not over. This is due, in part, to the high cost of rent in so many American cities.

"The rising costs of rent weigh heaviest on African Americans, who suffer from lower wages. Over the last year, rents have risen across the United States by 4% to an average of $1,209 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,442 for a two-bedroom apartment. In some cities, such as San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Chicago, it is nearly impossible to find safe and sound apartments for these prices. As the cost of rent climbs above income, ordinary people face eviction, displacement, and homelessness."

Isn't it time we make affordable, safe housing a human right?

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Need Inspiration?

Go see If Beale Street Could Talk!  This stunning film is based on the book by James Baldwin and was directed by the incredibly talented Barry Jenkins, the Academy Award-Winning Director of Moonlight.

Regina King slays and is up for best supporting actress for her performance. 

Spoiler alert: This film will break your heart but it's also an incredible parable about the power of love and family to create RESILIENCE in the face of tragedy and oppression.


In love and solidarity,

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