Dear ,

Happy Monday! We're glad you're here.  Together, we are building our personal, economic, and political power.

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Minda Harts, CEO of The Memo, a career development platform for women of color. Harts is an assistant professor of public service at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and she has been featured in ForbesFastCompany, The Guardian, and more. Harts frequently speaks on Leadership, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship. Her upcoming book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table is available for pre-order.

Check her out!

Where Do Our Tax Dollars Go?

ICYMI, it's tax time and millions of Black women are writing checks to Uncle Sam.

Have you ever wondered where your money goes?  

We have! And here is what we learned.

  • In 2018, only 2 cents of every tax dollar went to education, while 24 cents of every dollar went to the military.
  • Also, nearly 16 cents of every tax dollar is used to pay the interest on our federal debt!

Reverend William Barber has said, "budgets are moral documents."   

We agree! How we spend our money says EVERYTHING about our priorities.

Please check out the National Priorities Project to learn more about tax spending.

She's Shaking Sh*t Up

Speaking of money, it can take a lot of it to run for public office. That's why we're so impressed that EMILY's List has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women for public office.  

Kelly stopped by the organization's gala this month to celebrate the success of the 2018 midterms and connect with some of the new rising stars in Democratic politics.  

Check out what she learned during her sit-down with New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is in the business of "shaking sh*t up!"

Learn more.

Reconstructing America and Honoring Ida

On Tuesday, April 16, be sure to tune into the second half of Reconstruction: America After the Civil War on PBS.  It's a powerful new documentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

"According to W. E. B. Du Bois, the Reconstruction era  (1865-77) was a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when [we] could ...exercise [our] right to vote, run for and win public office."

We learned SO much from this excellent 4-part series. You should stream it online now or watch it on PBS!

Pay special attention to Part 2, Hour 1 to learn more about the indomitable Ida B. Wells.  She played a pivotal role in awakening the public to the horrors of lynching through her investigative journalism.

Need Inspiration?

Check out the extraordinary artwork of Elizabeth Catlett.  

“I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential,” Elizabeth Catlett said. 

In love and solidarity,

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