Voter Justice and Planning for the Future

At our annual conference, we shared the impact of our collective action and grantmaking first-hand. Check out our one-minute video of election highlights and areas where WDN members invested.

WDN’s Jean Hardisty Initiative was an early funder of Black Voters Matter (BVM) Capacity Building Institute, supporting a voter engagement bus tour through the South in 2018 that made headlines across the nation. BVM’s co-founder LaTosha Brown shared that WDN was a critical partner—we mobilized resources for their efforts quickly, so they could get to work. Black Voters Matter is committed to deep organizing and community building for longterm civic power beyond election cycles.

1.4 Million Regain Right to Vote.

Over 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people have regained their right to vote in Florida. This is a huge win for democracy and for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), which has been fighting for the rights of people convicted of felonies and their families for years. WDN has supported the FRRC Education Fund through our Criminal (In)Justice Circle and Participation and Representation Impact Collective.

More than 100 women are heading to Congress, including the first Muslim and Native American congresswomen in U.S. history. 

Let’s celebrate a more reflective democracy! Our new report, A Rising Tide? looked behind the headlines and tracked the race and gender of candidates on the November 2018 ballot in congressional and gubernatorial races, as well as a sample of state legislative elections nationwide—and we found a historic shift. The results are promising—more women and people of color are running and claiming our seats at the decision-making table.

And while these are important wins, there is more work to do: organizing, ensuring election integrity, and demanding true representation. If you’re a WDN member interested in digging deep into this work, join an impact collective today.

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