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Voting Rules Everything Around Me (VREAM)

Black Women for Wellness' Sisters in Control Civic Engagement and Voter Education program increases the electoral and political power of Black women through voter education, registration and outreach during and between elections.

Black Women for Wellness Adinkra symbol

Voting Rules Everything Around Me (VREAM)

Black Women for Wellness' Sisters in Control Civic Engagement and Voter Education program increases the electoral and political power of Black women through voter education, registration and outreach during and between elections.

Black Women for Wellness Sisters in Control program launched the Voting Rules Everything Around Me (VREAM) campaign in 2012 to build the electoral power of black women. BWW is not only making sure Black women get to the polls, but that we are hold elected officials accountable to our communities.

Black Women for Wellness Sisters in Control program launched the Voting Rules Everything Around Me (VREAM) campaign in 2012 to build the electoral power of black women. BWW is not only making sure Black women get to the polls, but that we are hold elected officials accountable to our communities.

 

Young African American women smiling enthusiastically

“It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.”

Campaign Highlights

  • Co-sponsored accountability conversations with newly elected city council members.
  • Co-hosted reproductive justice briefings.
  • Canvassed more than 15,000 homes in the Los Angeles area.
  • Conducted more than 50 phone banks.
  • Conducted more than 3 census texbanks reaching 200,000 consumers and voters
  • Conducted a district attorney voter education textbank reaching 40,000 voters
  • Hosted 28 community forums.
  • Recruited more than 75 volunteers.
  • Hosted educational days to meet elected officials in Washington D.C.
  • Hosted volunteer training.
  • Hosted reproductive justice trainings.

Black women are the country’s most consistent voters but that hasn’t fully materialized into building political power. In the last five presidential elections, Black women voted at or above 60 percent. We turnout! Right now, in 2020, we have 127 women serving in Congress but only 22 are Black; of the 90 women serving in statewide elected positions only 5 are Black, and of the 2,154 women serving as state legislators only 313 are Black. So, we turnout but still lack appropriate political representation. Now, it’s time for us to continue the movement, mobilize, and take action. Let’s continue the work to improve these numbers and uplift Black women and girls.

Locally, Black Women for Wellness conducted a survey of black women residents in Los Angeles County. Our research found that access to health care, sexually transmitted infections and media depictions of Black women and girls were some of the biggest issues of concern.