ICYMI: DNC Launches The “Seat At The Table” Tour, A New Black Women Outreach Initiative
July 2, 2018
Thanks to the initiative of the DNC’s Director of African-American Outreach Waikinya Clanton, we’ve launched the Seat at the Table Tour. This program is a joint Democratic initiative from the DNC, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Black women mayors. Through the tour, we seek to rebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories.
Refinery29: DNC Launches The “Seat At The Table” Tour, A New Black Women Outreach Initiative
By Ashley Alese Edwards
The Democratic National Committee has launched a new initiative, the Seat At the Table Tour, a Black women outreach tour designed to “rebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories,” Refinery29 has learned.
Black women have been the Democratic Party's most reliable voting bloc since the 1990s. Doug Jones win over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election in December especially highlighted Black women's power; they were largely credited to lifting Jones to victory through on the ground organizing and voter registration efforts.
Despite this, however, the Democratic Party has been criticized for neglecting the needs of Black women and not adequately supporting Black women who are running for office. Many Black women candidates, particularly in Alabama, have been operating with little institutional support, as Refinery29 reported in June.
According to the DNC, the tour, in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus and Black women mayors, will consist of listening and training sessions for Black women.
“This is the Democratic Party’s opportunity to show that we want more than just Black Women’s votes. We also need and want Black Women’s input, ideas, and organizing power,” Waikinya Clanton, the DNC's director of African American outreach, told Refinery29. “We want to hear from Black Women across this country about what keeps them up at night and what we can do to help fix it. Whether it’s training candidates on how to address certain issues, training organizers on how to advocate on issues locally or connecting Black women Democrat. We want to connect and work with Black women to help move this country forward in a real and meaningful way.”