A William Mitchell College of Law graduate with over a decade of private practice experience, Calandra Revering is one of the only Black women criminal defense attorneys in the state.
BVMM sponsored the evening at the Minneapolis Urban League, hosted by Robbins and activist Bill English and moderated by former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton.
I know and believe that all life is precious, but not just pre-born life!
We’ve seen the collective power of Black women impact key races for office in special elections and primaries. Black women, according to a recent NAACP poll which analyzed the 61 most competitive midterm races, are tired of feeling disrespected by the Trump Administration and have made it a much higher priority to voice their displeasure at the polls.
In 2007, Ellison became the first member of the Muslim faith ever elected to the U.S. Congress. In 2017 he became Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee after losing a close race for Chair to former Obama DOJ official Tom Perez.
The U.S. is not the only place where the advance of racism and misogyny in politics has spurred Black women to run for office at unprecedented levels. In Brazil, a record 1,237 Black women will be on the ballot this Sunday in the country’s Oct. 7 general election.
The awful outcome of the 2016 presidential election has emboldened young African Americans to seek public office, against all odds. It’s an exciting development in an otherwise gloomy political time, and it ought to also be motivation for people to vote in the midterm elections!
My run for office is really an extension of work that I’ve been doing within our community for well over a decade, and some of the issues I have been working on that I think have a real impact on the African American community are things like maternal birth outcomes within the African American community.
Much of the intrigue came from the DFL endorsing convention, where Angela Conley nearly secured the party endorsement over longtime incumbent Peter McLaughlin. While neither candidate ultimately received the necessary 60 percent votes for endorsement, Conley was the frontrunner with 57 percent of delegate votes.
On the surface, Blacks are marketed to as if their sacred vote means so much, but, historically, that often changes once their vote is cast. The way Black voters are treated, it is as if they have become a political piñata.