Voting, Mobilizing and Working for Progressive Policy and Political Change in New York State!
Community Voices Heard Power
Community Voices Heard Power! (CVH Power) is a multiracial member-led organization that works to build power and create a racially, socially and economically just New York State, through grassroots political organizing. We seek out, politically educate, train, encourage and support aspiring candidates of color; as well as persons that ideologically align, support, and further our agenda to advance low-income communities of color across our five New York chapters -- New York City, Westchester Co., Orange Co., Rockland Co., and Dutchess County-- and subsequently N.Y. State.
It has been shown time after time, Black women are power houses in elections, as shown in the 2018 Alabama Senate race, yet and still Black women see the policy issues they support fall to bottom of the priority list. CVH Power! seeks to move from the mere acknowledgement of Black women as the wheels for political moments, but as drivers for public policy and governance.
In 2019, CVH Power launched Follow Black Women: A Survey for the Frontlines. Through this project we will survey 5,000 individuals - that identify as Black women - about political issues that they care about. We will then engage these women in round table discussions, in the form of sister circles and house meetings, where we will listen to and more deeply explore the ideas and concerns voiced.
Based on the conversations and survey results, we set out to hold panel discussions featuring diverse and powerful Black women who are movers and shakers in the political world. We will work with our academic partners to create and release a report of our findings, stories from the field and policy recommendations at a town hall meeting. Ultimately, we seek to create a roadmap with and for Black women across New York State.
Community Voices Heard Power
CVH Power’s sister organization, Community Voices Heard was founded by a small group of mothers on welfare in 1996. It has won a jobs program that put over 20,000 welfare recipients to work in living wage jobs, won resources and improvements in public housing, and has mobilized over 18,000 voters.
When CVH leaders and members decided to enter political work, it was not only to change the nature of politics in New York State, but also to utilize additional tools to achieve our organizational mission. CVH Power is a strategic partner to our c3, and likewise our c3 work is a critical foundation out of which to build CVH Power’s political work. Our strategies and theories of change straddle both organizations.
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