FOLLOW BLACK WOMEN:
A SURVEY FOR THE FRONTLINES
CVH Power believes that in order to advance the type of relationship that we desire between the people and government, we must create new spaces and models of civic engagement.
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.
The 2018 midterm elections were filled with historic wins and devastating losses. The House of Representatives' freshman class will have more women of color than ever. Women like Ilhan Omar (MN), Lucy McBath (GA) and Ayanna Pressley (MA) are positioned to play decisive roles in sponsoring key legislation. In New York, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Member Crystal People-Stokes, and Tish James were the first black women to become Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Majority Leader, and Attorney General elect, respectively.
Stacey Abrams ran a masterful campaign in the face on rampant voter suppression, and although she did not win, her campaign served as a national model. The Abrams campaign showed us what it meant to be unapologetic about who you are when running for office and the need for policies to change, improve people's lives, and transform communities. While there were electoral highs and lows, we have a unique opportunity to create an agenda that centers the issues and experiences of black women.
Campaign for Stable Homes:
Ossining Emergency Protection Act (ETPA)
CVH Power members and our allies are working tirelessly to enact ETPA in Ossining and using its successful enactment as a springboard to get similar legislation in other towns and villages across Westchester County.
Westchester has been a key battleground in the fight for affordable housing. Amidst this fight for affordable housing in Westchester, its Black and brown low-income, working-and middle-class residents who have been systematically displaced from their homes, soon followed by their churches, cultural institutions, beauty salons, and other community fixtures. Market trends suggest that increasing housing costs are becoming increasingly burdensome for both owners and residents, pricing out working families. As housing costs rise, we risk losing some of the most important and vital members of our community - childcare workers, masons, teacher assistants, home health aides and service technicians- who are the lifeblood of their communities.
This would be New York’s largest expansion of rent stabilization in more than a decade and a seminal point in the fight to protect and expand the affordable housing stock in New York State.