Emily’s List, a funding powerhouse that has helped elect hundreds of women who support the right to abortion, will be the next president of California’s former union leader and connected Democratic strategist Lafonza Butler. I chose to be president.
Raised in southern Mississippi, 42-year-old Butler will be the first colored woman and mother to lead an organization that is one of the most influential political action commissions in the United States.
She takes over the Emily’s List during particularly difficult times. The Democratic Party has faced the dual challenge of difficult midterm elections and the most fundamental and widespread threat to abortion rights since the Supreme Court established the constitutional rights to abortion in the Roe v. Wade case in 1973. increase. ..
Butler said in an interview that new abortion restrictions enacted in Texas and imminent in other states have energized Democratic women, both a wake-up call and a powerful attack line for Emily’s List-backed candidates. Said he believed in providing.
“We think all Republicans running for public office must inform voters about women’s rights to make their health care decisions and their position in the Roe v. Wade case,” she said. Said.
Butler is a veteran organizer who has spent nearly 20 years at the Service Employees International Union, eventually leading local home care workers. In that role, as President of SEIU California, she promoted policies such as raising the state’s minimum wage to $ 15 and raising the income tax on the wealthy.
She left to become a political consultant and was a senior strategist in the presidential election of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Emily’s List support is one of the most sought after Democratic women’s candidates, with widespread approval for women, where voting, organizing, and political contributions are becoming more and more important to the party as a whole. Provide a mark. The organization introduces supporting candidates to a vast network of donors and advises on strategies, staffing and financing. (The name is an acronym for the saying, “Early money is like yeast.”)
The group’s power doubled during President Trump’s term as a record number of women became political candidates. Four months after the 2016 election, Emily’s List said it had been contacted by more than 10,000 women wishing to take office. This is more than 10 times the total for the last two years. The group said it raised more than $ 700 million and helped elect more than 1,500 women at all levels of government, including the Vice President.
The group ignited by participating in a primary election featuring several qualified female candidates. And the decision to significantly refrain from the Democratic presidential primary (supporting Senator Elizabeth Warren three days before she closed the bid) was several after all six women running for nomination were defeated. Collected criticism.
The vulnerable also better than raising funds by showing that the Emily’s List requirement that candidates show political viability can be aimed at raising funds, running professional campaigns, and winning general elections. He says he can keep out colored women who often face high hurdles.
Butler said there was widespread agreement within the organization that more should be done to support non-white candidates. She will expand partnerships with other groups to help recruit a wider variety of candidates and “talk to women who don’t know that Emily’s List is a place they can call their politicians.” Said... “
Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU, said Butler is in a good position to engage more diverse classes of women political leaders to “become the leaders needed by working families.” Stated.
“She can use her personal story to build relationships,” she said.
Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, Butler, who has a seven-year-old daughter, is a teaching assistant among security guards, gas station cashiers, home care workers, and other jobs.
“The Emily’s List continues to give me the opportunity to work for women like my mother,” Butler said in an interview. “Which daughter does not want to continue her mother’s journey?”