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Oct 28, 2015

November ESSENCE magazine features Melanie Campbell, Black Women's Roundtable

Power of Sister Vote

The November issue of ESSENCE magazine features a Q & A with National Coalition president Melanie Campbell, convener of the Black Women's Roundtable. BWR is also featured prominently in an article "Power of the Sister Vote" which describes the Roundtable/ESSENCE poll of more than 18-hundred black women on the 2016 elections.

The Power of the Sister Vote Poll was launched by ESSENCE and the Black Women’s Roundtable in August 2015 to assess Black women’s priority issues for the 2016 election and understand their motivation for voting. The results were revealed at a news conference during the 45th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference.

The Power of the Sister Vote Poll surveyed 1,862 women nationally who identified themselves as registered to vote and see voting as a responsibility. 88% of respondents would vote for President Obama in 2016 if they could. Most respondents identified the Democrats (78%) as representing their interests, 18% identified no party; 1% feel Republicans and 1% feel Libertarians represent their interests. African-American Millenials appear to be trending away from identifying with political parties—over a quarter (26%) responded they do not identify with any political party.

Black women are interested in Presidential candidates who commit to: 1) improving law enforcement/community relations, 2) reducing taxes for low and middle income people, 3) increasing the minimum wage to at least $15/hour.

Additional POSV Poll Findings include: · ·

Millennials who comprised 14% of the respondents, cited college affordability, quality public education and criminal justice reform as highly important.

Other key issues identified included right to reproductive choices, expanding voting rights, earned paid time/family leave, entrepreneurship opportunity and immigration reform.

Read the November ESSENCE article here

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