February 13, 2018 DFL News, Press Release

DFL Chairman Ken Martin: Black Women are Backbone of Democratic Party

[ST. PAUL, MN] – In honor of Black History Month, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Ken Martin today released the following statement highlighting the ways black women lift up the Democratic Party:

“Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party. Of all the dedicated constituencies that make up our party, black women have consistently supported our party at the highest rates. They show up. They volunteer. They empower our candidates, and they have been with us through thick and thin.”

“We cannot take their support for granted. As they lift us up, we must lift them up. We must do everything we can to empower black women as they take action, organize, and run for elected office.”
“We are a big tent party that welcomes all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. We have a responsibility to lift up the voices of the marginalized and underrepresented in our party. We must support people as they build power and run for various leadership positions, including elected office.”

“We cannot ask for the support of these communities time and time again, and then turn a blind eye when they decide to run for office.

“As we move forward and celebrate the great contributions of black women to the Democratic Party, it is my sincerest hope that party leaders, activists, and elected officials support all of the great black women in our party who have done and will do so much to make our communities stronger.”

Below is the DFL’s Affirmative Action, Outreach and Inclusion Statement:

The DFL seeks to end discrimination and bigotry in all its forms and to inspire broad participation in our party. As part of our commitment to outreach and inclusion, we will take affirmative steps to increase the participation of members of all underrepresented communities. When you vote, remember this commitment includes electing members of underrepresented communities to positions both within the DFL party and in public office.