On Feb. 13, the UFCW International hosted a lunch and panel discussion in celebration of Black History Month and centered around the theme “When We Vote, We Win.”
The event featured UFCW International President Marc Perrone; International Vice President and Director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department Robin Williams; Rev. Regina Thomas, who is the advocacy director of women, human and civil rights at AFT; and Glynda Carr, who is the president, CEO, and cofounder of Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to expanding black women’s elected representation and voting participation.
“This year is important for all of us. We’re ready to fight this election year. But in addition to voting, we’re also encouraging all of you to participate in the 2020 Census. This is about fair representation and everyone should be counted,” Williams said at the event.
“This year, we plan to put 400 people on the ground from June until the election to get out the vote,” said Perrone. “We will also continue to monitor what our members think about this election and the candidates and will communicate with them throughout the year.”
Thomas talked about the movie “Harriet,” and used the example of how Harriet Tubman inspired others to pursue their freedom and embrace the power of sticking together.
“Harriet Tubman didn’t run by herself. She ran back to get others even when she got discouraged,” said Thomas. “She got whoever wanted to come with her and came back again. When we vote, we win.”
Carr emphasized the power of black women this election year.
“We all have a role to play in this democracy,” said Carr. “The road to 2020 is paved by black women voters. So, put on your walking shoes and knock on doors. Door to door will win the war.”