Statement from Debra Gore-Mann, President & CEO at The Greenlining Institute, on the 2022 midterm elections:

As votes across the country are being tallied, let’s all take a collective breath. The lead up to this midterm election was more of the same, especially for communities of color targeted by hateful campaign rhetoric and dangerous policies that sought to take away our fundamental rights. But tonight I remain hopeful, and tomorrow our fight for a fair and just future continues.

We’ve seen some important bright spots in early voting results. In Massachusetts, Maura Healey will be the first governor to openly identify as a lesbian. Wes Moore will be Maryland’s first Black governor. And 25 year old Maxwell Frost will be the first Gen-Zer to represent Floridians in the U.S House of Representatives.  And, across the country pro-choice voters made their voices heard loud and clear.

Regardless of who is in power, democracy has always been a work in progress for people of color. We are fighting for a future not yet realized and our path will not be linear. While the threats we face are real, so is the resolution, clarity, and creativity of our communities to tackle the challenges ahead.

From California’s Executive Order on Equity, to the Justice40 initiative, to the federal Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we’ve made great strides. Now, our focus shifts to getting it right. To ensure low-income communities and communities of color actually see the benefits promised by these investments and policies. We are committed to building on these successes and seeing them through.

At Greenlining we remain steadfast in our mission to close the racial wealth gap by holding power to account, and advocating for underserved communities. But ultimately, what we are fighting for goes beyond wealth. We are in service to our collective wellbeing. We have an unwavering commitment to build a world that will know peace and the liberation and prosperity of all people. The road ahead will be challenging, but this is the work we do everyday, together. Tomorrow will be no different.

 

To learn more about The Greenlining Institute, visit www.greenlining.org.

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THE GREENLINING INSTITUTE works toward a future when communities of color can build wealth, live in healthy places filled with economic opportunity, and are ready to meet the challenges posed by climate change.

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