For Immediate Release
June 19, 2020
EMILY's List Recognizes Juneteenth
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in honor of Juneteenth, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
“As we commemorate Juneteenth, we honor the contributions and sacrifices of Black Americans, from the abolitionists to the suffragists to the civil rights activists and today's elected officials. We lift up Black leaders who have persevered in the fight for justice and equality against our nation’s history of hate and intolerance.”
“Yet, as the painful past few months have made clear, the injustices of systematic racism are still alive in our country. While the Trump administration and the Republican Party continue pushing divisive rhetoric against Black Americans, we all must create more inclusive and equitable opportunities for all Americans. From city councils and state legislatures to Congress and executive offices, it’s important we elect leaders who will not only defy racism but use their platforms to call out white supremacy and actively advance anti-racist policies and practices. Now, more than ever, EMILY’s List is committed to helping recruit, train, and elect more Black women to reflect the diversity of the people they represent.”
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 55,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices.