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How to Help: The Last Sip, Episode Six, May 20

How to Help: The Last Sip, Episode Six, May 20

On today's episode of The Last Sip, host Imara Jones looks at Cambridge Analytica's role in suppressing the Black vote in 2016, the surge of Black women running for office in 2018, and all things royal.  👑

Cambridge Analytica and the Black vote

This week, CNN reported on new revelations from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie's recent congressional testimony. Among these: former Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon attempted to use Cambridge Analytica's data and tools to suppress the African American vote.

Imara talks with The Guardian columnist Ben Tarnoff about this news, and what it means for the impact of technology and social media on future elections.

Ben's latest piece in The Guardian, Why Silicon Valley Can’t Fix Itself, argues that recent efforts to "humanize technology" should instead focus on democratizing technology. You can find more of Ben's writing on technology and politics on Twitter.

How to help revive multiracial democracy through the electoral process

Lots of organizations are working to restore the vote and help people meaningfully engage in the democratic process. Check out three of them here:

The Movement for Black Lives has launched the Electoral Justice Project and the Electoral Justice League. These programs work for Black community advancement through electoral strategy and leadership development.

The Movement Voter Project connects social movements and electoral politics, providing lots of opportunities for progressive donors to find local vote organizations and key races.

Lots of groups, from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, are working to ensure every eligible American has the right to vote. Find a full list here to see how you can join these efforts wherever you live.

If you're a lawyer, you can sign up as a volunteer with the Voting Rights Institute, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Lawyers for Good Government to help with 2018 election protection.

The electoral power of Black women

Joined by reporters Jamilah King (Mother Jones) and Darren Sands (BuzzFeed), Imara discusses the state of play in several electoral races, including the Georgia campaign for Governor.

Check out Jamilah's new article America Has Never Had a Black Woman Governor. Stacey Abrams Has Something to Say About That, and Darren's piece Stacey Abrams And Kamala Harris Gave Black Women Democrats A Moment They've Been Waiting For.

Imara also checks in with two current candidates for office about what it takes to run: Lauren Underwood, who is running for Congress in Illinois, and Aurora Martinez Jones, a district judge candidate in Texas.

How to help get good people (including yourself) elected

Missed the resources we shared last week on getting good people elected? Check it out here:

Last year, Emily's List launched Run to Win, a national recruitment program to get pro-choice Democratic women elected, especially at the state and local level. Here's their pitch: "So you’ve laced up your shoes and marched. You’ve fired off emails and posts. And you’ve got your congressional leaders on speed dial. ... What's next? We need you to Run to Win." Get in touch with them if you're interested in running or helping other women run. hosts regional events to get good people to run for office or support those who do. The next one is in Philadelphia, PA on September 7-8.

Run for Something is recruiting and supporting talented, passionate under-35 year-olds who will advocate for progressive values now and in the future.

The New American Leaders Project is the only national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process. Their main goal is to identify and support first- or second-generation immigrants to run for office. You can apply to their upcoming training programs in Las Vegas, NV (June 22–24) and Seattle, WA (July 20–22).

Bonus: The royal wedding!

Imara rocks a tiara and chats with Essence senior editor Charreah Jackson about the significance of the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

They talk about the impact of Black mothers, the importance of networks, the navigation of stereotypes, and the compelling personal story of Meghan Markle. Read Charreah's new article in Essence, Yes, Meghan Markle is a Black Woman.

You can also find more of Charreah's writing on Twitter.

Check out lots more ways to do something about the day's news on How to Help's main page.

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