The history of persons-of-color in politics is encouraging yet fragile. For example, Black American’s have climbed from a boat to the fields, and the factories to the boardroom. They have seen almost 50 seats won in congress at one time, and 10 senators over the history of our country. While the climb has been fantastic—people-of-color still struggle. Minorities still represent a disproportionately high number of incarcerated criminals. Persons-of-color experience racism and brutality at the hands of those who are supposed to be our community’s greatest protectors. Minority communities are riddled with poverty, and no one is giving a hand up.
We must change our country from the bottom up.
How can communities of color accelerate advancement if there aren’t well-funded and systematic means to access power at its highest levels? Women in America may be applauded for having nearly 60 national organizations committed to the advancement of their gender in politics. Racial minorities only have a few like-programs. The lack of wide-spread conscious attention to pipeline development caused the United States to have only seen 10 African American Senators rise through the ranks. Ten.
The 10|100 committee was formed to address pipeline development and funding issues in politics for persons-of-color. This bi-partisan PAC raises money to systematically train future leaders, fund campaigns, and make independent expenditures to defeat the competition.
The end-game of the 10|100 committee is to have 10 members-of-color in the US Senate, and 100 members-of-color in the US House of Representatives serving concurrently by 2050.
PAC & Candidate Values
The 10|100 committee doesn’t recruit candidates based on skin color alone. An exercise in blindly supporting candidates based on something innocuous as race will not address the true value of diversity. The 10|100 committee contributes to candidates based on the following attributes:
- Inspiring – The candidates that usher in the next generation of leadership must rally people, and inspire them into action to create change in their communities.
- Moderate – Partisan politics don’t work. Moderate candidates who vote by issue and not by party are favored by the next generation of voters.
- Solution, not politically, motivated – Voters elect politicians by party, and elected officials should vote per solutions that will best serve their constituents. Party politics has its place in elections—not in the halls of policy making and administration.
- Leads with communities-of-color in mind – It would be fruitless for us to recruit and fund candidates who are inspiring, moderate, and solution oriented if they didn’t have communities of color in mind when they make decisions. We want our elected officials to represent all their constituents.
- A person-of-color – Of least importance, but certainly a factor, is our candidate’s racial heritage. The 10|100 committee seeks to create a critical mass of persons-of-color in elected office. This group will reflect values important to all Americans.
- Develop a pipeline of candidates-of-color by investing in candidate’s fees for existing training programs.
- Seed campaigns with qualified staffers and candidates.
- Fund campaigns and marketing strategies that facilitate winning seats.
2018 Annual Plan
- Support 3 Candidates who have already self-identified in the 2018 Primary Election. Included in the three candidates, our committee will support one Republican, one Democrat, at least one woman, and at least one person of color who is not African American.
- Train 5 Fellows who have expressed an interest in politics, but need more training in how to successfully run. We will provide scholarships to our fellows to attend successful political training programs across the country.
- Raise $90,000 that will go towards supporting candidates, training fellows and expanding our reach across the country.