Our story started with one question. Why have there only been 10 Black U.S. Senators in American history?
The history of persons of color in politics is encouraging yet fragile.
People of color have risen through the ranks to serve on Capitol Hill. They have held nearly 50 seats in Congress at a one time, and 10 Senate seats over the history of our country. While the climb has been fantastic—people of color, ALL people of color, still struggle.
High rates of incarceration, poor educational outcomes, blatant racism and brutality at the hands of those who are supposed to be our greatest protectors, and neighborhoods riddled with poverty still plague communities of color. No one is giving a hand up.
We must change our country from the bottom up.
This systematic repression must change. We have to 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 almost 60 national organizations committed to the advancement of their gender in politics. Racial minorities only have a few like-programs. Given the lack of widespread conscious attention to pipeline development, the United States has only seen 10 African American Senators rise through the ranks. That does not even include the limited numbers from other minority groups.
The 10|100 Committee has been formed to address pipeline development and funding issues in politics for Persons of Color. Persons of Color (POC) and different variants of this term refer inclusively to all non-European peoples, encouraging respect and political solidarity. To achieve diversity in politics, we must train and fund Republican & Democrat candidates of color to win seats down-ballot through Congress. This bi-partisan PAC raises money to systematically train future leaders, fund campaigns and make independent expenditures to defeat the competition.
Our long-term goal is to have 10 members of color in the U.S. Senate and 100 members of color in the U.S. House of Representatives serving concurrently by 2050.
The mission of The 10|100 Committee is to raise monies that are invested in developing a pipeline of candidates of color that will populate campaigns, down-ballot through Congress, with qualified servants who represent communities of color.
Our immediate vision is to start in Indiana, and as we create a proven track record of success, we will expand state-to-state and then forge together to make an impact at the federal level. Our four-pronged approach is as follows:
RAISE at least $100,000 to fund research and directly fund candidates for the 2018 election cycle.
RESEARCH to identify the congressional and state legislative districts that would likely support a candidate of color.
RECRUIT candidates and get them elected in 2018 and beyond.
REPLICATE this successful model across the country.
Our long-term vision, and what motivates us to further this local momentum, is to facilitate 10 members of color in the U.S. Senate, and 100 members of color in the U.S. House of Representatives serving concurrently by 2050.
PAC & Candidate Values
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 selects candidates to support 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– A candidate’s racial heritage contributes significantly to the ideas and values brought to elected office. The 10|100 committee seeks to create a critical mass of persons of color in politics. This group will reflect values important to all Americans.
- Develop a pipeline of candidates of color by creating an annual fellowship program that invests in participant’s fees for existing training programs
- Seed campaigns with qualified staffers and candidates
- Fund campaigns and marketing strategies that facilitate winning seats
Issues of Focus
Education innovation, criminal justice reform, career training, voting rights and paths to citizenship are top priorities for The 10|100 Committee. We support Republican & Democrat candidates who will work toward solutions that deliver results for communities of color.
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.