Laws, Liberation and Love | Legislative Standards is an instrument you can use as a companion while looking at legislative concepts or active pieces of legislation to determine whether or not they meet the standards of The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects, The Beautiful Project and National Crittenton: the uplift, support and celebration of Black girls and the communities in which they live and love. According to the Center for American Progress, Black women have turned out to vote in higher rates than any other demographic in the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012, and more recently were responsible for upsets in gubernatorial and Senate races. Black women overwhelmingly support more progressive candidates and platforms because the personal has always been political for them. More specifically, private troubles have often become public issues that helped transform a nation. Because of interlocking systems of oppression, what’s best for Black women and girls is typically best for many communities.
The legislative tracker we’ve curated is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the legislation proposed that impacts the stakeholders—Black girls and women—in the communities we live in and love, in one way or another. Don’t fret, though. We are watching a few state legislatures: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. We’ve chosen these states because it’s where we have strong relationships and are currently working. Even if these proposed bills don’t make it into law (this go ‘round), there are a few reasons it’s important to track what’s being proposed and by whom. A few of those are detailed below:
A bill introduced by members of a legislature is the first step to the creation of a new law.
It can help any public servants’ constituency understand if the representative is actually doing the work they’ve been elected to the legislature to do, which is to work for all the people of the state.
Once you understand who your representatives are, it can inform your political action, in terms of either helping to get the person re-elected or work for a better candidate. Any information you have, makes you a better informed citizen.
Taking a look at proposed legislation across multiple states, you start to notice trends. You may note skimming the Legislative Tracker, for example, “Whew! They’re always coming for women, huh?!”