American Visionaries

When Abrams announced on December 14 that Georgia’s 16 elec­toral votes had been cast for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, applause erupt­ed for the first Democratic pres­i­den­tial win in the state since 1992 — and for Abrams, the 2018 guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date who had argued all along that vot­er mobi­liza­tion could flip swing states against Donald Trump. With her group Fair Fight, Abrams cham­pi­oned vot­er reg­is­tra­tion and mobi­liza­tion dri­ves in Georgia, Wisconsin, and oth­er bat­tle­ground states. They fig­ured out how to draw new Black, Latinx, and Asian American vot­ers to the polls, cir­cum­vent vot­er sup­pres­sion, and nav­i­gate the chal­lenges of a pan­dem­ic elec­tion, with a savvy empha­sis on mail-in vot­ing, ear­ly vot­ing, and safe in-per­son vot­ing on Election Day that will be a nation­al mod­el going for­ward. That mer­its applause. And the cheer­ing will be even loud­er in 2022 if, as many sus­pect, Abrams runs for (and wins) Georgia’s governorship.

The phe­nom­e­nal Stacy Abrams

As the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Minneapolis dis­trict where George Floyd’s death dur­ing a bru­tal arrest in May sparked nation­wide protests, Omar imme­di­ate­ly rec­og­nized that this police killing of a Black man was part of a broad­er cri­sis. “We are not mere­ly fight­ing to tear down the sys­tems of oppres­sion in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem,” she announced. “We are fight­ing to tear down sys­tems of oppres­sion that exist in hous­ing, in edu­ca­tion, in health care, in employ­ment, in the air we breathe.” Trump staked his bid to win Minnesota on a cam­paign that vicious­ly attacked Omar’s chal­lenge to sys­temic racism. The con­gress­woman respond­ed with a turnout dri­ve that boost­ed Democratic num­bers in her dis­trict and helped Biden sweep the state.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

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