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Texas Southern University was the location for the first-ever presidential forum organized to focus on women of color.  Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates appeared before a packed house.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Aime Allison of She the People, and audience members asked policy-specific questions of the eight candidates on hand. The greatest focus was on affordable housing, criminal justice reform, “health care for all’, immigration, and voting rights.

She the People’s Allison punctuated the importance of the forum.

Mixed Ethnic Group of Young Adults with Vote Sign

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Women of color are 20 million strong and consistently go to the polls. Across the country, nearly 120 women won their elections last year, 42 of them were women of color. 17 African-American female judges were sworn-in here in Harris County this year and Lina Hidalgo became Harris County’s first Latina county judge. Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Sylvia Garcia of Houston became the first Latina members of Congress from Texas. 

Each candidate was asked: Why should women of color vote for you? The Texas Signal has the complete story. Read more: