Action of the day: train for elected office with Emerge America

If you’re a woman who would like to get involved with the Democratic party, or know someone else who’s interested in this, check out the training programs offered through Emerge America.  The in-depth sessions last for 70 hours over seven months, and provide a thorough introduction to the process of building a network, fundraising, and running for elected office.  Tuition is $1500, but financial aid is available as well.

Article of the day: a new incubator supporting women in politics has been overwhelmed with interest since November

According to Time, the non-profit She Should Run has registered more than 4500 women for training courses that prepare them for public leadership roles since November 9.  The project is still in its early stages, but it plans to help women “find access to established [female] political leaders and lawmakers and advice on every step of running for office, including tips on dealing with sexism in elections.”  Best yet, it’s free and open to everyone.

Article of the day: five essential books on American politics by writers of color

Continuing the theme of diversifying writing on American politics, here are five great books by writers of color.   If you purchase any of these through the Amazon Affiliate links below, all the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

  • We Should All Be Feminists. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short book is a wonderful introduction to contemporary feminism, and the prospect of liberating both women and men from the limits of patriarchy.  If you meet any Swedish 16-year olds in the next year, you’ll have a good topic of conversation.
  • Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party.  Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. have written an engaging, well-researched history of the Black Panthers’ social activism in 1960s Oakland.  Insightful points on the way that the white majority often treats any type of organization by the black community as disproportionately threatening.