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Omara Strategy Group President Pens Op-Ed for Washington Post’s The Lily

Atima Omara writes that it’s time for progressive organizations and the Democratic Party to recruit, train, fund and elevate black women leadership.

At this year’s Golden Globes, talk show billionaire, actress, producer and legend Oprah Winfrey was bestowed the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award and gave a powerful speech about service to others, race, gender and sexual assault.

Many called her presence “presidential” and the speech led to calls for her to run in 2020. Then the backlash came. There are plenty of reasons why our country shouldn’t be in the business of electing celebrities or business people to be president. However, there are plenty of other women of color who could be fit to lead this country, their states and local communities.

After the 2016 elections and the special Senate election in Alabama, it finally became clear to everyone who is not black that African Americans, particularly black women voters, are the deciding factor in many critical races important to Democratic victories.Many Democrats and progressive organizations were on social media the day after the election in Alabama celebrating black women’s ability to mobilize and come out on election day to protect progressive values.

Let me be clear: Celebration is not enough.

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Omara Strategy Group President, Atima Omara Pens Op-Ed for Alternet

Atima Omara writes that the Democratic Party shouldn’t sacrifice the growing base of voters of color to win election.

Last week black women activists and leaders met with DNC Chair Tom Perez, and it was easy to think of them like the heroine in horror or sc-fi movie who find solutions to the threat of the day as bystanders wring their hands and wail. These women cut through the Democratic soul-searching after a series of electoral losses with a clear-cut message, stated in an open-letter that secured the meeting: Include us, the party’s most loyal constituency and voting bloc. We know how to slay the demons.

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Omara Strategy Group President, Atima Omara Pens Op-Ed for HuffPost

Atima Omara writes that in order to increase gender parity in politics , particularly in all levels of government sometimes the male candidate has to lose.

Thanks to Bernie Sanders v. Hillary Clinton in the fight for the Democratic nomination for President, the number of women particularly within the Democratic Party has returned as the topic du jour in 2016. Some argue that the most qualified person should get the job, a sentiment with which I agree, although it has become clear in recent days being “qualified” clearly means different things to different people.

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