WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Emily Cain, executive director of EMILY's List, the nation's largest organization for women in politics, released the following statement in response to the white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“In the face of racism, ignorance, and violence, we will not be silent. There is no place for white supremacy in America. Attacks on our nation's diversity go against all that we stand for as Americans.”
“Now, as always, EMILY's List stands with the communities of color who are leading the fight against this bigotry. We will continue our tireless efforts to elect even more women of color to office and drown out this racism and hate. We will not cower; we will not be silent; we will never back down.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.