Thursday, June 8, 2017

It's time for Black Canadians to claim their seat at the table - METRO NEWS

by Tiffany Gooch
Originally published: June 7, 2017
Publisher: MetroNews.ca

In April, the Jamaican Canadian Association hosted “So You Think You Can Run,” a free event aimed at preparing Black Canadians interested in running for public office. 

I was invited to join the panel to share best practices in campaign organization. 

There was a moment during the training that I will never forget: as participants stood to introduce themselves, we realized that every one of the self-selected potential candidates was a woman.  

Earlier this year while organizing a lobby day in Ottawa alongside Black activists from across the country, we had a similar moment when we realized that 70 per cent of our delegation was female.