RESOURCES FOR LEARNING AND ACTION
About Ilhan Omar
Twitter: @IlhanMN and @Ilhan | Instagram: @IlhanMN and @RepIlhan
Political Leadership Training Organizations
New American Leaders Project trains first- and second-generation immigrants to run for office and build their political and civic leadership.
Vote Run Lead is a nonpartisan organization that trains women to run for political office.
Emerge America is a national organization with state chapters that trains women in the Democratic Party to run for political office.
Higher Heights trains Black women to run for office and build their political and civic leadership
Ignite is a national organization with state chapters that builds the political capacity and leadership of young women.
EMILY’S List recruits, trains, and supports pro-choice women candidates to run for local, state, and national office.
Re:Power (formerly Wellstone Action) trains people from historically underrepresented communities to run for office and lead electoral campaigns.
She Should Run provides online and in-person cohort-based trainings for women on running for office.
Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University – Ready to Run Network
Organizations Focused on Voting Rights and Civic Engagement by Women, Young People, Immigrants, and Communities of Color
The Advancement Project – National
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Black Voters Matter Fund
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)
Mi Familia Vota
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Native American Voting Rights Coalition
New Florida Majority
New Georgia Project
New Virginia Majority
Rock the Vote
She the People
Texas Organizing Project
Articles, Books, Videos, and Podcasts
Rutgers University Center for American Women in Politics’ “Women in State Legislatures 2019” provides state-by-state data on the gender and party affiliation of state representatives, as well as race and ethnicity data nationally on state lawmakers. http://cawp.rutgers.edu/women-state-legislature-2019
The Guardian: This March 19, 2018, article, “Almost Half of Women in Politics Have Faced Abuse or Violence,” looks at the state of women’s experiences in politics. https://www.theguardian.com/international/ Type the title of the article into the search function of the website.
Washington Post: “Rep. Ilhan Omar Prompts New Rule that Allows, for the First Time in 181 Years, Head Coverings on the House Floor,” January 4, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/01/04/rep-ilhan-omar-prompts-new-rule-that-allows-first-time-years-head-coverings-house-floor/?utm_term=.af6a3a1122b4
New York Times: Sahil Chinoy and Jessica Ma, “How Every Member Got to Congress”, January 26, 2019. An in-depth data analysis and visualization on the demographics and personal histories of all sitting members of the U.S. Congress. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/26/opinion/sunday/paths-to-congress.html
The Lily: “A ‘Shattering of the Walls’: Muslim Women Celebrate the Swearing In of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib,” January 4, 2019. https://www.thelily.com/a-shattering-of-the-walls-muslim-women-celebrate-the-swearing-in-of-reps-ilhan-omar-and-rashida-tlaib/
Sayu Bhojwani. People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door. New York: The New Press, 2018.
Steven Phillips. Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. New York: The New Press, 2018.
Democracy in Color Podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, covers political issues and movements focused on expanding the political rights and representation of communities of color. http://democracyincolor.com/podcast/
Kimberle Crenshaw on Intersectionality, More than Two Decades Later https://www.law.columbia.edu/pt-br/news/2017/06/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality
Politico: The 2017 interactive series on the state of women in US politics, “Women Rule Politics Investigation,” contains investigative articles such as, “What Will It Take for Women to Win” and “Why Women Don’t Run.” https://www.politico.com/women-rule-politics-investigation
TIME: The September 7, 2017, special project and cover story “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World” features Ilhan Omar and other prominent women. http://time.com/collection/firsts/ Click View Full List, then Omar Ilhan to read her profile.
Through Her Eyes Episode No. 2, January 29, 2019, Interview with Ilhan Omar https://www.yahoo.com/news/refugee-rep-ilhan-omar-hopes-crack-open-door-america-others-follow-164859128.html
Walker Art Center: The September 14, 2016, interview, “Urgent Cinema: Norah Shapiro on Ilhan Omar’s Campaign,” features a conversation with director Norah Shapiro. https://walkerart.org/ Type the title of the article into the search function of the website.
TED: The October 2010 TEDx Talk “Dave Meslin—Antidote to Apathy” identifies seven barriers that discourage people from becoming involved in politics. https://www.ted.com/talks/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy