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Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song.Black women went to the polls in record numbers last December to elect Doug Jones as the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 25 years.As of this week, 39 black women are nominees for the U.S. House in the November midterms, including 22 women who aren't incumbents.Brown said the time is now for black women to lead again.Briggins co-founded R.O.S.E.-PAC, short for Raising Our Sisters' Electability, and started the Sisters Supporting Sisters campaign this summer, with the goal of getting 100 women at a time to donate $100 each.Her pitch is simple: When black women go to the hair salon, she asks them to talk to other women about the midterms and about the importance of voting.Black women are also collaborating across states and across the country to maximize their efforts.
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