Milwaukee — Black Leaders Organizing for Communities is proud to announce our endorsement of Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate. In his distinguished service as Lt. Governor, Mandela has taken steps to tackle climate change, support working families, and improve the lives of all Wisconsinites throughout 72 counties.
“What makes Mandela unique is his commitment to the issues most Wisconsinites face—because he has faced the same seemingly insurmountable odds. Even before he took his oath of office as an Assembly member or Lt. Governor…his upbringing in a Black middle class household from Milwaukee rooted him in his values and in the fight to rebuild the middle class.” said BLOC Executive Director Angela Lang.
We have heard for six years the resounding call for true leadership in our communities. Lt. Gov. Barnes understands the link between poverty and crime. His policies, plans, and vision reflect and show a true understanding and desire to reimagine the role the government plays in our lives. Values that have been apparent throughout his career as an organizer, public servant, and this campaign. The mark of a true leader is an individual who makes the path easier for those that follow. Mandela Barnes is one of those leaders, and we are excited to join with other grassroots organizations and voters to send him to the Senate.
“I am so grateful to have earned BLOC’s support,” said Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. “The issues BLOC and I have been fighting to address are deeply personal for us. We are fighting for our communities, our families, and our neighborhoods. It’s going to take that kind of grassroots organizing and connection to our communities to defeat Ron Johnson this November”.
BLOC is a non-profit advocacy organization that empowers Black community members throughout Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. Equipping our community with the tools, training, and resources needed to organize and guarantee that their issues, concerns, and values are represented at all levels of government. Through that accountability and representation we are building long term political power. Our endorsement process is community driven, both by our feedback in the field and our Ambassador Endorsement Committee. Our ambassadors research candidates and formulate questions based on the feedback they receive in the field.