On Sunday afternoon, the Hillary Clinton campaign hosted a “Black Girl Magic” roundtable discussion in Parramore to celebrate the accomplishments of young black women in their communities and discuss how Clinton’s policies on equal pay will impact them.
The roundtable included 3 leaders from the black community, who will all likely hold public office next year. Former Orlando Police Chief and Candidate for Congress in the 10th District, Val Demings, House District 45 State Representative-elect, Kamia Brown, and Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Candidate Aramis Ayala. The discussion was hosted by Clinton supporter, Jasmine Burney.
All three panelists began by explaining why they’re supporting Clinton this November.
Demings believed it was not just about electing Clinton, but protecting the work of Barack Obama saying “This election is everything. The next President will either carry forth what we believe in or do everything within their power to eliminate everything that we care about.”
Brown believed it was about protecting the path to prosperity and defending the progress that has been made in the black community. Ayala saw it as a decision between where the country was headed or the trajectory that existed before Obama was in Office.
“We’re entering that time when you hear ‘Make America great again’, I don’t really know what the ‘again’ is for.” Ayala said “Are we ready to continue to where all voices are heard? Or are we ready to look back towards oppression?”
The next questions involved advancing male-dominated fields like government, law enforcement, and law practice; and the path each candidate took on their way to making the decision to run for office. There was also a question-answer session where the attendees were able to participate in the discussion.
The roundtable was held at Haya’s Fashions in the Parramore neighborhood, where in addition the owner not only designed and sold the clothing available at the store but mentored other young women on how to get into the fashion industry.
Clinton and Trump are currently leap-frogging in the polls here in Florida. Both campaigns have made the I-4 corridor a priority, with the stretch between Daytona Beach and Tampa, which runs right through Orlando, holding it’s reputation as one of the biggest Presidential battlegrounds in the country.
Everyone who attended the roundtable was urged to identify an issue that was important to them and get involved in the campaign because it could make the difference in what is expected to be a close contest.
“Go and get nine people. You’ll be surprised how fast it will grow from there.” said Demings