New York’s 11th: Staten Island Women Who March
A powerful core leadership of diverse women and a strong coalition of progressive groups in Staten Island and Brooklyn ready to help turn NY-11 blue
In NY-11, though Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 20 points, many are socially conservative union members who resonate with Trump’s populist tone. However, the district went for Obama in 2012 and Cuomo in 2014, underscoring the potential power of Democratic voters. The district is primarily located in Staten Island where Democrats have struggled to win, running Brooklyn-based candidates in recent elections. However, this year a strong Staten Island Democrat, Max Rose, is positioned to win back the district amid Republican anti-union efforts.
Staten Island Woman Who March (SIWWM) is a coalition of women born from the Women’s March (Jan 2017) who focus on highlighting intersectionality and the advancement of women district and city-wide. SIWWM has strong core executive team of diverse female leaders who represent this intersectionality and who have grown up in the district. They have over 900 Facebook group members and host/promote an average of 15 events per month since its inception, generating significant interest from the community, including their most recent inaugural SIWWM Breakfast, featured in the local news.
The most common refrain about NY11 we hear from locals is “it’s an unusual place, politically”. That is why SIWWM has developed a strategy to engage a wide cross-section of voters through townhalls, forums, fundraisers, protests, rallies and concerts, each coupled with a voter registration effort. SIWWM is bringing a large swath of progressive groups to the table to coordinate efforts for GOTV this June and November, as evident from their breakfast in early June. In September, they will be hosting a Wu-Tang concert on the island in support of registration and GOTV.