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ICYMI – Opinion: I want to talk about Elissa Slotkin's record in Black and Brown communities

“Elissa, our Congresswoman, has demonstrated an impressive track record of actively seeking our input, advocating on our behalf, and delivering tangible outcomes.”

DETROIT, Mich. – Writing in the Detroit Free Press today, the Rev. Dr. Pamelajune Anderson – one of Michigan’s most prominent faith leaders – discussed her support for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin in the 2024 U.S. Senate race, praising Slotkin’s effectiveness and advocacy on behalf of mid-Michigan’s Black and brown communities. “In the U.S. Senate, we need a listener, a fighter, a problem solver and someone with a real record of delivering for Michigan, including our state’s Black and Brown communities,” Anderson writes.

Today Slotkin also received two big endorsements from VoteVets and Foreign Policy for America. This adds to a growing coalition of support Slotkin has already received from faith leaders, the labor and business communities, elected officials, and national organizations in the weeks since she entered the Senate race.

Read the full op-ed HERE


I’ve worked directly with her and her team and I’ve seen how present and engaged she is in the communities she represents. Whether it’s lowering the cost of prescription drugs, addressing gun violence and police reform, or protecting our most fundamental rights, Elissa has been our champion in Congress – not just with words, but with real action.

As the representative for Lansing — where we’ve experienced a spike in gun violence — along with Oxford and Michigan State University, Elissa has spearheaded bills to combat the gun violence epidemic. But she hasn’t stopped with legislation: Just this year, she secured over $500,000 in funding for a nonprofit focused on preventing gun violence before it occurs.

I can tell you that when it comes to politics, there are workhorses and show horses. It’s easy to show up for a five-minute speech at church, or to pose for photos. But legislating and acting on behalf of ordinary people is hard work. Elissa, our congresswoman, has demonstrated an impressive track record of actively seeking our input, advocating on our behalf and delivering tangible outcomes.

It’s one thing to talk about empowering our marginalized communities. It’s another to actually do it. When Black business owners in Lansing raised the issue of a lack of access to capital from banks, Elissa convened a meeting between a group of Black business leaders and the Michigan Bankers Association to talk about real solutions. After the killing of George Floyd, Elissa held listening sessions across our area before she voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in Congress.

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