Praise pours in as Stacey Abrams is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

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Latosha Brown, Jamaal Bowman, and Nikema Williams are some of the many noticeable faces celebrating the news that Stacey Abrams has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Given the events of the last six months and her decisive role in the US Presidential election, it’s unsurprising that news of her nomination has been so welcomed.

The announcement came late last night as Reuters broke the news that the former candidate for Georgia state governor had been nominated for her work in promoting nonviolent change via the ballot box.

The US election saw significant grassroots efforts to encourage turnout across various states. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, was another black activist who has rightly been lauded for her efforts in helping to expand voters' rights policies and combat voter suppression.

The work of Abrams was key to the record turnout which was witnessed in Georgia during the presidential race. She started the voting rights organisation Fair Fight, which built on the work of the New Georgia Project, another organisation she had established back in 2013. This was the precursor to an unprecedented drive to not only increase voter participation in elections but also educate citizens on the subject of voters’ rights.

The cumulative scale of these initiatives was lauded both in the buildup to and aftermath of the election, with Fair Fight estimated to have contributed to registering 800,000 new voters in Georgia. In an interview with NPR, Abrams herself was quick to acknowledge that credit for the uptake was the result of work by several organisations to address the issue. However, the role of these organisations in not only expanding the net of voters but engaging younger voters was crucial too - and she has continued to be at the centre of these developments. Of those that were newly registered, nearly half (45%) were estimated to be under the age of 30.

The impact of her work was undoubtedly felt during January’s pivotal Georgia State runoffs, which determined which party would have control of the Senate. The AP estimate that 4.4 million people cast their votes in what was a record turnout.

Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party member of Norway’s parliament described Abrams’ work as following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Haltbrekken added:

Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”

The nomination comes as just reward for work which has had a profound effect on not just Black Americans, or even America as a whole but for activists committed to instigating change around the globe.

Mayowa Ayodele

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