A Note on Intersectional Recruitment
Intersectional recruitment is critically and personally important to us. First Ask believes that a national scout program will decentralize the normative nature of candidate recruitment, which has historically favored cis-gender straight white men. We're committed to the inclusion of underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, communities of color, socio-economically diverse communities, and transgender, gender non-binary, and queer communities. But instead of just talking about it, here's what we plan to do:
1. Implement a community scouting program that focuses on bolstering the recruitment of leaders from underrepresented groups. In order to do this, we’ll search for scouts within these communities, as we believe that community members are the experts in identifying their progressive leaders.
2. Prioritize the elevation of leaders who might traditionally be excluded from electoral politics due to institutional barriers.
3. Ensure the advancement of historically marginalized communities and candidates by sharing resources and space, then stepping back to allow those candidates to speak from their own experiences and with their own narratives.
Historically, national electoral politics has not been particularly concerned with these goals. We understand that they're lofty. We're learning more everyday about how to build a more intersectional, inclusive, and accessible political environment. So we ask for your patience, criticism, and participation.
At the end of the day, any effort we make without these principles is no effort at all.