A Black Lives Matter activist won the House race in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, sweeping in the votes on election night to become the state’s first black congresswoman.
On Tuesday night she posted a photo of herself under a painting of the first black woman to serve in Congress, Shirley Chisholm.
Bush, who considers herself a part of “The Squad,” will likely become its newest member after receiving close to 80 percent of the vote in the state’s 1st Congressional District.
Bush had the full support of the Justice Democrats who helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) beat incumbent Joe Crowley in 2018 as well as the Working Families Party (WFP), which also affiliated with Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Mo.).
She continued, “What we need is violence prevention programs that actually address what’s happening in our communities,” adding that communities need “job training, we need money for counseling, we need money for addiction services, we need money for COVID-19 testing, we need money for mental health services and better job training.”
WFP writes that Maurice Mitchell, its director, is a “nationally-recognized social movement strategist, a visionary leader in the Movement for Black Lives, and a community organizer for racial, social, and economic justice.”
Mitchell and WFP have said that the Biden/Harris win is “the door not the destination” to achieving their agenda. WFP was key to electing Bush in Missouri.
Bush first got involved with the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014 in Ferguson, when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer. In response to the killing, she began leading protests in her district. She has been actively involved in the recent protests surrounding the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.