As 10 of the Democratic presidential hopefuls prepared to take the stage on June 26 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Florida, a large crowd gathered at an open air bar for a #SheThePeopleFL debate watch party just a few blocks away. Undeterred by the intense humidity and heat, hundreds of people turned up at the event organized by She the People, a national political organization of women of color, and New Florida Majority, a political organization with a focus on marginalized communities, to hear the candidates introduce themselves to the American people.
Bustle spoke with 17 women of color at the watch party about what they will need to hear from the Democratic candidates to secure their votes. These women differ on the issues they say are top of mind, as well as what they wanted to hear more about from the crowded field of candidates — everything from immigration and mass incarceration to reproductive justice and climate change. While many alluded to the tone and policies of the Trump administration, they say they want to hear more from the candidates than just a rejection of Trump’s policies. It's clear that to win their votes, Democratic candidates need to offer clear and detailed policies in addition to a strong vision for America’s future.