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Kamala Harris planned a visit to energize key Democratic groups.

Kamala Harris Vice President is gearing up to begin a month-long series of high-profile engagements aimed at mobilizing key vote blocs, with an itinerary defining her role on the Democratic ticket in 2024.

Harris will speak at the annual meeting of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a civil rights organization founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson, on Sunday in Chicago. She’ll be in Indianapolis later next week to speak at the Delta Sigma Theta convention, which will connect Harris, an Alpha Kappa Alpha member, with another of the “Divine Nine” historically Black sororities.

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Harris will also speak at Unidos US, a major Hispanic advocacy group, in Chicago; the NAACP in Boston; the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orlando; and Everytown for Gun Safety in Chicago in the coming weeks.

Each stop is part of her official White House portfolio, highlighting work she’s done in the administration “on pivotal issues that directly impact the wellbeing of the American people,” according to the White House. Each, however, contributes to Biden’s re-election strategy of focusing on energizing major Democratic Party pillars during the relatively early time of the 2024 election cycle.

“This travel reflects hitting some of the most important issues Americans care about right now, and hitting some of the most important constituencies to the Biden-Harris coalition, from young people to Latinos,” a Biden adviser told NBC News. “Having the vice president at these high-profile events early in the cycle demonstrates her galvanizing power and will assist us in mobilizing these groups next year.”

President Joe Biden headlined a campaign event last month held by major labor unions that endorsed him, as well as speaking at a banquet for a major environmental group as it and others officially backed his re-election. Following that, Biden and Harris appeared together at a rally ahead of the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, with reproductive rights groups endorsing the ticket.

The program is similar to Harris’ agenda with key organizations ahead of the midterm elections a year ago, which was part of a strategy with the president to capitalize on the Dobbs decision and Republican-led efforts to reform election laws. The Democratic Party defied usual midterm tendencies, reducing House losses while increasing Senate majority and control.

Harris now appears to be expanding on that strategy in light of recent Supreme Court decisions hurting African American students, young voters, and the LGBTQ community. She recently visited the Stonewall pub in New York as part of her Pride Month celebrations, as well as other stops focusing on gun safety and climate change.
Harris’ trip coincides with the Republican presidential nominating battle heating up, with a large Iowa Republican Party dinner later this month and the annual campaign blitz surrounding the Iowa State Fair in August.

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