2020: Activist Groups for Fighting Back
One of the major ways the Koch apparatus has operated is to suppress the vote – to make it difficult to get to the polls during elections, to gerrymander Congressional districts into becoming Republican strongholds, and to restrict voter registration wherever possible.
Many groups have now been mobilized against these insidious attacks. They are encouraging voter registration and citizen participation in swing states. Here are a few of them:
Movement Voter Project www.movement.vote
The Movement Voter Project (MVP) focuses on donations to promising LOCAL community-based organizations in key states, with an emphasis on youth and communities of color. They support organizations that BOTH turn out unlikely voters AND organize around pressing local issues.
Transformative Justice Coalition
The TJC has several different activist programs working on the expansion and restoration of rights for excluded groups. They have a Race and Sports Equity Project, a Criminal Justice Project to reduce incarceration rates, and a Police Reform Project. Their Democracy and Voting Rights Project promotes steps in swing states and districts to ensure peoples’ ability to cast a ballot and have it be counted.
Vote Forward www.votefwd.org
Their mission is to empower volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. Here is how it works: You sign up with them and they send you letters to send out to voters in swing Congressional districts throughout the country urging them to register and vote. You choose the district from among those they offer. Since they are sending you specific people with specific addresses to write to, you must promise to send them, since you are the only person getting those addresses.
Swing Left www.swingleft.org
With Swing Left, you sign up to join a series of activities based on your local community – actions you can take as they become available. (See below.) They include letter writing and related actions to reach out to voters in swing states.
When you enter your email address to join Swing Left, you’ll be put on a mailing list that connect you to activities in your own neighborhood and community.
The Indivisible Project’s mission is to cultivate a grassroots movement of local groups “to elect progressive leaders, realize bold progressive policies, rebuild our democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda.” Most recently the website was devoted to telephone calls to the Senate about Impeachment, but the content varies. This is the web site to go to for an instant thing to do – (“5 Things You Can Do”) and they have scripts to use.
There are many other organizations. Tell us about any you know. The next newsletter will have more!