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America Votes Partner Organizations Are Putting Communities First in the Fight to Build Back Progressive Power

from wisconsin to michigan and beyond, America Votes ALLIES Are Focusing on Grassroots Engagement to Move Communities Forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 21, 2018

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Emily Brown, ebrown@americavotes.org

 

WithElection Day fewer than 50 days away, America Votes is releasing the second installment of Spotlight 2018, a series of blog posts highlighting the work partners are doing across America Votes’ 22-state network during this critical midterm year. The article, which can be read here, focuses on partner efforts to use grassroots engagement to move communities forward, with relational voter programs in Wisconsin and congregation-based organizing in Michigan.

“Relational voter programs allow activists to reach out to people in their community who may not otherwise be involved in the political process and have a real conversation about why an election or issue matters to them,” said America Votes Wisconsin Political and Field Director Mike Pfohl. “Many America Votes Wisconsin partners will be running relational voter programs in 2018, but they also see RVP as a year-round approach to engage with their activists in a dialogue, not just a short-term electoral outreach technique.”

“America Votes Michigan Partner MOSES Action’s congregation-based organizing is a great example of distributive canvass work because their model is really empowering congregations to take the ball and run with it,” said America Votes Michigan Program Director Jessica Newman. “What’s important is coming in with the humility and understanding that these are organizations that know their communities like the back of their hand. They don’t need anyone coming in and telling them what the issues are.”

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America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community working with more than 400 national and state partners to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote.

America Votes Partners Stand United in the Fight to Defend Democracy

from georgia to new hampshire and beyond, america votes and affiliate partners are fighting efforts to undermine fair representation and the right to vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CONTACT

Emily Brown, ebrown@americavotes.org

With Election Day just over two months away, America Votes is launching Spotlight 2018, a series of blog posts highlighting the work partners are doing across America Votes’ 22-state network during this critical midterm year. The first installment of the series, which was published today and can be read here, focuses on partner efforts to counter voter suppression in New Hampshire and gerrymandering in Georgia, harnessing the power of coordination to protect fair representation and the right to vote.

“Given the attacks on our elections in 2016 and attempts to subvert our democracy and systems of voting, this is a make-or-break moment for democracy and the voting process itself,” said America Votes President Greg Speed. “Unfortunately, over time, voting rights and democracy have become partisan. We need to band together to fight back against that, defend our communities and issues, and be so effective that our opponents have no choice but to engage in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people as opposed to resorting to suppression to try to rig our democracy.”

“America Votes is really well-positioned to bring together like-minded groups throughout New Hampshire and create a plan to fight back against legislation attempting to undermine the right to vote,” said America Votes New Hampshire State Director Liz Wester. “These are groups that wouldn’t otherwise be connected but come together to each bring what they’re best at to the Campaign for Voting Rights table.”

“When challenging unfairly drawn districts in Georgia, there is only so far each partner organization can go on its own,” said Georgia Engaged Director of Data and Analytics Nick Marshall. “With the partners, a grassroots movement built up, and with each partner bringing its own strengths to the table, together we were able to collectively defeat legislation that would have weakened Georgians’ voices at the polls.”

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America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community working with more than 400 national and state partners to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote.

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