Politico’s recent story, “Greens grow into electoral powerhouse,” is a great testament to the value of coordination among progressive organizations. The story focuses on how several of our partner organizations and influential environmental organizations, including League of Conservation Voters,NextGen Climate, Sierra Club, Environemt America and Environmental Defense Action Fund, are collaborating with the broader progressive community and are having a growing impact across the nation.
In the piece, AV President Greg Speed and AV-Florida State Director Josh discussed America Votes’ coordinated field work with these groups and their importance to our tables:
NextGen and LCV have emerged as leading members of America Votes, a progressive coalition founded in 2003 that has three dozen national partners, including the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, EMILY’s List, House and Senate Majority PACs, NARAL, Service Employees International Union and the National Education Association.
America Votes President Greg Speed said NextGen, which is funded largely by liberal billionaire Steyer, has been a huge asset in mobilizing Democratic voters who tend to skip the midterm elections.
“Thanks to them in a number of these states, we’re going to be able to reach our overall goals for contacting drop-off voters,” Speed said, particularly in Florida and Michigan.
The new collaboration – and especially the support of NextGen – will enable greens to knock on more than 2 million doors in Florida by Election Day to target drop-off voters, far more than the 300,000 doors the progressive coalition knocked on in the 2010 midterms, according to Josh Giese, who heads the Florida operation of America Votes.
Click here to view the full story on Politico.
Check out AV President Greg Speed’s Huffington Post blog about the impact of women’s issues on whole families – not just women – and the role women’s issues will play in the 2014 election.
Being a father has taught me the enormous importance of our daughters in making our progressive goals for women a reality. Each day I am with my daughter, I have a growing understanding and appreciation of a point my allies in the women’s movement emphasize all the time: women’s issues are family issues, too, and are very much in the interest of men — however slow many of us have been to realize it.
The fight to advance the women’s economic agenda is happening in real time and could have a huge impact on the 2014 election. According to a recent analysis by the Voter Participation Center, American Women and other organizations and foundations: 25 states are currently debating bills to address gender wage discrimination; nearly two-dozen states and cities are considering paid family and sick leave measures; and 40 states will consider raising the minimum wage through either legislation or on the ballot in November.
Women are a powerful part of the electorate. The lagging turnout expected among unmarried women, who contributed enormously to progressives’ margin of victory in 2008 and 2012, could have a major negative impact in November. Progressives’ success or failure will largely be determined by whether unmarried women turn out in numbers roughly equal to their male counterparts.
All of this underscores the essential work of America Votes’ partner organizations like EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Women’s Voices Women Vote. These groups are focused on connecting with women voters about what’s at stake for them and families, and how their vote will have an impact on advancing the women’s agenda. And that is work both women and men should support.
To read the full post, check out Greg’s blog on The Huffington Post.