January 2018 has flown by in a post-holiday haze of New Year’s resolutions, detoxing and decompressing from a hectic and taxing 2017 and we are now only 10 short months away from the 2018 mid-term elections in the U.S. As we all know, this election year will be critical for reversing the tide of regressive policies and hateful rhetoric creeping up throughout the country. If you are looking for ways to get involved and help out with this year’s national and local elections (other than voting, of course, which you should definitely do), below are some examples of great organizations working to help put more women of color, scientists and progressive candidates in office this year. Pick the one that best fits your passion, and let’s get to work and keep up the momentum from the major 2017 Democratic wins in Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington (to name a few)!
Swing Left identifies Congressional districts across the country that were decided by margins of 15% or less during the last election, and matches volunteers with swing districts near them. Once matched to a particular district team, volunteers are able to fundraise, donate, volunteer, canvass and attend events to help the Democratic candidates in their districts. Click here to find your closest swing district or here to donate to the cause.
The Sister District Project helps volunteers from blue states connect with each other and collaborate on the Democratic campaigns for state legislatures across the country. Volunteers can contribute by writing postcards, textbanking, phonebanking or canvassing. Currently, Sister District members are dedicating their efforts to a special election in the Florida House of Representatives District 72 in support of Democratic candidate Margaret Good who is running for a seat that has been held by a Republican since at least 2012. The election is exactly two weeks away, so you still have a chance to contribute to the race here or join Sister District and get matched up with a different upcoming race.
Higher Heights is an organization that supports Black women running for political office by providing candidates with the resources and infrastructure they need to launch their political campaigns and careers. Higher Heights’ Galvanize program provides training on campaign management, grassroots organizing, entrepreneurship and running for office, while the organization’s webinar series provide online training on political leadership. To become a member or donate, click here.
Latinas Represent is a project of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda aiming to increase the civic and public service engagement of Hispanic women across the country. The Latinas Represent website provides links to 35 different programs all dedicated to Latina Representation that volunteers can get involved in. You can also learn some key statistics on Latina representation here.
If you are concerned about the overwhelming denial of scientific evidence by the current administration, consider supporting 314 Action, a nonprofit co-created by members of the STEM community and” committed to electing more STEM candidates to office, advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and fighting the Trump administration’s attacks on science.” The site provides resources for scientists interested in running for office, lists a variety of actions volunteers can take to support science in today’s political climate, connects volunteers with opportunities to contribute in their areas (to see what is available near you, fill in the volunteer form here), and provides information on current members of Congress who are particularly anti-science within its Under the Scope section.
Indivisible provides resources for activists on a variety of issues including immigration, the environment, foreign policy and health care. The site also has a detailed guide on grassroots advocacy, utilizing a lot of the same advocacy tools used by the Tea Party during the Obama presidency. The Indivisible435 portion of the site contains special resources dedicated to the 2018 elections, including information on electoral politics, voter registration, voter ID 101, voting rights and voter suppression. You can donate to Indivisible here.
Emily’s List recruits women to run for office and supports their campaigns through “research, communication and mobilization strategies.” The organization also has a number of get-out-the-vote programs called Women Vote! For more information on ways to support Emily’s List, click here.