Who We are
NOPE members include friends, neighbors, and colleagues from Chevy Chase DC and beyond – who join together to in opposition to the Trump administration and its allies in Congress. DC residents are in the unique position of having no representation in Congress so NOPE focuses on the actions that we can take as unrepresented citizens. We welcome people from DC, Maryland, Virginia and across the country who share our goals.
We provide a welcoming and inclusive community for everyone who wants to participate in NOPE’s actions. Our monthly meetings, organized and diverse activities, Facebook page, and website enable NOPE members to share their ideas and actions and to connect with each other as they desire.
Like hundreds of grassroots groups across the country, NOPE Neighbors began with a simple but urgent goal: To elect candidates and support policies that would prevent the Trump administration from dismantling our democracy. Since Election Day 2016, NOPE has honed its mission and goals to help address ongoing challenges to our democracy by the Trump Administration and its allies in Congress. Our 2019 Mission and Strategic Actions Plan can be viewed here.
Our overall mission is to achieve a just society by defending and advancing democracy in the United States through political action. We are working to achieve this mission by taking actions to:
Flip the presidency, Congress, and statehouses from Republican Red to Democratic Blue and to maintain a progressive majority. We are doing this by:
Fundraising for Democratic local, state, and national candidates through our Giving Circle and by reaching out to our personal networks.
Canvassing for Democratic local, state, and national candidates in nearby states.
Organizing and participating in postcard/letter-writing and texting campaigns to encourage voters across the country to register to vote and/or to vote for specific Democratic candidates.
Supporting and fundraising for voter empowerment and access efforts across the country.
Identify and support local (DC and Montgomery County) issues that threaten our nation’s democracy and social and racial justice. We are engaging in the following actions:
Partnering with the DC Neighbors for Racial Justice, a multi-racial group that fights for racial justice in DC and beyond.
Supporting DC statehood.
Participating in Herd on the Hill.
Partnering with Neighbors Rising. NOPE coordinates with this local group, which supports low-income neighbors who have been made more vulnerable by the increase of anti-immigrant and anti-other sentiments.
Several Chevy Chase DC residents started NOPE in November 2016 shortly after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. Scared about the implications of Trump's likely political actions, our goal was to bring together our neighbors, friends, and colleagues in the DC area to take tangible and decisive actions against the new Administration's unacceptable policies and programs.
Two events occurred soon after the election that motivated NOPE to immediate action, even as we were still setting up our Facebook page and organization. First, we learned that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence had moved into our neighborhood - at 3333 Tennyson Street. Neighbors on the block started a peaceful protest to let Mr. Pence know that we stand in support of the LGBT community and reject his anti-gay policies and positions. With NOPE's help, rainbow flags started flying from homes throughout the entire neighborhood - by Inauguration Day, more than 300 flags were raised. Next, on December 4, a young man from North Carolina entered Comet Ping Pong, our neighborhood pizza restaurant, with his assault weapon to "self-investigate" the false story that the pizza place and other businesses on the block were involved in a child sex-trafficking ring. NOPE members sprang to action, by helping to publicize the story (including a New York Times article) and encouraging local residents to eat at Comet.
To read some of the media coverage about the Pence pride flags and Comet Ping Pong event, go to In the News.