National Resources & advocacy
The challenge of living in DC is that we’ve got lots of knowledge but very little power without votes in Congress. So we’ve got to be creative!
NOPE! is modeled around the Indivisible strategy outlined in Indivisible, A Practical Guide to Resisting the Trump Agenda, and we have registered NOPE! as one of the hundreds of local groups that have joined the Indivisible movement. Written by former congressional staffers, the Guide reveals best practices for making Congress listen. Their advice is to take action now, work in small units, and stay focused on putting pressure on those seeking reelection. We are taking this advice and shaping it to meet our unique DC situation. Their website includes many resources, including their Reclaim Recess Toolkit. Also check out their Capitol Calendar, with a monthly agenda of actions.
Here are some other key national-level resources and action plans that we can use and mold for our own DC brand of activism.
- Countable. Your government, made simple. If you want to follow congressional actions, the Countable app and website is helpful. Get clear, concise summaries of bills going through Congress, see what others think, take action, and follow up on how elected officials voted on bills.
- NextGen America. A comprehensive list of excellent resources, with a focus on climate change, immigrant rights, affordable health care, prosperity, and equality.
- ProPublica Represent. This site provides information on lawmakers, the bills they consider and the votes they take (and miss). You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records.
- Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump. An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president. It also shows each Member of Congress' vote for every House and Senate action. From Nate Silver's website, FiveThirtyEight.
- What the Fuck Just Happened Today? Logging the daily shock and awe: what did Trump do today? Visit the website or subscribe to a daily email.
- Women's March. On January 21, over 5 million people worldwide and over 1 million in Washington, DC came to march, speak, and make our voices heard. The first anniversary march is January 20 (in Washington D.C. and other locations) and January 21 in Las Vegas.
One of the most important actions the Democratic Party must take is to flip local and state politics - and Congressional seats - from red to blue. DC residents can take an important role in electoral activism:
- Brand New Congress. A campaign to run 400+ non-politician candidates for Congress in 2018 in one unified campaign behind one plan to rebuild the economy, repair our communities, and radically reform our institutions.
- Daily Kos. Daily Kos offers detailed and readable information on all races at all levels.
- Emerge America. Its mission is to increase the number of Democratic women leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment, training, and providing a powerful network. Founded in 2005, the Emerge program is in 24 states and has trained more than 3,000 women. Its six-month, 70-hour, training program provides aspiring female leaders with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.
- Flippable. Its mission is to turn America blue by building a movement to flip seats. They focus on state races, which play a huge role in national elections but are often overlooked. Information about these races is hard to find, and busy people don’t have the time to sift through it. Flippable tells you which races are more important, who’s running, and how you can support them.
- Forward Majority. This national organization is working to flip state legislatures back to the Democratic Party.
- Mobilize 2020. Mobilize deploys independent expenditures to elect Democrats in competitive state legislative races. It helps organize communities through direct voter contact and building local volunteer capacity. It uses targeted digital outreach to increase Democratic turnout and develops a deep, analytical understanding of every district it operates in.
- National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NRDC). The most important turning point for the future of the Democratic Party will take place in 2021 when states redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines. Chaired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, the NDRC is building a targeted, state-by-state strategy that ensures Democrats can fight back and produce fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process.
- Open Progress. This group's goal is to minimize the influence of money in government and politics. It works to cut through the clutter of traditional communications (mailings, robo calls, TV Advertising) by harnessing modern ways of reaching people (social media, texting, and volunteer-to-opportunity matching). It helps build digital coalitions that inspire people at the local and district level to act by: (1) providing practical how-to guides for political campaigns and ballot measures, and (2) developing and distributing software that makes these techniques as accessible as possible to as many groups as possible.
- Sister District Project. The Sister District Project organizes volunteers into local teams to win state elections for Democrats. The focus is on critical state races. Sister District supports a portfolio of races, with the strategic goals of (1) flipping or holding chambers, (2) busting Republican super-majorities, and (3) taking back seats in badly gerrymandered states. Check their website to see who they will be supporting in 2018.
- Swing Left. Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018. Find your closest Swing District and join the team to learn about actionable opportunities as they become available.
- CrowdPac. This crowd-sourced group takes a different approach: it provides a website for state and local candidates to raise funds for their races. It also is a good source to learn about state and local campaigns.