STATE BRIDGES

An Event Series 

Designed to build upon the down-ballot momentum generated last cycle, the State Bridges program will activate Sister District volunteers across the country to fundraise for organizations leading year-round power-building work in key states.

We’ve seen in recent years that progressive victories are possible in purple and red states like Arizona, Georgia and Virginia, when we support local power-building organizations and the activists that lead them. Long-term community-based organizing, often led by people of color, lays the critical foundation of civic engagement all year long that leads to our collective ability to build progressive power in state legislatures come Election Day. The State Bridges program creates a way for the Sister District community to fundraise for select partner organizations doing this work in our 2021 and 2022 target states.

The strategy is clear: with greater resources, our partner organizations on the ground can do more, which will lay the groundwork for our candidates to win on Election Day and to build power in the long term.

Donate to our featured organizations now!

Sister District will be hosting virtual fundraisers for each State Bridges partner in 2021. Each event will be hosted by Sister District volunteer teams, feature a special guest from the partner organization, a representative from Sister District, and opportunities for Sister District volunteer teams and affiliates to ask questions and learn more about what’s happening on the ground in these critical states.

May 19th, 2021 | Florida Rising with Andrea Mercado, co-Executive Director

June 1st, 2021 | Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) with Tomas Robles and Alejandra Gomez, co-Executive Directors

June 14 | Citizen Action of Wisconsin with Dr. Robert Kraig, Executive Director and JoAnna Bautch, Movement Politics Director

July 1 | North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Education Fund (APREF) with Melvin Montford, President & CEO and Shavon Leach, Digital and Organizing Director

July 20 | New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGPAF) with Brandon Brown, Political Analyst

All events begin 5pm PT / 8pm ET by Zoom and last 45mins unless otherwise indicated. Additional dates will be added, so please check back and sign up for more events!

Past Events

Check out our inaugural State Bridges event for New Virginia Majority (NVM) here! Our special guest was Tram Nguyen, who did an incredible job telling us about herself, NVM, and the work they’re doing to keep the momentum going in Virginia. Donate here to NVM here to help them keep building progressive power in Virginia.

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How do we choose the organizations we support?

Organizations featured in the State Bridges program are evaluated by our staff, in consultation with leaders and activists on the ground. To be featured in this program, organizations must be organizing year round in a Sister District target state. We prioritize organizations that organize and advocate at the state legislative level, and that are led by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), women and/or young people.

Texas Organizing Project (TOP) is a grassroots organization that has helped lead direct-action organizing, grassroots lobbying, and electoral organizing in Dallas, Harris, and Bexar counties since its founding in 2009. Their goal is to transform Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. TOP “fights with two fists.” They organize around issue-based campaigns, and they mobilize their members and supporters around electoral campaigns.
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New Virginia Majority (NVM) was founded in 2007 in response to the failure to pass federal comprehensive immigration reform. Today the organization works to create a powerful multi-issue, multi-racial movement to transform Virginia through large-scale civic engagement, issue advocacy, and strategic communications and community organizing. New Virginia Majority organizers have knocked on over 1 million doors, engaging not only immigrant voters, but people of color, women, working class people, and youth. They have grown into a statewide organization with particular focus along Virginia’s urban crescent.

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Florida Rising is a merger of New Florida Majority and Organize Florida, two of the state’s largest and longest standing grassroots power-building organizations. They organize multi-racial movements to win elections, change laws, and create a state where everyone can be safe, happy, healthy and whole.

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Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is a membership-led, grassroots organization that builds power with Arizona’s working families to advance social, racial and economic justice for all. Through grassroots campaigns, leadership development, advocacy and civic engagement, they work to create an Arizona in which every person enjoys equal rights, opportunities and protections. LUCHA engages in voter registration and education, and advocates for progressive policy at all levels of government. They also provide empowerment services to immigrant communities, including citizenship classes, English classes, and the tools needed to navigate the immigration system.

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The New Georgia Project Action Fund’s (NGPAF) mission is to increase civic participation of underrepresented and underserved communities of colors in Georgia by building grassroots political power in support of progressive candidates, policies, and issues. To meet the changing demographics of Georgia, harness the unheard voices of Georgia’s underrepresented communities, and position the state for leadership in the South and across the country, NGPAF is laser-focused on engaging and mobilizing the New Georgia Majority–voters of color, young voters, and first-time voters.

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Citizen Action of Wisconsin is dedicated to economic, racial, and environmental justice, and to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action believes that organizing is a critical pathway to unlocking the true potential of democracy to fundamentally transform our society in the human interest and overcome structural racism, sexism, xenophobia, corporate domination, and other forms of oppression. Citizen Action’s theory of building power in Wisconsin is to work on big issues that can be the basis for creating a community of interest across the state. The pathway to progressive power in Wisconsin is multiracial organizing that bridges the urban/rural/suburban divide.

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The North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Education Fund is an organization of Black trade unionists and community activists fighting for racial equality and economic justice for all Americans. They work to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged families by providing the necessary resources that improve their standard of living and foster self improvement, self empowerment, and self sufficiency. The Institute is named for A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, who were preeminent African American labor leaders and fathers of the modern American civil rights movement. They believed the fight for workers’ rights and civil rights were inseparable.

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