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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Next Up!

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!

Scroll down to see past event recordings!

Current Partners

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.

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.

Our Citizen Action of Wisconsin event took place on June 14th and was hosted by Sister District Chicago, Sister District South Bay and Sister District Wisconsin

Transcript available here.

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.

Our LUCHA event took place on June 1st and was hosted by Sister District CA-3, Sister District Marin, and Sister District San Francisco

Transcript available here.

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.

Our Florida Rising fundraiser on May 19, 2021 was Hosted by Sister District Sonoma County East and Sister District East Bay.

Transcript available here.

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.

Our Texas Organizing Project (TOP) fundraiser on April 29th, 2021 was Hosted by Sister District San Francisco and Sister District Marin.

Transcript available here.

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.

Our inaugural State Bridges event for New Virginia Majority (NVM) took place on April 7th, 2021 and was hosted by Sister District CA Peninsula and Sister District NYC.

Transcript available here.

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.

Event to take place on July 1st, 2021 with special guests: with Melvin Montford, President & CEO and Shavon Leach, Digital and Organizing Director

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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.

Event to take place on July 20th, 2021 with special guest: Brandon Brown, Political Analyst

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