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.
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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.
April 7th, 2021 | New Virginia Majority with Tram Nguyen, co-Executive Director
April 29th, 2021 | Texas Organizing Project with Michelle Tremillo, Executive Director; Brianna Brown, Deputy Director; and Crystal Zermeno, Electoral Strategy Director
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.