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Sister District MA-RI

All of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

About our team

It's 2021, and we here at Sister District remain laser-focused on building progressive power in state legistures. With the GOP doubling down on state-level voter-repression bills, there's no time to waste! This year we'll support Virginia's fragile Democratic majority, and through our new State Bridges initiative, work to strengthen on-the-ground collaborations with local organizers in VA and in critical 2022 midterm states (AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, NH, PA, TX, WI, MN, CO, NV). We also continue to support six organizations building electoral Black electoral power --donate to them now!

Upcoming Events

See our Mobilize Events Page for a complete list of upcoming events and actions you can take!
 

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Our Past Candidates
 

2017: 

  • John Bell (VA-87 House)*
  • Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-2 House)*
  • Shelly Simonds (VA-94 House, lost by one vote, but back for the win in 2018!)

Now, John's a State Senator, and Jennifer is running for Governor!

2018:

  • Margaret Good (FL-72 House)*
  • Melissa Shusterman (PA-157 House)*
  • Anton Andrew (PA-160 House)
  • Jenn Alford-Teaster (NH-8 Senate)

Historially heavy GOP gerrymandering made our victories in Florida and Pennsylvania especially sweet.

2019:

  • Hala Ayala (VA-51 House)*
  • John Bell (VA-13 Senate)*
  • Pam Iovino (PA-37 Senate)*
  • Larry Barnett (VA-27 House)
  • Shanda Yates (MS-64 House)*

Blue Wave, baby: we helped usher in a blue trifecta in Virginia! With GOP obstructionists out of the way, Virginia has expanded Medicaid to 450K residents, protected undocumented immigrants, and passed gun-safety legislation -- a historic achievement given the state's centrality in the infamous "Iron Pipeline." BONUS: VA just became the first Southern state to pass a Voting Rights Act!

2020:

  • Harold Hayes (PA-18 House)
  • Brittney Rodas (PA-105 House)
  • Franccesca Cesti-Browne (FL-115 House)
  • Ricky Junquera (FL-118 House) 
  • Cindy Polo (FL-103 House)

Between the pandemic, rampant voter suppression, and Former Guy, this was a tough year for first-time progressive candidates. We lost...this time. But we helped sow the seeds for future progressives, and supported the Black Male Voter Project , BlackPAC, Black Voters Matter, Higher Heights, TheCollective, and Voting While Black -- six organizations amplifying Black electoral power.

We've also taken part in Sister District Action Network's voter-engagement initiatives; forged partnerships with Reclaim Our Vote, MassVOTE, and Ohio Progressive Action Leaders' Mission Vote to expand voter registration; and maintained ongoing relationships with Indivisible and other progressive groups in New England.

*winning candidates

2020 in Numbers:

These numbers represent the work of our MA-RI team. For the national effort, see the Sister District impact report.

  • Total Fundraising: $64,420
  • Total Dials: 45,105
  • Total Phonebanks: 85
  • Total Postcards: 19,974

 

 

Our team in action

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