The Road to the Midterm Elections is Through the States

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Monthly Newsletter Monday, August 2, 2021
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Fighting for Voting Rights on Two Fronts

Passage of the For the People Act is important, but it does not guarantee electoral victory and if it fails, we are not doomed. We have to continue pressuring Congress, but we also have to work on the state level. 

And Virginia is critical.

Thanks to the blue trifecta that Democrats obtained in 2019, Virginia now has some of the most voter-friendly laws in the country. That doesn’t, however, make Virginia a safe blue state. The three statewide offices and the House of Delegates, all currently held by Democrats, are up for election in 2021. Keeping them is far from a sure thing. From the DCist (November 2020):

In Virginia’s Vote For Biden,
Democrats See Blue Wave Wobble While Republicans Spy Hope


“Joe Biden swept Virginia on Tuesday with a comfortable nine-point margin, exceeding the performance of Democratic contenders before him. Despite that win, some Democrats in Virginia now worry that narrow congressional victories and a failed attempt to flip a House seat reveal the “blue wave” that gave their party power during the Trump era could possibly have stalled. Republicans, on the other hand, say they are seeing flickers of promise.”We can’t afford to wobble in Virginia

We can’t afford to wobble in Virginia

  • Join activists, just like you, every Wednesday evening to make calls for our Sister District candidates. If want to make calls on your own, email us and we’ll give you all the information you need. Phone banking is the most effective remote action you can do.
  • Write postcards with Reclaim Our Vote. Visit our Virginia page for more background and watch Road to the Midterms: Virginia featuring Andrea Miller, founding member of Reclaim Our Vote/Center for Common Ground. Andrea lays out the state of the 2021 elections as she discusses candidates, the electorate, and CFCG resources at play.

Visit our Virginia page for more background and watch Road to the Midterms: Virginia featuring Andrea Miller, founding member of Reclaim Our Vote/Center for Common Ground. Andrea lays out the state of the 2021 elections as she discusses candidates, the electorate, and CFCG resources at play.


Fund the Movement

August 2021 Beneficiaries

What happens in Virginia this November is critical for the 2022 Midterms. 
Virginia is the model for why states matter. In the words of Tram Nguyen, founder of the New VA Majority, “Virginia has created generational change in 18 months and while other states have turned away from democracy, we are rushing towards it at full speed.”
Let’s keep this momentum going and keep Virginia blue.

Two House of Delegate candidates, Wendy Gooditis (HD 10) and Debra Gardner (HD 27) will help keep Virginia blue. Lean Left is proud to make them our August beneficiary. 

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Big Thank You to Vermonters from 
Monroe County, Pennsylvania, Organizers

“In June we received various amounts of funds from ActBlue that were marked “VT for NEPA!” A little research found that a group in Vermont, Lean Left Vermont, was raising money for 4 counties in NEPA and dividing it 4 ways for the month. Small amounts build up over time and these funds are greatly appreciated. This money is a miracle coming at a time when our main source of fundraising, our MCDC Resource Guide, was cancelled last year because of the COVID pandemic.”


For the People Act We’re Not Done!

The fight for voting reform is not over. We’re not done! Negotiations are happening. We have to keep pushing. 

If you haven’t called Senator Leahy’s office, DO IT NOW! We need his voice to be strong. Check out all of the actions YOU can take on the website: make calls, text, spread the word on social media!

Reading and Listening List

Corporate America for Democracy

Political Scientists in Support of the For the People Act

Pod Save America Interview with Senator Amy Kloburchar

Ezra Klein Podcast: “Republicans Are Setting Off a ‘Doom Loop’ for Democracy”

RIDE TO THE POLLS
This message was made in November of 2020, but it is a reminder of and inspiration for what we are fighting for now. 


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Lean Left Vermont works to elect Democrats and Progressives in key states around the nation. We empower Vermonters to engage in strategic, targeted actions that will flip congressional and state-level seats from red to blue, or keep seats blue.

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