Monthly Newsletter December 2021
Don’t be anxious, be active!
Lean Lefters put up a good fight in 2020. We didn’t win everything, but we had significant victories. We helped protect voting rights and elect people who want to fix bridges, provide childcare, lower drug prices, build a renewable-energy economy, protect the environment, provide housing for the poor and middle-income families, and much more.
This year we had the wrenching loss of Virginia. It was, however, a defeat with a critical lesson to learn: we need to be engaged early with a positive message to voters.
To this end, we are preparing now for the 2022 midterms by partnering and working with a number of formidable organizations in four key states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. We have identified organizations that are working on-the-ground in communities that are often overlooked — including black and brown and rural communities.
We are also continuing to pressure Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Act — both critical to securing safe and fair elections.
As we have for the past five years, we’ll be providing you with information and opportunities that we believe will be effective and worth your time, and we’ll be here to give you support when you need it.
The midterm elections will be a fight for democracy. It won’t be the first good fight for justice and equality in our nation’s history, and it won’t be the last. We can fall into despair or we go forward — like many of the brave and courageous people before us — with faith, hope, and determination.
Lean Left Vermont organizers appreciate all you have done, and we look forward to pulling together again in 2022 and securing democracy in the United States. We wish you, your families, and your communities a winter season of peace, health, and joy.
Fund the Movement
Organizing Across the Electoral Landscape
A combination of rural farmers and urban laborers built the Progressive Movement of the early 20th century. Recently, Democrats have withdrawn from organizing in rural areas and small towns. It shows: Democrats lost 11 points in rural areas between 2008 and 2016. According to Sister District, “Democrats have increasingly abandoned rural areas…. That is not a morally or strategically defensible position.”
Join Lean Left in investing in local groups in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that will bring these voters back into the Democratic fold. Research shows that rural/small town voters support progressive policies but we need to meet them where they live!
Poder NC Action works to build civic leadership among younger Latinxs. Poder’s vision is to build a robust and participatory Democracy through strategic organizing and leadership development, with a heavy focus in rural areas where there are growing numbers of Latinx. Working with partners, Poder has committed to connecting with the 84,000 eligible and unregistered Latinas.
Progress North focuses on connecting the people of northern Wisconsin to each other and to others across the state. There are common values and ideals that connect all. Progress North envisions a better future by rewriting the rules and making the wealthiest pay their fair share, to ensure that everyone — Black, white and brown, native and newcomer — can earn a good living and have a good life.
Pennsylvania Stands Up, founded after the 2016 election, builds organization and ‘people power’ at the local and regional level. Pennsylvania Stands Up has chapters across the state that are building independent political power to make a difference on issues and in elections.
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