Fund the Movement – Building Electoral Power in Marginalized Communities

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July Monthly Newsletter

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North Carolina
Building Electoral Power in
Marginalized Communities

Listen to what Marcus Bass has to tell about what is happening in North Carolina.

Reproductive health, voter access, gun control, police reform, housing, and many other issues deeply affect people’s everyday lives. How these issues are decided comes down to which party controls the legislature in 2022 and beyond. In North Carolina, right now, Republicans are perilously close to a supermajority that can override Governor Cooper’s veto.

This month, Lean Left is supporting two grassroots organizations that are mobilizing rural black voters in the northeastern region of the state. Our dollars will go to support electoral efforts in an area of the state that is identified as key to turning out votes for Democratic candidates.

  • Advance Carolina engages with voters young and old and inspires them to become activists within their communities. Their impressive voter protection program combats intimidation, voter suppression, misinformation, and more to ensure that every voter can safely cast their ballot. 
  • NC A. Philip Randolph Education Fund, the state chapter of a labor-affiliated national program, builds relationships year-round to encourage and expand black political activity. They lead the way in registering, educating, supporting and mobilizing rural black voters. 

Together, these organizations connect deeply with rural voters and mobilize them to vote for candidates that will represent their interests. 

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Lean Left Vermont has raised more than $325,000 since 2017!

To learn more go to Lean Left’s North Carolina Briefing Sheet

Upcoming Events

Building Power Hour Lunch North Carolina, Monday, July 11 at 12:00. 

Join Lean Left’s North Carolina Team for our monthly Lunch Hour meet-up. This is an informal meeting to get to know our fellow activists, brainstorm effective ways we can use our skills and resources in the coming months, and find community in our shared goal of building power and strengthening our democracy. Each month, we’ll focus on one topic that we all want to learn more about, and we’ll share our own experiences and ideas around that topic. July: Open discussion about NC August: What is Voter Protection work? What is involved in working on a Voter Assistance Hotline? Why are poll observers going to be so critical in November? These topics are subject to change. Please make suggestions for additional topics in the coming months! Email Dana at gosswol@wcvt.com So bring your lunch, a snack or a drink, and let’s figure out how together we can work on behalf of North Carolina voters! SIGN UP HERE.

Win Blue New Hampshire Monthly Meeting Monday, July 11, 7:00 to 8:00 PM. A Swing Blue Alliance Event

Quiz: Which New Hampshire governing body turned down $27M in federal Covid relief funding? Refused to fund NH family planning and healthcare centers? Approved an education commissioner who belittles public schools? Answer: The New Hampshire Executive Council. Find out about this largely unknown but powerful body from Shoshanna Kelly, a Nashua City Councilor vying to flip one of its five seats.

Also joining in is Craig Brown, Executive Director of AmplifyNH, who will fill us in on issues and attitudes that are motivating New Hampshire voters based on recent surveys. AmplifyNH is a non-profit dedicated to tackling the biggest challenges facing NH, including protecting public education, defending reproductive rights, and addressing climate change. SIGN UP HERE.


July 5, 2022

It is understandable for all of us to feel overwhelmed by the frightening realization that the reproductive rights we took for granted for half a century have been ripped away, that even a city’s modest gun control has been denied but tragic deaths continue, and that the ability to protect the planet has been greatly diminished.

But we can’t forget that apathy and disengagement can destroy our democracy as surely as extremism can. Undoing the devastating U S Supreme Court’s decisions will require persistent, dedicated, strategic organizing, and fighting and winning elections, especially at the state level. This has been Lean Left’s strategy from the beginning.

We are proud and grateful for all the work you do. By standing together, we will prevail.  

—Brooke, Lauren, Gretchen, Ann, Rebecca, and Dana

Actions You Can Take This Week!

North Carolina

Republicans are perilously close to a supermajority: they need two seats in the Senate and one seat in the House to override Gov Cooper’s veto and put in place an abortion ban, restrict voting rights, and more. Dems’ one-seat majority on the State Supreme Court has held back the legislature’s attempts at gerrymandering, but two Dem justices are up for re-election this year: the loss of just one seat will turn the court over to rigidly partisan judges. Add to that an open U.S. Senate seat, and . . . well . . . how will YOU help North Carolina in 2022?

  • Get up to speed with Lean Left’s North Carolina Briefing Sheet then join us on Monday, July 11, at noon for Lean Left’s Building Power Lunch Hour to discuss how we as out-of-state volunteers can support the election of Cheri Beasley to the U.S. Senate and ensure that Gov Cooper’s veto power remains a check on the Republican legislature. SIGN UP HERE! 

New Hampshire

Quiz: Which New Hampshire governing body turned down $27M in federal Covid relief funding? Refused to fund NH family planning and healthcare centers? Answer: The New Hampshire Executive Council. Find out more about this largely unknown but powerful body from Shoshanna Kelly, a Nashua City Councilor vying to flip one of its five seats. Also joining in is Craig Brown, Executive Director of AmplifyNH, who will fill us in on issues and attitudes that are motivating New Hampshire voters based on recent surveys. 

  • Join us on Monday, July 11, 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  SIGN UP HERE

Wisconsin
Nobody out crazies WI Republicans when it come to the Big Lie. Ron Johnson is just the tip of the iceberg. One GOP contender for governor wants to destroy the bipartisan WI Election Commission so there is only “one throat to choke…if elections go wrong.” Another is still actively pursuing the decertification of the 2020 presidential results. Even GA Gov. Brian Kemp knew not to cross a line regarding the validity of 2020 election results. None of the Republicans looking to challenge Tony Evers for the Wisconsin governorship would have any hesitation to toss results they don’t like. 

  • Let’s make sure everyone in Wisconsin knows about it these efforts and can fight back. Help educate WI voters SIGN UP HERE with RepresentUs to call or text.

Pennsylvania

Support newly registered voters! The New Pennsylvania Project plans to register 1500-2000 new voters, some are new citizen, every month through the election. Red 2 Blue is ensuring that these newly registered voters off on the right foot!

  • Join us in contacting newly registered Democrats and Independents to ask if their registration materials have arrived and if not, help them find out their registration status and fix any problems. Contact Ann to get connected.

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