Take a minute with me. Close your eyes and let’s imagine it’s November 9th, 2022. Day after Election Day. The adrenaline is fading and we’re settling into a new political world. The frenzy is transforming into patience (or perhaps impatience) as we are undoubtedly waiting for the final results of our midterm elections.
Over the last several years, re:power has been focused on how we can redefine winning for our elections. The odds are stacked against our progress in so many ways, so how are we holding on to our hope, if the outcomes of a rigged system don’t always support it? It’s not easy, but it's a requirement of our work to find the motivation and perseverance needed to continue to build toward our north star.
Am I hopeful for Election Day? Of course—we’ve got some amazing people running meaningful campaigns that have the potential to really make a material difference for our people (see below!). But, I won’t deny that I’m also scared of what this could mean for our near-term future.
So what am I doing? I’m reminding myself that our work is bigger than any ONE election cycle. That is about building long-term power and there are plenty of electoral-related wins (like increasing voter registration, increasing voter turnout of our people, better engagement, running narrative campaigns to combat disinformation, etc.) that matter even if we don’t capture 51% of the votes we needed. This is the long-game and re:power will be here building it with you.
Sending nothing but love, energy, healing, and rest to all our campaigners this month!
Get Our Our Vote!
ICYMI: This month we launched a new GOTV video series just in time for the midterms! Join re:power Lead Trainer, Atima Omara for our GOTV training where we share strategies to build an inclusive campaign, get out our vote, and win.
In October, we completed two movement data courses to equip data practitioners, digital strategists, and organizers with the data tools to level up their campaigns! The courses included:
Database Management Using SQL
Building Analytics Reports in Google Sheets
Our Data X Power Movement Tech Fellowship also continues in full swing. Data X Power is re:power’s 10-month fellowship for movement-centered data experts from across the country. The fellowship launched in February 2022 and will culminate this December.
Our alumni are on the ground and re:powering the midterms! Our 2022 Campaign Management, Field Director and Candidate Programs trained:
organizers, candidates, and campaign staff across 30 states including the battleground states of Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
of training participants were women
of participants were BIPOC
on the re:cord
“I was the everyday person. Organizing was not on my mind and activism was not in my radar. This all happened during OFA 2008 and hasn't stopped since. I have worked on several campaigns… and as a mature organizer, activist, strategist, director etc., re:power is helping me to reevaluate and up my skills. It takes all of us to make the transformational change that we need in society. Thank you for the trainings.”
LACY DAWSON, RE:POWER ALUM
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY, ECONOMIC JUSTICE ALLIANCE OF MICHIGAN
re:power is hiring!
We are looking for an innovative and creative Program Coordinator to help support our Progressive Governance Academy.
The Progressive Governance Academy (PGA) supports progressive elected officials to build power in partnership with their peers and with local progressive movement actors.
If you’re deeply committed to democracy and the belief that elected officials are key partners in delivering community change, then this role is for you!
October 25th, 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila, his daughter Marcia; along with five others. Before we became re:power, for nearly sixteen years we operated in this movement as Wellstone Action—an organization founded in the legacy of Senator Wellstone. His deep commitment to progressive politics, organizing, and activism are the foundations on which this organization was built. And this month we honor his life and legacy.
“Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine.”
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