ANNOUNCING: The Next Up Victory Fund!

Michael Keegan, People For the American Way
2017-05-23 10:40:10
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, The national progressive movement has been in crisis since well before the 2016 elections. Between governorships and legislatures, Democrats have lost a net 1,037 seats in the past eight years. Republicans have methodically taken complete control of 32 legislatures and control every branch of government in 25 states -- half of the entire country, allowing them to ram through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and attacks on the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ people, and others unchecked. Since the last election, you've no doubt seen Democrats and organizations on the political left scrambling to come up with plans to build a deep "bench" of progressive candidates and a "pipeline" to identify and support our future elected leaders. PFAW and our affiliate have been doing this work for years with programs to support young progressive leaders at every level of elected office. Today, we launch a new initiative to scale up these efforts and meet the urgency of electing dynamic young progressives to critical state and local offices, to rebuild our movement from the ground up in states across the country. I am thrilled to announce the creation of the Next Up Victory Fund. The goal of Next Up is to significantly shift the map within the next few election cycles to retake power in the states, win vital Democratic control over the redistricting process, and nurture a crop of progressive officeholders well positioned to win in their districts, statewide, and in future pursuits of federal office. This is our official launch email and you are one of the very first PFAW supporters I am reaching out to about the Next Up program. If you are with us in understanding the urgent need for this effort, please help us get it off the ground in the biggest way possible by becoming a founding grassroots supporter of the Next Up Victory Fund with a contribution today. site.pfaw.org/site/R Our goal is 1,000 inaugural grassroots supporters in the first week of our launch. The landscape right now in the states is dismal for progressives. And that needs to change. The 32 states where Republicans control the entire state legislature is an increase of 22 since 2009... And the 25 states where Republicans have a full trifecta of power -- both chambers of the legislature along with the governor -- include several traditionally blue states, and that GOP control predates Trump's 2016 wins in the industrial Midwest. This is largely due to poor performance by Democrats in midterm elections beginning with the Tea Party wave of 2010. That election cycle gave Republicans control over the redistricting process in many states and led to right-wing gerrymandering of both congressional and state legislative districts. But we have a path to progress! In 23 states we have close divides in state legislative chambers where we have the chance to flip control from Republicans or cement firm Democratic majorities. In five more states with Republican-controlled legislatures, we can make vital inroads to start closing the gap and put us on track for future Democratic control. Next Up Victory Fund will work tirelessly to change the current landscape by identifying and vetting progressive candidates younger than 40 in state and local elections, and supporting them in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: * Endorsing with direct financial support, press outreach, and connections to both high-level and small grassroots donors... * Engaging PFAW's membership and networks in candidates' states to help get out the vote, recruit campaign volunteers, attract donors, and more... * Helping to amplify and credential these younger candidates, who depending on their age and experience might need help establishing themselves in the eyes of potential supporters... The Next Up Victory Fund is the next step in our deep, long-term investment in youth leadership development. It's the continuation and expansion of our former Young Elected Progressives program. Our nonpartisan affiliate People For the American Way Foundation has supported young leaders for over a decade, through Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Young People For (YP4). PFAW has more than 30 years of expertise and a proven track record of success in helping strong progressive candidates win tight races. This is going to be one of our most important endeavors of the next several election cycles -- including elections taking place this year, in advance of the all-important 2018 midterms. We need inaugural grassroots support to the tune of 1,000 donors to the Next Up Victory Fund this week in order to kick it off right. Will you donate to the Next Up Victory Fund and become one of our first 1,000 inaugural supporter now? site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you for all you do. Please stay tuned for more details about this major new PFAW initiative in the coming days. 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A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.



Anne,

The national progressive movement has been in crisis since well before the 2016 elections. Between governorships and legislatures, Democrats have lost a net 1,037 seats in the past eight years.

Republicans have methodically taken complete control of 32 legislatures and control every branch of government in 25 states -- half of the entire country, allowing them to ram through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and attacks on the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ people, and others unchecked.

Since the last election, you’ve no doubt seen Democrats and organizations on the political left scrambling to come up with plans to build a deep “bench” of progressive candidates and a “pipeline” to identify and support our future elected leaders.

PFAW and our affiliate have been doing this work for years with programs to support young progressive leaders at every level of elected office.

Today, we launch a new initiative to scale up these efforts and meet the urgency of electing dynamic young progressives to critical state and local offices, to rebuild our movement from the ground up in states across the country.

I am thrilled to announce the creation of the Next Up Victory Fund.

The goal of Next Up is to significantly shift the map within the next few election cycles to retake power in the states, win vital Democratic control over the redistricting process, and nurture a crop of progressive officeholders well positioned to win in their districts, statewide, and in future pursuits of federal office.

This is our official launch email and you are one of the very first PFAW supporters I am reaching out to about the Next Up program.

If you are with us in understanding the urgent need for this effort, please help us get it off the ground in the biggest way possible by becoming a founding grassroots supporter of the Next Up Victory Fund with a .

Our goal is 1,000 inaugural grassroots supporters in the first week of our launch.

The landscape right now in the states is dismal for progressives. And that needs to change.

The 32 states where Republicans control the entire state legislature is an increase of 22 since 2009… And the 25 states where Republicans have a full trifecta of power -- both chambers of the legislature along with the governor -- include several traditionally blue states, and that GOP control predates Trump’s 2016 wins in the industrial Midwest.

This is largely due to poor performance by Democrats in midterm elections beginning with the Tea Party wave of 2010. That election cycle gave Republicans control over the redistricting process in many states and led to right-wing gerrymandering of both congressional and state legislative districts.

But we have a path to progress!

In 23 states we have close divides in state legislative chambers where we have the chance to flip control from Republicans or cement firm Democratic majorities. In five more states with Republican-controlled legislatures, we can make vital inroads to start closing the gap and put us on track for future Democratic control.

Next Up Victory Fund will work tirelessly to change the current landscape by identifying and vetting progressive candidates younger than 40 in state and local elections, and supporting them in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Endorsing with direct financial support, press outreach, and connections to both high-level and small grassroots donors…
  • Engaging PFAW’s membership and networks in candidates’ states to help get out the vote, recruit campaign volunteers, attract donors, and more…
  • Helping to amplify and credential these younger candidates, who depending on their age and experience might need help establishing themselves in the eyes of potential supporters…

The Next Up Victory Fund is the next step in our deep, long-term investment in youth leadership development. It’s the continuation and expansion of our former Young Elected Progressives program. Our nonpartisan affiliate People For the American Way Foundation has supported young leaders for over a decade, through Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Young People For (YP4).

PFAW has more than 30 years of expertise and a proven track record of success in helping strong progressive candidates win tight races.

This is going to be one of our most important endeavors of the next several election cycles -- including elections taking place this year, in advance of the all-important 2018 midterms.

We need inaugural grassroots support to the tune of 1,000 donors to the Next Up Victory Fund this week in order to kick it off right.

Thank you for all you do. Please stay tuned for more details about this major new PFAW initiative in the coming days.

Sincerely,

Michael Keegan, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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