The year of young progressive changemakers (thank you)

Lizet Ocampo, People For the American Way
2017-12-26 16:44:05
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. *********************** Dear Anne, This year PFAW launched the Next Up Victory Fund, our new initiative to build the progressive bench by getting young, diverse progressives elected across the states. Thank you, so much, for your support of this project. It was a lot of work… and it was wildly successful. We added to the overall number of progressive candidates in a big way… 85 percent of our endorsed candidates in Virginia won and, in a political earthquake, nearly tipped the balance of the overwhelmingly Republican legislature… and 2018 is going to be even bigger as we scale our program up. Across the country, 40 Next Up candidates won their elections, including Melvin Carter who became the first Black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota and Dimple Ajmera, the first Asian American on the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council. In Virginia voters offered a resounding rejection of Trump’s racist agenda and policies and 12 of our 14 candidates in Virginia won. We are so proud to have been part of this sweeping victory that was historic for many reasons. Justin Fairfax, Next Up’s first endorsee, became the second African American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia as lieutenant governor. Danica Roem took the country by storm with her victory against one of the most bigoted members of the Virginia legislature… and she became the first openly transgender person to be seated in a state legislature. Listen to our telebriefing with Danica on her historic victory and how progressives can harness our momentum for 2018>> act.pfaw.org/go/5636 But this isn't all, Michael. Many of our endorsees were first time candidates, which makes their successes all the more amazing. They weren’t experienced politicians who knew how to run a campaign -- they were bright young people excited to bring progressive change to their communities. And we picked candidates everywhere -- not just in places that progressives historically have won. That’s the key to rebuilding progressive power, nationwide, from the ground up. This was particularly apparent in our victories in Virginia where Republican strongholds turned blue. Excitement about young diverse candidates like ours also created a reverse coattail effect where progressives vying for statewide seats benefitted from the well-run campaigns of candidates for local races. These are all lessons we’re taking into 2018 with us, when you can expect even more young progressive Next Up candidates to make a difference in the big midterm elections. Thank you again for your unwavering support -- we can’t do this work without you. Thank you, Lizet Ocampo, Political Director People For the American Way is fighting the Right to defend our cherished constitutional rights and values. If you have not made your year-end donation to PFAW, please do so now to let us know you're with us as we head into the New Year. donate: act.pfaw.org/donate/year-end-2017-1/ *********************** Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE: act.pfaw.org/mailings/view/1459 This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. If you have any thoughts, comments, or criticisms, or if there's a better email address at which to reach you, please let us know. If you'd like to unsubscribe from our list, you can do that here: You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time: act.pfaw.org/cms/unsubscribe/unsubscribe/ . But know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with People For the American Way and continue our crucial work. PFAW is able to win policy battles and elections, and counter the Right's extremism and hate, because of dedicated activists like you, and we're always eager to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your support. act.pfaw.org/go/1 CONTACT: act.pfaw.org/go/2 PRIVACY POLICY: act.pfaw.org/go/3 FACEBOOK: act.pfaw.org/go/4 TWITTER: act.pfaw.org/go/6 YOUTUBE: act.pfaw.org/go/7 1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005-5002, 202-467-4999 You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time: act.pfaw.org/cms/unsubscribe/unsubscribe/

People for the American Way

Next Up Victory Fund

Dear Anne,

This year PFAW launched the Next Up Victory Fund, our new initiative to build the progressive bench by getting young, diverse progressives elected across the states. Thank you, so much, for your support of this project. It was a lot of work… and it was wildly successful.We added to the overall number of progressive candidates in a big way… 85 percent of our endorsed candidates in Virginia won and, in a political earthquake, nearly tipped the balance of the overwhelmingly Republican legislature… and 2018 is going to be even bigger as we scale our program up.

Across the country, 40 Next Up candidates won their elections, including Melvin Carter who became the first Black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota and Dimple Ajmera, the first Asian American on the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council.

In Virginia voters offered a resounding rejection of Trump’s racist agenda and policies and 12 of our 14 candidates in Virginia won. We are so proud to have been part of this sweeping victory that was historic for many reasons.

Justin Fairfax, Next Up’s first endorsee, became the second African American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia as lieutenant governor.

And Danica Roem took the country by storm with her victory against one of the most bigoted members of the Virginia legislature… and she became the first openly transgender person to be seated in a state legislature.

Listen to our telebriefing with Danica on her historic victory and how progressives can harness our momentum for 2018>>

But this isn't all, Anne. Many of our endorsees were first time candidates, which makes their successes all the more amazing. They weren’t experienced politicians who knew how to run a campaign -- they were bright young people excited to bring progressive change to their communities. And we picked candidates everywhere -- not just in places that progressives historically have won. That’s the key to rebuilding progressive power, nationwide, from the ground up.

This was particularly apparent in our victories in Virginia where Republican strongholds turned blue. Excitement about young diverse candidates like ours also created a reverse coattail effect where progressives vying for statewide seats benefitted from the well-run campaigns of candidates for local races.

These are all lessons we’re taking into 2018 with us, when you can expect even more young progressive Next Up candidates to make a difference in the big midterm elections.

Thank you again for your unwavering support -- we can’t do this work without you.

Thank you,

Lizet Ocampo, Political Director

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