31st Street Swing Left
Winning State Legislatures, the U.S. House, Senate
and the White House
Our Strategy for 2020 - "Bottom-Up"
in Selected Battleground States
State legislature races with potential to flip a legislature, and thereby contribute significantly to help statewide US Senate and Presidency efforts through a “reverse coattails” or "power up" effect.
Voter registration and Mobilization through support to effective local organizations.
Voter outreach through phoning, texting, letters etc.
State priorities are North Carolina, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Voter Registation in Charlotte, NC
Our Iowa Slate
Like North Carolina, Iowa offers a "Triple Word Score" opportunity, with a key US Senate seat, 6 precious electoral votes and a flippable legislature. And as with NC, we believe the best strategy to help all 3 is to support strategically-selected winnable, but underfunded legislature races.
North Carolina Digital Ad Support - A Great Opportunity!
The coronavirus intensifies the need for digital ads to support candidates on social media. Digital ads are relatively inexpensive and can be well-targeted e.g. low-frequency voters, women voters with children, voters of color. We have a partner who can produce quality ads inexpensively!
We are supporting first production, and then over time, distribution of ad buys for a group of 15 legislature and 6 statewide candidates. We begin with general videos to help introduce and promote candidates. But we also have extensive footage of the candidates across a wide variety of issues, that can be developed into a variety of issue-specific ad videos.
Support Al Gross toward a Clear Majority in the US Senate
Great Alaska Candidate for the US Senate
Dr. Al Gross is a lifelong Alaskan who worked his way through college on his own commercial fishing boat. After 20 years, he left his orthopedic practice to obtain a Master’s in public health to focus on healthcare reform. His major issues are healthcare - a huge concern of Alaskans and climate change. Al is an Independent, a major advantage in Alaska, but will also run as the Democratic Nominee. We think his opponent is vulnerable and Al can win!
Community Outreach is the Key
Rural AK, with 20% of voters, has hundreds of small villages of Alaskan Natives who tend to vote D and provide the margin of victory—if they vote. Our support will hire Indigenous Alaskan “stipend workers” in 220 villages who know their neighbors and will build turnout.
The Corona Virus has not Stopped us from Voter Outreach!!
With door-to-door canvassing still ill-advised, all of the field work opportunities offered to 31st St. members and friends involve:
phonebanking (henceforth "phone canvassing"),
Some of the field work is focused on informing voters about voting procedures (like how to apply for a mail-in ballot) and some on specific candidates. Each week we update the postings of field work opportunities: primarily North Carolina, but also Pennsylvania. (Down the road, we may offer some Iowa opportunities.) Most of the activities we post are organized by other groups - selected because their voter outreach strategy aligns with ours, and we are confident their activities will be well-organized for volunteers.
We are motivated, ordinary people in the DC, MD, VA area who came together in early 2017 to win elections. We believe our efforts were highly effective in the Blue Wave in 2017 Virginia, winning the U.S. House in 2018 and in 2019 in winning control of both the Virginia House and Senate.
We are over 1000 members. Join us!
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Watch our video about our history and mission
Next Full Meeting:
Aug 23, 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom!
Special Guest: Governor Top Wolf of Pennsylvania
1:30 PM (EDT) - New Member Orientation
2:00 PM (EDT) - 4 PM - Main Meeting
- Later Full Meeting Dates: Sept 27, Oct 25
- Round Table Dates: Aug 6, Sept 10, Oct 8
Successful Funding for Democratic Candidates & Mobilization
2017 $115,000 for VA Legislature
2018 $1,024,000 for US House and Senate
2019 $309,000 for VA Legislature
2020 $1,700,000 so far!