SAT MAY 13
Come join Only If You Run and the Sister District Project on May 31st, from 6 to 8 pm, at Bluxome Winery, at 53 Bluxome Street, in San Francisco.
Our two organizations are focusing on getting the right resources to swing races in down-ballot elections in the coming cycles. Only If You Run is targeting donations to state House and Senate candidates in heavily gerrymandered states. The Sister District Project is recruiting and matching volunteers with important swing races - where they can make the greatest impact possible. Both organizations are working to impact elections in key states like Virginia this coming November and other places around the country in 2018.
Members of Only If You Run and the Sister District Project will join with the event host committee (still in formation):
- Rachel Bird
- Kathleen Fleming
- Rosalind Jackson
- Dan Lee
- Mike Lee and Holly Shelton
- Webster Marquez
- Alex Marson
- Erica Mutchler and Amon Anderson
- Ramya Raghavan and Jamie Ruth
Both organizations share a single long term goal: take back control of Congress. In the short term, we are focused on winning seats in key state legislative elections. Your attendance and donations will benefit both organization's efforts to ensure Democratic majorities, state by state, across the country, for years to come.
OnlyIfYouRun is a partisan Political Action Committee and is not endorsed by any party or candidate. The Sister District Project is a 527 political organization and federal PAC. Funds will be used to assist Democratic victories, donations to these two groups are not tax deductible.
FRI MAY 12
The past two weeks have been anything but dull. Trumpcare 2.0 made its way through the House, and the president fired the FBI director, who just happened to be the guy investigating him. Through it all, we are reminded of this painful truth:
Elections have consequences.
But the good news is this:
Elections have consequences!
We can’t change the past, but the future is ours. We are frequently asked to protest, march, and sign petitions, but the only thing that matters is winning elections. That is why you joined Sister District.
We announced our first wave of nine Sister Races in April, and already you have raised almost $25,000, which goes directly to these candidates! We held a training in Virginia last weekend, and we have another training in Seattle this weekend. We are preparing for phone banking, canvassing, and postcard-writing campaigns. If you have not yet been connected to your district captain, let us know (we respond to every message!) and we will be sure to get you squared away. And don't forget that after the Virginia primaries in June, every team will get a second Sister Race to support.
Now that you have your Sister Races, most of which are Virginia House of Delegates races, we want to address the questions: Why the states, and why Virginia?
Getting involved in state legislative races is the most valuable action we can take this year. Here’s why:
Redistricting. State legislatures often control redistricting. The Republicans have badly gerrymandered the states they control, keeping themselves in power and preventing proportional representation. The only way to reverse this is to win back state legislatures.
One Thousand Seats Lost. Over the past decade, the GOP has invested heavily in state legislative seats, and unfortunately, it has paid off. Republicans now control both chambers in 33 states, and Democrats hold 1,000 fewer state legislative seats than they did in 2008.
Trifectas. There are 25 Republican trifecta states, where Republicans control both chambers of state government and the governorship. Democrats have only 6 trifecta states. This is why we have been seeing so much awful legislation becoming law on issues of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, gun control, immigration, and more.
States are Policy Laboratories. State level policies often serve as templates for national policy, and also for other states to adopt. We need strong Democratic state legislatures to set progressive policies that can be adopted elsewhere.
Constitutional Convention. If Republicans gain control of one more state legislature, they would be able to call for a Constitutional Convention to amend our federal Constitution.
Ok. We know states are important. So why Virginia?
Only 2 states are having general legislative elections this year: Virginia and New Jersey. Virginia’s House of Delegates is heavily Republican, whereas both of New Jersey’s legislative chambers are controlled by Democrats.
Virginia has gone blue for the past three presidents, but its House of Delegates has 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats. This is partly because the General Assembly controls redistricting, and Virginia is a heavily gerrymandered state.
Hillary Clinton won 51 of the 100 House of Delegate districts, and every one of those seats is up for grabs this year.
In 2015, there were 44 districts that did not even have a Democratic candidate. This year, there are only 20 districts without a Democratic candidate.
There are 17 districts that Hillary Clinton won that currently have a Republican delegate. All of those have a Democratic challenger.
The candidates coming forward to run are diverse, they include many women, people of color, and millenials.
We could talk about the importance of Virginia all day. But the bottom line is that the Republicans would love to add Virginia to their list of trifectas. We need to win back the Virginia House of Delegates to lay the first brick in our firewall that will guard against a complete Republican takeover of this country.
We all know that elections have consequences. And smaller elections can have giant consequences. Smaller elections also allow our relatively small organization to make a big difference. So be proud to support your Sister Races! They matter, more than anyone realizes. Seat by seat, we will remind the Republicans that two can play at this game.
And a reminder: we at Sister District are continuing to fundraise for our operational expenses so that we can support these important races. We are so very grateful for your overwhelming generosity! Please check out our fundraising page to learn more and donate.
Keep up the amazing work!
Rita, Gaby, Lala, and Candis
wed apr 12
Dear Sister District Volunteers,
It’s race season! We know everyone has been eagerly awaiting their race assignments. We have been pouring over our research, making contact with campaigns, and setting up the infrastructure for our Sister Race assignments so that we can announce our first round of races this month. We have also finalized our legal status and are officially able to accept donations for our operational expenses. Read on for details!
2017 SISTER RACES
Wave 1. On April 19, we will be announcing our official support for nine races, and every Sister District team will be matched with one of these. That means that you will be able to start working on behalf of an actual candidate who faces a tough election in November. The important state legislative races we will announce are in Virginia, Washington, and Georgia. When you get your assignment, we will give you a welcome packet with information about your candidate, the candidate’s district, and how to get started. We hope you’re excited—we sure are!
Wave 2. Another wave of Sister Races will be assigned in June, and every district will get a second Sister Race at that time. These are races where there is more than one Democratic candidate in the primary, and we are waiting until the primary has occurred to know who the candidate is. Again, you will receive information on your candidate and his or her race.
FUNDING FOR SDP
Until now, we have not accepted a penny for our work. All operational expenses have been shouldered by our founders, and we are run entirely by volunteers. We wanted to make sure that we undertook appropriate due diligence and had a robust operation before seeking funding.
After carefully considering all our options, we are now registered as a 527 political organization and a political action committee (PAC). With our growing number of volunteers, technology needs, professional and compliance fees, and operational expenses, we need funding to continue to support our efforts and begin to hire full-time staff.
So we are kicking off our fundraising right here! Please contribute $20 or more today to help us meet our goal of raising $20,000 from you, our founding members, by June 1.
No amount is too small! If you are happy with our organization and excited to get to work, please consider donating. We thank you for all your efforts and, with your support, we hope to continue doing this necessary work with you for years to come.
Friends, it has only been five months since our world turned upside down. That feeling of despair has not faded. Knowing that we still have almost four years of corruption, lies, intolerance, and heartbreak coming at us from those who run the country that we cherish is still hard to accept.
But if you are receiving this email, you are not sitting idly on the sidelines. You made the decision to resist, to fight, and to stand up for democracy. You have chosen to act by helping progressives win at the ballot box. This is the only way to return power to the majority of our country, where it belongs.
We are with you all the way, and we are humbled by your passion and persistence. With heads down and sleeves rolled up, let's get to work.
Rita, Gaby, Lala, and Candis
tue apr 11
- Georgia U.S. House District 6 April 18, 2017
- Alabama 67th State House District April 18, 2017
- Georgia 32nd State Senate District April 18, 2017
- Connecticut 7th State House District April 25, 2017
- Connecticut 68th State House District April 25, 2017
- Louisiana 42nd State House District April 29, 2017
- Louisiana 8th State House District April 29, 2017
- Louisiana 2nd State Senate District April 29, 2017
- Oklahoma 28th State House District May 9, 2017
- New York 30th State Senate District May 23, 2017
- New York 9th State Assembly District May 23, 2017
- New Hampshire 44th State House District May 23, 2017
- New Hampshire 6th State House District May 23, 2017
- Montana U.S. House At large May 25, 2017
- South Carolina State House District 84 May 30, 2017-
- South Carolina 3rd State Senate District May 30, 2017-
- California U.S. House District 34 June 6, 2017