Fight for a Better America & Partner Media Highlights
Fight in the SD Union Tribune:
"Flip the 49th has added structure compared to previous efforts, said Tazheen Nizam, who volunteered for Democratic candidates during the last two congressional races. Previously, a hodgepodge of groups worked alongside each other and often overlapped their efforts, she said. “It was amateurish,” Nizam said. “We were organizations, but we were not professionals. I have a full-time job, a kid and a family. We were just amateurs.
Now, groups meet monthly and there is a team that goes to neighborhoods with a list of addresses they should visit… “If there’s not some infrastructure there to support them, some paid staff, you really can’t get a lot done,” Montanari said. “We can hire people who can do some heavy lifting and the volunteers can get out and do what they want to do.
The leap in organization is, in part, due to money. Federal Election Commission records show that Flip the 49th received $25,000 from Fight for a Better America, the political-action committee in Manhattan."
Flip the 49th in the SF Chronicle:
"The most significant endorsement that Democrat Mike Levin received en route to a runoff spot in a California House district that his party would love to flip didn’t come from a big-name politician, he said. It came from grassroots activists who held 67 demonstrations in front of retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa’s office during the past year."
"One of my favorite parts of the [political "how to"] guide is the story of a lawyer named Saily Avelenda who lives in north-central New Jersey. Shortly after Trump’s election, Avelenda formed a group of progressives whose mission was to keep their congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, accountable.
The group started small, meeting in a coffee shop and on Facebook. But it stayed focused and committed to a clear strategy. It courted Republican voters as well as Democrats. It showed up at Frelinghuysen’s office, even in the rain. It repeatedly highlighted the fact that he had voted last year to take health insurance away from many of his own constituents. The organizing evidently worked. In January, with Frelinghuysen’s approval ratings way down, he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election."
Working America in the Washington Post:
“Persuasion can work in partisan general elections when campaigns use experiments to identify persuadable voters and remove voters that react negatively to their messages.
For example, Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, conducted experiments in 2016 that found surprising pockets of voters persuaded by their messages. It then targeted these voters more intensively going forward, and stopped talking to the voters who reacted negatively.
It’s a powerful approach. From validation studies, we estimate that Working America’s changed targeting generated many thousands of additional votes. These votes would have taken many millions of dollars to capture with other tactics.”
Additional Selected Press
Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action:
NJ11 for Change:
All press coverage here, below are selected
All press coverage and reports here, below are selected
The Party’s Just Getting Started (Dissent, Summer '18)
VIDEO: Matt Morrison, Executive Director (CSPAN, Jan and April '18)
Democrats, GOP both target voters behind cracked ‘blue wall’ (AP, April '18)
The Left Had a Great Election Night. Will Democrats Take Advantage? (New Republic, November '17)
Rebuilding a Progressive Majority by Winning Back White Working-Class Moderates (American Prospect, Jun '17)
Worry and the Voters of Philadelphia (New Yorker, June '16)
"Front Porch Focus Group” Explores Appeal of Trump’s Right-Wing Message (AFL-CIO news, Jan '16)
Staten Island Women Who March:
Staten Island Women Who March connects females in the community (silive, June '18)
Staten Island Immigrant advocacy groups push for change (NY1, June '18)
Liberian community holds 2018 inaugural ball in Bloomfield (silive, April '18)
Staten Island women 'Don't Shut Up,' they create change Friday at Art Lab (silive, March '18)
Protesters demand action by Donovan, GOP on gun control (silive, Feb '18)
VIDEO: Staten Island women 'stand up and fight back' at Women's March (silive, Jan '18)
Outpouring of support for family of S.I. dad deported to Egypt (silive, Nov '17)