Big 5 Battleground Fund
The 2020 general election will most likely hinge on the outcome in these five states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona.
Now more than ever, we need to invest in local groups in these Big Five states. They know how to organize their own communities, and they’ve been building trust with voters long before the current crisis. They need our support to win in November and build toward a progressive future.
Arizona Coalition for Change (C4C) & its (c)(4) sister organization Our Voice, Our Vote Arizona (OVOV) are member-led organizations based in Phoenix and Tucson committed to advocating for lasting progressive public policies that empower and equip our most vulnerable communities. They focus on building civic and political power in black and brown communities through voter mobilization & turnout, grassroots organizing, leadership development training, voter registration, electing champions into office, and holding elected officials accountable. By putting people first, they develop and lift up the voices of the New American Majority to take on the nations’ most pressing issues.
A student-led, non-partisan organization created to represent the collective interest of the 140,000+ university students and 400,000+ community college students in Arizona. They advocate at the local, state, and national levels for affordable and accessible higher education. Their organization is built around three pillars – advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. ASA advocates for student issues to elected and appointed officials in Arizona and Washington D.C. They also run direct action campaigns on and off campus and work to build student power every year through voter registration, education and GOTV.
The unified 501(c)4 table in Arizona, consisting of labor, immigrant, civic engagement, reproductive rights, civil rights, environmental, and other progressive organizations. The table came together in 2011 with the goal of pushing a progressive agenda in Arizona and advocating for better policy to serve working families and improve Arizona’s democracy. Arizona Wins functions as a shared hub for the electoral and voting rights advocacy field and communications efforts of all partners. Arizona Wins identifies shared priorities, organizes partner organizations to pool their resources, both financial and programmatic, to invest in a coordinated program to reach our shared goals, and identifies and works to fill gaps in both resources and program areas.
Instituto was founded to support the building of political power and infrastructure of communities of color and low-income communities in Arizona. They do this by incubating projects and organizations as well as supporting the leadership development of leaders in AZ through fellowships, training, and coaching support.
LUCHA and its c3 sister ACE are Center for Popular Democracy affiliates based in the Phoenix area, started to challenge anti-immigrant policies. They have over 1000 Latino and immigrant members, and provide empowerment services along with leadership development, organizing, and civic engagement at scale. They’ve led ballot campaigns including the winning 2016 Prop 206 Minimum Wage initiative, helped in the efforts to defeat former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio, and continue to create leaders and campaigns that challenge the political status quo in Arizona.
Part of the national organization and political home for Latinx and Chicanx organizing for racial justice. Mobilizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization. Currently leading a campaign to pressure tech companies to stop profiting from the suffering of immigrants. Organizing in Phoenix, working on candidate endorsements for local elections and community engagement programs for the presidential elections.
A community-led grassroots organization focused on uplifting and implementing progressive and inclusive policies that promote community engagement and defend human rights. Through direct action organizing, transformative leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and education in Tucson, PDI seeks to defend and uplift the voices of marginalized communities for real and meaningful change by mobilizing around issues through policy change and catapulting grassroots leadership to positions of electoral office. They work to turn out communities of color in areas traditionally not reached by other campaigns.
Poder in Action (c3) and their sister organization Poder (c4) focus on leadership development, systems change, and community-driven public policy. Their advocacy within the crimmigration system has successfully increased police accountability and transparency. Poder in Action’s mission is to build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as working class and people of color. Poder has successfully won and collaborated in several electoral campaigns that have moved a progressive platform and held politicians accountable by turning out people of color. They’ve become supporter and incubator for several new organizations that have strengthened the local organizing infrastructure in West Phoenix.
Tomorrow We Vote (501c3) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based nonpartisan nonprofit focused on registering students in high schools using a specialized curriculum developed to allow voting-aged youth to understand their political power. Tomorrow We Vote Action (501c4) focuses on progressive issues important to the youth and provides education-based political actions through civic engagement.
Black Voters Matter organizes voters in the Florida Panhandle, leading GOTV events and supporting for groups in Northern Florida who are not otherwise reached by the rest of Florida’s social justice infrastructure. Their deep voter engagement efforts focus on several key issues, including affordable housing, supporting returning citizens, and census education.
Dream Defenders was launched by organizers fighting back after the Trayvon Martin shooting. In protest of the killing, they occupied the state capitol for over a month. As part of the Statewide Alignment Group, Dream Defenders helped win Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to more than 1 million Floridians. They have expanded and deepened their base to 8 counties, catalyzing Black and Brown youth organizing across the state with a focus on policing, bail reform, and advancing a collective statewide strategy around state attorney and sheriff races.
Engage Miami believes in speaking youth to power. They were instrumental in the fight to expand early voting sites on college campuses, increasing accessibility for young people. With a bold, creative, impactful, and local culture of civic participation and voter engagement led by and for young people, they have registered thousands of new voters, launched voter education and GOTV campaigns, and developed comprehensive voter guides for young voters. Engage Miami is affiliated with the Alliance for Youth Action.
Faith in Florida is an influential network of multifaith congregations across 8 counties in Florida. They are focused on tackling systemic racial and economic injustice that includes winning a ‘Ban the Box’ measure in Broward County and they were instrumental in restoring voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians disenfranchised by a Jim Crow-era voting ban impacting more than 20% of African Americans in the state. In addition to leading Florida’s Souls to the Polls program, which had over 1,000 participating congregations in 2018, Faith in Florida’s ongoing work includes defending immigrant communities and know your rights education campaigns.
Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is Florida’s strongest immigrant rights organization and an anchor of the national movement for immigrant justice. They have led national, statewide, and local campaigns focusing on immigrant rights and economic issues for more than a decade. They’ve won in-state tuition for undocumented students, advocated for local wage theft ordinances, and launched numerous naturalization drives helping thousands become US citizens. FLIC is focused on registering tens of thousands of voters, including new voters whose voting rights were restored by Amendment 4, and holding candidates who voted to ban sanctuary cities accountable. They are working on passing legislation to expand access to drivers licenses regardless of immigration status.
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) brings together more than 70 organizations from across the state, including many grassroots groups. Led by returning citizens and formerly incarcerated people, FRRC has fought to return voting and civil rights to those caught in the criminal justice system and impacted by a Jim Crow-era lifetime voting ban. After leading the winning coalition to restore voting rights to more than 1 million Floridians, they are now working on educating, registering, and protecting new voters and their rights.
Florida Student Power has a presence on 25 universities and colleges across the state. Their work focuses on leadership development of Black and Brown youth and supporting local campaigns. They’ve led voter education work in the past two election cycles on campuses in Miami-Dade, Broward, and 16 other counties. They are working to launch their first voter registration program and are especially focused on organizing young people on issues related to criminal justice.
Mi Familia Vota is a civic engagement organization and champion of civil rights building Latino political power, uniting Latinos, immigrants, and allies to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. They led organizing to pass the Trust Act in the city of Orlando and their key issues include immigrant rights, voting rights, environment, workers rights, healthcare, and education. In this election cycle, Mi Familia Vota is focused on registering and mobilizing new and young voters to the polls.
New Florida Majority is a powerful multiracial organization with a statewide presence working on shifting Florida into becoming a more progressive state. They are increasing the voting power of Florida’s low-income Black, Afro-Caribbean, Latino, and LGBTQ communities by grassroots training to help community members become local become leaders, mobilizing communities to vote, educating the public on political issues, and inspiring Floridians to take action toward their dreams. They are building a powerful new vision for Florida’s new majority.
Organize Florida leads extensive civic engagement efforts across Central Florida. As a dynamic, multiracial organization, they combine grassroots base-building with electoral work to advance issues around economic, racial, and gender justice. Their campaigns include organizing around affordable housing, climate change, and ending mass incarceration.
A grassroots membership-based organization that fights for economic and social justice for low-income workers in Detroit through issue campaigns and voter engagement. They are affiliates of the Center for Popular Democracy.
A collaboration of 4 community organizations (MOSES, ROC-MI, Mothering Justice, and Building Movement Project- Detroit People’s Platform) is building major power in low- income and working class communities statewide. They led the successful effort to raise the state’s minimum wage and worked on an attempt to get paid sick leaven the ballot. Their Center for Progressive Leadership runs training programs for Local Candidates & Campaign Managers.
A statewide organization dedicated to the leadership development of community members and the creation of effective campaigns to advance racial, gender, economic and criminal justice reform statewide. They play a key role in District Attorney races and other criminal justice-related political efforts.
A growing progressive student network, which launched VOTE MOB campaigns on 8 campuses, distributed more than 13,000 voter guides, registered more than 1300 people to vote, and fought for local progressive candidates and ballot measures, in partnership with community groups.
A growing People’s Action affiliate, statewide with strength in Detroit, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. They organize faith, immigrant, and African-American communities on racial, gender, economic and environmental justice with campaigns on child and elder care. Active on Immigrant and Refugee defense. They have 16 staff, over 100 institutional affiliates, and have integrated conversations with voters into their movement-building strategy. A major hub of the Michigan Resistance.
A well-organized group of mothers advocating for affordable child care, birth justice, earned paid sick time, family medical leave insurance, and raising the minimum wage. They engage voters around issues of income fairness, lead advocacy work that amplifies the voices of mothers of color, provide leadership development that builds the next generation of mother policymakers, and create family-friendly activist spaces.
215PA is a new multiracial collaborative led by parents, teachers, students, union members, and other Philadelphians coming together to make meaningful change. 215 People’s Alliance is lifting up issues of criminal justice reform and housing justice in upcoming elections.
A powerful Center for Popular Democracy affiliate and Latino immigrant rights organization branching out from CASA de Maryland, with a growing base in South Central PA (Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties). They have registered 10,000 voters and contacted over 45,000 infrequent Latino voters. CASA in Action has engaged Latinos in the Presidential, US Senate, important Congressional District races, as well as some key down-ballot opportunities in York County.
A USAction and ProgressNow affiliate, Keystone Progress is a multi-issue advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing techniques and hard-hitting earned media to advance the state’s progressive agenda. They’re working statewide on issues from the local to national level, and are building up their community organizing and electoral capacity.
Make the Road PA is the largest Latinx organization in the state, building power for justice in Latinx communities, working class communities and Communities of Color. MRPA has been at the forefront of the resistance against Trump since before the election and are constantly reaching and registering thousands of voters and encouraging them to get involved in the community. They also play a leading role in campaigns for immigration reform and the Abolish ICE movement, a fair budget for education and human services, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, rights of the LGBTQ+ community, Puerto Rico Justice, and the Fight for $15. They have roughly 700 monthly participants in their events and member committee meetings. Make the Road Action builds political power by engaging thousands of Latino, immigrant, and African-American voters every year.
The largest door-knocking voter engagement and community justice organization in PA. Last year One PA registered over 7,000 new voters and knocked over 250,000 doors helping bring in the largest wave of women elected in Pennsylvania history. In 2020, they will combine census engagement with voter registration and turn out even more voters. They work from the school board to the federal level and members lead the way. One PA is a multi-racial, inter-generational statewide grassroots community organization that shifts the balance of power through popular political education, lifting up community voices, and building high-impact campaigns with partner organizations. Their members are workers, students, parents, seniors, people with disabilities, and retirees excited to learn, collaborate, and build power.
The story of Pennsylvania Stands Up is a story about everyday people turning our country around by figuring out how to get involved—even if it’s just two hours a week—and building the grassroots force we need to revitalize our democracy. We believe the time is ripe for everyday Americans—of every race and creed, immigrant and native-born, sisters and brothers—to stand up together as one united people.
Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental groups committed to advancing the vision of an economy that works for all people. They spearhead, support, and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit.
Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters. We believe that our children’s life chances must not be determined at birth and that America must be a nation that allows all its people to thrive.
A faith-based PICO affiliate expanding statewide. POWER played a key role in winning a living wage ordinance for city agencies and contractors, and led a statewide faith coalition that successfully changed the state’s public education funding formula to correct long-standing racial bias and inadequacies. POWER will be focusing on municipal and county-wide races in upcoming elections.
A new group started by former staff and activists from the Bernie campaign, modeled on and inspired by Reclaim Chicago. They ran actions against the dominance of corporate dollars on the DNC host committee, and are pushing to stop a lame-duck TPP vote. Reclaim Philly is planning to canvass 10,000 doors with a focus on young low-propensity voters, and is in communication and collaboration with other movement groups.
BLOC is working to uplift Black citizens, leaders, and businesses in the community by investing in building long-term power, taking political action, and empowering Black leaders with tools so that their issues are represented at all levels of government. BLOC builds transformational relationships with communities of color through organizing, silent canvasses, conversation, and engaging Wisconsinites year-round. The major black voter engagement organization in Wisconsin, BLOC is rooted in Milwaukee’s core north side black community, with expansion plans to inner-ring suburbs, as well as black communities in Racine and Kenosha. In 2018, their first year in existence, BLOC made 173,617 door attempts and talked to 14,278 people. Their 2020 plans include expanding their grassroots organizing and political education about criminal justice through relational organizing. BLOC is also the creator of silent canvassing, a creative new approach to canvassing, where candidates remain silent and prioritize listening to community members.
A strong affiliate of People’s Action that runs top-notch civic engagement programs statewide. Citizen Action of Wisconsin has over 42,000 individual members and 123,000 supporters and is engaged in organizing campaigns on health care and economic justice.
A visionary non-profit engaging low to no-income communities of color in Dane County to achieve social justice through coupling direct service, leadership development, and community organizing. It seeks to end violence against women, children, gender-non-conforming, and transgender folks within communities of color by challenging root causes of violence, poverty, and racism. Currently leading immigration justice efforts and organizing voter engagement.
Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is a new organization led by youth of color. They engage in values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development. On campuses and communities in Milwaukee’s key geographies, they organize young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.
Our Revolution Wisconsin is draining the swamp with people power. Building a member-led, populist political organization from the bottom up, they aim to take back power from elites and build a Wisconsin that is of, by, and for the people. They have chapters and organizing meetings all over the state doing base-building in the communities needed to win on issues and elections that matter.
One of the strongest state-based immigrant rights organizations in the country. They held mass meeting across the state and then helped organize Wisconsin’s “Day without Latinos” which brought 40,000 people into the streets of Milwaukee. Voces de la Frontera Action and Voces de la Frontera has chapters in Milwaukee, Racine, Madison, Green Bay, Waukesha, and Walworth County, and a strong history of organizing the Latino vote.
A grassroots independent political organization that fights for Wisconsin’s working families—working to raise the minimum wage, get big money out of politics, and advocate for racial justice. WWFP has knocked on over 50,000 doors, led the Fight for 15, and successfully pushed Milwaukee and Dane counties to enact minimum wage increases.