The Poverty of Democratic Organizing Reaches a Crisis Point
Credit: The Connector, by Micah Sifry
In his Connector newsletter, prominent democracy activist and writer Micah Sifry just picked up “The Bat Signal memo,” MVP’s urgent call to action to invest in 2023 to win big in 2024.
Key quotes + notes
- “Just fourteen months from now, we will know whether our future is in the hands of a narcissistic madman or a genial grandpa. But the choices we make now, many months before Election Day 2024, can have a real impact on that fateful outcome.” ⬅️ Exactly! This is why early and year-round investment is so important.
- “Do we want to be building sand-castles that get washed away as soon as an election cycle ends, or the kind of year-round power that is embedded in local organizing?” ⬅️ Yes! A perfect encapsulation of why it’s often so strategic to invest in year-round grassroots organizing.
- “At this point, dear reader, I’m going to stop and ask you to ask yourself a question: “How much money have I donated in the last 12 months to candidates vs organizing groups? You can find your own donor history here, at least in terms of political donations to candidates, party committees and PACs. Have you given as much to organizing groups? If you want to quickly change your own ratio, you can give to Movement Voter Project, which redistributes money to local groups (in 2020 it moved between $100 million and $120 million, ten times what it did in 2016).” ⬅️ We won’t argue there!
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