UpRise in Arizona, the New Purple State!

After an exciting year in Arizona, we have decided to stay here, build on our successes and the relationships we have made, and help the absolutely critical state of Arizona turn blue for the 2020 presidential election! We had a great experience in the 8th CD special election, expanded the range of activities for volunteers, developed hard evidence that other activities can be just as effective (if not more) than traditional activities, and traveled across the state collecting stories and ideas about how to make campaigns better.

All Hands on Deck: Time to Volunteer!

Labor Day has passed and we are in prime campaign season. These midterm elections are possibly the most consequential of our lifetime; it’s time to focus! We’re asking you to register on as soon as you can. We have many volunteering opportunities on the site, mostly for Arizona, California, and North Carolina, and many more will be added in the next few weeks. But even if you are elsewhere (like Virginia), a number of these activities can be done remotely.

UpRise Campaigns Is in Arizona!

After the exhilarating successes in Virginia’s odd-year elections last year, we began to focus on Arizona, on an April special election in the Phoenix area. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni's campaign was ripe for the kind of volunteer-centric approaches that we have been promoting. Together with a great campaign staff and wonderful volunteers, UpRise's Antonia Scatton promoted the techniques that had worked so well in Virginia, focusing on visibility and community engagement.

How Do You Convert Anti-Trump Anger into Votes? Surprising Answers from the VA Campaigns

I am still thrilled with the election results here in Virginia. We did better than we expected in our wildest dreams -- picking up 15 seats in the House of Delegates and sweeping the state-wide elections by a huge margin. While more than 40 campaigns statewide used our platform to recruit volunteers for tasks and skilled roles, our most innovative work was done here in the Richmond area. We worked with many campaigns in the region to encourage them to embrace more volunteer-driven person-to-person outreach and visibility activities.

A Way Forward: Campaign Reform

There is a way forward, a way to fix our broken political process. It is campaign reform: putting local people back in charge of the political campaign process. We must take back our political process from the “campaign industrial complex”. These people have squandered our most critical resources: the skills, local knowledge and relationships of political volunteers, people just like you.

Our New Book!

We Can Fix It! by UpRise co-founder, Nelson Morgan "It is time to look closely at [campaign] strategies and question them. This booklet is about a piece of this new outlook, the part that is a way out of the dominance of the effect of large campaign contributions." -- From the Foreword by George Lakoff … Continue reading Our New Book!