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.
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 UpRise.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
UpRise Campaigns heads to Idaho to work with the Jerry Sturgill for Senate campaign and the Idaho Democratic Party.
Zephyr Teachout for Congress, New York 19th District By Antonia After working in New Jersey, we made a swing through the Hudson Valley in New York to drop in on the campaign of Zephyr Teachout. This is a top-tier, mega- targeted race in a new and very swing District. Bill Moyers once referred to Zephyr … Continue reading Meet the Campaigns: Zephyr Teachout
UpRise in Somerville, NJ, working with Peter Jacob for Congress (7th CD). Peter is an Indian-American social worker and first time candidate, inspired to run by Bernie Sanders.
UpRise in Oakland CA, helping Matt Hummel launch his campaign for the At-Large seat of the Oakland City Council. Read about Matt's awesome people-powered campaign!
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!