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Gearing up for 2020!

Dear Friends of UpRise: Greetings from Arizona! While the media are focused on Washington and the primary elections, we’re laying the groundwork for 2020 elections right here in Arizona – one of only 5 true toss-up states in the Presidential election! With 11 electoral college votes, there are almost no Presidential win scenarios that do not include Arizona. … Continue reading Gearing up for 2020!

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 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.

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.

UpRise Coast To Coast!

Antonia Scatton reaches our nation's capital, where she continues to meet with state and local candidates getting ready for the upcoming election in November 2016. They need to know there is an alternative to dependence on big money, to constant fundraising. This year's candidates need to know now that positive messaging, word-of-mouth marketing in campaigns, … Continue reading UpRise Coast To Coast!