Why is Congress controlled by the GOP when Dems win more votes? In large part because Republicans have used their advantage in state legislatures to gerrymander Dems into the minority. The good news: We can do something about it this year.
We're hosting a phone bank for two women running to help flip Virginia's House of Delegates blue. And we're partnering with the amazing women at Bulletin Broads to phone bank in their store in Williamsburg (perk: they provide free rosé). We'll have expert phone bank trainers on hand to walk you through every step.
Who are the candidates? Danica Roem is 32 years old — this is her first time running. And if she wins, she’ll be the first transgender member of the House of Delegates. Her opponent is Bob Marshall, 73, a 13-term incumbent who authored a “bathroom bill” during the last legislative session. Danica’s running in one of the districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 but that is currently held by a Republican in the Virginia House.
Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender born and raised in Petersburg, VA. She was one of the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, and she has devoted her life’s work to foster and orphan children. VA-2 is considered a swing district — a Democratic delegate unseated incumbent Mark Dudenhefer in 2013 after President Obama won the district by 58% in 2012; Dudenhefer won it back in 2015 by barely 100 votes.
When the ground crumbles beneath us, it's time to arm ourselves with the tools to fight for real change. On September 23rd, the Broad Room is holding our third free training -- Building Power: Grassroots Organizing 101.
Want to learn how to tackle the big issues and achieve concrete wins? Superstar organizer and general badass Emma Wolfe will be training us up on how to organize around a cause, build out a strategy, and take action from the grassroots.
Join us to learn from the best and gain the tangible skills to turn these lessons into real action.
Emma Wolfe is the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most recently, she served as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in 2013, overseeing the building of a victorious citywide coalition that spanned all five boroughs. Wolfe previously served de Blasio as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Public Advocate, reorganizing the office into an effective agency watchdog with an emphasis on community organizing. She has worked as an organizing and field director for the New York State Senate, Working Families Party, ACORN and 1199 SEIU.
Event is for women-identifying folks only.
This past week, the DCCC (our party overlords) chose big tent politics at the expense of women - informing their base that reproductive rights would not be a litmus test for party endorsements.
The Broad Room is not about that shit. And on August 15th, you can join us to phonebank with #VOTEPROCHOICE - an organization identifying, endorsing and actively supporting proactive prochoice candidates across the country. Because reproductive care is not a litmus test. It's a fundamental right.
RSVP to join our Brooklyn rooftop phonebank. BYO lady (identifying) friends, snacks, and drinks.
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