Moving Forward: Progressive Groups You Can Directly Support
Now will always be the time to take necessary political action, because our work is far from over
Relief is ok to feel. Most of us across the liberal spectrum took a good sigh of relief when Biden’s victory was solidified. However, in a few days, it’ll be March; already over a month into our new presidency. We need to continue putting awareness and action into the neglected structural issues that brought us our prior administration in the first place. The corporate, moderate establishment has failed us again and again. Voters are waking up and realizing that the people’s suppression has been contributed by officials and ideologies they thought were in our best interest.
They are not.
If you’re wondering where to focus your political energy towards making our nation a much more progressive place, below are some options of great organizations and groups that would really appreciate your support. These groups are conducting incredible efforts in delivering quality, accessible civic education to the public, and providing the funds and resources needed to place our government more and more in the hands of the everyday people are electeds are supposed to be representing.
It’s because of organizations like these that ego-driven public service, self-interest, and abuse of power are becoming less and less normalized. We aren’t happy Biden won, we are happy the other guy lost. We cannot forget that the bare minimum is unacceptable and not worth settling for.
People often associate DSA-USA with the superstar public servant Bernie Sanders they strongly support. But the organization goes much deeper than centering around an individual or event.
Providing a definition of democratic socialism itself, DSA’s site reads:
“Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically — to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.”
Being a DSA member myself, I am proud to be a part of a multi-issue, multi-identity platform that understands that bold, comprehensive policy is a must in addressing systemic matters. Medicare For All is a must, the Green New Deal is a must, socioeconomic justice is a must, racial justice is a must, Queer justice is a must, and the list of human rights matters goes on.
No Excuses PAC
Stated directly on the PAC’s site as the reasoning for the committee’s creation:
“…we are launching a new campaign to let fringe Democrats in the Senate know that if they stand in the way of progress, we will replace them. It’s called
No Excuses… we need your help immediately to run ads telling Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema that they will be primaried and replaced in 2024 if they join with Republicans to shrink their own party’s pandemic, climate, and economic investment plans.”
Boldy progressive, No Excuses directly opposes conservative Democrats (which shouldn’t even be a thing) including U.S. Senators Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin. These Senators are examples of current electeds who continue to fail in following through on their promises made to the constituents that voted them into office in the first place. Not only is the No Excuses team raising money to run ads against these senators, but they are also seeking candidates who are strongly considering challenging Sinema and Manchin for their seats.
The above ad also indicates that corporate moderates like Chuck Schumer aren’t safe from No Excuses efforts either, which I’m personally very excited about.
The Center for Popular Democracy, already a great organization in itself, created a sub-sect of their group to better transmit and provide resources to individuals and community groups doing the grassroots work on the issues they advocate for. This group is called Local Progress.
Funneling the national progressive movement down to the level of public office that most directly affects the people, Local Progress strives to create and promote models of governance that work for all and not the wealthy few. This especially with a focus on underrepresented, marginalized communities who know all too well the ramifications of our country’s massive wealth disparity.
As stated directly by the group:
“The guiding principle behind Local Progress is that building political power and winning progressive victories requires “outside” organizing from strong community advocates and “inside” negotiation by elected officials committed to the movement, with tight coordination between the two. Local Progress is building the capacity of “inside” elected official actors while working in deep partnership with community-based organizations, progressive unions, movement organizations, and policy advocates to strengthen connections and shared strategy.”
Courage to Change PAC
Affiliated with the amazing efforts of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Courage to Change aims to shed a light on our incredibly broken campaign finance system that intentionally places barriers on working-class, progressive people from running for public office.
In addition to providing funds to progressive challengers to establishment moderate/centrist/corporate incumbents, the PAC also endorses candidates to help bring attention to their run and further connect them to progressive resources and supporters. Simply put, Courage to Change supports campaigns of grassroots foundations over corporate interests and elite donors. As stated on the PAC website:
“…Courage to Change seeks to reward challengers and incumbents who display political courage — people who refuse to bow to establishment pressure, who advocate ferociously for working-class families, and who have lived the same struggles as the people they seek to represent.”
Of course, there are many more groups the need to be highlighted as well, specifically issue-based and demographic-focused groups. Mijente, Black Voters Matter, Gays Against Guns, Sunrise Movement, Common Defense, UltraViolet, SWOP-USA, National Nurses United, and the National Center for Transgender Equality to name a few.
In the meantime, just spreading awareness of these organizations is in itself very productive and supporting the greater progressive cause.
Let’s show our representatives what democracy looks like.
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