Four years ago, most of us woke up the day after the election in a state of shock. We were sad, angry, and terrified about what a Trump presidency would mean for America.
It turns out we weren’t wrong to worry. These years have been some of the most difficult we’ve gone through as a country – filled with pain, cruelty, chaos, and loss. At times, it would’ve been easy, maybe even understandable, to tune out the shitshow entirely and decide that what was broken about politics just couldn’t be fixed.
At least, that’s what Donald Trump was counting on.
But that’s not what happened.
Some of you who’ve stepped up in the last few years have been in this fight for a long time. But for a lot of you, it was the first time. The first time you ever called Congress. The first time you knocked on doors. The first time you ever donated to a candidate, made calls, sent texts. The first time you joined a campaign, or even ran for office yourself.
The Vote Save America community is now over 500,000 strong. Over the last two years, you’ve answered the call time and again to help fight for the future we want to see in this country. We’ve seen that when we invest in grassroots organizers, listen to the people doing the work on the ground, especially those who have historically been marginalized or excluded, and roll up our sleeves to get to work, we can do big things.
We made sure Democrats gained control of the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time in 10 years. We got Mitch and gave President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris a fighting chance for real, progressive change.
Our project now is how we can build on our progress in the coming months and years. This community has volunteers in all 50 states (and D.C.) and when those volunteers become organizers and leaders in their own right, we can build power and win in places no one thought possible. Our team is taking the time to find out just what we need to do to leverage that power to expand our majorities and create lasting progressive change.
So stay tuned for what’s next from VSA. We have more work ahead of us. It won’t be easy. But we’re in this together.
What exactly is Vote Save America?
It’s a website, an initiative, and a community designed to help guide you with each step you need to take throughout the year to have the impact you want. In 2020, here’s a little bit of what we were able to accomplish:
- Over 300,000 people signed up to Adopt a State, and those volunteers helped make 9.46 million calls and send 6.45 million texts to voters in battleground states, including the states we’ve won (Michigan and Wisconsin) and are on track to win (Arizona and Pennsylvania).
- This community made close to 500,000 contributions to our funds, which raised almost $44 million for individual candidates, grassroots organizing, and voter protection efforts that are still going strong right now.
- Through our Every Last Vote campaign to help recruit election workers, we were able to sign up 27,000 poll workers to help voting run smoothly in an unprecedented election, and 1,700 lawyers ready to be called up to volunteer for voter protection.
- We were able to register 270,000 voters through our registration tools and our fundraising partnership with Register2Vote to send registration forms to unregistered voters. A state like Georgia could come down to 10,000 votes. We weren’t kidding when we said we were fighting for every last vote.
We didn’t win everything we had hoped for, and there are some big battles left to come. In 2021, we need to be willing to fight every day for the issues that matter most to us.
But for now, take a breath. Take a nap. Get some fresh air. Be proud of what you did, celebrate what we accomplished together, and remember that a better world is always possible.
Vote Save America
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