January 9th Newsletter
Posted on January 9, 2021
Thank you, all of our activist volunteers, for your incredible hard work.
Together we helped defeat Trump in November.
Together we helped turn the Senate Blue by the slimmest of margins, giving the Biden-Harris administration the potential to pass legislation for effective COVID-19 policy and stimulus, immigration reform, and appointment of good judges, as well as important fiscal-related legislation (such as tax policy or healthcare) through the budget reconciliation process.
And together we helped elect the first Democratic Black Senator from the South since Reconstruction!
We sent over 550,000 applications for absentee ballots and 72,000 postcards. We supported the incredible grassroots organizers in Georgia with 150,000 calls and texts to voters. We also made countless calls with the Warnock and Ossoff campaigns, Democratic Voter Protection efforts, and organizations such as Fair Fight, Mijente, and the Transformative Justice Coalition.
We have built a dynamic volunteer-led organization and we look forward to working together to build on our success.
The tragic events at the Capitol on Wednesday reveal how deeply divided our nation is. As we savor our collective victories this year, electing leaders who want to knit this country back together, we also are sobered by the long road ahead to a more just and truly United States of America.
Georgia campaign leaders:
Georgia campaign leaders
Enjoy a short video thanking some of the many volunteers who contributed to success in Georgia.
In a week of turmoil and tumult that tested America’s battered democracy, let us not forget how Stacey Abrams swallowed the pain of a deeply unfair loss in 2018 and turned it into a win for Georgians, and for the nation. Her quest for justice for all stands in sharp contrast to Donald Trump's pursuit of power for its own sake.
Many of us remember the prophetic ‘non-concession’ speech that Stacey Abrams delivered after losing her 2018 gubernatorial bid. Abrams had good reason to be angry: Her opponent, Brian Kemp, had leveraged his power as Secretary of State to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, enabling him to win his race by the narrowest of margins.
Unlike Trump, Abrams said, “Now, I could certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don’t want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of Governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title: Voters.”
Unlike Trump, Abrams didn’t channel her anger to inciting supporters to violence. “I implore each of you to not give in to that anger or apathy but instead turn to action. Because the antidote to injustice is progress. The cure to this malpractice is a fight for fairness in every election held, in every law passed, in every decision made.”
Then, she turned her words into action. She created Fair Fight, a nonprofit organization that promotes integrity and accountability in Georgia’s voting process and elections. Fair Fight succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Fair Fight’s work led to this season’s free and fair elections in Georgia and also reached beyond Georgia’s borders. The group offered expertise and support to fighting voter suppression and election threats across the country.
Today, let us recommit to following Stacey Abram’s prophetic rallying cry.
We will stand strong.
We won’t give in to apathy or to anger.
We will respond with dignity and quietly resume our work towards progress.
See You in March!