The upcoming November elections are crucial for ending racist governmental policies. National SURJ has identified the elections as a focus for action: “President Trump – and his allies – cannot win at the ballot without selling a lie to white people. And that lie depends on our inaction and our silence.”
Many organizations can use your support to Get Out The Vote (GOTV). Most target progressive or voters from underrepresented groups. Opportunities to take action range from letter writing to phone banking to monetary contributions.
Swing Georgia Left Phone Banks National SURJ is asking you to help call white voters in Georgia to swing the state left. Group phone bank events occur every Saturday and Thursday until the election. You will be given training and a flexible script, technology, and techniques to connect with voters.
Collect Our Cousins National SURJ is also asking those of us who are white to persuade and mobilize three other white voters we know to vote for anti-racist candidates up and down the ballot.
Vote Forward Send letters to targeted folks encouraging them to vote. Vote Forward provide the letters, with room for you to personalize. Vote Forward letters are a proven way to increase voter participation.
Black Voters Matter Black Voters Matter aims to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. They also advocate for policies to expand voting rights and access.
Spread The Vote Spread The Vote helps voters get the IDs they need to make their voices heard at the polls in voter ID states. Their average ID cost is $40. That ID also opens doors to jobs, housing, medical care, and more. (Spread The Vote was started and is largely staffed by people of color.)
Swing Left Swing Left registers voters in swing states. They also contact registered, left-leaning voters (knocking on doors, making phone calls, sending letters) to encourage them to turn out to vote on Election Day. Swing Left partners with Vote Forward for targeted letter writing.
Progressive Turnout Project Progressive Turnout Project “connects with voters one-on-one to get Democrats to the polls.”
Rock The Vote Rock The Vote helps “register, educate and turn out young people to vote.”
Many other organizations get out the vote by providing information about voter registration and locations of polling places: NAACP Vote, Voto Latino, Native American Voting Rights, League of Women Voters, Campus Vote Project, Vote Riders and others.