Joe Biden has won the presidency, and the Democrats held the House. But if the Republicans keep the majority in the Senate, we all know what Mitch McConnell will do — he’ll obstruct everything.
We know he won’t allow any progressive legislation to pass. We know there is an excellent chance he will block every judge we want to put on the bench and every reason to believe he’ll make confirming Joe Biden’s cabinet a complete nightmare. The only way to prevent this nightmare is to make sure that Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win the runoff elections and become Georgia’s new Senators.
Neither David Perdue nor Kelly Loeffler were able to get more than 50% of the vote on November 3rd, so that’s a good start. But runoff elections are marked by low turnout — it’s anyone’s opportunity to win these seats. Whichever side is more motivated to get out and vote will win these seats.
The amazing grassroots organizers in the state have proved that Democrats can indeed win in Georgia. We all must get involved to help win these two Senate seats. Everything we could want out of a Biden administration will be dead on arrival without them.
One important caveat
Everyone across the country can help, but it is incredibly important to remember that we MUST listen to the people in Georgia. There is no room for error, and we owe it to the incredible organizers in the state who were able to flip the state blue for Joe Biden. They know, better than any of us, what messages will resonate with the voters.
If you plan to amplify these runoff elections and the two candidates on social media, take your cue from their campaigns and the organizations listed in this guide. Take a little while to see what issues THEY are focusing on, and make sure you follow suit. Nationalizing this race could prove disastrous for us.
There will be lots of organizations that want to help Georgia, but again, I think we need to help those who are in Georgia or in close contact with Georgia organizers. This belief informs what you see in this post.
Request your absentee ballot HERE
Register to vote by December 7
Early in-person voting starts December 14
Election Day is January 5
For more info, Georgia’s election website is HERE
Ways to help
Funding the candidates directly as well as the amazing grassroots organizations who flipped the state blue for Biden is of the upmost importance. If you can give, please give. If you can’t, consider sharing these links on your social media accounts.
Donate to Warnock & Ossoff’s campaigns HERE
Donate to Warnock, Ossoff, and Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight HERE
Win Both Seats – Donate HERE with one click to donate directly to 16 POC-led, grassroots organizations in Georgia.
HERE is an amazing list of 40 voting/election related organizations in Georgia. It includes their website, the link to donate, plus links to their social media accounts.
[PAST] Also, there is an online fundraising event for Warnock and Ossoff being held on November 17th with special guest Stacey Abrams. You can get tickets for as low as $54. Once you donate, you’ll get the Zoom link in your confirmation email. Sign up HERE
Did you know there are 23,000 young people in Georgia who were not old enough to vote in the November 3rd election but will be for the January 5th runoff? It’s true! We need to get those young people registered to vote! I encourage you to donate to and/or volunteer with the following Georgia organizations who focus on voter registration:
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Find an Ossoff volunteer event HERE
Sign up to volunteer with Fair Fight HERE — they provide some training! (Choose between being a poll worker, line warmer, phone banker, or text banker.)
NEW Find active virtual events to volunteer for (with trainings!) HERE
Postcards to Voters is gearing up for a GA campaign. Check back HERE
Postcards to Swing States will be starting a GA campaign soon. Check back HERE
Vote Forward will start a GA letter writing campaign soon. Sign up HERE
NEW Georgia Postcard Project. Sign up HERE
TEXT OR PHONE BANKING
Fair Fight phone banking HERE
Reclaim Our Vote text or phone banking HERE
Flip the West phone banking HERE
Warnock campaign phone bank HERE
Ossoff campaign phone bank HERE
NEW Text banking can be trickier to find but here’s one place to look: Go to Mobilize US –> Click on More Filters –> Select Text Banks from the Type menu –> Hit return
Social media accounts to follow & amplify
Read more about Georgia
One final note
I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to win these two Senate seats. Without them, expect that no progressive legislation will get passed. There is something on this list that everyone can do — I hope you’ll find some time each week between now and January 5th to help.
I will continue to update this post when I learn about new volunteering efforts. In the meantime, please leave me a comment or email me if you become aware of activities or events you’d like me to consider adding to this list.
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