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 Monday, December 7
Early in-person voting starts December 14
Election Day is January 5
For more info, Georgia’s election website is HERE
NEW Consider getting trained to be a poll worker! Power to the Polls can help you get started 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] Stacey Abrams is headlining an online event with 18 icons from a variety of Star Trek casts to benefit Warnock and Ossoff. The event is on Saturday, December 12, and you can donate any amount HERE to RSVP for the event.
[PAST] The Georgia Democrats are presenting a special #HamFam Holiday Celebration with the cast of Hamilton on Sunday, December 13. Donate any amount HERE to RSVP for this special event. All proceeds will go towards winning these two Senate seats.
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
Find active virtual events to volunteer for (with trainings!) HERE
NEW DemCast is keeping track of virtual volunteering opportunities HERE
NEW Can you help with the Voter Protection Team? Sign up with the Georgia Democrats HERE
Postcards to Voters has an active GA campaign. Click HERE
Postcards to Swing States has an active GA campaign. Click HERE
Georgia Postcard Project. Sign up HERE
[PAST] Vote Forward has a GA get-out-the-vote letter writing campaign now but all letters must be sent by Dec. 7. 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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