THE DOWN BALLOT
The Down Ballot Disruption Project will provide young people with everything they need to fundamentally reimagine their role in local politics. Knocking doors & building strong, sustainable community coalitions through deep canvassing to understand the issues impacting them daily, organizers will invite their neighbors into the creation of creative policy solutions, participating in collaborative community institutions which center people over profit.
The Down Ballot Disruption Project will tackle institutional knowledge to support organizers through resources, coaching, and community.
The people who know a community best are the people who live there. That's why we're giving young people training, resources, and support where they need it, and leaving the rest up to them.
Complicated campaign finance laws and a dependence on volunteer work has made high-capacity political engagement impossible for many low-income folks and people of color. We can't afford to leave anyone out of the fight ahead of us.
We know that our work doesn't stop on Election Day. That's why we emphasize the importance of relationships and partnerships built on trust and shared values - ensuring engaged communities that can last beyond elections.
Down Ballot work is important in every community, yet not every community has the resources it needs to see a better future. That's why, alongside our value of accessibility, our program is open to everyone across the country. Rural or Urban, Democratic or Republican, every community has the power to become stronger together. We'll host weekly trainings to give support to people in every community. Giving power to you, no matter the cost.
Our communities are worth more than just their vote. That's why we're asking them what an equitable future would look like for them and their family. We'll coach participants to turn these at-the-door conversations into big pillars of working-class policy that centers those whose needs have been ignored. We’ll support organizers to design, craft, and implement transformative public policy by consulting community members as partners, activating political power bigger than one election or candidate, and ultimately by building energetic, non-transactional coalitions.
It's not enough to have young people volunteering - we need young people leading fundraising, digital strategy, field operations, and more. We'll train young people at all levels of experience to be the next generation of political organizers to run revolutionary state and local campaigns, building the bench of future political leadership.