red to blue: Accomplishments
NOPE Neighbors' cornerstone activity is to help flip the country from Republican Red to Democratic Blue by getting involved in local, state, and federal elections. We are raising funds for progressive candidates, knocking on doors for elections in nearby states, writing postcards, making phone calls, and asking our friends and relatives to get involved in key elections in their states.
During 2017 and through October 13, 2018 NOPE has raised $302,000 for state and Congressional candidates. This includes:
$52,000 raised through our 2017 Race for Democracy for 11 Virginia House of Delegates candidates, nine of whom won (the others lost by very small amounts)
$18,600 in the spring of 2018 for Conor Lamb’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.
$11,100 for Angie Craig (MN 02)
$56,400 for Virginia is for Democracy Lovers. We raised funds for Angie Craig (MN 02), Elaine Luria (VA 02 ), Leslie Cockburn (VA 05), Abigail Spanberger (VA 07), and Jennifer Wexton (VA 10).
$50,100 for Save our Democracy. We raised funds for Colin Allred (TX 32), Abby Finkenauer (IA 01), Danny O'Connor (OH 12), and Aftab Pureval (OH 01).
$70,200 for Give for Democracy. We raised money for Sean Casten (IL 06), Antonio Delgado (NY 19), Kara Eastman (NE 02), Gina Ortiz Jones (TX 23), Amy McGrath (KY 06), and Lauren Underwood (IL 14).
$43,150 for NOPE’s Senate Eight: Phil Bredesen (TN), Joe Donnelly (IN), Mike Espy (MS), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Claire McCaskill (MO), Beto O’Rourke (TX), Jacky Rosen (NV), and Krysten Sinema (AZ).
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Support for Conor Lamb
ELECTION VICTORY - VIRGINIA 2017
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives took to the streets in Washington D.C., in cities across the U.S., and across the Atlantic to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities.
800,000 people, including NOPE members, joined them in Washington DC. Some NOPE members helped register people to vote and others volunteered to be "wayfinders" to provide help to the marchers.
NOPE supported Conor Lamb in the March 13 special election for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional district (southwest and southeast of Pittsburgh). Conor Lamb (D) ran against Rick Saccone (R), a state representative who aligns with Trump (Trump and Pence campaigned for him).
NOPE raised $15,000 for Conor Lamb's special election. We also canvassed for Conor in Westmoreland County, just southeast of Pittsburgh. On March 10 and 11, 21 NOPE folks drove up to Pittsburgh and urged residents to get out and vote for Conor Lamb.
On February 12, a group of 54 people met at one of our houses to write postcards to get out the vote for Conor Lamb. Energized by lots of hummus, chips, desserts, seltzer water, and of course, lots of great company, we wrote and mailed 994 postcards!
Nope Neighbors started working to elect Democrats to the Virginia House of Delegates (HoD) in June 2017. Our goal was to help flip the HoD from a Republican to Democratic majority. As of January 2018, the House is within ONE VOTE of a Democratic majority. This election swept Democrats into all the top offices - Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General - and flipped 15 HoD seats from Republican to Democrat. The Virginia House is now 49D to 51R. For a complete review of the phoning, canvassing, postcard writing, texting, and fundraising that we did, check out our one-page report: Nope Neighbors by the Numbers Election Victory - VA 2017.
RACE FOR DEMOCRACY VIRGINIA 2017
NOPE created a Race for Democracy fundraising effort that raised $52,396 for eleven Virginia House of Delegate candidates, almost all of whom won. We used a crowdfunding platform - no sneakers or event required - to support these progressive candidates who ran hard to uphold our democracy. Our fundraising was done by NOPE activists who had almost no prior fundraising experience. But once armed with crowdfunding tools we were able to raise significant funds!
To learn more about Race for Democracy and how you might use this type of crowdfunding platform for your grassroots efforts or or for your campaign send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.