red to blue: Current Actions
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.
With the 2018 midterm elections coming soon, NOW is the time to take action! To take back the House, the Democrats need to flip 23 Republican seats, while keeping the 194 seats they currently hold. As Thomas Friedman wrote in Sounding Code Red: Electing the Trump Resistance, "this election is your first chance since 2016 to vote against Donald Trump". NOPE has raised $110,00 for 15 U.S. Congressional candidates through our 2018 Giving Circle. See a summary of our Flipping Fifteen candidates here. More detailed information about these candidates and how to contribute to their campaigns through NOPE is provided below.
Canvass in VA
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“GIVE FOR DEMOCRACY” Fundraiser
There are many opportunities to canvass for Virginia candidates Elaine Luria, Leslie Cockburn, Abigail Spanberger, and others. Click here for dates, times, and sign-up information.
Phil Bredesen (TN)
Joe Donnelly (IN)
Mike Espy (MS)
Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
Beto O’Rourke (TX)
Jacky Rosen (NV)
Krysten Sinema (AZ)
Sean Casten (IL 06), a biochemist who co-founded a company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through waste energy recovery, is running against Peter Roskam in Chicago’s northwest, western, and southwest suburbs. Rated: Toss-up.
Antonio Delgado (NY 19), an African American Rhodes Scholar and lawyer who has also worked to empower young people to learn through music, is running against John Faso in NY’s 19th district (the Hudson Valley and Catskills). Rated: Toss-up.
Kara Eastman (NE 02), who founded a nonprofit to support green, safe, and healthy housing in Omaha, is running against Don Bacon in the Metropolitan Omaha region. Rated: Lean Republican.
Gina Ortiz Jones (TX 23), an openly gay woman of Filipino descent, is an Iraq War veteran and has advised on economic and national security issues under Obama. She is running against Will Hurd in a district in Southwestern Texas that is predominantly Hispanic and rural. Rated: Lean Republican.
Amy McGrath (KY 06), a former Marine fighter pilot and the first woman to fly an F-18 on a combat mission, is running against Andy Barr in Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky. KY 06 is in the central part of the state and includes Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort. Rated: Toss-up.
Lauren Underwood (IL 14), a Registered Nurse and former HHS Senior Advisor on community disaster response, bioterror threats and public health emergencies under Obama, is African American and the first woman to receive a Democratic nomination in her district. She is running against Randy Hultgren to represent primarily urban counties west of Chicago. Rated: Lean Republican.
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We recommend these candidates because they are in flippable districts where our donations can make a difference now and they meet one or both of the following criteria: (1) they are running against a particularly notorious Freedom Caucus member or a notorious Republican leader and (2) they are running in a district that overlaps with state legislative districts that if won, could help flip the state legislature.
Colin Allred (TX 32), a civil rights lawyer who worked in the Obama administration and a former NFL player, is running against Pete Sessions in the 32nd CD of Texas, a Dallas suburb. Rated: Toss-up
Danny O’Connor (OH 12), a lawyer and the Franklin County Recorder, is running for an open seat against state senator Troy Balderson in Ohio's 12th CD a suburb of Columbus. Rated: Toss-up
Abby Finkenauer (IA 01) is an Iowa state legislator who is a staunch defender of working families, small business, and women. She is running in Iowa’s 1st CD, which includes Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. She's running against Freedom Caucus incumbent Rod Blum. Rated: Toss-up
Aftab Pureval (OH 01), is the first Democrat to hold the office of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. He' is running against incumbent Steve Chabot in Ohio’s 1st CD that includes parts of Cincinnati and its outlying counties. Rated: Lean Republican
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“virginia is for democracy Lovers” fundraiser
Nope's Giving Circle theme is "Virginia is for Democracy lovers"
We are committed to helping turn Virginia blue. In November we have a very good opportunity to pick up at least 4 Virginia seats toward the 24 seats we need to flip the U.S. House. We are supporting the four candidates described below.
Elaine Luria (VA 2) was our NOPE April Giving Circle Candidate (see below). A truly impressive candidate with a strong gun control position, NOPE is enthusiastic about continuing to raise funds for her during our "Virginia is for Democracy Voters" Giving Circle.
Leslie Cockburn (VA 5) is an award-winning journalist who has covered wars across the world. VA 5 is the largest district in Virginia and includes Charlottesville (home of the University of VA and last year's White Supremacy March), Danville, and many rural counties. Her opponent is Denver Riggleman, a craft distillery owner and former Air Force intelligence officer, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican party nomination for Governor in 2017 and has not previously held elected office.
Abigail Spanberger (VA 7) served as a CIA operations officers working on terrorism. She is endorsed by NARAL, Moms Demand Action/Gun Sense Candidate and other progressive groups. The seat is currently held by David Brat, who defeated Eric Cantor in 2014. The district includes suburbs of Richmond and a large swath of central VA.
Jennifer Wexton (VA 10) has served the people of Northern Virginia as a prosecutor, an advocate for children, and a legislator focusing on issues of concern to families. She is running against Barbara Comstock, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014. VA 10 includes Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties; the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester; and portions of Fairfax, and Prince William counties.
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Support for Angie Craig
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Support for Elaine Luria
nope's May Giving Circle Candidate is Angie Craig (MN 02)
Angie Craig is running for U.S. Congress against Jason Lewis (R) in Minnesota's Second District, which is south of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The District includes Twin City suburbs and flat, farmable land with numerous bluffs and lakes near the Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix Rivers.
A progressive Democrat, Craig grew up in a working-class home and had to work her way through college. She was a newspaper reporter, and then became head of Global Human Resources for a major Minnesota manufacturer. She and her wife are moms to four sons in high school and college.
Read more about why we selected Angie Craig here and on her website.
NOPe has selected Elaine luria as our nope Giving circle candidate for april.
Elaine Luria is running for U.S. Congress from Virginia's District #2 against incumbent Scott Taylor (R). This district encompasses Accomack and Northampton Counties, portions of York County, the cities of Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, and parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton.
A small business owner and retired Navy commander, she was deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer. She culminated her 20-year Navy career by commanding a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Elaine was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear power program and among the first women to serve the entirety of her career on combatant ships. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. You can also learn more about her at her website. We had the opportunity to "meet" her via Skype at our meeting. Attendees were very impressed by her particularly her strong position on gun control. Read more about why we selected Elaine Luria as our Giving Circle candidate for April.
Political Giving Circle
A Giving Circle engages a group of individuals on a regular basis who donate to a pooled fund and includes a participatory process to decide where to give the funds. By pooling our funds we have greater impact. Anyone who donates has a voice in deciding where our contribution goes.
NOPE's Giving Circle began in February/March 2018, when we donated $15,000 to Conor Lamb's campaign. In April, we are donating to the Elaine Luria campaign. Donors to the Giving Circle do not need to attend meetings and ideally the circle will reach well beyond those who attend. At each monthly meeting we’ll review proposed candidates and allocate our funds to one candidate selected by the group. If you want to suggest a candidate for consideration, please complete this template and return it to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com five days before the meeting. For more information or to join our Giving Circle contact Debra Fried Levin at NopeNeighbors@gmail.com.