It’s Time for Progressives to Kick it In Gear
If you look at the schedule for the 2016 Congressional Primaries, you will notice that they are coming up fast. It is mid-May, and soon it will be June 7th, when seven states have their Congressional Primaries (CA, IA, MT, NJ, NM, SC, SD). What we see from this Political Revolution that Bernie Sanders has created is phenomenal, although this movement must not stop with Bernie.
Grassroots Select has endorsed one of the candidates that is up for election on June 7th: Alex Law of NJ Congressional District 1. He has built a purely grassroots campaign, knocking on over 100k doors and evening the playing field with his establishment opponent with a budget of less than $60k. Progressives like Alex can win, but they need the grassroots support to win. Already he has built a wonderful campaign and grown this grassroots power behind him, although it’s going to take even more in the final weeks to give him the victory.
I’ve heard many people say that they will phonebank for progressive candidate Tim Canova after the Presidential primaries are finished. To this I have said that there is no better time to start helping Tim get elected than now. Like Law, Tim Canova is running on a pure grassroots campaign and needs the grassroots support to win. He doesn’t have the benefit of big money and establishment names behind him. Each time you get angry at Debbie Wasserman Schultz I encourage you to ask yourself, “Am I doing all I can to get her out of office?”
In fact, just donating is not the only thing you can do for Tim and progressives like him. Many candidates have phonebanking systems built that will allow you to make calls from many miles away. You don’t need to be in their district to campaign for them. Elected Representatives, especially at the Federal Level, impact all Americans, not just their constituents.
In conclusion, the Progressive Community needs to do more to fight for down ballot candidates in the 2016 election. We can’t let this movement slow down by forgetting other candidates who are also fighting for the progressive cause. That is why Grassroots Select is so important. We are working hard to elect progressives this election and we need YOUR help! Please check out http://grassrootsselect.org/join/ for ways you can get involved and help get real progressives elected in all levels of government!
Ian Boyd, Executive Director of Grassroots Select