This year, I ran for U.S. Congress because I believe we need principled action and visionary leadership at this crucial moment in our history. We can no longer afford to allow establishment politicians to conduct business-as-usual and serve corporations and wealthy donors at the expense of our families and communities. We need a change, and we need it now -- and I saw this 2018 Congressional race -- challenging a ten-term establishment incumbent -- as the perfect opportunity to work toward the change we seek and get a real people's champion elected.

This summer, my campaign came to a close when I placed third in the top-two primary. I was hoping to win that second spot, to challenge and ultimately defeat our resident corporate Democrat who has been blocking true progress for so long. But the voters spoke, and the message was: "we're not quite ready for real change." For so many, it's still party over people.

But during this campaign, from the time I joined the race in January to the time the last ballot was cast in June, I heard a different message from people like you. One by one, you stood up. You endorsed this campaign. You made small donations. You volunteered. You helped spread the word. You told me: "WE ARE READY!"

Since the June primary, I've been listening, both within and without. I've been making sense of this experience. And while the path forward may not yet be crystal clear, I remain as firm as ever in my resolve to serve this movement. 

More than ever before, I stand with our people (all of us) and the planet we share. I stand for social, racial, environmental and economic justice for all. I believe that medicare for all, college affordability, campaign finance reform, real peace, racial justice, and solutions to the great crises of our time (including income inequality and the climate crisis) are not only possible, but necessary. And at this crossroads, I still trust that we have the collective wisdom to do what's right.

With your help, I was able to run a people-powered, grassroots campaign that finished at the top of the field of progressive challengers to the status quo. I did it all on a small budget. We put people over profit, policy over politics -- and while we didn't win, we came out stronger than before. With the 2020 right around the corner, I'm grateful for all the work we did  this year to organize a robust movement for real change.

As the smoke clears and the dust settles, I am going about the process of closing the books on this campaign. And I'm asking for your support with one final donation to keep us in the black. I've got a few final payments to make on a handful of small loans that enabled this campaign to have a candidate statement sent home to voters, produce some top-quality videos and run such an awesome campaign. 

On September 23, I'll be closing the books on this campaign. Will you take a moment to make a small donation to help me wrap this up gracefully? You can also leave an endorsement if you haven't done so yet; I'm hanging on to all these words of encouragement for 2020. It's closer than we think.

As always, I fell honored to be in community with you. Thanks for all you do for the movement!

Much respect and appreciation,

Nils


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Nils is carrying the ideals that speak to my heart into congress, and I want to make sure he gets there!!”

  • endorsed

    “I live in the 5th Congressional and I believe that Mike Thompson is a good man. But I also believe that the Democratic party has insulated itself from any real debate on the issues and problems that this country and party have had for YEARS. Nils Palsson will be the intelligent, reasoned, passionate voice to ignite that debate. -dr”

  • endorsed

    “I know Nils through his work with Transition US. It would be AWESOME to just to have someone like him on the ballot, let alone in Congress!”

  • endorsed

    “Besides his many talents, Nils is humble and pure-of-heart, two qualities that are so desperately needed in our leaders.”

  • endorsed

    “We require CHANGE and NOW!”

  • endorsed

    “Mr.Palsson is a believer of by the people for the people. He would bring fairness, truth, open mindedness back into politics. Corrupt people are holding seats in Congress right now, it's time for a change and the hope of our future is in Nils. I will vote for Nils...will you? Cheers to a promising 2018.”

  • endorsed

    “I would be thrilled to see Nils Palsson become a member of Congress. From his past work for the good of our planet and our whole society, I know he would be a voice for the highest good for all.”

  • endorsed

    “Nils Palsson is visionary - he can see what needs to be done to fix our democracy and fix our planet - and he also has the skills and the passion to get it done. He is a gentle and kind person but he is relentless in the face of injustice and wrong. He will be a great force for good in Congress.”

  • endorsed

    “Nils is passionate about and working hard for the things I believe in: resilient communities, environmental and social justice, sustainability, a saner world.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe in him.”

February 7, 2018

Phase One Success! Thank you!

A few weeks ago, with help from some friends, I launched a crowdfunding campaign to get on the ballot for US Congress. I'm a working dad with a five-year-old daughter and two jobs (one in Sebastopol working as Communications Director of national nonprofit Transition US, and the other teaching Anatomy at the World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts in San Francisco). I'm a man with a dream: true liberation and justice for all, a system that treats all people with dignity, and a healthy world for us to pass down to our children and future generations. 

My time for campaigning has been somewhat limited by my working-class reality, but I committed to the race and filed as a candidate with the FEC. I found out that the cost to get on the ballot was just shy of $2,000 - and, alongside working, parenting and maintaining holistic health, I began to labor on this campaign - reviving my presence on social media, beginning to refresh my old campaign website at www.nilsforcongress.com, and putting the word out into the community that I was doing this and needed to make a fundraising splash and raise $2k by February 7th. Today.

I'm posting this to celebrate that WE MADE IT!

Thanks to the generous support of my friends and community members (including several total strangers) - and thanks to the positive encouragement and prayers from countless people who believe in this movement - we will be on the ballot!

I am humbled.

And I've also got my eye on the future, all the work ahead of us.

Even as I pause to celebrate this milestone, I'm aware that, by March 9th - a month from now - I'll need to scale up this fundraising more than tenfold and summon over $10k simply to get my official 250-word candidate statement on the election guide mailed to all voters. (...You mean it's not FREE?) Then there will be yard signs, printing, venue rental, hiring staff... All to ensure that I am positioned to place in the top two in a four-way primary race that includes a tremendously wealthy incumbent establishment Democrat, a Republican, and a Green candidate whose mere presence threatens to split the progressive vote. June 5th may feel like it's a long way away, but I assure you: it is right around the corner. And then, after we achieve #PeoplesVictory in the primary election, there is another entire election cycle, leading up to the general midterm election this November!

Yes, there is an entire mountain climb ahead of us. These are just the foothills. And as we ascend the slope, the mountaintop will not always be readily visible. But I trust that, putting one foot in front of the other, the path will continue to lay itself out ahead of us. Before we know it, if we have faith, remain steady and take right action, we will reach the promised land. I take each step with joy and gratitude.

Thanks to all who have supported this movement to #FlipTheHouse, take back our government, elect a brand New Congress, get money out of politics, achieve Medicare for All, and ensure social, racial, environmental and economic justice for everyone!

There will certainly be more in the days, weeks and months ahead. I can't do this alone. I need help. I'll be calling on volunteers with all sorts of skills to join me in this community effort to elect a Representative that stands with our people and planet.

If you're ready to dig in with me, just let me know! Your thoughts and prayers, cares and concerns, and advice are welcome. Message me any time at Nils Palsson or drop me a line at votenils@gmail.com 

As always, further contributions and endorsements are encouraged here! But this moment is for celebration of how far we've come.

Above all, I want to express GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION to you.

Thanks for being on the journey with me.

Wherever we go, at least we'll be together. And whatever we do, at least we'll do it with integrity and do our best!

#WeGotThis

Yours in community,

Nils Palsson

February 6, 2018

Thanks to you, we're almost there!

As I write this, with just a day to go to reach our initial goal to get on the ballot, we’re almost there! Thanks again for all your support in launching this campaign for us all!

We’re currently at 76% of our goal, with a gap of only a few hundred dollars standing between us and official candidacy. I’m confident we will get there!

(And I sure would love to get there tonight! ; )

If you have it in you to take one more leveraged action to increase your impact before tomorrow’s deadline, please see how this feels:

Think about which of your friends might be willing to support us in realizing our shared vision of liberation and justice for all, and then send them a personal note inviting them to join us by making a small contribution here: 

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/380658/nils-palsson
 

If you feel so inclined, you can also share this campaign on social media and invite your friends to like our page : )

Thank you for being here, and for all you do every day to make this world a better place! Together, we're heeding the cosmic wake-up call that is daily resounding throughout our world. For the good of our planet, all people, and generations to come (not to mention our own precious, beating hearts), this is the year we turn things around. 

Yours in community,

Nils I. Palsson


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February 2, 2018

Over Halfway There!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, we're over 50% of the way to reaching our goal!

Thanks for believe in me. Thanks for believing in US.

We've got a lot of ground to cover in order to hit the mark by this Wednesday, February 7th. 

Can you think of anyone else who might be willing to support this campaign to get money out of politics? 

Please dig deep, send a personal note to your visionary activist friends who are ready for change, and share this link on social media:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/380658/nils-palsson

If we are going to make it to the mountaintop and realize social, racial, environmental and economic justice for ALL, it's going to require a Brand New Congress made up of people who actually represent our communities. And THAT is going to take action from all of us.

I thank you for having the courage to be a leader. 

As always, my door is open. Feel free to get in touch any time! You can reach my by replying to this message, or connect through social media at https://www.facebook.com/NilsForCongress/

Much appreciation for all you do!

~Nils Palsson


January 29, 2018

Thanks to initial supporters!

Hello!

I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for donating to my political fundraiser! Because of you, I've been able to successfully launch my campaign and am now almost 20% of the way to my initial goal! The support I’ve been receiving from the community is amazing, and I’m really glad that people like you are putting your trust in me. We deserve a better future, which is why I’m putting my energy into this campaign — a campaign for us all. And I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

I can use all the support I can get. Please share this campaign with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and if you haven't already, please take a moment to write a brief endorsement! The more people we can get interested in this campaign and our shared vision, the closer we get to the future we deserve.

To stay in touch, I encourage you to follow this campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, join our community page on FB, and continue sharing our calls to action. And if you have any advice for me about my platform or my fundraising plan — anything — please let me know! I am running to represent people like you, and I believe it’s never too early to start heeding the words of my constituents! Feel free to message me on social media or respond to this email.

Once again, thanks for the support. It really means a lot to me.

And thanks for helping to keep the momentum going!

We've only just begun.

With heart,

Nils

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Nils is carrying the ideals that speak to my heart into congress, and I want to make sure he gets there!!”

  • endorsed

    “I live in the 5th Congressional and I believe that Mike Thompson is a good man. But I also believe that the Democratic party has insulated itself from any real debate on the issues and problems that this country and party have had for YEARS. Nils Palsson will be the intelligent, reasoned, passionate voice to ignite that debate. -dr”

  • endorsed

    “I know Nils through his work with Transition US. It would be AWESOME to just to have someone like him on the ballot, let alone in Congress!”

  • endorsed

    “Besides his many talents, Nils is humble and pure-of-heart, two qualities that are so desperately needed in our leaders.”

  • endorsed

    “We require CHANGE and NOW!”

  • endorsed

    “Mr.Palsson is a believer of by the people for the people. He would bring fairness, truth, open mindedness back into politics. Corrupt people are holding seats in Congress right now, it's time for a change and the hope of our future is in Nils. I will vote for Nils...will you? Cheers to a promising 2018.”

  • endorsed

    “I would be thrilled to see Nils Palsson become a member of Congress. From his past work for the good of our planet and our whole society, I know he would be a voice for the highest good for all.”

  • endorsed

    “Nils Palsson is visionary - he can see what needs to be done to fix our democracy and fix our planet - and he also has the skills and the passion to get it done. He is a gentle and kind person but he is relentless in the face of injustice and wrong. He will be a great force for good in Congress.”

  • endorsed

    “Nils is passionate about and working hard for the things I believe in: resilient communities, environmental and social justice, sustainability, a saner world.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe in him.”

  • endorsed

    “I’ve know Nils for a little more than two years, and in that time I found him to be a loving father, creative problem solver, committed public servant and passionate advocate for a government that works for all people and the planet”

  • endorsed

    “Nils has his finger on the pulse for the change we need to see in our political system now more than ever. He is passionately committed and prepared to take this fight to Washington and see it through, and I will be cheering him on all the way!”

  • endorsed

    “I support Nils 100% !! He is someone who I can believe in to make the Best decisions in politics.. we need more people like Nils to be involved and to inspire communities!!”

  • endorsed

    “Nils has been preparing for greatness for as long as I have known him; some 8 years now! He is educated and rational in his approach to working FOR the people. He has excellent communication skills and works tirelessly. I look forward to him playing a major role in government, we need him.”