Our hard work in 2018 paid off, but the stakes are even higher in 2019 and 2020. We need to keep the momentum going in order to see our strategy through and ensure a more balanced redistricting process in 2021.
In 37 states, the state legislature controls redistricting. This means that who we elect to our state legislatures in 2019 and 2020 will have huge consequences up and down the ballot for the next decade. That’s right - redistricting will not happen again until 2031. If we want Democrats to have a fair shot at winning seats in Congress for the next 10 years, this is our last chance to win state races and make that possible.
This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity. You can bet that Republicans are working hard to win these seats, so there’s no time to rest.
What Your Contribution Will Support
Your dollars will help us to:
- Double the number of races we support across 2019 and 2020
- Grow new volunteer teams and local partnerships on the ground
- Work with local stakeholders to identify and fill critical gaps in the candidate pipeline
- Improve our tech infrastructure to further empower our teams to be strong organizers in their own communities
Who We Are
The Sister District Project is a national grassroots organization that seeks to harness the passion, creativity, and dollars from deeply blue areas and channel it to areas where Democrats are not fairly represented at the state level. We “sister” blue places with purple places to turn the map blue.
Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, the Sister District Project has grown to more than 40,000 volunteers across the country. Our volunteers have raised more than $1.1 million in grassroots cash donations directly for our candidates. We have made 239,482 phone calls, written 313,111 postcards, knocked on 78,934 doors, and sent 463,750 text messages.
We are developing strategic partnerships on the national and local levels with EMILY’s List, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), Swing Left, Indivisible, Flippable, and Onward Together, along with countless other progressive organizations and local groups.
The Sister District Project is also proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color.
Why We Focus On State Races
- States are critical to securing fairly drawn districts and fighting back against gerrymandering and voter suppression.
- States are incubators of strong progressive policies and leaders.
- State level campaigns are often small and undernourished, so volunteers dollars and hard work can have an outsized impact.
- Read more about our 2019-2020 strategy and about why states matter!
How It Works
We implement national strategy (carefully vetted races called “Sister Races”) through local action (volunteers organized into home district teams).
Our powerhouse research team digs deep into the data to find the most promising districts where we can (1) flip chambers blue, (2) hold blue chambers, or (3) make inroads into badly gerrymandered districts, then we talk to key stakeholders on the ground to learn what the numbers cannot tell us. We prioritize races that are highly strategic and competitive, and candidates who will help us build the equitable, diverse democracy that we hope to see.
- You sign up to be a volunteer with Sister District at our website, www.sisterdistrict.org.
- We connect you with your home district team, which is led by volunteer District Captains.
- We handpick Sister Races that are winnable, strategic, and have a great candidate.
- You work together with your local team to fundraise, phonebank, postcard, textbank, and if you can, travel to the Sister Race community to knock on doors and get out the vote.
What Are The Rules For Contributing
- Your contribution is made from your own funds, and funds are not being provided to you by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.
- You are at least eighteen years old.
- You are making this contribution with your own personal credit card and not with a corporate or business credit card or a card issued to another person.
- You are a US citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident (e.g., green card holder).
- Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report your name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer for individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year and in the case of candidates, election cycle.
- Contributions or gifts to the Sister District Project are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purpose.
If you would like to donate by check, please send your check made payable to “Sister District” to Sister District Project, c/o Deane & Company, 1787 Tribute Road, Suite K, Sacramento, California 95815.
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