What is Movement 2017?
Movement 2017 is an organization that provides donors an alternative to giving their money to political campaigns. Instead, it encourages donations to local grassroots and issue organizations that are driving people to vote. It provides non-partisan research on local organizing and voter engagement efforts, in all 50 states. It highlights the issues being talked about and their far-reaching effects. At the same time, it strives towards building a larger interconnected “movement of movements” over the long term.
Movement 2017 Vision
The main aim of Movement 2017 is to provide support to donors and the public about groups participating in the upcoming presidential elections. Informed and active citizens are vital to a democracy functioning properly.
The long-term goal of Movement 2017 is to create a deliberate movement of movements. It wants to address a wider range of issues that has are often ignored by candidates, but matter deeply to many members of the American people.
Let us throw light on how these groups work in harmony and try to make the nation a better place for everybody. Below are the core criteria and characteristics they look for in these groups.
· These groups should act as trusted messengers who organize year round events. These events invite special attention to local and national issues that are of great importance to their local constituencies.
· The groups should have proven competence in and commitment to voter engagement.
· Groups must have roots in several communities, which are, marginalized on a national scale, such as immigrants, youths and the low income communities.
· The groups should be highly experienced in deploying proven high-touch face-to-face voter organizing techniques.
Who is Behind Movement 2017?
A philanthropic advising service called Gamechanger Advising is behind Movement 2017. The service is driven by a growing team with a lot of help and expertise from a network of amazing partners. It all started because every election cycle people are seen asking questions like: “What groups should I give to in order to have the biggest impact?” or “How do I fund groups in the South led by people of color?” Movement 2017 is a way to formalize this resource and make it accessible to a wider public.
How Movement 2017 works
Movement 2017 has divided the country’s 50 states on the basis of colors, namely, purple states, light blue states, light red states, dark blue states and the dark red states.
Some of the groups recommended by Movement 2017 are:
COLOR- COLOR is a Latina-led and Latina-serving group. It fights for reproductive justice. The group deals with several prevalent issues in the purple states areas. It works towards betterment in issues such as criminal injustice, racial inequality, economic and environmental justice. Their end goal is to have registered almost 1000 voters, primarily in Colorado.
Engage Miami and Civic fund- The group is maintained and funded mostly by the Bus Federation. The new youth civic engagement organization has focused most on social injustice. It helps energize Miami’s disconnected communities and organizes vote work among Miami’s youth.
Florida Immigration Coalition- Immigrant rights have always been one of the prime American issues. This organization is one of the largest organizations in the country to take care of that. The group has shown in the past some great electoral abilities and has delivered some clean wins at the federal, local and state levels. It has approached more than 50,000 households in the year 2014. This year the target is to reach about 70,000 homes to bring in some new voters.
Silver State Voices- SSV is the Nevada affiliate. The project has been financed fiscally. It works all around the year to maintain and create long term collaborations between the non partisan grassroots organizations. Their main goal is to build up a much more accessible and representative democratic process by making the largely marginalized communities engaged in civil issues. The historically marginalized communities refer to the single women, low income groups, youth and the people of different colors.
Just Us United- It’s a powerful new organization that has its main focus on grassroots lobbying, voter education and electoral organizing across the rural western areas of the state. Its goal is to enhance quality education, effective healthcare, fair tax reform. It also aims to provide safe sources of energy to the not so fortunate classes of people. Some young organizers hailing from the rural communities in the western counties are known to be the founders of the group. Haywood, Buncombe, Yancey and Madison counties are the main focus areas for this particular organization.
What these groups are up to and where Movement 2017 comes in?
These groups and grassroots organizations are taking great initiatives to not just highlight but also address the most significant social trends and issues. At the same time, they are making constant efforts to maximize the participation of the general public in the upcoming elections. Wasting the potential represented by youth people is an abandonment of their rights and Movement 2017 is a platform to help you make informed choices on which candidates to vote for. Unlike political campaigns that heavily advertise on TV, newspaper and other media, these groups are instead delivering hope to the general public and strive to work on the public welfare front side by side.
Who to donate?
The donors can make a great difference to the overall integrity of this country’s democracy and can even donate as little as $10 to a grassroots organization. However, one needs to be sure about which organization touches the core issues in your community. These nonprofit organizations aren’t profit based so they require funds and active participation from the masses in order to achieve their goals.
Ours is the world’s oldest continuous democracy yet sadly there is not much enthusiasm. In its most recent national election, the country observed the ninth lowest voting rate among 35 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It isn’t surprising that plenty of citizens feel that their vote doesn’t matter. Movement 2016 bridges this gap. The one stop platform recommends groups that create a more reflective democracy. It talent scouts and vets the most effective efforts in each state where just an extra $10 will make the greatest difference for achieving progress on social and economic issues.