The impact of your support
In the leadup to the 2020 election, the Center for Popular Democracy’s network of high-impact affiliate organizations will conduct unprecedented voter mobilization and turnout efforts, with a focus on communities of color. CPD affiliates are established in their local communities, and are experts at innovative practices that maximize the numbers of people they can reach, involve, and influence year-round.
With your support, we can:
Why this work is important
It is clear that our democracy is broken, and it did not get that way by accident. The culmination of the decades-long strategic assault on majoritarian democracy, participation and collective action has neutered the power of people and in particular, communities of color. As a result, our government is less representative and less responsive to voters, and government decision-making is effectively insulated from the will of the people. Correspondingly, people are losing faith in the idea of democracy as a way they can collectively exercise power and make decisions. This has depressed political participation and engagement and made it harder to fight back against the dismantling of government and democratic institutions. Powerful grassroots organizing is a vital way to defend democratic values at this crucial moment and offer individuals an opportunity to work toward a positive future for our country.
Our track record
The Center for Popular Democracy’s network includes 53 community organizations in 34 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, representing a membership of over 600,000 people. In 2018, our partners contributed to large-scale voter registration drives and record turnout in the midterm elections. As a network, we registered over 400,000 voters, conducted sustained follow-up organizing and engagement with more than 500,000 previously registered voters, and ran get out the vote programs targeting more than 2 million voters. CPD believes that our 2018 and 2019 efforts serve as important testing grounds for 2020. Given the predicted close nature of many races in 2020, we expect that our partners and programs could very well impact elections across the country by implementing our model of integrated civic engagement.