Well, we made it!
2020 was probably one of the wildest years in recent memory. So much has happened in the past 12 months. For starters, I homeschooled my daughter, learned how to take every meeting over Zoom, and adopted a dog (Max!).
Oh yeah — and we made Donald Trump a one-term president. Even in the face of all his feeble attempts to challenge the results in court, it’s important to remind ourselves that WE WON. We, the American people, elected Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. And our community helped make it happen.
Throughout the year, I was consistently inspired by the resilience, tenacity, and dedication of my colleagues and the Stand Up America community. It’s time to brag about all we achieved. We earned it.
In 2020, Stand Up America:
- Made over 420,000 calls to legislators, including demanding the Senate pass a COVID-19 relief response bill that included election funding for states, that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy release the funds the Biden Administration needed to start their transition, and that states and localities from New York to Wisconsin eliminate discriminatory barriers to voting;
- Wrote letters to over 200,000 unlikely voters through Vote Forward;
- Helped over 100,000 voters register to vote and helped over 100,000 vote, either in person or by mail;
- Added 6,000 new volunteers to our Organizing Team;
- Sent over 41 million text messages to eligible voters throughout the year, with over 35 million texts in October and November leading up to the election; and
- Helped pass the National Popular Vote ballot initiative in Colorado and Automatic Voter Registration legislation in New York.
And of course, we’re still working to help get out the vote in Georgia!
Whether you made a phone call, wrote a letter, sent a text, or simply told your friends to vote this year, you had a hand in the victories this November.
But our work is far from over. Yes, we kicked Trump and his administration to the curb, but he was a symptom of the corruption and dysfunction that exists in our political system — not the root cause. Defeating him, as sweet as that victory is, won’t be enough to fix the weakness he exposed in our democracy.
So in 2021, we’re focusing not just on rebuilding our democracy, but on building it back better.
For years, conservatives have worked to tilt the system in their favor, from packing the Supreme Court and gerrymandering to suppressing the vote and eroding campaign finance laws. They’ve built a system that for too long has worked for white, wealthy Americans and corporations, while stifling the voices of working families, specifically Black and Brown Americans. It’s up to all of us to make sure our democracy represents everyone — not just the rich white guys at the top.
It’s not going to be easy, but there is no one I would rather be with in this fight. We know how to win. So get some rest over the next few weeks, remember to take some time out to help get out the vote in Georgia, and see you bright and early in the new year.