We teamed up with Convergence Magazine to ask grassroots organizers from across the country what they learned during the 2022 elections. Here’s what Elianne Farhat from TakeAction MN learned.
Midterm Views From the Grassroots, Part 2
Underscoring the need to organize 24/7/365: From deep rural areas to big cities, voters resonated with bold proposals that met their suffering—but despaired at inaction from both parties.
Midterm Takeaways: TakeAction Minnesota
“In hyperlocal ways people are modeling extraordinary courage, solidarity, and care. This is how we not only defeat the MAGA right, but also build the world our children deserve.”
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“It was absolutely worth it, worth all of it. A lot of our candidates were elected into office. It’s really thrilling to be a part of that. And we had over 20,000 conversations with people. And from our primary data, we’ve seen that the people that we’ve made that initial connection with and then followed up with are almost 30% more likely to turn up and vote. So yes, it’s worth it to have these conversations.”
Looking Past Election, MN Groups Push Priorities
TakeAction Minnesota, a grassroots progressive group, said no matter who is in charge, policymakers could put all Minnesotans on equal footing if they invested in such areas as child care and public assistance programs.
Trisha Harms, communications director for the group, said it is not only about helping people survive, but also allowing them to thrive.
“The richest Americans are accumulating more wealth than ever before, while the rest of us, especially low-income Americans, are actually getting poorer,” Harms asserted.
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