WASHINGTON — March On, in partnership with Future Coalition and SEIU, today announced “Pushing for Progress,” a three-part virtual panel series dedicated to learning from the 2020 election cycle and discussing how to apply those lessons in the 2022 midterms and beyond. This series will feature discussion among political, civic and labor leaders addressing the factors that defined these historic elections—both wins and losses for progressive candidates—and what they mean for future efforts to retain and build on a progressive majority.
“In the most important ways, 2020 was an enormous success for Democrats, who retained control of the House, took back the Senate and won the White House. But in other ways, progressive candidates underperformed expectations at all levels of government,” said Andi Pringle, Political and Strategic Campaigns Director of March On. “If we want to hold and build on these gains in 2022 and 2024, we have an urgent need to learn the lessons of 2020, including what went right and what went wrong.”
Thursday, March 18: Lessons Learned in Georgia
6:30 – 8 p.m. (ET)
During the general election of 2020, Georgia became a major battleground as the state made a historic flip from red to blue. All eyes remained on Georgia as two progressive Senate candidates flipped control of the Senate to Democrats—a historic win in the largely red South. This panel will examine what worked and why, from massive grassroots organizing to the candidates’ style and their bold progressive messaging. RSVP here.
Moderator: Deborah Scott, Executive Director of Georgia STAND-UP
– Mondale Robinson, Founder of Black Male Voter Project
– Nse Ufot, CEO of New Georgia Project
– John Taylor, Deputy Director Governing Campaign for SEIU
– Terrance Woodbury, Partner of HIT Strategies
– Christopher Bruce, Political Director for ACLU of Georgia
– Will Harper, Canvass Manager for Care In Action during Georgia runoffs; Director
of HBCU Marketing at ESPN
Additional participants TBA.
Thursday, March 25: What Went Wrong in Florida?
6:30 – 8 p.m. (ET)
Despite Florida’s rightward tilt in recent election cycles, progressives were hopeful they could make inroads at the state level in 2020 and flip the state for Joe Biden. Instead, Republicans flipped five state House seats and Biden lost by a larger margin than expected. This panel will examine what went wrong and the next steps for progressives as they reckon with a serious need to rebuild operations in Florida. Panelists TBA. RSVP here.
Thursday, April 1: Is Texas the Next Georgia?
6:30 – 8 p.m. (ET)
The same factors that were critical to success in Georgia exist today in Texas. As we push toward the 2022 midterms, this panel discussion will examine conditions in Texas and how the lessons learned in Georgia and Florida can apply to help progressives move the state blue in 2022 and even flip it in 2024. Panelists TBA. RSVP here.
To register and learn more details visit https://wearemarchon.org/pfp.
March On is a political organization composed of women-led political activist groups that grew out of the women’s marches of January 21, 2017. They have come together as a united force to take concrete, coordinated actions at the federal, state and local levels to impact elections and move the country in a progressive direction. For more information, visit wearemarchon.org.
About Future Coalition
Founded by youth activists for youth activists, Future Coalition is a network and community for youth-led organizations and Gen Z and young millennial leaders from across the country that came into being as a project of March On in the fall of 2018. Future Coalition works collaboratively to provide young people with the resources, tools, and support they need to create the change they want to see in their communities and in this country. For more information, visit futurecoalition.org.
Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2-million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit www.seiu.org