Joe Biden Owes His Victory to the Left, No Matter What the Democratic Party Says
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In the aftermath of the 2020 elections, Democratic officials have sparred over who’s responsible for the party’s unexpected losses in the House of Representatives. Moderates (or “corporate Democrats” as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I‑Vt.) has dubbed them) claim that calls to defund the police, end fracking and ensure Medicare for All spooked moderate voters and helped tip otherwise competitive congressional races. Meanwhile progressives point to their more conservative counterparts’ refusal to embrace popular policies that increase voter turnout and substantively address institutional racism or invest in strategies like digital advertising and organizing.
For decades, the Democratic Party has invested in pre-election canvassing that allows volunteers to speak directly to swing-state voters about their candidate of choice. Due to the pandemic, however, the Joe Biden campaign did not approve this kind of door-to-door outreach until October, focusing instead on television advertisements, text messages, emails and virtual events. There to pick up the slack were groups like Unite Here, which began its canvassing in the summer and completed its work without a single one of its 1700 volunteers contracting COVID-19.
“You don’t beat Trumpism with ads, you beat it with organizing,” says Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, director of communications at Pennsylvnia Stands Up, a coalition devoed to building people power across the state. Swenson-Lengyel explained that volunteers engaged communities in lengthy conversations about how they were caring for one another during the pandemic and what it would mean to have a government that did the same. In all, the organization spoke to over 400,000 eligible voters.
By establishing relationships with community members that will last well beyond the 2020 election, organizations like SONG Power, a grassroots effort focused on the South, offer a powerful model for base-building. “We need to be oriented toward slow and respectful work,” says organizing lead Jade Brooks. “How do we combine that approach with an electoral cycle that’s all about [immediate] impact? [Part of] the answer is to invest in building community-based and rooted organizations that are going to stick around…long after the elections and will invest in the leadership of Black and brown leaders who have been doing the work [rather than] consultants.”
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November 19, 2020 at 12:14 PM #379585salemcourtParticipant
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No one who was actually left would vote for a warmongering, misogynist, racist. Most of these so called “leftist” should be ashamed of siding with the intelligence community, the MIC, the Neo-cons, free trade republicans, big tech, and MSM to elect Biden. So, no. Biden owes his win to he intelligence community, the MIC, the Neo-cons, free trade republicans, big tech, and MSM
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