It’s time to start putting in work to recapture the legislature in 2018, and the legislature and White House in 2020. These organizations can help:
VoteRunLead: Provides training and support to women running for office.
Indivisible: The group behind the Indivisible Guide has inspired many action groups across the country, which have turned into a progressive Tea Party of sorts, cribbing from the Tea Party’s playbook by showing up at Reps’ offices and demanding an audience on the issues that they’re concerned about. Primarily this has been focused on the ACA so far, but there will be lots of things to push back on, and I’m sure that they will involve themselves in the 2018 and 2020 elections to hold Reps accountable for their actions.
SwingLeft: Don’t live in a swing district and want to help? Sign up at SwingLeft and find out where the nearest swing district so that you can volunteer and donate in the next election (and the run up for the 2018 elections has pretty much already started). There was some question about the org’s authenticity as raised in a DailyKos article, but the founders have since clarified their identities and made the leadership more transparent. Check out the site’s about page for more info.
RunForSomething: Sign up to support candidates under 35 or to run for office yourself. The organization is seeking people under 35 who have deep connections to where they live to run for office in the next 10-20 years, with the idea of creating a “bench” of progressive candidates. They’re primarily looking for women and people of color who are interested in running, but anyone under 35 who would run on the Democratic ticket and shares a core of progressive values is encouraged to run.
Resistance Manual: Bookmark this link as a resource for the next four years. It’s an open-source platform with information about Trump’s policies and how to counteract them (in a huge range of topics), as well as information on state and local political issues (which are super important, remember to pay attention to those! Many progressive battles are won when policies can be proven to work at the local level, and it helps to potentially provide state-wide resistance to Trump’s policies).
Road to 2018: An organization marshaling resources to flip and keep seats blue in 2018, specifically focusing on 12 Senate races, 10 of which are Democratic senators whose states voted for Trump in 2016.
Stand Up Republic: For the more conservative-minded anti-Trump folks out there, Stand Up Republic is an organization founded by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn to “stand up in defense of the fundamental principles that have made this country the true home of liberty and a source of hope for many around the world. Stand Up Republic will build and organize a grassroots movement in defense of liberty, equality, and truth in America. Our priorities will be to uphold the Constitution and defend the democratic norms and institutions upon which the protection of our basic rights depend.” While both founders are on the conservative end of the spectrum, the organization is ostensibly bi-partisan and welcomes all Americans who are concerned about preserving our democratic institutions, which already seem to be under attack by the Trump administration.
(Many suggestions pulled from Derek Nelson’s re:act newsletter.)