Indivisible Waterfront, a group of Democratic activists that works closely with Swing Left, gathered on Saturday, Feb. 2 to launch its progressive agenda for 2019 and beyond.
Opening the meeting, Chair Barbara (Bobbie) Friedman recapped the group's efforts in 2018. The group adopted four Virginia districts and help to flip three: Elaine Luria (VA-2), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). They also supported Leslie Cockburn (VA-5) whose race was unsuccessful. Indivisible Waterfront also canvassed for Conor Lamb (PA-17) and hosted get out the vote postcard writing events and fundraisers.
In 2019, Indivisible Waterfront plans to:
- Adopt several Virginia districts in collaboration with Virginia activists in an effort to flip the Virginia state legislature blue.
- Identify key races to support in collaboration with Swing Left's Super State strategy, which is focused on taking back the U.S. Senate, the White House, and state legislatures in states with the worst record of gerrymandering.
- Work to defend the gains Democrats made in the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms.
Planned activities to support these efforts include:
- Hosting Voter Registration By Mail letter writing house parties in support of Swing Left’s Super States strategy (targeting Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin).
- Canvassing in crucial Virginia districts.
- Hosting postcard-writing activities.
- Hosting fundraising events.
The goal is to offer something for everyone. If volunteers can’t canvass or don’t like calling potential voters, they can write letters or postcards, or make donations.
The meeting also featured guest speaker Todd Smyth, a member of Virginia's Indivisible Below the Beltway planning committee, who gave an overview of the 2019 state races in Virginia. He outlined issues relating to redistricting and gerrymandering, and identified some Northern Virginia races where the incumbent Democrats are facing primary challenges. The Virginia state primary is Tuesday, June 11.
To find out more about Indivisible Waterfront, including their meeting schedule, or to support their efforts to turn more swing districts blue, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/indivisiblewaterfront/.