GUIDED BY PRINCIPLES. FOCUSED ON TRANSFORMATION.
Way to Win demands rigor and impact, driven not just by victory, but by our core progressive principles:
- Create tangible improvement in people’s lives through progressive governance, not just by winning elections.
- Shift the balance of power back to communities through strong organizations that build long-term relationships rather than seek voters for short-term transactional wins.
- Center racial and economic justice, and the interplay between the two, as the core of systemic change.
The Way to Win strategy supports the alignment of donors, organized communities, and political candidates who re ect their constituents to:
- Win back the White House and Congress by creating a political realignment in the South and Southwest through the millions of voters ignored by traditional parties and campaigns.
- Take power at the city and state levels by investing in primaries, winning local races, and inspiring turnout. We will also combat REDMAP and prepare for redistricting by holding governorships and ipping state legislative chambers with inspiring progressives, not just generic Democrats.
- Establish a model of progressive governance, advancing bold policies that improve people’s everyday lives – e.g. living wage, universal healthcare, debt-free education, a ordable housing, and criminal justice reform at the state and local levels until we regain power at the national level.
- Reorganize structures of accountability. Rather than donors being accountable to the Democratic Party, we need a party that is accountable to progressive social movements, backed by progressive donors.
We will prioritize ve states – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia – that have the power to transform the political landscape for a generation with their combined 105 Electoral College votes. These states are within grasp for full governing majority, were among the only states to gain Democratic voters in 2016, and have strong multiracial coalitions on the ground. We will also prioritize work in “power cities” across the Rust Belt that have large populations of people of color and the opportunity to build multi-racial coalitions around a shared vision of racial and economic justice.
A NEW DONOR STRATEGY TO WIN
ay to Win aims to give local organizers the tools they need to win. Our team of strategists will help guide resources, monitoring the short and long-term goals, and driving alignment on the ground in three areas:
Independent Political Power
We support organizations that are independent of the Democratic Party that play inside and outside the party structure, get candidates elected, build deep community relationships, and hold o ce-holders accountable.
Vision and Ideas
We promote a transformative agenda for the economy that addresses the drastic state of economic inequality while understanding the ways racism functions as an additional source of exclusion and injustice.
We support visionary candidates who o er an agenda that inspires the base with a plan to truly transform lives. We invest in primaries that will push that progressive agenda into prominence.
MODELING A NEW KIND OF POLITICAL GIVING
Our giving model learns from mistakes of the past, and promotes a forward-thinking, comprehensive strategy to win.
Way to Win is a coalition of funders and organizations including Solidaire Action Fund, Women Donors Network members, Democracy in Color, Movement 2017, Solutions Project, and other allies. Our co-chairs are
Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, and Tory Gavito.
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