Fighting The Information War: Millennial Politics Pivots for 2018

Friends, we’re pivoting, and we hope you’ll stick with us as we do. 

Why the pivot? Like it or not, we’re in the midst of an information war.

Fox News, Breitbart, InfoWars, and Russian troll farms have weaponized information, and the Center and the Left don’t have anything remotely similar to “fight back”.

A new study shows that Fox News affects national elections somewhere between 3-6 points(!), and it’s increasingly apparent that the combined efforts of Trump, Breitbart, InfoWars, and Russian troll farms did in fact swing the 2016 election.

To break that down even more simply:

We, the Center and the Left, are losing the information war, and we are woefully unprepared for the challenges ahead.

And this realization led us to where we are today. We don’t have a massive audience. We can’t single-handedly tip the scales back in the right direction. Instead, we have a growing, engaged, and reform-minded Center and Left audience.

To our reform friends, we agree with you that reworking our system to become more democratic, more agreeable, and more fair is where we need to go. But this means we must “Resist, and then Reform”.

Why “Resist Then Reform”?

Because it’s impossible to reform a system for the long term if we don’t control it in the short term. 

This means, right now, our mission will be to feature as many emerging Democratic and Progressive leaders and organizations as possible.

Progressive groups like Indivisible, Run For Something, Flippable, Swing Left, EMILY’s List (and so many more) are doing incredible work on the ground.

The more we know about their work, the more we’ll know how to get involved and where to send our support. This means we will all be better prepared to play an active role in moving our country forward.

What Are We Going To Do

We want to have an impact on the 2018 elections, and we want to make that impact by raising the profiles of up and coming progressive candidates and organizations.

We’ll feature these candidates and organizations in our newsletters, on our website, across our social media platforms, and have them on our podcast as guests.

We’ve built a variety of mediums where we can reach our audience, and once we decide to feature a candidate or organization, we’ll share our pieces across them all.

To be clear: this isn’t a radical change from what we were doing before, but instead, it is a refining and refocusing of our mission, and a defining of the criteria by which we feature candidates. And this leads right into why we’re doing it

Why We’ll Do It

More and more candidates are announcing their intention to run for office every day, and for many, this will be their first attempt. In politics, having a high-profile and having name recognition matters.

Most first time candidates or candidates under 40 years old don’t have the established pedigrees that would make them well-known to their potential constituents or the general public. That’s where we come in.

We have a growing national audience, and earning media from established organizations isn’t easy. Our mission is to help these emerging progressive leaders get the ball rolling.

We won’t do puff pieces, but we’ll give them an opportunity to get their message out there. Essentially, this presents a win-win-win scenario:

First, as candidates, they’re looking to get their message out and engage potential donors.

Second, our audience (you) is always looking for compelling political content, and this is right up your alley.

And finally, we want to act as the clearinghouse to connect our engaged audience with the emerging progressive leaders and organizations, and use our technology to shrink the distance between us all.

How We’ll Do It

We will actively seek out progressive candidates and organizations, and we’ll leave open the ability for anybody to submit a candidate or organization to us. This ensures we can work together to be featuring folks that are important to you.

Where We’ll Focus

We intend to focus on progressive candidates who are under the age of 40, are first time candidates, or are vocally supporting values that millennials believe in. 

We won’t endorse candidates in any specific race, but we will seek out all candidates that meet our definition of progressive, even if they’re running against each other. 

What Does Progressive Mean To Us?

We will seek out candidates and organizations that align and agree with our values. We at Millennial Politics stand for:

  • Criminal justice reform
  • Racial and social justice
  • Addressing income inequality
  • Healthcare for all
  • Combating climate change
  • DACA and immigration reform
  • Women’s reproductive rights
  • LGBTQ Civil Rights
  • Common sense gun legislation
  • Rolling back Citizens United

Our goal isn’t to endorse specific candidates in specific races; instead, it is to inform our growing and engaged audience of the phenomenal emerging leaders and progressive organizations working on their behalf.

Ultimately, you all will make the decisions on who to vote for and where to send your donation dollars, and our hope is that you’re armed with useful and accurate information.

Where You Can Help

Share this news with your friends. Encourage them to sign up for our mailing list. If you’re a regular reader, things will change.

Our newsletter will transition away from a weekly and will be replaced by ad-hoc email updates on candidates, activists, and organizations as they develop. Basically, we’ll email you when there is news on these folks worth sharing.

Our podcast will pick up where our newsletter leaves off, covering regular news updates and bringing you interviews with activists and leaders. Subscribe in iTunes here, or bookmark our podcast webpage to hear the latest episodes online.

And finally, our social media will continue to share engaging content for the progressive millennial.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @MillenPolitics.

Come Write With Us

Are you interested in interviewing or featuring a progressive candidate in your area? We’re always looking for volunteers to help us write posts.

You can get active in your own community, strengthen your relationships with candidates running for office, and boost your own profile by being published on our site.

If this interests you, we ask that you fill out this google form, and we’ll be in touch!

Join Our MP Ambassador Group

Join our Facebook group for MP Ambassadors who share in our progressive values and want to help spread the word about the work we’re doing. Click here, and request to join!

Send Candidates & Organizations Our Way

Do you know of someone running for office that meets our criteria, or an organization working in the progressive political space?

Please fill out this google form and let us know!

Help Us Keep Our Lights On

As you can imagine, running a website, podcast, and newsletter costs money.

We need your help to keep the lights on and ensure that we can effectively and efficiently reach our goals.

If you’re compelled to help us achieve our mission, you’re able to make a direct donation to our organization here.

Every dollar donated goes directly to supporting our operations and mission.

If you have any feedback on this plan, please feel free to comment below or continue this conversation with us on social media @MillenPolitics. 

Nathan is the founder of Millennial Politics and a concerned citizen who hopes to inspire others to get involved in our democracy. He is on the Executive Committee of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and you can find him on Twitter @NathanHRubin.

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