“Grassroots.” That’s been the keyword for Democratic organizers following Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College defeat in the 2016 presidential election. One of the biggest criticisms of Clinton’s campaign was its lack of focus on the grassroots organizing credited with driving Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign.
Democrats were supposed to take the presidency and the Senate in 2016. But despite winning the popular vote in both, Donald Trump was sent to the White House and only two Senate seats were gained. And Democrats are still almost entirely powerless on a state level.
Knock Every Door aims to rectify this problem through “nationwide, door-to-door canvasses” that capitalize on the widespread anti-Trump sentiments currently reviving grassroots liberal activism.
Though the majority of midterms occur in 2018, Knock Every Door understands that the conversations need to start happening now. Their website reads: “We’re going to listen to voters and non-voters alike, and in the process help organize our communities against Trump.”
Knock Your Door has two plans for the information volunteers will compile from door-to-door canvassing. The first is to release a report that has “suggestions about what Democrats should do if they want to defeat Trump.” This document will be shared with both Democratic leaders as well as the media. The second is to “build a list of people in our communities and especially the counties that flipped from Obama to Trump that will help us win elections in the future.”
After letting grassroots activism and advocacy fall to the sidelines under Barack Obama, Democrats are once again realizing that success is built from the bottom-up. With very little staff or money, Knock Every Door is one of many truly grassroots efforts that is working hard to accomplish this goal under the Trump regime.
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Jordan is a political writer, activist, cinephile, proud queer woman of color, and Mad Max: Fury Road fanatic. She’s cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.