The two party system can feel overwhelming. Below are some organizations that strive to break up the corporate duopoly or at least provide some balance. From ballot measures to voter registration initiatives, these organizations work to strengthen our democracy and diversify the pool of candidates.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) is a nationwide movement-building infrastructure organization that leverages ballot measures across the United States to strengthen democracy; center people of color, queer, low-income, immigrant, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities; advance racial equity; build and transform power; and galvanize a new progressive base.
At EMILYs List, we work to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities.
We empower, embolden and equip state legislators to build and wield progressive governing power by/with/for the people they represent. We do this by providing legislators with the tools needed to shape impactful public policy and building their capacity to lead with their constituents. We foster long-term collaboration between legislators—across chambers, across regions, and across state lines–and with grassroots movements.
NextGen America’s mission is to empower young voters to engage in the political process and ensure our government is responsive to the largest and most diverse generation in American history.
We lead collaborative efforts to advance progressive policies and win elections in key states by working with a diverse community of over 400 partner organizations at the national, state, and local levels. The progressive movement works best when we work together. The fight for America's future is always in motion and so are we. America votes works year-round to ensure there is never a gap in the progressive community’s efforts to build on our successes.
Transformative change requires an inside-outside strategy that takes on corporate power everywhere — including within the Democratic Party. We are building power and electing more and more progressives at every level of government. We organize nationally to break up corporate power, make housing affordable, stem gun violence, tax the rich, and more.
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (Explanation). It has been enacted into law by 16 states and DC with 205 electoral votes (Map of states). It needs an additional 65 electoral votes to go into effect.
Latino Victory is an organization dedicated to building political power in the Latino community so that the voices and values of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward. Latino Victory’s vision is marked by a substantial increase in progressive Latino elected officials, Latino voter participation, and Latino political donations, making Latino voters a deciding factor in elections up and down the ballot throughout the country. Record Latino voter turnout will have profound consequences on redistricting with political boundaries drawn with Latino influence, from school board to congressional districts.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., is the first-ever strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy. Together, we will rebuild a democracy where voters pick their politicians—not the other way around.
This campaign is driven by grassroots organizers who want to make a lasting impact. Whether you care about making sure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care, achieving equal pay, reducing the gun violence that plagues our schools and communities, protecting voting rights, or dealing with the urgent threat of climate change, there is a fundamental structural barrier that prevents progress on these issues: manipulated electoral maps drawn with surgical precision by politicians to preserve their party’s political power and silence the will of the people. This practice—gerrymandering—is when politicians pick their voters instead of voters picking their elected officials and it impacts communities across the nation. The All On The Line campaign is fighting against gerrymandering and pushing for fair maps in redistricting.
FairVote is a nonpartisan organization seeking better elections for all. We research and advance voting reforms that make democracy more functional and representative for every American. FairVote is the national driving force behind advancing ranked choice voting (RCV) and proportional RCV in legislative districts to give voters more choices, fairer representation and better government. RCV has become the fastest-growing nonpartisan improvement to our elections; with FairVote’s guidance and a growing coalition of national and state allies, more than 13 million voters are able to rank candidates in their elections. The country’s leading authority on RCV, FairVote advises state and national partners on its uses and implementations, from cities across Utah to New York City. Two states — Alaska and Maine — have adopted ranked choice voting for their elections for Congress and president.
The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically Black elected officials should make up at least 13% of all elected officials in the U.S., at every level.
We’re a community of 4 million strong, made up of women of all backgrounds, races, and ages who are ready to build the progressive women’s voting bloc and create a future where all people are truly equal.
The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority register and vote. Since then, the organization has helped more than 6 million people register and cast ballots.*
Progressive Turnout Project is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy. Our mission: rally Democrats to vote.
Emerge is fundamentally changing the face of politics in this country by breaking down barriers, opening doors, and creating pathways for Democratic women to get involved in politics. We are the nation’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. We are the only political organization that focuses on effective state and national programming that gives women the tools they need to run and win, as well as building an inclusive sisterhood of alums and a network of alumnae, staff, boards, and volunteers who are on-the-ground 365 days a year to support women through their candidacies at every level and once they are elected.
When We All Vote is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.
By encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office, Onward Together advances progressive values and works to build a brighter future for generations to come. Citizen engagement at every level is central to a strong and vibrant democracy. We know that we must come together to resist bullying, hate, falsehoods, and divisiveness, and stand up for a fairer, more inclusive, democratic America. The challenges we face as a country are real. But there’s no telling what we can achieve if we approach the fights ahead with the passion and determination and bring that energy into each and every election up and down the ballot.
We are a people-driven organization committed to serving progressive values and causes that are larger than ourselves. By working with local leaders and organizations, we will create permanent and lasting change all around us. Our mission is to mobilize and empower people and community organizations collectively mobilizing issues and electoral campaigns to advance our shared agenda this is community organizing to win.
Democrats.com is the original online news and community site for progressive activists, with over 10 million supporters. We stand for jobs, justice, healthcare, education, the environment, and peace. We’re supported by great progressive partners so we rarely ask for donations.
The National Redistricting Action Fund (NRAF) is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The mission of the NRAF is to harness the power of people and the courts to dismantle unfair electoral maps and create a redistricting system based on democratic values. By helping to create more just and representative electoral districts across the country, we also hope to restore the public’s faith in a true representative democracy.
We’re fighting to kick right-wing extremists out of power and elect local Democrats who are committed to advancing policies that improve the lives of the people they serve.
Black Voters Matter goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities. We believe that effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
The Sixteen Thirty Fund believes in the power of new ideas, creative partnerships, and emerging leaders to achieve meaningful and lasting solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. We help changemakers maximize their impact by providing operational support that allows them to focus on advancing their core missions.
Democracy Docket is the leading progressive news platform for information, analysis and opinion about voting rights and elections in the courts.
iVote is a national voting rights organization dedicated to going on offense in battleground states to expand access to voting. The New York Times described iVote’s efforts as “the first major push to counter the Republican moves with a legislative strategy to expand voter rights.”
Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration.
BlackPAC is an independent, Black-led organization that uses the power of year-round political engagement and elections to change our economic, justice, and political systems. Since its founding in 2016, BlackPAC has helped galvanize Black voters to the polls to elect Governors, Lt. Governors, Attorney Generals, US Senators, and State Legislators. We are committed to long-term, sustained engagement with Black voters by building lasting political infrastructure. We’re holding our public officials accountable to a policy agenda that defends our rights, promotes dignity, and ends white supremacy.
It’s a website, an initiative, and a community designed to help guide you with each step you need to take throughout the year to have the impact you want. We’ll help you not only get registered to vote and learn about candidates on your ballot, but also volunteer locally. And, not to brag, but together we’ve accomplished a lot in the last 5 years.
Rapid Resist supports progressive organizations fighting back against attacks on our communities and our democracy.
Voto Latino is a civic engagement organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power.
Swing Left is building a lasting culture of grassroots participation in winning elections for the Left by making it as easy as possible for anyone to have maximum impact on the elections that determine the balance of power in our country.
Elect Democratic Women is focused on electing more Democratic women to Congress and higher office. Elect Democratic Women was formed by Democratic Congresswomen who understand that Congress cannot and will not address the urgent needs facing women and their families by a Congress where less than one in five representatives are women.
Flippable, a grassroots organization dedicated to flipping states blue and fixing our democracy, joined the Swing Left family in spring 2019. Over the next year and a half, the two organizations worked together to mobilize donors and volunteers on down ballot races. This collaborative effort helped flip the Virginia General Assembly, as well as several state legislative seats across the country.
Started in 2006, VoteVets PAC and VoteVets Action Fund have been the home for progressive veterans, military families, and their civilian supporters for over 15 years. It is the first organization of its kind and the largest, with over one and a half million supporters in all 50 states. VoteVets uses public issue campaigns to relentlessly lift up the voices of veterans on matters of national security, veterans’ care, and everyday issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families.
State by state and community by community, WFP is building a political home for all of us who see bigotry, bailouts, and business as usual in our political system and ask, “Is that the best we can do?”
We provide a safety net for new and exciting progressive leaders — at all stages of their journey — helping them run efficient, strategic, grassroots, driven campaigns while feeling supported throughout the process.
Real Justice elects civil rights-minded prosecutors who use the powers of their office to reduce mass incarceration, police violence, and injustice.
As the largest Democratic campaign training organization in the nation we have trained more Democrats on how to win elections and build long-term power in their communities than any other organization.
The Electing Women Alliance is a national network of local giving groups that bring women together as a community to support women candidates. Our goal is to inspire intentional, informed giving to increase women’s political leadership and close the political gender giving gap.
We promote fair elections around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight Action brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications. Fair Fight PAC has initiated programs to support voter protection programs at state parties around the country and is engaging in partnerships to support and elect pro-voting rights, progressive leaders.
Blue America PAC is a collaboration between the authors/publishers of DownWithTyranny.com, Hullabaloo.com and CrooksandLiars.com, who are Howie Klein, Heather “Digby” Parton, and John Amato, respectively. Our goal is very simple: we want to replace the bipartisan Conservative Consensus in Congress with a strong and activated progressive movement that will serve the needs of ordinary American families, not the 1%, not corporate special interests and not careerist political hacks and their lobbyist buddies. Simple, right?
Our mission is to bring together online citizens across America, inject progressive voices into the national conversation, and advance the values of justice, equality and community in our nation’s politics.
Voters of Tomorrow is a Gen Z-led 501(c)(4) organization that engages and represents young Americans in politics and government. With chapters in 20 states and a volunteer presence in all 50, we take a locally based, multifaceted approach to engaging young voters. Our team is led by a national staff of young political strategists, organizers, and policy experts. Being Gen Z-led is one of our greatest strengths. Our perspective as Gen Zers goes into everything we do, from the strategies that guide our entire mobilization operation to each conversation we have on campus. To ensure we fully understand our diverse generation, we also conduct surveys to gauge our peers’ views on various topics. We then use these insights to guide our mobilization strategies and shape our legislative platform, the Gen Z Agenda. To that end, Voters of Tomorrow’s work doesn’t end on Election Day. Elected officials must hear from Gen Zers year-round. Last year, our team held a roundtable discussion with the House Rules Committee and meetings with over 100 Congressional offices plus The White House to talk about our policy priorities. Now, we’re building on these relationships by collaborating with lawmakers on legislation covering a range of topics.
Since 2003, we have recruited, trained, and supported progressive women seeking office at both the state and local levels. During this time we have raised $20 Million to support progressive, pro-choice women and have helped them win more than 160 races. We are committed to our candidates. We fundraise, knock on doors, hold training sessions, drive voters to the polls, and make phone calls on their behalf. When women run, they win. And when they win, we all win.
We believe climate change is a fundamental threat to the lives and livelihood of every human and future generations here in the United States and across the globe. We believe that bold action by public officials — at all levels of government — is essential to addressing the threat posed by climate change. Too many Democratic politicians consider climate to be just another issue bubbling below the surface of top priorities, and too many advocates are willing to excuse Democratic politicians who tout their states’ coal and oil resources. We need aggressive, progressive champions of climate justice—climate hawks. Our Vision: Our nation, state, and local governments put in place bold, progressive actions to combat climate change, led by a diverse legion of individual climate hawk leaders who share our beliefs. Our Mission: To identify, train, and elect individual climate hawk leaders, while generating a political environment in which those leaders have the power to advance policies needed to address climate change.
Really American is a Grassroots political organization dedicated to defending Truth and Democracy.
We need a Democratic Party that fights for its voters, not big corporate donors. Our goal is to build a mission-driven caucus in Congress by electing more leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, who will represent our communities in Congress and fight for bold, progressive solutions to our current crises.
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