If Sunday night’s Turn Up, Turn Out: A Launch Party for 2018 was any indication, the blue wave is coming to North Carolina in 2018, and it’s going to be a big one!
Along with our partner organizations – Our Shot NC, Now or Never NC, Stronger NC, Protect Our Vote NC, Neighbors on Call, Durham for Organizing Action, Aim Higher Now, Indivisible NC 36, IndivisiblesNC, NC Progressive Citizens, Together We Will NC, and Protecting Progress in Durham – we welcomed guest speaker Kathryn Sorenson (a longtime Virginia campaign manager who just flipped a House of Delegates seat in November), introduced the many candidates and elected officials in attendance, and rolled out the 2018 strategy for electoral action. Spoiler alert: It’s all about engaging with voters early and often. We don’t need to change anyone’s mind. We just need Democrats and left-leaning Independents to show up to the polls in droves. Remember, only 4 of the 120 NC House seats need to flip for Democrats to break the Republican supermajority and restore the governor's veto.
The event – held at Motorco in Durham – was something of a matchmaking experience. We wanted our guests (some 350 of them!) to walk away with a clear next step – a grassroots group they want to join, a local campaign they’d like to volunteer for, a flippable district they want to adopt, or a voter engagement effort (such as a canvass) they’d like to spearhead.
We challenged everyone in attendance to commit to completing ONE voter action in the next month – a canvass or a phone bank.
We could easily have had 1,000 people at this event if space allowed. The waiting list was something to behold. The interest level speaks volumes about both the frustration and the hopefulness progressives are feeling at this moment – and the energy we need to harness going into this 2018 blue-moon election!
If you missed the event, search the hashtag – #turnupturnoutnc – on social media to see the buzz this launch party created. And check our Facebook page in the coming days for plenty more event photos!