• Fundraiser to Win North Carolina - Weds, Sept 9, 8 PM EST

    Looking to maximize the impact of your donations this election? Want to support women and candidates of color? Learn about North Carolina's influence as a triple-threat state! Join us for a fundraiser to support legislative & state-level candidates across North Carolina and enable us to turn the NC statehouse blue, power another Democratic U.S. Senate seat, and win the Presidency. Please RSVP here


    Here are some of the candidates your contributions will support!
    Dear friends, neighbors and family, and everyone who cares about dumping President Trump and flipping the U.S. Senate to the Democrats,

    I write to invite you on behalf of a dozen co-hosts (see list below) to a webinar and high-impact fundraiser on Wednesday, September 9, 8 PM EST that provides an opportunity to use your limited funds to maximum impact.  With six weeks or less before many Americans start voting, it is time to help get our Democratic candidates over the top to win.

    I have seen this presentation twice now, and both times it absolutely knocked my socks off! A friend invited me the first time, and I planned to contribute $50 as a courtesy. I was so impressed I gave $500. If you know me, you know I am pretty tight with a dollar! I hardly ever make impulse purchases. I don’t regret this one.

    Please give me an hour of your time. You will learn a lot, gain exposure to a different and brilliant strategy for winning an election, and you will enjoy an entertaining presentation. There is no requirement to donate, but of course I hope you will give what you can.

    I’m also thrilled to share that we’ll be joined by one of our candidates, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. Justice Beasley is the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and was appointed to lead North Carolina’s courts by Governor Roy Cooper. She is now running for election for a full, 8-year term. She’s only the fourth African American woman to serve as Chief Justice in the history of our country, and if elected, will be the only African American female Chief Justice in the USA. You can watch an ad for Justice Beasley here: Chef Justice Cheri Beasley

    More information is below. I hope you will read it.

    Please RSVP here or to [email protected] to receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link. We hope you will join us on September 9 at 8 PM EST. Please invite anyone else you know who may be interested as well! Please do NOT share the Zoom link with others, once you get it.

    If you can’t attend but want to donate anyway, you can do so here:


    Co-hosts: Marya Axner, Nancy Brown, Ben Ewen-Campen, Janet Gottler, Harris Gruman, Matthew Hochman, Enid Kumin, Ulysses Lateiner, Christopher Lay, Jason Mackey, Mark Niedergang, Surjeet Paintal, Bill Shelton, Howard Wolfe, Richard Wood, Swing Left Greater Boston and Swing Left 31st Street (Washington DC)

    We know this is a critical moment for Americans to take back our democracy and that we have the opportunity for the Democratic Party to gain control of the Presidency and the U.S. Senate. A Democratic President and Congress could enact the tremendous changes needed to help the tens of millions of Americans whose lives have been getting more difficult in the past decades --universal health insurance, a $15 minimum wage, changes in campaign finance reform, gun control – and to preserve our planet through addressing climate change.

    I know that many of you have been involved in the national election in the key swing states that will determine who wins the Presidency and the Senate. Thank you for any work you are doing to win the critical election – the most important one of my life. And I bet that the rest of you are thinking about how you can truly make a difference in the outcome of the 2020 election.

    Well, here is a way…an easy way to make a difference.

    Please join us for a webinar and discussion via Zoom on Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM EST where we'll introduce you to a diverse slate of candidates that we’re supporting to help flip the North Carolina state legislature, as well as the historic number of African American women running for office statewide! With the potential to turn North Carolina blue, flip a key U.S. Senate seat essential for the Democrats to win the Senate, and deliver 15 electoral votes to Biden/Harris, North Carolina is both a critical state and a massive opportunity for 2020.
    There are three pretty unique things about this fundraiser and the strategy behind it:
    • By driving turnout for these down-ballot district and statewide races, we believe we can also increase the number of votes that the candidates at the top of the ticket – Joe Biden, Cal Cunningham, and Governor Roy Cooper – receive. The thinking behind this is that if we get people to turn out for local and statewide candidates who look and sound like them – people who would not otherwise vote – we will help all Democrats on the ticket.
    • These candidates have the potential to energize voters up and down the ballot, but only if they can amplify their unique message of hope in this critical moment in our nation’s history. You can help elevate their voices and stories and extend their campaigns’ reach with compelling digital content and strategic targeting.
    • The funds raised will be used to produce and place digital ads and videos for these candidates for as little as $5,000 a pop. Digital ads have been increasingly important in campaigns, but with Covid-19 preventing in-person campaigning, they are even more important this year.  Check out these videos for Kimberly Hardy running to flip HD-43, and  Aimy Steele running to flip HD – 82.
    The webinar will be presented by Ariane Fisher and Eli Pollak of Swing Left 31 st Street (Washington DC), along with Christine Bachman, who produces the videos and heads up the organization to which the funds are donated, called Our States Matter.
    P.S.  I will be writing to you again on Friday about phone banks run by All In for North Carolina, a project of Swing Left Greater Boston/Swing Blue Alliance.  I hope you will consider doing some phone banking to voters in North Carolina -- or if you have connections to other key swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, Arizona, etc.  Phone calls to voters is the gold standard of campaigning with Covid-19 and the best way to participate in the huge movement of volunteers working to save our democracy and to dump Trump and flip the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.
    Mark Niedergang
    Ward 5 City Councilor
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