Streets to Statehouse: Harnessing the Power of the New Electorate
written by Seema Shah, Ph.D., with guidance from Jennifer Ching and Maria Mottola
A follow up to our Streets to Statehouse report from January 2020, Harnessing the Power of the New Electorate examines how grassroots organizing is not only essential for building campaigns from outside City Hall or Albany, but is also critical in building a more robust multiracial democracy. Following last year’s analysis of the success of statewide grassroots organizing, this addendum identifies how grassroots power is building electoral power by engaging new constituencies and seeding a new group of progressive elected leaders.
Investments in grassroots organizing and the emerging leadership across New York’s election landscape can reshape legislative and executive agendas across our state.
We highlight the following recommendations for funders:
- Increase investments in groups that build deep leadership skills and use community organizing as a core approach
- Invest in infrastructure for organizing and civic engagement statewide
- Learn about and invest in 501(c)(4) work
- Support organizations that are committed to training, developing and supporting new leaders to run for office