VOTE (Voter Organizing Training and Empowerment)
VOTE (Voter Organizing Training and Empowerment) is the centerpiece of our Building Political Power program. Through VOTE we provide training, financial support and technical assistance to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
The ingredients are simple.
We start by forming strategic, multi-year relationships with organizations based in communities that have traditionally been shut out of power – youth, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, low-income, the formerly incarcerated.
We provide those organizations with the building blocks they need to engage their constituencies in the democratic process: leadership development, free access to cutting-edge technology, in-depth technical assistance.
We bring grassroots leaders together across six states and multiple constituencies to educate each other on the issues, offer peer support, and form authentic cross-issue coalitions.
The VOTE Project works at the intersection of the constituencies most affected by the current political environment and the policy reforms needed to help the U.S. achieve its promise of opportunity for all.
Download and read more about the effect of our work in this report, VOTE: People, Policy & Political Power.
VOTE: People, Policy & Political Power includes stories about the work that's being done on the ground:
"Starting Them Young" explores the impact of engaging and empowering the youth vote.
"Changing the Rules" shows how communities can work to get their voices heard through civic engagement.
"Engaging Unlikely Voters" features how our groups go beyond 'getting out the vote.'
"Delivering the Numbers" is a prime example of building a volunteer base to reach thousands of voters.
"Shifting Internal Culture" explores how organizations can strengthen itself from inside-out.
"Rural Organizing- Defending Basic Values" shows how to build a movement from the ground-up.
"Policy Change Beyond the Ballot Box" delves into movement building by those most affected by the issues.
Current VOTE groups:
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon
Equality State Policy Center (Wyoming)
Idaho Community Action Network
Montana Human Rights Network
Montana Women Vote
Oregon Student Association
Partnership for Safety and Justice (Oregon)
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Rural Organizing Project (Oregon)
Statewide Poverty Action Network (Washington)
Urban League (Portland)
Win/Win Network (Washington)