Swing Left

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The founders: Ethan Todras-Whitehill, writer and teacher, Joshua Krafchin, entrepreneur, and Miriam Stone, brand strategist.

The mission: Take back the House in 2018 by recruiting and mobilizing volunteers to support Democratic candidates in swing districts, where votes will count the most.

The story: In the wake of the 2016 election, Ethan, Joshua, Miriam, and friends turned their myriad talents toward taking back the House. The day before Trump’s inauguration, they launched a website that matches volunteers with their closest 2018 swing district and connects them with impactful ways to help. More than 200,000 people signed up in the first week alone.

The latest: With the support Swing Left has received from Onward Together and others, the organization has continued to grow. Their volunteers are organizing early and, with a year to go until the midterms, have already held over 1,200 voter contact events in 50 Swing Districts. They’re also fundraising for Democratic candidates — in less than 48 hours after the House Trumpcare vote, they raised more than $1 million for the eventual challengers to the Republicans who voted “yes.” Last month Swing Left added WI-01, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district, to its map of targeted races.

The next step: Swing Left is working now to build the 2018 campaigns-in-waiting. Visit swingleft.org/join to find your closest Swing District and join the fight.

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