Why do we need a “Blue Wave?”

A lot is riding on the Nov. 6, 2018 election.

The party with a majority in the House and in the Senate controls the agenda, vote actions, and committee chairs who in turn control committee agendas, votes, and subpoenas.  All investigations, oversight, accountability, transparency, and legislative agenda are currently blocked by the Republican majority party in Congress.

Democrats must win the majority party position so Congress can do its job.

  • In the House, +23 seats means, e.g. Rep. Adam Schiff investigating Russia’s attacks on our elections instead of Rep. Devin Nunes protecting the Trump campaign and Russia from law enforcement.

  • In the Senate, +2 seats means not confirming Supreme Court judges selected to reverse Roe v Wade.

  • Also health insurance, protecting the environment, election security, government ethics, gun control, net neutrality, education, housing, jobs, justice, and civil rights.

Overall, Democrats just need to turn out in high percentages to elect a Congress that will protect the country and hold the Executive branch accountable. Details vary by district. See fivethirtyeight.com for info on House races and Senate Races, then look up the websites of the exciting new Democratic candidates to read their stories and positions.

Working on Elections 2018

First, make sure you’re registered to vote.  If you moved or have been put into an “inactive” status, you need to re-register.  Ask your friends to check, too.

We need a huge Democratic get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort.  There are many ways you can help and volunteer organizations to work with.  Find ways that are fitting for you.


Local groups most directly involved in elections

Democratic Volunteer Center

A place in Palo Alto for volunteering to elect Democratic candidates. Phone and text banking, events, meeting space, fundraising, canvassing, voter registration, schwag, and more.

👉 Volunteering Sign Up and Calendar of events.
👉 Texting with Open Progress and Knock.


Silicon Valley for America

An activist alliance working to safeguard civil liberties, human rights and democracy by electing representatives and influencing the political process to reflect these aims.

Bayshore Progressive Democrats

Working to shape the Democratic Party to build a world that works for everyone.

California Congressional races

NorCal Blue Wave

Event guide for turning red districts blue.

Background info, canvassing, and other events for California districts CA-1, CA-4, CA-7, CA-10.

Event calendar and map.

Code Blue Central Valley

Background info, canvassing, and other events for California districts CA-25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49.

Event calendar.

Swing SoCAL Left

Uniting volunteers and organizers.

Background info, canvassing, and other events for California districts CA-25, CA-39, CA-45, CA-48, CA-49.

Event calendar.

Republicans hold 14 California congressional seats and they continue to support Donald Trump against the interests of our state and their constituents.

We can flip at least 11 of California’s 14 seats. If Democrats flip 23 seats in 2018, we take back the House.

Sign up to stay informed about how our seasoned campaign professionals are helping Resistance activists expand their tactics and reach, and consider donating or volunteering to help us in our work.

Fight Back California
How California Wins Back Congress in 2018

Democrats need +23 seats to control the House. The road to win the House runs through California.

Our program? Identify the swing voters in each district who voted for Clinton and for the Republican member of Congress. Educate them -- early and often -- about the incumbents’ record and hold the Republican congress members accountable for voting against their district.

National groups

Sister District

Sister District has a strategic, targeted focus on critical state races that—if we win—will make it easier to win national elections by revisiting badly gerrymandered state districts.

Sister District aims to ensure that all Americans have equal representation and our government works for all people, not just the minority in power.

Actions: Phonebanking, postcards, textbanking, canvassing, events support, district captain committees, data & research team.


Register Blue

From understanding the voter registration form to role playing, we fully equip people to engage unregistered voters in the democratic process.


Swing Left

Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest House of Representatives Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018.

Find your closest Swing District and join the team to learn about actionable opportunities as they become available.

They joined with Crooked Media to form the Crooked 7 Fund where you can donate to replace the 7 most vulnerable Republicans in California (CA-10 Denham, CA-21 Valadao, CA-25 Knight, CA-39 Royce, CA-45 Walters, CA-48 Rohrabacher, and CA-49 Issa).

Swing Left has other district funds, but sadly none for Andrew Janz to replace Devin Nunes in CA-22.

Swing Left Academy Online

Code Blue

Mission: Rebuild a progressive voting majority in federal, state and local government.



Democratic National Committee

EmergeAmerica, inspiring women to run for office

Forward Majority, retake state legislatures to reverse gerrymandering before it’s too late

National Democratic Redistricting Campaign (NDRC) and Organizing for Action (OFA) strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives to reverse gerrymandering

National Redistricting Foundation

Resurgent Left, fighting for team blue from the bottom up

National Voter Corps

A  national, non-partisan, umbrella organization to support equal voting rights for all and work towards full voter participation, by education about voting in America and by linking willing volunteers to organizations that are fighting for fairer elections.

Sign up to learn how to help citizens Register, Get Voter IDs, Vote, and Be Counted. Volunteer to help a state voting rights organization.

Volunteer with state-specific voting rights groups.

Many national organizations are fighting for voting rights for all. They need your help.


Join the data-driven, people-powered movement to flip our country around.

We can’t flip Congress without the states. State governments often draw the district maps for national elections—and controlling that process has given the GOP an unfair advantage. States control voting methods and set voting requirements. When the GOP suppresses votes, Dems lose.

From healthcare to racial justice, the laws that impact our lives the most are often passed by states—not by the federal government. Serving at the state level gets inspiring progressive Dems ready to run for national office. Compared to national races, state races are cheap.

DCCC Toolbox

Actions, Events, and Resources for working to win nearby congressional districts.

DCCC-University Events
Field Engagement Organizing Guide

Courage Campaign launched the California Counts project to work on the same 7 Congressional districts in the Swing Left Crooked 7 fund.


Voter Information

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters — Voter registration lookup

California: Pete Rates the Propositions

League of Women Voters Bay Area positions

Means for Democracy — Building an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just community (summarizes recommendations from 20 groups)

Mercury News endorsements

Moms Demand Action gun sense candidates pledged to vote on the side of gun safety

Our Revolution endorsements

Planned Parenthood voter guide 2018

Sierra Club congressional endorsements | Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter endorsements

South Bay Progressive Alliance endorsements