OUR VOICE, OUR VOTE
They See Blue's History
OUR ORIGIN STORY
They See Blue was formed in the CA Silicon Valley in August 2018, just before the November 2018 US midterm elections. Reeling from the elections, our group found direction in the laser-focused strategy to leverage the power of desi-to-desi organizing to help flip three Republican-held House seats (CA-10, CA-21, CA-22) in favor of Democrats. We were able to organize rapidly and make a tangible, positive impact by:
Rapidly growing our membership to nearly 200+ Desis and building alliances with other grassroots groups,
Holding fundraisers for all three Democratic candidates and raising nearly $60,000
Establishing direct relationships with campaigns to get filtered lists of voters for targeted outreach to Desis (e.g. phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, sponsoring political ads on local Desi radio stations)
Helping flip CA-21 and CA-10 in narrow victories (CA-22 was a much narrower loss than predicted by experts)
2018 Midterm wins
In 2018, we helped flip the House from majority Republican to majority Democratic. In 2020, the Republicans will want to flip it back. We need to engage with voters now to retain and grow that majority. In the 2018 election, They See Blue vigorously supported three candidates
For 2019-2020, we will defend the districts we flipped and expand our targets to Senate races nationally and the Presidency. Our strategy is to spread our vision to Desis nationwide and especially in target Swing States, by creating new TSB Chapters and/or working with other like-minded Desi and progressive organizations.
Our active chapters include Silicon Valley, Youth Leadership Council, Georgia. We also have emerging chapters in Texas, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Our aim to form chapters in all purple state by summer 2020 so Desis locally are ready to mobilize for the November 2020 elections.