ABOUT THEY SEE BLUE℠
Our voice. Our vote.
OUR ORIGIN STORY
They See Blue (TSB) was founded in July 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area to leverage a cultural connection to advance progressive South Asian civic engagement. In the 2018 midterm elections, we mobilized the South Asian community Central Valley of California with a laser-focused strategy to flip the CA-10, CA-21, and CA-22 House seats from red to blue.
With the help of other grassroots organizations, They See Blue grew its membership to 200 volunteers, held successful fundraisers, and conducted targeted outreach to South Asian families through canvassing, phone banking, and sponsoring political ads on local radio stations. As a result, Democrats won CA-10 and CA-21.
They See Blue's mission is to mobilize and engage Americans of South Asian* origin in the democratic process to help Democrats win federal, state, and local races.
*Afghan • Bangladeshi • Bhutanese • Indian • Indo-Fijian • Indo-Caribbean • Maldivian • Nepali • Pakistani • Sri Lankan • Diaspora
We’re taking the momentum from 2018 and replicating our playbook nationally for the November 2020 Elections. Our goal is to have TSB chapters in all states with large South Asian population and mobilize South Asian voters in battleground states to ensure Democratic control of the White House, the Senate, and the House.
OUR ORGANIZING STRATEGY
According to a recent report from the Center for American Progress, there is a greater than 10% turnout gap between White Americans and eligible Asian American voters. This gap has existed for decades and shows no sign of closing without targeted intervention.
Our fundamental organizing strategy is to increase voter turnout among Democrats and Independents in the South Asian American community by leveraging personal relationships and shared cultural identity.
Collect robust disaggregated data on Asian Americans.
Eliminate language barriers to voting
Prioritize Asian-American outreach in political campaigns
End discriminatory voter-purging policies
Remove barriers to voter registration
In 2018, They See Blue helped flip the 2 CA House races as part of a national Blue Wave.
2018 MIDTERM WINS
ONWARD TO 2020
Until the 2020 elections, They See Blue will aim to defend the districts flipped, expand our targets to Senate races nationwide and Presidency, and engage more South Asians in the political process. They See Blue will spread their vision to South Asians around the country, with extra attention paid to the Swing States, by creating new They See Blue chapters and working with other like-minded South Asian and progressive organizations.
They See Blue has 24 active chapters across the nation in 18 States.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We are not an issues-based group, though many of our members feel passionate about specific issues and are motivated by them
We are focused on US politics in our organizing and do not take stances on non-US politics
We generally do not officially support any candidate until they win the primary and become the Democratic nominee (though informal early engagement is OK)
We support any Democratic nominee who is in a critical swing district or state, regardless of their position on specific issues
We are a true grassroots organization focused on electing Democrats up and down the ballot.
There is no hierarchy: each of us is a volunteer (though some do more than others)
We are an inclusive “big tent” organization with a diversity of views, and we strive to maintain a courteous and respectful discourse (no personal attacks) in our messaging forums
We do not tolerate racism, casteism, classism, homophobia and transphobia, religious discrimination, sexism, and any forms of discrimination or exclusion.