Mobilizing South Asian Americans to vote blue in the upcoming 2020 elections
Defend the House
- Re-elect Josh Harder in District CA-10
- Re-elect TJ Cox in District CA-21
- Additional races to be selected by individual TSB chapters
Flip the Senate
- Attain Democratic majority by unseating at least 4 incumbent Republican senators
(remove Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader)
Take back the White House
- Elect Joe Biden (defeat Donald Trump)
2020 MISSION: SCALE UP
Our plan is to scale our 2018 model, which was focused on flipping selected House seats in California from red to blue, to the national level.
In addition to defending hard-won gains in the House, They See Blue will work to flip the Senate and elect a Democratic President.
Expansion will be be prioritized in the swing states, and thus They See Blue will endeavor to build local chapters across the nation.
The Great Battlefield Podcast Episode
Nathaniel Pearlman (former CTO of the Hillary Clinton campaign), who now hosts a podcast called The Great Battlefield, recently interviewed They See Blue on “How we are engaging South Asians to vote Democratic”
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Mobilize the South Asian American community to vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot
The goal is to increase voter turnout among Democrats and Independents in the South Asian American community by leveraging personal relationships and shared cultural identity.
ORGANIZING STRATEGY FOR SOUTH ASIAN AMERICANS
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. The report suggests five ways to increase Asian-American voter turnout:
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
Our fundamental organizing strategy is to conduct outreach through the lens of cultural connection and shared values.
They See Blue Youth Council Initiation
In August of 2019, our They See Blue Youth Leadership council had a successful initiation meeting in Oakland California.
They See Blue Georgia Chapter Initiation
In September of 2019, our Georgia Chapter had a successful series of meetings.
Starting They See Blue VRBM Events
They See Blue members started hosting Voter Registration By Mail Events in California to encourage people across the United States to vote.
They See Blue Canvasses with Beto
They See Blue members from Texas and California to canvas and win a local election.
TSB Georgia Election Kick-Off Event
They See Blue Georgia members from Georgia organized a remarkable Election Kick-off Event with local leaders, including Stacey Abrams.
Our vision of South-Asian voter mobilization has started to resonate with people from all over the US and we have started to grow rapidly, with They See Blue chapters springing up all over the country.
They See Blue now has chapters or alliances in various stages of formation in many of our targeted 15 states (AZ, CO, FL, GA, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NV, OH, PA, TX, VA, WI), and our goal is to establish chapters in each of them by the fall.
If you would like to be part of this nationwide movement, please join us!