The WWFOR Regional Council approved a program to address the risks arising with the 2020 US elections. We join our colleagues at Choose Democracy, Protect the Results, and others in offering a plan of action to ensure that the elections are safe and fair for everyone and that legitimate results are upheld by nonviolent mass noncooperation in the face of a power grab. We urge several actions and provide several resources below. Click on the link below and we will help you get plugged in.
The next several months involve 3 phases with significant consequences for the path forward.
The first phase, “Winning the Election” for progressive values and candidates has resulted in an equivocal and still emerging outcome. The Presidency has been won by Biden/Harris with the most votes cast per capita in an election for about 100 years; but nearly half of all voters voted for Trump, in spite of all the misrepresentations, scandals, and regressive policies of the last 4 years. In Washington State, Trump got more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016, including in King County. A runoff scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021 in Georgia for 2 Senate seats means the “winning the election” phase is still not finished.
Meanwhile, the second phase “Protecting the Election” involved pre-election contingency planning in case Trump followed through with his implied threats to refuse to leave office. Hold the Line, Choose Democracy.us and Protect the Results were complementary efforts that quickly built impressive forces prepared for action in case of a “coup”. Hold the Line outlined 3 possible scenarios.
As predicted, Trump is using all 3 paths to challenge the election results through the courts and through Republican state legislatures and the electoral college. Institutional acknowledgement of the apparent result may not be resolved for months. Protect the Election efforts are continuing as this threat is monitored through the Jan. 20th inauguration.
The third phase, “Transition and the First 100 Days” includes the period from election to the inauguration and then the first 100 days of the new administration (Jan. 20 to April 30, 2021). The first 100 days is widely recognized as a new President’s best opportunity to chart a new course for the nation with a fresh political mandate. Franklin Roosevelt coined the term “first 100 days” during a July 24, 1933, radio address. 13 major laws were enacted during this period. Since then, the first 100 days of a presidential term has taken on symbolic significance, and the period is considered a benchmark to measure the early success of a president. Control of the Senate will, of course, have dramatic impact on what may be possible?
Now that Election Day is past, we are using the guide below on actions that might take place from November 4th to Inauguration Day. Click on the image below to be taken to this guide.
Individual Actions You Can Take
- In thought, word, and deed, urge support for democracy and elections, not just your favorite candidate. Anchor your comments and actions in fairness, democratic process, and counting all the votes.
- Sign the pledge at Choose Democracy and sign up to get a text message when/if national organizers believe a “coup” is underway. Check the website “Coup O’ Meter” for recent events that signal an attempted coup or election interference is underway.
- Check whether your candidates have promised to preserve our democracy and “count every vote” using the Common Cause tool: https://ourdemocracy2020.org/.
- Monitor irregularities in the election process via groups such as the National Election Defense Coalition and the Carter Center.
- Have patience. We won’t know the results overnight. Be clear with friends, family, and others that it’s worth the time to make sure every vote counts.
- Call upon public officials, police/military, and media to insist that the election results be upheld. Use these pledges from Hold the Line.
- Prepare for nonviolent action in case Trump loses and refuses to leave office.
2 Weeks ago…predicted.
November 4th…it is happening.
There are lots of online trainings happening around the country and in Washington State. The easiest way to find out about trainings being offered is to go to the WWFOR Events calendar.
Form an Election Protection Group (EPG)
The Immediate Response: EPG Street Corner Rallies: “Count Every Vote”
We encourage you to also connect with these resources. Listing of a resource does not imply FOR endorsement of all their content:
- Choose Democracy
- Hold The Line Guide
- Election Defenders
- Nonviolence News’ 13 Nonviolent Actions To Defend Democracy
- Watch “Elections Defense”, a webinar from our colleagues at Nonviolence International, featuring activists from Brazil, Serbia, the Philippines and Gambia sharing their stories of how they used people power to effectively confront oppressive regimes.
Links to Groups/Work Already Happening
- Protect the Results – Fighting to Protect the Results of the 2020 Election
- ShutDownDC — DC Based Action Council
- Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition
- TheDisruptionProject.org — Resources on Direct Action and Disruption
- 866-Our-Vote — coalition providing solid voter education in the face of mis- and disinformation.
- Black Voices Change Lives — NAACP organized effort to help get black people to the polls
- VoteSave America — good resources, especially about poll workers.
- Fair Fight — tracks voter intimidation, ensures ballot access, voter counting, and registration.
- Alliance for Youth Action — engaging the (all important) youth vote in key states.
- Power to the Polls — focuses on poll worker recruitment and amplification of the recruiting effort.
- Vote Climate– Greenpeace
- Junkipedia : centralized collection of problematic content
- How do I vote in My State?
- Climate Disobedience Center
- Center for Popular Democracy
- BlackOUT Collective
Groups Offering Trainings