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Labor Organizations and Progressive Groups Team Up For Organizing Effort in PA

The campaign to defeat President Donald Trump has begun from this coalition of labor unions and progressive organizations in Pennsylvania. 

Organizing Together 2020, which describes itself as a “community-based, volunteer-driven organizing campaign,” that consists of a number of labor unions and progressive organizations, has selected Pennsylvania as one of their six target states for the 2020 presidential election. 

The group, who officially launched their campaign via a zoom call earlier this month, said that they plan on being present in each corner of the state in their effort to one term Trump. 

“Good organizing takes time, so that’s why Organizing Together 2020 Pennsylvania is getting started in every corner of the Commonwealth this spring,” said Ashley McBride, State Lead for Organizing Together 2020 Pennsylvania. “From Philadelphia to Scranton to Erie County, we’re going to have a presence across all 67 counties so Pennsylvanians can get started volunteering, training and learning today. In this fight, we don’t have a single day to waste.” 

A source familiar with the group’s thinking said that they will be spending at least $2 million in their Pennsylvania specific effort of reaching voters. 

The Republican National Committee said that the organization’s effort will not resonate with Pennsylvanians for the upcoming election.

“Voters in Pennsylvania aren’t interested in turning the clock back to failed socialist policies,” said RNC Spokesperson Michael Joyce. “Pennsylvanians want four more years of President Trump’s promises made, promises kept.”

In addition to McBride, who will serve as the State Lead for Organizing Together 2020, several of the senior staffers for the state and national organization have made a name for themselves in Pennsylvania politics. 

Jane Slusser, former chief of staff to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, is Organizing Together 2020’s national director. Amanda Green-Hawkins, a former lawyer with the United Steelworkers and one of the Democratic candidates in 2018 for Pennsylvania Superior Court, serves as the organization’s Pennsylvania state chair. Silas Russell, Vice President and Political Director of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, which is the state’s largest union of healthcare workers, is a Senior Advisor for Organizing Together 2020’s Pennsylvania operation. Victoria Perrone, who served as the Pennsylvania Operations Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign as well as Deputy Compliance Director for Gov. Tom Wolf’s campaign in 2014, will be the Operations Director for Organizing Together 2020’s Pennsylvania operation. 

Other key hires highlighted in a release from the organization, with some that have campaign backgrounds in Pennsylvania, include Alfred Eze, as the state’s Organizing Director, Nandi O’Connor as the state’s Digital Director, Nate Smith as the state’s Data Director, Meghan Blickman as the state’s Training Director, and Brandon Chaderton as the Human Resources Director. 

According to a release from their official Pennsylvania launch, 24 different labor groups and progressive organizations were apart of their first round of “state partners” including AFSCME District Council 13, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), PA United, Latino Victory Fund, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Planned Parenthood Votes, and more. 

While the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the group holding off on in-person gatherings and voter contact, they have already begun training and mobilizing volunteers from their homes.

8 Responses

  1. “promises made promises kept ” LOL
    “Mexico Will pay for wall”
    “Repeal and replace O Care the same Day”
    Re open the Coal Mines in Pa.

    The list goes on — traitor trump is a pathological, self proclaimed sexual predator Con man.
    History will judge him and his Knot Head followers harshly

  2. I can’t imagine any union member supporting T after his announcement to end the USPS. The union brothers there won’t support him and neither should any others.

  3. Wisconsin was a “canary in the coal mine” for Trump and the Republicans. Even with their voting repression efforts the Republicans lost big in the State Supreme Court race. Trump has to win Wisconsin. I have no doubt Biden will visit this state many times before November Election Day.

  4. Good. Anybody who is not convinced that this Orange Clown is a danger to democracy, and even to their own health on a granular level, must be brain dead.

      1. yeah they r stupid aren’t they… clown vs. brainless where am I baffon….clown is funnier the baffoon is dangerous…im with the funny man

        1. Louie Louie, you just don’t get it. Ridicule old Joe all you want, but it is Trump who is bringing this country to ruin like never before. Even before his mismanagement of the corona virus, he was running the greatest deficit and the economy was ready to tank. Now he is done. Biden needs to do nothing but keep a pulse till November. How will it happen Easy. 1 question “are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?” I’ll give you time to remove your mask before you answer that.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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