This book assembles the perspectives and knowledge of top political and voting turnout specialists to show how Trump can be defeated in the 2020 election. Turnout! offers the political strategy for approaching "emergency elections," such as the 2020 presidential race, and spells out the nuts and bolts for civic groups and individuals to effectively turn out the vote. Arguing for and facilitating new coalitions and a united front between social movement groups with the Democratic Party, Turnout! is both a creative work of political vision combined with a detailed manual and talking points for turning out millions of non-voters, who must vote to send Trump and his GOP and corporate cronies packing. Both community and movement groups as well as individuals will find this an invaluable resource for mobilizing voters who can change America's future.
Contributors include top officials and progressive leaders in the most effective and diverse voter turnout organizations in the US. They have years of experience in voter turnout operations, and include Voto Latino, Voter.org and She the People. Turnout! shows the political strategies underlying their work and the nitty gritty tactics; these show how to reach and mobilize millions of discouraged, apathetic, or suppressed voters, including low-income, African-American, Latinx, student and youth, and working-class voters. The book shows that turnout is a community as well as individual act. It fleshes out the politics of connection, community building and empowerment that will bring out many millions of new voters to build a stronger and more diverse democracy in the US.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements, 1. Introducing the Emergency Election, 2. Our Nation Is Worth Fighting For, 3. There Is Time to Save Organized Human Society, 4. Making People Count: The Census & the Vote Matter, 5. Building the Next Progressive Generation, 6. Latinx Social Movements vs #DeepFakes, 7. How We Politicize Our Movements to Build the Country of Our Dreams, 8. Rocking the Native Vote, 9. The Resistance Is Fueled by Women, 10. It’s About the Next Ten Thousand Years, 11. The Coronavirus and the Economy, 12. Get Out the Vote for a World Beyond Fossil Fuels, 13. Your Vote Can Help Move U.S. Foreign Policy from Militarism to Diplomacy, 14. Rebuilding After COVID 19: Equality, Equity and a Strong Social Safety Net, 15. Excite the Vote: It Takes a Community and a United Front, 16. Vote Is a Verb: Applying Lessons from Social Science to GOTV, 17. Latino Voter Outreach That Energizes White Voters, Too, 18. Want More Black Voters? Meet Them Where They Live, 19. Winning Alabama, 2017: A Roadmap to Success?, 20. The Base Versus the Middle: A False Choice for Democrats, 21. We Have the Numbers to Win, 22. Voting Ourselves A Raise, 23. Moms for Housing: Inspiring the Movement for Housing as a Human Right, 24. Public Schools and the Path to a Political Majority, 25. Guaranteed Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage from Cradle to Grave, 26. How to Turn a Person into a Voter, 27. Eyes South! Ins and Outs of Voting Abroad for 2020, 28. Voter Assemblies to Protect Our Votes, 29. A Letter to US College Students
Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and a noted public intellectual. Professor Derber has written twenty-three books, including several best-sellers reviewed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and other leading media. His most books include Welcome to the Revolution, Moving Beyond Fear, and Glorious Causes. He is a c-editor of the Routledge book series, Universalizing Resistance, and is a life-long activist for peace and justice.
Suren Moodliar is editor of the journal Socialism and Democracy and coordinator of encuentro5, a movement-building space in downtown Boston. He is a co-author of A People's Guide to Greater Boston (UC Press, 2020).
Matt Nelson is Executive Director of Presente.org—the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group, advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Matt also served as the Organizing Director at ColorOfChange.org and has co-founded several cooperative enterprises in multiple midwestern cities. He was recently featured in the first major book on the Ferguson Uprising, Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion. He is finishing a new book on how Latinx organizing and cultural power is reshaping US politics (Routledge 2020).