FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2018
Contact: Aileen Berquist
MARCH ON Gears Up for March On the Polls 2018 with Diverse Partnerships
MARCH ON is Harnessing the Insight of Partners Across the Progressive Space to Take On Elections
Washington, DC – In preparation for taking on the midterms in 2018, MARCH ON is working with affiliates across the country as well as building partnerships with stellar organizations, including ActLocal, A Women’s Thing, ART NOT WAR, BRAT-PAC, Creative Caucus, Democracy in Color, Feminist Majority,Humanity for Progress, OkayPlayer, Pantsuit Nation, Rock the Vote, Swing Left, The Pussyhat Project, #VoteProChoice, VoteRunLead, YVote and organizations within the National Pan-Hellenic Council. These organizations represent the incredible diversity of the movement and will be with MARCH ON through the 2018 midterms and beyond, ensuring that Operation Marching Orders—our crowdsourcing initiative that uses an AI-mediated poll and input from people across the country to build our political platform—represents the spectrum of opinion on the issues that will drive our agenda.
“We have a huge groundswell of energy from the marchroots in this country and MARCH ON has a concrete target for that enthusiasm: elections. But if we want to effectively harness the energy of the marchroots—the people who were motivated to political action by the women’s marches—then we need to make sure we are taking our orders from them,” said MARCH ON Executive Director Vanessa Wruble. “We want the support of the marchroots in communities across the country as we execute our strategy for 2018. And to do that, we need people to tell us where they want us to go: as an organization, and a country. That’s why Operation Marching Orders is unique—it really puts the people in the driver’s seat of this movement. And once we have crowdsourced our platform, we will be ready to give our politicians their marching orders.”
During the #WeekendOfWomen more than 1.5 million people participated in marches and rallies across the country—proving that one year after the historic women’s marches the movement is still going strong. MARCH ON is harnessing that massive amount of energy and determination to make positive change as it turns its attention toward the midterms. Just days into MARCH ON’s signature Operation Marching Orders 271,000 votes had already been cast on wide-ranging issues, including access to health care, racial equity, protections for trans youth, and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
About Our Partners
ActLocal is a national network of local leaders focused on building local power and promoting allyship and coordination across the progressive movement through in-person gatherings.
A Women’s Thing is a print and digital publication dedicated to reshaping society’s ideas of what “women’s things” are.
ART NOT WAR is a New York/Los Angeles based cultural impact & PR firm, specializing in social justice movement building and digital strategy.
BRAT-PAC – The Broader Representation Advocacy Team (BRAT-PAC) is a non-profit political organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and providing financial support to African American candidates for public office at the local, state, and national levels while working with partner organizations to identify, educate, and mobilize African American voters across the country in elections where African American voters can make a difference.
Creative Caucus is the first grassroots community built by advertising and political minds to drive collaboration between talented content creators and the new generation of progressive leaders.
Democracy in Color is a media organization dedicated to empowering the New American Majority—multiracial, multicultural, and progressive—through media, public conversations, research and analysis on race and politics.
Feminist Majority was created to develop bold, new strategies and programs to advance women’s equality, non-violence, economic development, and, most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society as well as promote feminists in elected office.
Humanity for Progress is an inclusive community of feminists of all genders—a social media outlet for artists, writers, and activists committed to social justice with global intersectional feminism at its hear.
Okayplayer was launched in 1999 by ?uestlove of The Roots. It is the original progressive urban music site and maintains its position as the premier digital destination for music connoisseurs worldwide.
Pantsuit Nation’s mission is to build a foundation for a more equitable and engaged democracy.
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people.
Swing Left’s plan is to direct the massive energy of the Left to the places and actions that will have the most impact in the midterm elections.
The Pussyhat Project is dedicated to advancing women’s rights and human rights through the arts, education and respectful dialogue.
#VoteProChoice are committed prochoice voters electing representatives who reflect their values.They value prochoice leadership, practical action and partnership.
VoteRunLead trains barrier-breaking women to run for office and win. VoteRunLead is a non-partisan non-profit training powerhouse that helps women learn how to run for state and local office, from rural areas to urban centers.
YVote is creating a cross-partisan, youth civic engagement movement through which young people channel their passions and beliefs into positive civic action, at and beyond the ballot box.
MARCH ON and Operation Marching Orders gaining momentum in the press:
“…this is a people’s movement,” Wruble says, “and we need to find out from the people how they want to articulate who we are as a platform, and what we’re fighting for.” Fast Company
“Wruble, who previously served on the Women’s March national committee, wants to effectively hand the mic to people on the ground, with an assist from Pol.is’ technology and artificial intelligence.” Mashable
“If March On can begin its efforts with an interactive poll and culminate in a huge showing at the polls, it’ll indeed become a fascinating player in American politics.” Mashable
“She and a handful of other organizers gathered first in Denver and then again in May in Chicago to discuss “how to carry our work forward.” Their verdict: They need to be even more of a grassroots movement by focusing on getting people elected in red states. Subsequently, the organization March On was formed.” CNN
“Another organization of activists who planned sister marches last year and believe that winning elections, particularly in red states, should be the primary goal…” New York Times
“…in the immediate aftermath of last year’s march, the group behind the Washington event was not in a position to quickly offer that kind of support to local groups. Out of that vacuum emerged March On, co-founded by Vanessa Wruble, one of the early organizers of last year’s Washington march.” Rolling Stone
“In February 2017, Vanessa Wruble, who helped get the original [Women’s March] leadership team together, saw opportunity in connecting the women who organised marches outside of D.C….Wruble offered her help, and all together they created an entirely new organisation called March On that would be focused on organising the local grassroots for political action. March On’s first project was funnelling money to the NAACP in Alabama to back get-out-the-vote efforts in support of Doug Jones.” Refinery29
““We’re not going to create change until we change our representation in the government,” said Wruble of March On” Thompson Reuters
March On is a new political organization comprised of women-led political activist groups that grew out of the women’s marches of January 21, 2017. They have come together as a united force to take concrete, coordinated actions at the federal, state, and local levels to impact elections and take our country in a better direction. Recently, March On was actively involved in the Virginia elections and the Special Election in Alabama through affiliates and strategic partner organizations. March On is not affiliated with Women’s March, Inc.