It’s been nearly two weeks since the 2018 midterm elections and he results have now crystallized into a significant defeat for the right. But they also show that our country continues to be deeply divided: in many places and in some key races the Trump agenda was thoroughly rebuked; in other ways, the right was able to mobilize and consolidate their hold on power.
In the Northwest, social justice movements won some big victories but also faced some difficult setbacks. The victories happened because of grassroots organizing: from the defeat of an anti-immigrant measure in Oregon, to the passage of the police accountability initiative in Washington, our grantees helped create a more just society for all this election season.
Nationally, we have a hard road ahead. Democratic control of the House opens new strategic possibilities, but we’ll only make good on that promise through the pressure and organizing of grassroots movements. From small towns in the Northwest all the way up to the federal government, SJF and our grantees will continue to play a vital role in moving the needle towards justice.
Will you make a donation today towards SJF’s fall fundraising campaign and be part of that march towards justice?
Here are some of the battles SJF grantees were involved in as part of the 2018 elections:
Support SJF today and you will help support our powerful grassroots grantee organizations, now and into the future.
From celebrating our 40th Anniversary, to expanding our Portland office (now up to 3 staff!), to running some of our biggest Giving Projects ever, 2018 has been a banner year for SJF. We’re proud the successes we’ve had — and those of our grantees — but we’re also building the strength and resources we’ll need for more difficult political challenges ahead. We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to standing together in the work to come.
Burke Stansbury, SJF Development Director
PS: Consider becoming a monthly donor to SJF by clicking on “Donation Frequently” and choosing “Monthly.” Recurring grassroots donations are a big part of our fundraising success.