We run three campaigns each year in three target states (Alabama, Texas, and Ohio) and we are able to build solid relationships in our communities, activate young people and bring them into the political process, and encourage voting amongst our people. We’ve run campaigns in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montevallo, Bowling Green, Columbus, Toledo, San Antonio, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley. Our issues have included comprehensive sex education, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), anti-border wall work, organizing against Texas’s racist SB4, educating people about Crisis Pregnancy Centers (or fake clinics), organizing against the anti-abortion Amendment 2 in Alabama, abortion clinic protection and transfer agreement obtainment, and sex worker solidarity.
URGE has been running Integrated Voter Engagement campaigns since the Fall of 2015. We started in Ohio, and in 2016 we expanded into Texas and Alabama. We use a combination of doorknocking, phone banking, text banking, in-person site-based canvassing, and digital organizing to reach our communities. We also hire canvassers from our communities, putting money in the hands of our people, to organize our people.