Mobilize Missouri endorses progressive candidates for office in Missouri.
- "Our goal is simple: To help coordinate the patchwork of Bernie’s grassroots organizers in St. Louis and across Missouri and to make sure we get progressive candidates elected to offices up and down the ticket. We have taken the volunteer base that came together for Bernie and kept it active to fight for Bernie’s revolution."
According to their Facebook page, Mobilize Missouri "engages and educates statewide voters...[and] provides opportunities for democratic participation in local and statewide races."
They also have a PAC, Mobilize Missouri PAC, which "was formed in 2016 to help elect progressive candidates to office."
Mobilize Missouri was originally STL4Bernie.
According to their website, Mobilize Missouri "aims to further progressive goals by organizing inside and outside governmental systems to influence policy and empowering volunteers."
They accomplish this by:
- Candidate advocacy by mobilizing volunteers for endorsed local and state candidates for office
- Issue advocacy by supporting, opposing and organizing around ballot initiatives, legislation and policies
- Coalition building by working with aligned organizations and community leaders to move our collective towards justice and progress
- "We are a member-driven, grassroots political and activist organization born out of the growing progressive movement in Missouri.
- "We are committed to the dismantlement of socioeconomic and racial injustice through the democratic means of electoral politics, policy and activism.
We fundamentally believe that strong, widespread progressive relationships and coalitions are essential to socioeconomic and racial advancement; thus, we have built these ideals into the heart and soul of Mobilize Missouri"
Works with DSA
The following individuals "liked" the event on Facebook:
Kick Off Event
Our Revolution Kick Off Event
Mobilize Missouri hosted an Our Revolution Organizing Kickoff event:
- "Mobilize Missouri would like to welcome St. Louis metro area volunteers, activists, and interested individuals on August 24th, 2016, to launch Our Revolution..."
- Mobilize Missouri endorsed Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Mayor in February 2017.
- Mobilize Missouri endorsed Michela Skelton for state representative for Missouri House District 50 in January 2017.
- Mobilize Missouri endorsed Curtis Wylde for the Missouri Legislature in District 107
Infiltrating the Democratic Party after Ferguson
Rasheen Aldridge and Bruce Franks, Jr. are among about a dozen candidates on the August 2 2016 ballot who were inspired to run for office by the Ferguson protest movement. While Franks and others are reaching for state-level offices, many are starting at the basic level as Democratic Party committeepersons.
Committee members’ main responsibilities are to register and educate voters, as well as conduct meetings within their wards, Aldridge said. They also select delegates at these meetings in presidential years. Two committee members are elected from each city ward – one man and one woman.
However, the unpaid position also gives them some authority to influence changes in their community. In the city, they are in charge of selecting candidates to fill vacancies at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, as well as state legislative districts that include part of the city.
“Ferguson was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many of us," said Ferguson activist Rachel Johns, who is running for Ward 27 committeewoman.
Johns is also among a group of mainly South City progressives who are supporting each other in committee races. They have all been endorsed by Mobilize Missouri, and are Bernie Sanders supporters. Of that group, about 10 are first-time candidates.
“You can’t jump to a national level without getting your feet wet first,” Johns said. “You have to take care of home first.”
Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. on the August 2 ballot, has donated at least $1,000 to many progressive candidates for committeeperson, including Aldridge, Betts, Alison Dreith, Matt Carroll-Schmidt, Marty Murray, Jr., Tony Zebrowski, Annie Rice, Max Cassilly, Laura Hladky and Glenn Burleigh.
Chappelle-Nadal also donated to Franks’ campaign, as well as to Johns’ state rep. campaign – before state Rep. Joshua Peters had her removed from the ballot through a residency challenge. Johns is now running against incumbent committeewoman Pamela Boyd.
Alison Dreith is running for an open committee seat in the 6th Ward against Mary Entrup, the wife of Aldermanic President Lewis Reed. Her running mate, Matthew Carroll-Schmidt, is running against state Rep. Michael Butler for the committeeman seat. Carroll-Schmidt, who is an attorney, recently represented the protestors who were arrested during the Donald Trump rally in March.
As a “white ally,” Dreith was on the ground since day two in Ferguson and also joined the Don't Shoot Coalition to push forward fair and impartial policing reforms.
“Getting people engaged and excited about the party, especially the young voters, is really important,” said Dreith, who is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri.
Immigration lawyer Annie Rice participated in the first of what would become ongoing community conversations about Ferguson in the Shaw Neighborhood just before VonDerrit Myers Jr. was shot and killed on Oct. 9, 2014 by then-St. Louis Police Officer Jason Flanery.
“I’d protested and worked jail support, but I hadn’t found a good outlet to move policy forward,” Rice said. “The more I tried to engage with our elected officials, the more I realized I wasn’t really getting anywhere.”
- Our Revolution, St. Louis Chapter, accessed April 24 2017
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- Mobilize Missouri, accessed April 23 2017
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- Mobilize Missouri St. Louis August 24th Our Revolution Organizing Kickoff, accessed April 26 2017
- Mobilize Missouri Endorses Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Mayor, accessed April 26 2017
- Mobilize Missouri Endorses Michela Skelton, accessed April 26 2017
- Mobilize Missouri Endorses Curtis Wylde, accessed April 26 2017
- Aldermanic Endorsements, accessed April 26 2017
- St Louis American, Ferguson led young progressives to run in August 2 primary By Rebecca Rivas Jul 28, 2016