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** The final push kicked off with Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaking to MoveOn.org members and volunteers in a rallying call on Thursday night.
** MoveOn has nearly 200 field staff focused on recruiting and training thousands of volunteers to turn out voters for more than 1,000 canvasses in eight battleground states, is running a five-figure GOTV digital ad campaign, and employing creative tactics and celebrities to ensure progressive voters turn out and vote for Clinton and Democratic Senate candidates.
In the final days before Election Day, MoveOn.org is doubling down on get-out-the-vote efforts to ensure progressives and infrequent Democratic voters turn out and help elect Hillary Clinton, defeat Donald Trump, and win back control of the Senate through more than 1,000 door-knocking canvasses in swing states, phone banking and texting operations, dozens of buses to bring MoveOn members to volunteer in battleground states, a five-figure digital ad campaign, dozens of cultural and creative interventions, and more.
MoveOn’s effort is one of the largest get-out-the-vote operations in the country, with nearly 200 field organizers mobilizing volunteers to reach out to more than 1 million progressive voters by knocking on doors in and placing calls to battleground states. The major effort in key states — including Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania — is part of MoveOn’s United Against Hate campaign to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House while demonstrating that hatred, racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are a losing strategy.
Over the weekend, MoveOn’s work will include:
> more than 1,000 door-knocking canvasses in eight battleground states, with thousands of volunteer MoveOn.org members working to turn out Democratic voters who may not otherwise vote;
> nearly 200 paid field organizers, working alongside more than 1 million MoveOn members in swing states;
> dozens of free buses enabling MoveOn members to travel to key battleground states to canvass voters, including a bus chartered by the creators of Cards Against Humanity carrying dozens of comedians from Chicago to Iowa City;
> a five-figure digital get-out-the-vote ad campaign, featuring progressive voices like President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders;
> a massive innovative texting program to help recruit volunteers, with more than 2,000 texting volunteers and an astounding recruitment rate: 40 percent of swing-state volunteers come from a text message recruitment;
> other creative get-out-the-vote tactics, from a video with singer/songwriter Alicia Keys to a Harry Potter-themed ad with Sen. Jeff Merkley to a SwingVoter Go online GOTV game.
As of this week, MoveOn organizers and volunteers have held more than 37,000 face-to-face conversations with infrequent Democratic voters, urging them to turn out and pull the lever for Hillary Clinton.
“My favorite moment was talking to an 18 year old who originally said she wasn’t going to vote and then, after we talked, seemed to really get how important it was to defeat Trump and elect other Democrats,” said Deidre D., a volunteer canvasser in Asheville, NC.
“In the last four days of this election, thousands of MoveOn members are getting out the vote to make sure we defeat Donald Trump and his campaign of bigotry and hatred, and elect Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate candidates,” said Victoria Kaplan, Organizing Director for MoveOn.org. “We know that face-to-face conversations with voters are the number one most effective way to increase voter turnout, and that’s why we’re unleashing the phenomenal energy of volunteer leaders and the millions of MoveOn members to canvass their own neighborhoods and communities, where they can make the biggest difference.”
MoveOn.org has robust field programs with paid organizers and volunteer leaders in eight states: Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In total, MoveOn has more than 1 million active members in these states.
** Related: How MoveOn Members Are Impacting This Election **
“As one of the largest organizations to endorse Bernie Sanders, MoveOn organizers and members are in a unique position to help turn out progressive voters – including Sanders supporters, Millennials, and other key constituencies – who might otherwise consider sitting out the most important election in a generation,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action.
** MoveOn Op-Ed: Progressives: Vote for Hillary Clinton **
MoveOn members have also voted to endorse Senate candidates in seven of the eight states: Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona), Patty Judge (Iowa), Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), Deborah Ross (North Carolina), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada), Ted Strickland (Ohio), and Katie McGinty (Pennsylvania) as part of an effort to elect a Democratic majority in the Senate this fall.
“We know that our task is not just to win an election, but to demonstrate that bigotry is a losing strategy and to build power to win on the issues that matter to everyday people: income inequality, police and criminal justice reform, climate change, good jobs, immigrants’ rights, and more,” said MoveOn National Spokesperson and Senior Advisor Karine Jean-Pierre.
Earlier this year, MoveOn members voted to launch a multi-million dollar effort to stop Donald Trump and keep him out of the White House and ensure the country rejects his politics of hate, racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, and authoritarianism. Since then, MoveOn has kicked off a major voter contact effort, opened a rapid-response video lab to produce dynamic content around the election, launched a nationwide Laughter Trumps Hate comedy contest, created an online social media canvassing game Swing Voter Go with noted game designer Jane McGonigal, and published an open letter featuring more than 100 prominent artists standing against Trump.
A dynamic and versatile performer, Brittany O’Grady is emerging as one of the industry’s brightest talents. She is perhaps best known as “Paula” in the first season of Mike White’s Emmy Award-winning HBO series THE WHITE LOTUS.
She can currently be seen starring in Amazon’s stylish new thriller series THE CONSULTANT opposite Christoph Waltz and Nat Wolff. In film she most recently appeared opposite Daisy Ridley in SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING, which premiered at Sundance this year to rave reviews.
Other work includes starring in JJ Abrams and Sara Bareilles’s Apple series LITTLE VOICE, Lee Daniels’ Fox series STAR and Sophia Takal’s film BLACK CHRISTMAS for Blumhouse.
Jaime King began her career as a fashion model landing covers of top international magazines and landing major advertising campaigns. King seamlessly transitioned from modeling into acting with a wide range of roles in film and television.
With roles in big studio films, independent film and passion projects King has been able to showcase her versatility with dramatic and comedic roles. King made her debut in Daniel Waters’ Happy Campers, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Following her debut acting role, Jaime starred opposite Johnny Depp in Ted Demme’s film BLOW, followed by Michael Bay’s PEARL HARBOR starring opposite Ben Affleck, Keenan Ivory Wayans’ WHITE CHICKS, Robert Rodriguez’s SIN CITY starring opposite Benicio Del Toro, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, DJ Caruso’s TWO FOR THE MONEY starring opposite Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, Frank Millers’ THE SPIRIT starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR starring opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt and Josh Brolin to name a few. Additionally, Jaime was a series regular on the show HART OF DIXIE for four seasons starring opposite Rachel Bilson for the CW. Other credits include, the Sundance Film Festival premiering BITCH written and directed by Mariana Palka and starring opposite Jason Ritter, ESCAPE PLAN 2 and ESCAPE PLAN 3 starring opposite Sylvester Stallone and an amazing cameo in OCEAN’S 8 directed by Gary Ross for Warner Brothers. Jaime can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed and number one series BLACK SUMMER on Netflix for season one and season two, OUT OF DEATH starring opposite Bruce Willis which is currently streaming on Hulu, CODE NAME BANSHEE starring opposite Antonio Banderas which is also streaming on Hulu, THE RESURRECTION OF CHARLES MANSON starring opposite Frank Grillo and HOAX: THE KIDNAPPING OF SHERRI PAPINI for Lifetime. Jaime recently wrapped shooting the feature film, LIGHTS OUT starring opposite Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney and Scott Adkins.
Philanthropy and activism have always been key pillars of King’s career and she has used her platform to advocate for many important causes and is unafraid to question the status quo. This activism has also formed her creative endeavors in fashion and beauty. She collaborated with AKID to launch a children’s shoe line, inspired by her kids, comprised of seven unisex styles. King also previously launched a gender-fluid, gender-neutral line with Gardner and the Gang called “Gardner and the Gang X Jaime King.” The collection is designed for children to wear the beautiful story of friendship as an emblem of style, and share it with others as an empowering movement towards creating a generation without judgment. In 2016, King launched a cruelty-free, vegan makeup line with ColourPop cosmetics “Alchemy by Jaime King x ColourPop” which sold out within hours of its launch. Jaime tested the various colors of each product on a variety of skin types (all ethnicities/skin colors, etc.) as she wanted each color to work for everyone.
King currently resides in Los Angeles with her two children.
“In 2013, Bex Taylor-Klaus was introduced as one of the first and most well received transgender roles on cable TV on the critically acclaimed “THE KILLING”. They have been a catalyst and inspired more ideas for transgender, trans nonbinary, and non-conforming representation in Hollywood over the last decade. In the last couple years Bex has been in leading roles such as CBS Films’ HELLFEST along with the Netflix hit, DUMPLIN’ where they played a supporting role opposite Jennifer Aniston. They can also be seen in Millennium’s BLACKBIRD opposite Kate Winslet & Susan Sarandon. Last year, they had wrapped on the indie film, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, written and directed by Tommy Dorfman. They are currently shooting Adam Saunder’s independent feature film, RE-ELECTION.”
ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021) and the creator of #DeGenderFashion: an initiative to degender fashion and beauty industries. In recognition of their work, they have been honored as the inaugural LGBTQ Scholar in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and awarded a GLAAD Media Award and Stonewall Foundation Visionary Award. Over the past decade, they have toured in more than 40 countries, most recently selling out their runs at the Soho Theatre in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Their show has been described as “provocative and powerful” (CHORTLE), a “potent combination of comedy and poetry” (THE SCOTSMAN), and a “Jaw-dropping celestial event” (TO DO LIST LONDON). On screen, they will make their feature film debut in Absolute Dominion opposite Patton Oswalt and next can be seen in Emmie Lichtenberg’s film Complicated Order opposite Midori Francis. On television, they have appeared on Hulu’s Planet Sex with Cara Delevingne, ABC’s PRIDE: To Be Seen – A Soul of A Nation, Netflix’s Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and The Trans List.
Emmy-nominated actress, Adina Porter was born and raised in The South Bronx, to immigrant parents. She always felt a deep desire to entertain. As a child, her parents enrolled her in dance and acting classes while gently steering her toward more conventional occupations. Undeterred, she attended the famed High School for the Performing Arts. Upon graduation from S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Porter embarked on a professional career rooted in the theatre. She built an impressive and extensive stage resume in NYC and in prestigious, regional theater companies, including an Obie Award-winning performance in Venus. Myriad TV guest appearances soon followed. In 2001, Porter made her Broadway debut in The Women.
In 2008, she landed the role of “Lettie Mae Thornton” in HBO’s True Blood. The role was originally conceived as a 4-episode Guest Star. However, the creative team was delighted by the character; Porter spent the following seven seasons on the show. Thanks to wigs, elaborate makeup and contact lenses, “Lettie Mae” looked very different from Adina Porter. This engendered a realization within Porter: she was a chameleon. She went on to work in over 60 television series and 20 feature films, many with altered physical appearances, various accents and distinctly unique roles.
Her breakout performance was arguably “Beverly Hope” in American Horror Story: Cult for which she garnered an Emmy® nomination. Porter has worked in five of the anthology seasons. In addition to FX’s AHS franchise, Porter is known to audiences as “Indra,” from CW’s post-apocalyptic, The 100, “Prioress” in Amazon’s Paper Girls, “Sheriff Peterkin” in the Netflix hit Outer Banks, “The Voice” in The Power, and pivotal roles in Apple TV’s The Morning Show, Aaron Sorkin’s, The Newsroom, HBO’s The Leftovers, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Sony’s Underground.
Next, Porter will star opposite LaKeith Stanfield in Apple TV’s The Changeling and will appear with Nicole Kidman in The Perfect Couple.
On the big screen, Porter recently appeared alongside Uzo Aduba in Miss Virginia. Additional film credits include: multi award-winning The Social Network, The Last Word, Gia, Wig Shop, The Peacemaker, About Sunny, among others. She will also be seen this year in the Amazon Studios feature Sitting in Bars with Cake.
Porter and her two kids split time between Los Angeles and New York City. She proudly serves as a CARE ambassador and devotes time to Goodwill, Feeding America and the World Central Kitchen. She enjoys swimming and yoga to stay in shape. Porter is a self-proclaimed “news junkie.”