Two of the Largest Progressive Organizations Plan Effort to Expand Electorate, Build Long-Term Power in 2020
Washington, D.C. – For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund are proud to announce the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the second-largest union in the country with two million members, has joined their boards of directors.
SEIU will bolster For Our Future’s efforts to ensure the most progressive leaders are elected to office across the country – from local City Councils to the White House. For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund plan to raise and spend tens of millions of dollars for their grassroots campaigns. In addition to electing the next generation of leaders to office, the coalition will focus on-the-ground efforts to advance progressive legislation, win key statewide ballot measure votes, and build long-term community power through the 2020 elections.
“The only way for working people—Black, white, and brown—to take back our country from extremist politicians and billionaires is by joining together. SEIU is a natural ally of For Our Future, as we both are committed to expanding the electorate and engaging working people around issues that matter to our communities,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “We believe in cross-movement partnerships that make our communities stronger and look forward to aligning with this dynamic organization to elect candidates up and down the ballot who will fight for the issues that impact our families and build power for working people.”
“I’m ecstatic to have SEIU join with us as we embark on our most ambitious field program for the 2020 election and legislative cycle,” said Justin Myers, CEO of For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund. “SEIU is an organizing and political powerhouse. We will benefit greatly from their strategic leadership in our collective efforts to make America work for working people, not just corporations and billionaires.”
A representative of SEIU will be elected to serve as a director on the boards of For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund. In addition to SEIU, the two groups’ current boards include representatives of the AFL-CIO, AFT, AFSCME, CWA, NEA, and NextGen America.
Founded in 2016, For Our Future Action Fund and For Our Future run the largest progressive field program across seven key states. The organizations are dedicated to building power through winning on issues, legislation, and elections and strengthening the capacity of local progressive partners. In 2018, the For Our Future organizations and their partners knocked on more than 10 million doors and held 1.6 million face-to-face conversations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia, and Michigan. The groups helped restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians, expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000 people in Virginia, and played a major role in state and federal elections, including the pick-up of three governorships, one Senate seat, 13 Congressional seats, and 22 state legislative seats.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites two million diverse members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy. SEIU members are committed to electing candidates who will fight to give all working people the opportunity to join together in unions, no matter where they work.
Along with community partners, For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund organize all-year-long around issues, legislative advocacy, and campaigns to win elections, drive local progress, make a community’s collective voice heard, and help build the lasting power needed to improve people’s lives.