Sign Up to Be an Election Defender


Now is the time to stop an authoritarian takeover of the upcoming election. We have a powerful vision, developed by Black organizers, for deep transformation in this country that can tackle racial and economic inequality for all of us. However, to win such a vision, it is strategically essential that we defeat Trump in the election. We need you to get your people into the streets in visible action in order to resist the threats of a contested election by Trump.

This is the most important election of our lifetimes - and is on track to be one of the least democratic in recent U.S. history. Trump has threatened to postpone the election, has suggested that he won't respect the results of the election if he loses, is defunding the Post Office, and is encouraging law enforcement and white supremacist groups to intimidate voters at the polls. He’s deployed Border Patrol agents in Portland and since the summer over 10,000 protestors have been arrested, many of them facing federal charges.

Mass mobilization is one of our most powerful tools to ensure that Trump’s tactics are not normalized or accepted.   By being bold in our resistance, we can expose how his strategy hurts us all, and do our part to build the cross-class multiracial power necessary in these times to fight against racial capitalism. Let's get Trump out of office and keep the pressure on to make the systemic changes that people in the streets have been calling for.  

What is an Election Defender:

  • Election Defenders are the core leaders in local areas that will be the heartbeat of our campaign to defend the right to vote, and the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. Election Defenders will be part of a team of 200 people that will recruit & develop 1,000 grassroots SURJ leaders who will move 100,000 people to take sustained and visible action

  • As and Election Defender, you will recruit a core group of 5 people to plan 2 visibility actions before the election 1 action during the election and 1 action after the election.

When you sign up you’ll get:

  • Training on recruitment, direct action planning, telling your personal story, and understanding key topics such as fascism, racial capitalism and SURJs theory of change.

  • Guidance from coaches and trainers on planning local visibility actions such as action to protect the USPS, hold election officials accountable, defend voters against intimidation from law enforcement and white supremacists, and to call out Trump and the GOP's attempts to intimidate voters.

  • Resources to help you plan your actions and recruit people into action with you.

  • Connection to hundreds of other leaders across the SURJ network to build community and provide mutual support.

Election Defender Commitment:

  • Volunteer 5 hours per week from September 8th to November 20th performing the following tasks.

  • Attend weekly national trainings and host a weekly local team meetings (zoom or in person).  

  • Recruit and facilitate a group of 5 or more local friends, family, activists, and organizers.

  • Help plan and lead 2 actions before the election, 1 on election day, and 1 after election day.

  • Meet with a coach two times.

  • Participate in discussions and questions and answers using Slack (communication app).

If you aren't able to take on this role but would still like to volunteer click here.

For more information about SURJ's Theory of Change click here.