October 2018

The last two years have been, to put it mildly, politically frustrating. Not a week has gone by without some terrible policy decision or profound ethical lapse (often several of both!) emanating from the current administration. I've had to dial back my news consumption for the sake of my time and my sanity.

With midterm elections approaching, we finally have a chance to do something about it. It goes without saying that you should vote, whatever your political affiliation. It's your duty as a member of this democracy to help us determine the future of the country. But if you live in a state where your favored candidates are overwhelmingly likely to win, as I do, casting your vote might not feel particularly satisfying.

The obvious solution is to work towards changing other people's votes. I recently discovered an organization called Tech Solidarity, and they're funding a slate of thirteen house candidates dubbed the Great Slate for the upcoming midterms. You can learn more about the project, meet the candidates, and donate by visiting this page. I also encourage you to read this 2017 meeting transcript for a better look at what Tech Solidarity is about. I think they're doing good work that deserves my support, and I hope you feel the same way.

The end of the transcript mentions the importance of early investment. Campaign funding tends to pick up as election day approaches and the closer races become apparent, but it's most needed at the beginning of the election cycle. Intuitively, a strong base is built on early, persistent, ground-level voter engagement, not a deluge of last-minute ads. I wish I'd though about all of this last year, but I figure better late than never.

All of these candidates have pledged to accept no money from corporations or associated political action committees. They're running campaigns powered by individual donations, which means your dollar really counts.