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Updated: May 31, 2021

By Lyra Halprin.

Oh man, I don’t know about you, but after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated president and vice president, my shoulders finally unclenched. I was also thrilled to see Mark Kelly, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff join the ranks of the Senate making it 50/50 with Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

But to keep these and other progressives in office and save our democracy from the craziness around us, we must continue working for great candidates and grassroots organizations like LUCHA – Living United for Change in Arizona.

That’s why Sister District CA-3 is hosting a June 1 fundraiser for LUCHA. Our goal is to get money in the hands of on-the-ground organizations like LUCHA, which is mobilizing the Latino community in Arizona to fight voter suppression and expand Democratic gains in this swingiest of swing states. Here’s what LUCHA organizers say about their membership:

Our people have been held back and beaten down. Our friends and families are working constantly for miniscule wages, our students’ textbooks are falling apart, our teachers are working multiple jobs, our undocumented community members are forced to live in fear, and our communities are incarcerated at highly disproportionate rates.

One my favorite things about Sister District is the way we help develop leaders in diverse communities by recruiting, training, and supporting activists all over the U.S. It’s part of our plan to build people power in states where we'll be supporting candidates in 2022. (Sen. Mark Kelly will be on the Arizona ballot...need we say more?!)

Help me move our country in a progressive direction and keep my shoulders relaxed – join us at our virtual LUCHA fundraiser June 1:

  • Click here to register below to join the LUCHA fundraiser. From available times, select June 1 (and more, if you're interested).

  • Click here to donate to fund LUCHA’s grassroots action.

For more information about our work supporting 2 progressive candidates in purple-leaning Virginia, see our previous blog post, “Why Virginia?” by Amy Seropian about the critical reelection and election of VA delegates Nancy Guy and Briana Sewell.

Lyra Halprin is a member of the communications team for Sister District CA-3. A former public information representative for the University of California’s sustainable agriculture programs, she worked as a newspaper, radio and television reporter. Lyra is a 43-year resident of Davis.

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