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Erin Heaney and Steve Phillips on Working Class Voters and the Democratic Party

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Democrats Need to Have an Honest Talk About White People

The party needs a sober, empirically grounded analysis of what we really know—and don’t know—about how best to expand support among white voters.

“The stakes next year are too high for our standards to be so low. That’s why I have joined with the Working Families Party and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to start a candid conversation among progressives about what the data really shows about how best to attract and retain the maximum amount of white support possible. We are calling this effort the White Stripe Project (broadening our nation’s multiracial rainbow). We will be inviting all sectors of the progressive movement—including Democratic Party and super PAC leaders—to share the data they rely on and encourage a transparent and constructive conversation about 2024 strategy and spending.

This conversation is long overdue and vital as we gear up for an election taking place at a time when the country is more racially polarized than at any point since Martin Luther King’s assassination and the subsequent urban rebellions in 1968.”

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Progressives want to grow the ‘White Stripe’ of a multiracial coalition

“A group of progressive organizations is banding together with hopes that not even a seven nation army could hold them back from electoral victory in 2024.

The initiative — dubbed the White Stripe Project — aims to woo white voters in greater numbers to liberal causes and supply empirical data to challenge the conventional ways Democrats traditionally engage with this crucial voting bloc.

Without white voters, organizers admit, taking back the House and defending control of the White House and Senate will likely be an impossible mission.

“We know that white communities organized by the right get in the way of winning on just about every issue that we care about,” said Erin Heaney, executive director of Showing Up for Racial Justice, one of the principal groups spearheading the project.

“White voters have disproportionate political power,” she told organizers in remarks during the Monday afternoon launch of the project, shared exclusively with The Recast. “We need a strategy for engaging and organizing them alongside communities of color.”

There is growing frustration, particularly among Democratic activists, that the party’s efforts trying to win back white voters, particularly those without college degrees, is ineffective. This voting bloc has broken for Republicans for the last four election cycles.”

by Brakkton Booker, Politico

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