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We Need You: Support the leaders fighting for our democracy

The COVID-19 health crisis is exposing society’s cracks, injustices, and inequities. It is disproportionately impacting people of color, incarcerated people, and the marginalized communities we support. 

Now is not the time to pause on building long-term political power. Which is why, today, we’re asking for your support. 

The Community Well-Being and Resilience Fund

Tides Advocacy is redirecting $150,000 to provide gap funding to our communities and we are asking you to join us. This initial investment establishes the Community Well-being and Resilience Fund in order to direct unrestricted general operating support to our fiscally-sponsored projects who address systemic inequities for those most-impacted by the crisis. We will prioritize organizations with low budgets who may have to lay off staff, or those who need to pivot from canvassing to digital strategies in order to sustainably carry out their work. 

How our partners are responding

Tides Advocacy partners with over 100 movement leaders across the country who are strengthening  our democracy, all while finding ways to support mutual aid and get critical support out. We know they are not receiving the level of funding they need. Moreover, federal aid has thus far excluded 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations from critical loan packages.

Here are a few examples of how our network is building power:

  • Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) in Wisconsin sued the state to help stop the primaries. Why is this critical? They’ve cut the number of voting stations so drastically that it would prevent our communities from voting, even if it was safe.
  • La Defensa is working in coalition to help get people out of jail, out of pretrial detention, and out of juvenile centers. It’s led to the largest decarceration in LA County – and it’s all happening in the middle of a crisis. This is what collaborative advocacy looks like. 
  • Detroit Action and its state-wide sister organization, Michigan Action, have spent years building community in and around Detroit and fighting for a more just and equitable economy. That muscle they’ve built has made them a leader during the response.
  • Residents in Flint were having their water turned off in the midst of a public health crisis, where public health officials’ leading advice has been to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more. Flint Rising partnered with many others to stop the state from turning off water.

What we are doing out of necessity has the potential to enfranchise millions, connect our poorest communities to needed tax revenue, and expand civic engagement. This can only happen if we have the courage to support this critical work today. 

Here’s how you can help: 

  1. Look at the partners on our website that you may or may not already be supporting.  
  2. Contact us if you’d like to learn more and match us with unrestricted c4 dollars via ACH wire transfer or check.
  3. Donate online to the Tides Advocacy Community Well-being and Resilience Fund. 
  4. You can also match with a 501(c)(3) donation at our affiliate, Tides, through the Stronger Together Fund

Thank you, as ever, for your support.