July 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The Service Employees International Union announced July 15 that it was joining with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer in a $10 million campaign to get out the vote for Democrats.
The effort, which will focus on black, Latino, and Asian voters, will begin in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Colorado and is planned to expand to other swing states. The union and Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action group will start by sending out field organizers to talk to voters about local issues, leading to a major get-out-the-vote campaign in the fall. “This partnership means we’ll be having one-on-one conversations with voters from now until election day about raising wages, environmental justice, ending anti-black racism, and a path to citizenship for immigrant families,” SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry told The Hill. Another goal, she told the Washington Post, was “to build neighborhood-based organizations that will keep the fight going post-election.” Read more