1. One year out -- Donate to organizations that are dedicated to getting out the vote, building a campaign and hiring volunteers for canvassing. Many states make it impossible to vote close to election day so this works needs to be done way in advance. Especially look for organizations that are registering young voters. They are the most likely to vote Democratic.

  2. Throughout the year -- Participate in special elections. If you live in the state, get involved in volunteering, hosting parties, running call banks, writing postcards to voters. If you do not live in the state, donate across state lines to candidates and get involved in national efforts such as postcard writing. Before now, many of us thought that we could just work locally and that would be enough. Now we know, painfully, that gerrymandering and voter suppression in other states has a huge impact on our lives. Working across state lines is essential now.

  3. Throughout the year -- Start donating to candidates so they can build effective campaigns. Emily's List is dedicated to supporting women candidates all up and down the ballots. Look at this site, Boomers for Democracy, for candidates and then donate via ActBlue, or directly, or any way that works for you.

  4. Starting now -- Talking to others, with respect and warmth, is one of the best ways to reach voters. Use this site, Boomers for Democracy, and others to get facts straight and learn to deliver concise, accurate information about issues. And above all, take the time to listen.

The Cure for Democrats’ 2020 Terror

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"Those shaken by the possibility of a second Trump term, however, can take concrete steps to make that prospect less likely, even if they don’t live in swing states. Doing so isn’t only useful — it’s therapeutic. “The best answer to despair is recognizing that you’re not helpless,” said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the progressive group Indivisible and co-author of the new book “We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump.

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At this point, Wisconsin Democrats don’t need outsiders to fly in and knock on doors. What they do need are virtual volunteers to call and text reminders to local canvassers. And, of course, they need money. Once I learned that individuals can donate $10,000 to each of the state Democratic parties, I wondered why I’m not being invited to fund-raisers to rebuild the blue wall every weekend.

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As much as people are obsessing over the primary, the work of donating and volunteering and showing up and getting involved — especially in state parties in battleground states — is essential now,” said Wikler. “People often make panic donations in the last couple of weeks of a campaign. Certainly those donations are welcome, but at the end of a campaign all you can do is buy some more ads. If you make the panic donation a year out, it means that state parties and outside groups can hire more field organizers to train more volunteers to be able to reach out to more neighbors who might never get onto the get-out-the-vote lists unless the conversation starts months and months in advance.”

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