We show up in the real battlegrounds.
Groundwork supports local community organizers in places where the fight isn't over one candidate or one election but over the survival of American democracy itself. From the Deep South to Appalachia and the Plains: We show up in the states too often written off and invest in the local leaders working year-round to reclaim power.
The Organizer Network
The anchor of Groundwork’s engagement model in our focus states is providing capital, community and capacity to local frontline organizers, creating a unique and powerful Groundwork Organizer Network.
The Organizing Accelerator
Through The Organizing Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NAACP, Groundwork is training and mentoring the next generation of organizing leaders working on democracy’s frontlines.
The Narrative Studio
We challenge boom-and-bust civic spending and dismantle the false narrative that tough regions are not worth progressive investment, aggressively elevating the work of our state partners in front of our national networks and on our large digital platforms.
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Current Groundwork States
Alabama’s rich political history features some of the most history-changing local organizing of the Civil Rights Era as well as the most stark setbacks. Reckoning with this juxtaposition offers a path to durable and equitable change.
Local leaders in Mississippi have spent the last five years building critical infrastructure. But real resources are needed to overcome generations of racial segregation and disenfranchisement.
The roots of the American labor movement and progressive populism run through West Virginia. But to build back power, we have to build back trust, with rural voters in particular. And you can’t do that with just one election cycle or one campaign.
With deep wells of conservative power and the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, the road ahead in Oklahoma is difficult. But the state’s organizing ecosystem is rising high, despite the odds. And with actual resources, they’ll write a new political story for Oklahoma’s future.