Team T.O. Resist And Rise...
has over 800 members engaged in advancing democracy, actively working to send a blue wave of Democrats to Washington in the November 2020 election.
Our Origin Story.
Starting in 2016 as a group of 162 volunteers (Team TO), organized by longtime L.A. progressive activist Torie Osborn, we canvassed in Las Vegas for Hillary Clinton during Get Out The Vote week. Then, in early 2017, inspired by The Women’s March and the Muslim Ban protests, we joined thousands of other “resistance” groups that popped up to oppose Trumpism – and morphed into Team TO Resist & Rise.
We committed to regular monthly meetings to inform, train, and inspire our members, and are proud to have stayed strong, together, and active, building a “beloved community” of 800, with 150 active regular members. We’ve sustained our community by focusing on the positive, promoting self-care, and committing to ACTION!
What TTRR Does.
We believe action is the only antidote to political despair and rage. We do FIELD work and grassroots FUNDRAISING. Starting in March, 2017, leading to the 2018 midterm election, we knocked on 40,000 doors in two southern California Congressional districts. Although COVID-19 has put canvassing on hold, we continue to phonebank for Rep. Rouda (CA-48) and work to elect Assemblymember Christy Smith in CA-25.
TTRR does remarkable grassroots FUNDRAISING through our MAKING WAVES FOR DEMOCRACY events and emails. Our six $50. events combined to raise nearly $1,500,000 for our two local House seats, for Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly, and for Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)'s Sea Change Leadership PAC that mobilizes youth, immigrants, and people of color to vote. MAKING WAVES FOR DEMOCRACY.6, our July 4, 2020 show, raised over $720,000 for Biden for President from 5000 donations - a record for a $50 event. It was creative-produced and emceed by LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and featured Senators Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris (now VP candidate!); Representatives Karen Bass, Jamie Raskin, Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff, and Julia Brownley; Mayor Eric Garcetti; labor icon Dolores Huerta; Olympian Michelle Kwan and High Schooler for Biden Isabel Kagoo; and, performers Lily Tomlin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Alfre Woodard, Holly Near, Bruce Vilanch, Samuel L. and LaTanya Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Gina Belafonte, and former Doors drummer John Densmore. To watch the knockout 75 minute show CLICK HERE.
The Future: JOIN OUR ACTION TEAMS and DONATE TO OUR TRUE BLUE SIX PICKS
Despite COVID-19, we will work to mobilize our volunteers to hold the House, flip the Senate and White House, and fight for fairness in California. We partner with our “Resister" Siblings: SoCalBlue.org, FieldTeam6.org, GrassrootsDems.org, WestsideDemHQ.org, and SeaChangePAC.org. We are all part of the many droplets in the Big Blue Wave!
We've formed five ACTION TEAMS -- so your time is focused on the most important work possible. We'll be working in 2020 to 1) re-elect Harley Rouda (CA-48) and 2) Christy Smith (CA-25), 3) promote PROP 15 (Schools and Communities First), 4) support Election Protection with Let America Vote, and 5) phone bank with Field Team 6 to register college students and purged voters.
ALSO, PLEASE DONATE TO OUR MAKING WAVES FOR DEMOCRACY TRUE BLUE SIX PICKS:
We've done the research on six progressive candidates who hold the key to maintaining our House majority and kicking Mitch McConnell out of power in the Senate. These races totally can be won but they need our money.
Core Organizing Group (COG)
Team TO Resist & Rise is run by this all-volunteer Leadership Team:
Kate Anderson * Jeannette Bronson * Leigh Curran * Linda Garnets * Jenny Jackson * Barrie Levy * Blanca Malpartida-Girard * Jeanne Miranda * Torie Osborn * Marley Powell * Simone Wallace