Moby image by Jonathan Nesvadba
Surely never before in our lifetimes has voting in an election been so crucial as in the upcoming midterms – with the future of so many significant issues at stake.
Electrifying the cause will be progressive political organization Swing Left, formed in early 2017 in the wake of the shocking election of Donald Trump to the presidency. To wit, their ‘Last Weekend’ Kickoff Rallies will be taking place on both coasts next Thursday, November 1, with a galvanizing a-list lineup at each agitating for the cause.
In New York City, in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, musical talent Sara Bareilles and Chloe Flower will be joined by actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Piper Perabo, Taylor Schilling and Amber Tamblyn; while in Los Angeles, a veritable festival of musical guests will include Moby, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Karen O & Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dave Grohl’s The Bird and The Bee.
“In order to drive voter turnout on the scale of a presidential election this year,” explains Michelle Finocchi, CMO and Founding Member of Swing Left, “we need to drive volunteering on the scale of a presidential election.This is what Swing Left’s cultural mobilization efforts are all about.”
But Swing Left’s mission goes beyond the traditional registration endeavors – they are determined to motivate people to be genuinely engaged and involved in the fight to make change.
“Prior get-out-the-vote campaigns have prompted people to simply pledge to vote or to register to vote,” she says. “But in order to win this year, we need to go further and not just vote; they need to also volunteer to support Democratic candidates across the country and help us take back the House.”
Of course, those who don’t live in NYC and LA are very much encouraged to take up the cause, and influence elections in their own states.
As Moby himself has said, “It’s heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote; but here in America people stay home on election day.”
Swing Left wants nothing more than for you to prove him wrong.