About TakeAction Minnesota: TakeAction is a multi-racial people’s organization building power for a government and economy that works for everyone. The organization is a hub for Minnesota’s progressive movement, bringing together people and organizations to make progressive policies more politically possible. Founded in 2006, TakeAction exists to build power and solve problems beyond one campaign or election cycle. With offices in St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Duluth, TakeAction is organizing to change who decides and who benefits in our democracy and our economy.
In 2020, TakeAction Minnesota:
Helped the state achieve record-breaking turnout. Over 80% of all eligible voters cast a ballot, resulting in a seven percentage point win for Biden (compared with a one percentage point win for Clinton in 2016).
Ran a multi-layered, people-centered, intentional field program that reached 167,000 Minnesotans, including a deep canvassing strategy targeting moderate women in the suburbs, a key demographic contributing to Democratic wins in the state.
Supported progressive candidates – all BIPOC folks or women – providing coaching and tools to support their successful campaigns. In two races, TakeAction-endorsed candidates flipped seats in traditionally Republican districts.
In 2021-22, TakeAction Minnesota will:
Build a powerful grassroots base to win important statewide and targeted races in key districts. TakeAction’s goal is to flip the state senate and increase the Democratic federal delegation after redistricting, which requires building votes in Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, and second ring suburbs.
Using the deep canvass model, TakeAction will engage people across the state in transformative conversations that activate voters across the ideological spectrum. The lessons from this work will be shared with partners and allies across the country.
After the police murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis was the center of a national uprising to defend Black lives and for racial justice. TakeAction helps to lead the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign, a black-led multiracial coalition of organizations supporting a people’s petition in the city of Minneapolis to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Public Safety via ballot initiative in November.
Develop 1,000 grassroots leaders: 400 on the rapid response team, 300 in movement politics, 100 on the care team, 70 on the leadership assembly, and 50 on the climate action team.
Flip the Vote’s Support Means
Building on both the statewide electoral successes of 2020 and a decade’s worth of progress in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, and across our state, 2021 will be a powerful year for the progressive movement in Minnesota. With Flip the Vote support, TakeAction will build a comprehensive electoral program, including digital, print and billboard advertising; mail outreach; paid canvassing; and public outreach events.
The impact of what happens in Minnesota this year will be felt widely, and progress we make here to build a people-centered democracy will be leveraged across the broader movement for years to come. This work will ensure that TakeAction is well-positioned for the 2022 statewide and 2024 presidential elections.