Ensuring full participation in the political process
WORC’s Grassroots Democracy Program is the political and civic engagement arm of our region. The Program provides a model for coordination among our member groups for a region-wide network of organizations committed to the goal of ensuring that all of our members are able to fully participate in our democracy.
The Grassroots Democracy program enhances and protects voter rights, advocates for public policy that matches the values of WORC’s membership, and provides opportunities for our members to become a fully engaged part of the political process. In many cases, we are the convener of other statewide groups to facilitate the coordination of data, strategy and statewide civic engagement goals. We develop integrated, data-driven plans for advancing civic engagement in diverse communities by assessing each state’s makeup, trends in population migration, voting, and participation and creating tools to inform joint programs across the state, including voter registration and access, voter education, and non-partisan Get Out the Vote efforts.
Through our affiliated Political Action Committees, we support candidates who stand up for our values, through the coordination of statewide independent expenditure programs that directly support or oppose candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. We focus on engaging and empowering historically underrepresented communities so that we can build the power needed to eliminate barriers to civic participation and guarantee that policy-making is guided by the public interest, not special interests.
News from Grassroots Democracy
On November 13 & 14, 2017, Montana Native Vote hosted Native leaders at a two-day event, “Indigenous Movements Interchange,” at Fairmont Hot Spring Resort, along…
Reduced voter services, timing, lack of knowledge about the Congressional special election, and other factors contributed to low voter turnout in Montana’s Native American communities…
With two months left before Election Day, one group is encouraging Montana's Native American population to register to vote. The social justice group Western Native…