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Uniting California Announces New Partnership with Equality California in Competitive California Congressional Districts
Partnership will boost effort to turnout pro-equality voters in last three weeks before Election Day
October 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

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October 19, 2018

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Today, Uniting California announced a new partnership with Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, to engage and turnout voters across four competitive Congressional districts in Southern California. Uniting California is a joint effort between NextGen America, the California Labor Federation, and progressive organizations to target 650,000 California voters across seven key Congressional districts that could determine control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The new program run by Equality California will reach nearly 124,000 pro-equality voters across CA-25, CA-39, CA-45 and CA-48, highlighting the pro-equality positions of the Democratic candidates running in each district and the extreme anti-LGBTQ records of their Republican opponents.

“We are extremely excited that Equality California is joining our coalition to take back the House from Republicans like Dana Rohrabacher, who openly condones discrimination against the LGBTQ community,” said NextGen America Executive Director Heather Hargreaves. “Whether it’s with their hateful rhetoric or cowardly inaction, California Republicans are supporting the Trump Administration’s bigoted, backwards agenda, and on November 6, we’re going to turn out to elect candidates who reflect the inclusivity, diversity, and strong progressive values of our state.”

“The Uniting California coalition is growing stronger by the day,” said California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski. “We’re proud to join forces with Equality California to turn out every last vote to create real change that’s reflective of our diversity and values as Californians. The momentum is building to make 2018 a historic year for working people. By standing together with groups that share our vision for a more inclusive, equitable society, we’re helping to revive the American Dream.”

“With less than three weeks until Election Day, we look forward to talking to hundreds of thousands of our pro-equality neighbors throughout Southern California about the stakes in this election,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “Pro-equality champions like Katie Hill, Harley Rouda, Katie Porter and Gil Cisneros provide a stark and welcome contrast to the anti-LGBTQ extremists they’re up against. Equality California is thrilled to be joining NextGen America and the California Labor Federation to highlight that contrast and make sure the LGBTQ community and our allies put Congress back in pro-equality hands this November.”

Since launching its multimillion dollar general election program in August, Uniting California has recruited hundreds of volunteers, knocked on over 165,000 doors, and had over 80,000 conversations with voters about the candidates’ stances on the issues that they care about most, like health care, taxes, education, and clean air and water.

By partnering with organizations like Equality California with deep roots in the community, Uniting California is engaging voters in peer-to-peer conversations on the issues that affect them directly. With voters inundated with information on-air and online, the one-on-one focus cuts through the noise and creates real connections between organizers and voters. In close elections, face-to-face conversations are key in turning out voters who might otherwise stay home — and Uniting California is working to make sure progressives turn out in November.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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