M+R, re:power, and authors of the Hold the Line guide were joined by nearly 500 nonprofit leaders, organizers, and activists anxious about the 2020 election for a rousing roundtable presentation. We discussed broad possible scenarios that could result from a contested election, the data-driven nonviolent approach recommended for resisting, and how nonprofits can respond. It was empowering and inspiring.

If you missed the Roundtable (or just want to re-live it!), here’s the recording

In addition, we’re sharing our slides from the event, which you can use to support your own Hold the Line meetings. To be used with the sample agenda outlined on page 23 of the Guide, this deck includes slides outlining the scenarios, key questions to consider, and additional resources from our team as well as those mentioned in our Roundtable chat. These two resources—the slides and the recording—are the best way to help you and your organization make a plan in the (entirely possible) event that we face a contested election.

Other resources

  • Oct. 6 & Oct. 13, 7:30pm ET: Hold The Line Trainings: Hold the Line authors will share how you can start an election protection group in your community to ensure that: a) Every vote is counted, b) Any irregularities are investigated and remedied as appropriate, and c) The results of the election are respected.
  • Oct. 6, 3pm ET: Everyone Counts Briefing: Join an exclusive 2-hour briefing hosted by PowerLabs to learn about Everyone Counts—an open-source meta-narrative and set of suggested tactics that organizations can adapt to engage the public and our institutions to ensure a free, fair, and constitutional election.
  • Choosedemocracy.us is hosting a 2-part workshop on Oct. 1 and 6 featuring George Lakey and Zein Nakhoda. Sign up here.
  • Kifah Shah and Hardy Merriman are hosting Each of Us Can Play a Role: Actions You Can Take Now to Protect the 2020 Election on Oct. 6th. Learn more and register here.
  • Additional Trainings: Count Every Vote has rounded up an entire calendar of trainings leading up to the election.
  • And be sure to check out the amazing collection of resources Roundtable participants shared in the chat, starting on slide 19 here.

Get in touch

If you have questions or want to get in touch with the Hold the Line team, you can reach them at defend@holdthelineguide.org. They’re also on Twitter and Instagram.

Reach out to re:power on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

And, as always, feel free to @ us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram as well.


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