Building a progressive Texas.From the ground up.
Change the game.Win the future.
Our fundamental aim is to increase participation in our democracy. When it comes to driving turnout or changing voter behavior, the old political playbook doesn't work. Meeting people where they are does. So we’re investing in people and engaging year-round with voters, having deep conversations with them, and building local campaigns on popular, progressive issues with a goal of knocking one million doors our first year.More about us
Why Ground Game Texas
Georgia and Arizona gave us a blueprint for grassroots change. We need to build the foundation for that change in Texas.
No more “off years.”
- We can't wait until a month before an election to talk to voters. We need to knock doors year-round and treat every year like it's a presidential election year.
“Safe seats” are a problem.
- Some of the "safest" seats in Texas have the lowest turnout. We need to put issues and candidates on the ballot that motivate and mobilize voters.
Workers, wages & weed.
- Progressive ideas—a $15 minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, legalizing marijuana—are popular ideas. We need to lead with the progressive policies that cross political boundaries.
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Democrats need a winning message. We propose: ‘Workers, wages and weed.’
According to the Pew Research Center, 91 percent of Americans say marijuana should be legal for medical or recreational use. A Reuters/Ipsos poll from February found that roughly 6 out of 10 voters supported a $15 minimum wage. And other recent polls found that more than 80 percent of likely voters supported paid leave programs for workers.
Progressives Push to Get Justice Reforms on November Ballot
Ground Game Texas, a new left-leaning political mobilization group founded by former congressional candidates Julie Oliver and Mike Siegel, has launched a petition campaign to place a citizen initiative on the November 2021 ballot that would decriminalize low-level marijuana possession in Austin and ban the use of no-knock warrants by the Austin Police Department.
Texas Marijuana Activists Unveil Decriminalization Ballot Initiative In Austini
“Marijuana reform is a winning issue and local efforts will drive voter engagement. State lawmakers—Democrats and Republicans—failed us during the legislative session,” Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, told Marijuana Moment.