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Code Blue Washington

Formation:

2017

Headquarters:

Seattle, WA

Leader:

Julia Ricketts

Code Blue Washington is a left-of-center get-out-the-vote-organization based in Seattle, Washington. It is a chapter of the organization Code Blue. The organization was founded in 2017 in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The organization works to elect Democrats across the country from elections in Washington State to national-level elections. [1]

The organization coordinates both through a private Facebook group and Google Groups. It works to connect volunteers to races where their get-out-the-vote efforts are wanted. [2] The organization is a member of the Democratic Party-aligned coalition Field Team 6. [3]

Overview

Code Blue Washington is a left-progressive get-out-the-vote organization based in Seattle, Washington. It is a chapter of the national get-out-the-vote organization Code Blue. [4]

The organization was founded in 2017 in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The organization’s purpose was to galvanize Democrats angry over Trump’s victory and use their anxiety to fuel action to elect Democrats across the country. [5]

As of January 2021, the organization claimed to have 300 volunteers. The bulk of the volunteers were women between their 30s and 50s; some were retired women among the ranks and some were stay-at-home moms. [6]

The organization uses a private Facebook group and Google Groups to coordinate whatever actions the group decides to take that month. [7] It also uses tools and volunteer management platforms such as Swing Left and Mobilize America in order to coordinate campaigning. [8]

The organization’s members focus on three to six races every election cycle. They use campaigning techniques such as phone and text banking as well as letter and postcard writing. Among the races they have contributed to is the U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia in 2020-2021, in which Democrats captured both seats and took control of the U.S. Senate. [9]

The organization has also played a role in Washington State politics. They played a role in helping Democrats capture the Washington State Senate in 2017. The members of the organization say that election is what caused them to believe that even one seat is very important. [10]

After the 2020 election, the group expressed plans to remain active. While some of the members will need time off, the plan is focus more on voting and a reset of tactics. [11]

Field Team 6 Coalition

The organization is a member of the Democratic Party-aligned get-out-the-vote coalition Field Team 6. Field Team 6 is a coalition that works to register and turnout infrequent Democratic Party-aligned voters. The goal of the coalition is to prevent the traditional losses that the party in power traditionally has in the midterm elections. [12]

Leadership

Julia Ricketts is the founder and leader of the organization. Before founding the organization in 2017, she was new to political campaigning. [13]

References

  1. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  2. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  3. [1]”Mission”. Field Team 6. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.fieldteam6.org/mission. ^
  4. [1]Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  5.  Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  6. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  7. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  8. “Less Than Five Months To Go! · Code Blue Washington”. Mobilize. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.mobilize.us/codebluewashington/event/472197/. ^
  9. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  10. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  11. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
  12. “Mission”. Field Team 6. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.fieldteam6.org/mission. ^
  13. Burbank, Megan. “How Seattle-Area Activists Kept Going Despite A Pandemic And An All-Consuming Election, And How They Plan To Keep It Up”. Seattle Times. Jan. 4, 2021 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/in-2020-many-seattleites-stepped-up-their-activism-heres-how-some-plan-to-keep-it-going-in-2021/. ^
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