This group, known as the Democracy Defense Coalition (DDC), was looking to unify their message and build collective action around their cause.
In the months leading up to the 2020 election, it became very clear that Trump and his base would do everything possible to build distrust in our electoral system and discredit valid and legitimate votes. Despite the polls and the predictions circulating, exactly how November 3rd and the days to follow would play out was unknown.
Our challenge? Strategically anticipate the most likely election scenarios and craft a credible and galvanizing message for progressive coalitions rooted in the values that underpin American democracy: Counting every vote, the peaceful transition of power, and putting power in the hands of the people where it belongs.
From the ground up
We knew that our work with the Democracy Defense Coalition wouldn’t stop on Election Day — election results wouldn’t be certified for days, maybe weeks, due to the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots. It was crucial to build the infrastructure to distribute messaging and direct mobilization in the weeks that followed.
Our team conducted a landscape assessment to identify everyone involved in the space and how DDC could be a part of it. It addressed the need for a defined digital presence, social toolkits, as well as developing and distributing a centralized message that the coalition would adopt and disseminate.
The DDC needed a unified voice and an ecosystem where it could thrive — and we were prepared to help shape it.
One voice, united
To build a collective message, we hosted a series of messaging presentations to ensure that key stakeholders and state and national groups were aligned. We also worked closely with coalition partners and community organizers to secure buy-in for the messaging and approach ahead of, during, and after the election.
“Voters Decide” (shifting to past tense, once Biden’s clear electoral lead emerged) became the rallying cry of the campaign. We developed an online resource hub providing messaging, toolkits translated into both English and Spanish, and media material that grassroots organizers and local and state partners could use for their mobilization efforts. Within the first week of launch, the new resource hub had garnered over 9,700 views.