Engaging Voters, Scaling Power, Making Change
First and foremost, we want to thank all the organizers, canvassers, and volunteers in Floridafor the long hard work they do every day to lift the voices of grassroots communities (not eventorrential rainstorms can stand in their way!). In particular, we thank those (listed at the end of this report) who took the time to speak with us. Much of the wisdom and insight that comes outof this document is theirs, and we are humbled to have had the opportunity to record and analyzetheir experiences in the hopes of helping future organizers and researchers grow the movementfor social justice.As always, it took a team to create this report. While we did the heavy lifting of research and
writing, we could not have crossed the nish line without the help of the following: from the
USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, project manager Jennifer Ito, data analystVanessa Carter, production designer Jackie Agnello, and research assistant Sandy Caballero;from the USC Department of Political Science, Ph.D. Candidate Míchel Martinez; from the USCAnnenberg School for Communications and Journalism, Ph.D. Candidate Janeane Anderson; andfrom the USC undergraduate program, Noelia Callejas, Andrew Lee, and Nadia Rawjee. We alsothank Erik Peterson from Wellstone Action and Jon Liss from Virginia New Majority for offering insightful feedback on an early version of this report.
Finally, we thank the funders who supported this work: Atlantic Philanthropies, which funded
USC PERE’s Social Justice Research Fellowship (of which this project is a part), and Solidago
Foundation, which supported additional eld interviews and the production of this report.While we hope we have accurately reected the wisdom, thoughts, and experiences of those we
spoke with, we take full responsibility for any inaccuracies and misstatements. And with that, wededicate this work to all those who are on the ground and in the states building grassroots powerthrough the integration of voter engagement and deep community organization.— Manuel Pastor, Gihan Perera, and Madeline WanderLos Angeles and Miami, April 2013