Bring Back the Blue Wall

By Christine Brown, December 1, 2021

Traditionally the Blue Wall referred to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin because the union votes of these demographically white states overwhelmingly voted Blue.  But with the demise of unions, the devastating impact of globalization, and overt racist messaging, Trump was able to break through and win the electoral college.  In 2020, Biden won Wisconsin by only 0.6% and Pennsylvania by 1.2% in two cliffhangers.

The graph above shows the partisan shift in Wisconsin, especially in Latinos and non-college whites. Even though Biden won, there still is a significant shift Republican in their voting patterns.  

But as many have remarked, these groups would greatly benefit from Democratic policies and a government that is responsive to them instead of wealthy donors.  Why are they voting Republican?  Is it conservative media constantly spewing destructive rhetoric?  Is it the absence of Democratic messaging?  Likely both.

Focus 4 Democracy has singled out Working America as the most important group to fund early.  “Working America unites working people who don’t have a union on the job.  Founded in 2003, Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, makes sure that the priorities of working people, their families and communities are heard from state houses to the White House, from city councils and school boards to the halls of Congress.

How do they do it?  By building a strong relationship with their membership.  Because they are there day in and day out, they are able to be heard through the partisan flames.”

Donations now will fund local offices, train canvassers and pay for recurring outreach to “non-college” members.  This is something we can do NOW to open people’s minds to policies and governments that can help them live better lives.  As Working America recruits more members and strengthens the bonds with their current members, they are growing an electorate that is engaged and ready to participate.  This is an investment for both 2022 and 2024. Consider making an early donation to Working America – remember small amounts add up!