Midwest Alliance of Progressives

  • The Midwest Alliance of Progressives is an initiative of the Democratic Party of Evanston designed to identify, elect, and re-elect local, state, and national progressives in the Midwest through coordinated partnerships with other local Democratic parties in the region. Modeled after the mutual aid partnerships that exist between municipalities in times of crisis, MAP is a strategic network intended to share and deploy volunteers and resources to close winnable races throughout the Midwest. MAP is an alliance of Democratic parties in a region that proved critical in the last election.

  • WHY MAP?
  • Every election cycle, thousands of volunteers from DPOE spend hours canvassing, calling, and raising funds and awareness for national and regional races in the Midwest. In order to maximize these investments of time and resources, MAP is creating a permanent system of cooperation among local Democratic parties to provide help and support for each other earlier in the election process and for sustained periods of time.

  • WHY NOW?
  • For the last several years, Democrats have been losing ground in Midwestern states. Winning back the Midwest at both the State and Federal levels is essential to getting progressive values enacted into law and winning back the Presidency. Coordination between local Democratic parties to support Democratic candidates is what is going to turn the Midwest blue again.

  • To help the DPOE and other Democratic parties in our region you can:

    • Give – Donate now
    • Share – Spread the word; tell your friends; post on your social media accounts; appeal to your networks. Help us engage as many like-minded people as possible so that we can put MAP into action.
    • Act Stay up-to-date and involved in our efforts. Sign up, volunteer, be engaged.
  • Charter Adopted May 5, 2018

    The Midwest Alliance of Progressives (MAP) is a collaborative group made up of local Democratic parties that are working together to elect Democrats to federal and state offices in targeted states and communities. MAP will do this through sharing volunteer and capacity-building resources, and with the support of Democratic local parties participating in a strategic and meaningful way. MAP has originated as a project of the Democratic Party of Evanston IL (DPOE).  Other local Democratic parties that reside in blue districts and wish to help fight targeted races are also eligible to join MAP, as are the local parties in areas with political races targeted by MAP for action/assistance.

    MAP will be governed through a Steering Committee. Recognizing that the impetus for the formation of MAP has come from the DPOE, more than one member of the Steering Committee positions will be filled by members of the DPOE.  It was decided that each participating state should have a representative on the Steering Committee. Here are the names of the representatives:

    Illinois- Greg Andrus and Patrick Watson 

    Michigan-Dr. Eric Lester and Gary Sigman 

    Wisconsin- Anita Loch and Anita Klein 

    Iowa- open 

    Indiana- open

    At-large Delegate- Barb Cornew

    At-large Delegate- Ginny Darakjian

    At-large Delegate- open 

    The appointed Steering Committee is charged with developing operating procedures and leadership positions suitable to its purposes. Other members of local democratic parties will be able to participate in all conference calls and serve on all committees. 

    This charter statement will govern MAP in 2018 and will be revisited after the 2018 general election.