Midterm elections are here. The trite jargon and predictions of pundits and professional political commentators are emanating from the podcasts, TV broadcasts, and twitter feeds of national news outlets. Some of these “analysts” believe that they can foretell the outcome of the midterm elections, that the next two years are a foregone conclusion and that the composition of the house and senate is already determined. With hubris, the chatty political class suggests that little will change, underestimating the unprecedented numbers of us, people like you and I, who registered to vote this time around.

We intend to exercise our Fifteenth Amendment right, later reclaimed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to cast a ballot for our futures and against white supremacy, racism, Nazism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, federal retrenchment, corporate greed, immigration bans, white nationalism, and the generalized hatefulness that is synonymous with the Trump administration’s unchecked bigotry. We are the contingent factor in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Collective action seems difficult, until you believe in it.”

By simply showing up to vote, by believing in the power of collective action, we take control of the next political utopia. We at 7|X are emboldened by candidates with progressive visions like those of Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Antonio Delgado, and Andrew Gillum. We are reminded of the importance of political literacy and getting involved. And we are optimistic about our collective ability to bring our country back to balance by voting in this election.

As we head into election day, we want to surface a list of candidates that we believe can increase our representation in Congress. These are people you may have yet to hear about, but whose candidacy is imbued with an ethos of greatness, solidarity and service—all of which are central tenants of 7|X. They joust in 14 key battlegrounds stretching from Nevada and New Mexico over to Kansas down to Florida and up through New York, in tight races for seats that will transform the tenor of local and national politics.

If you are in one of these states, support the candidates featured with your vote. If you aren’t nearby, you can still help: show them love on Twitter and IG, tell a friend who lives in their State to vote, do what you can from wherever you are to elevate their candidacy for interested media channels, future donors, and their existing constituents.

Collective action seems difficult, until you believe in it. Let’s vote.

Before you go, be sure to check out candidates and races that some of our friends are supporting across the country:

Vote Save America

Vote Save America offers interactive tools and voter guides to help you make informed decisions during the 2018 Midterm Elections. Click here to select your state, see which races are close (your vote makes a difference!) and review information about any ballot initiatives that may impact your state. 

Collective PAC

The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation. Click here for the complete list of candidates the Collective PAC endorses for these 2018 Midterm Elections. 

Latino Victory

The Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee working to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government. Click here for the complete list of candidates the Latino Victory Fund endorses for these 2018 Midterm Elections.

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