Launching Groundswell 2.0!

On Tuesday night, the President said, “The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote.” We now begin the long, hard and beautiful work of reaching out with compassion to those whose vote differs from ours, holding our elected officials accountable, and turning our convictions into ACTION.

In this spirit, I’m excited to announce that Groundswell is launching an open-source social action platform that equips people to channel faith & calling into action – and run their own campaigns! We just launched the site in beta, and I wanted you all to check it out before we were official! If you have an idea to make your community, your school, your local playground, church, synagogue, religion, or your planet a better place, here is the tool!

Why is Groundswell evolving into a platform that equips YOU to run your own campaigns? We’ve just endured the most expensive and divisive election season in recent U.S. history. Many times, we saw religion used to tear people down – but I saw another story unfolding about faith in America. Together tens of thousands of people – Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Humanist, spiritual and seeking – joined together to organize for the dignity of all people. Take a look:

What could we accomplish in the next four years if we empowered people to continue to participate in our democracy beyond election day? How could online tools help leaders and communities build power in local and national campaigns — on religious pluralism, LGBTQ dignity, climate justice, women’s reproductive rights, and more? Rather than running the campaigns ourselves, we’re interested in what could happen if we put the tools directly in the hands of the people. Check our new platform – and let us know what you think!