The 2020 elections are among the most important in our lifetimes.
The science says that we have less than 10 years to get the United States and the world on track to net zero greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences. As our country continues to face the coronavirus, we can’t afford to rebuild the same polluting, inequitable, and fragile economy as before. We need big, bold, and urgent action at every level of government to meet what science and justice demand, and we need elected officials who have the chutzpah to take action on Day 1.
As a Jewish community, we must confront the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action – including by engaging candidates and voters about what’s at stake for our communities. That’s why we’re launching Chutzpah 2020, a new campaign focused on engaging candidates and voters on climate justice.
The goal of Chutzpah 2020 is to contact 500,000 climate-concerned voters in key states, let them know what’s at stake in this election, and ensure they know when and how to vote safely.
Over the next three months, we will focus on non-partisan voter education and outreach efforts in key states across the country, partnering with multi-faith and Jewish organizations, mobilizing volunteers across the country to help raise the salience of climate change in the upcoming election, and getting out the vote among climate-concerned unlikely voters.
We aim to mobilize hundreds of volunteers across the country to text, call, and contact people in their networks in order to reach voters in key states, talk to them about climate justice, and encourage them to vote. We’ll contact Jewish voters and unlikely voters concerned about climate change so that we can maximize our impact within and beyond the Jewish community. In an election year, candidates and elected officials across the country listen closely to what voters care about. By educating and mobilizing these two groups of voters – Jewish voters and climate concerned unlikely voters – in key states ahead of the election, we can push elected officials up and down the ballot to have some chutzpah on climate, and set the stage for bold presidential and congressional action in early 2021.
Our primary partner in this effort is the Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign, a project of Interfaith Power and Light. We welcome the participation of Jewish organizations and individuals across the country that are ready to mobilize for climate justice in this crucial election year. Our program is non-partisan in word and deed, and open to organizations of all types.
No matter where you or your organization is based, or whether you’ve done voter outreach before, you can make a meaningful impact in this election. Sign up here to help get out the vote.
In Deuteronomy, while wandering the desert, God reminds us, “It is not too baffling for you or beyond your reach. It is not in the heavens or beyond the sea. No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart to do it.” Lo b’shamayim hi: It is not beyond us in heaven. We have the capacity. We have the science, we have the resources, we have the people, and we have the power. It is in our hands and in our hearts, and we can do it.
If your organization is interested in taking part in the Chutzpah 2020 campaign, please review the Partner Toolkit here, and complete the Partnership Form here. If you have any questions about Dayenu or the campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact Phil Aroneanu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dayenu is a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold action. We care deeply about equity and justice in our world and about the future we create for our children and future generations. We believe that together, drawing from our Jewish tradition, experience, and faith, we have the power to create real and lasting change.