July 6, 2021

EP. 220 — How Can We Mobilize For The Midterms? with Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein

This week on Getting Curious, Sister District’s Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein are here to remind us that there are no off-year elections, only odd-year elections—and we’re in the midst of a major campaign season.


Lala and Gaby break down why this year’s state legislature races are a bellwether for the midterms, what’s going on with redistricting, and how you can get involved in electing progressives across the country.

Sister District is a grassroots organization of over 50,000 members, which provides hands-on field and fundraising support to endorsed state legislative candidates. Sister District Action Network, their affiliated c4, focuses on political research, civic engagement and state legislator support. You can learn more at https://sisterdistrict.com/. Sister District is on Twitter and Instagram @Sister_District and on YouTube and Facebook at Sister District.

Lala Wu is thrilled and humbled to be the first woman of color to take the helm as the Executive Director of Sister District. In her previous role as the Director of Engagement & Partnerships, she successfully led the expansion of the organization’s volunteer infrastructure to over 150 chapters in 31 states. Prior to co-founding Sister District, Lala was a clean energy and land use attorney. Lala is on Twitter @_lala_wu_.

Gaby Goldstein is an attorney, political strategist, and health & state policy enthusiast. As Co-Founder at Sister District, she is building progressive power in state legislatures and helping legislators succeed once elected. She serves as Political Advisor at Sister District Project, and as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Sister District Action Network. Gaby Goldstein is on Twitter @gaby__goldstein.

Once you’ve listened to the episode, make sure to check out Gaby’s first appearance on Getting Curious, in 2018 (“How Do We Flip Red States Blue In The Midterms?”) and head over to Instagram for a 2020 conversation with Sister District’s Rita Bosworth.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, we’re joined by Lala Wu and Gaby Goldstein, who are the co-founders of Sister District, where I ask them: How can we mobilize for midterms? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to welcome back Sister District. We have Gaby Goldstein returning, but we also have a new person here, Lala Wu. You are both co-founders of Sister District, which we are just such big fans of here on Getting Curious. So welcome and thanks for coming today. GABY GOLDSTEIN [00:00:37] Thank you. LALA WU [00:00:38] Thanks. JVN [00:00:40] So, I’m just going to start this with, like, a little, like, recap. If we were more, like, Serial or, like, other podcasts, this would be the part

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