IS THIS A POLITICAL PARTY?
DO YOU ENDORSE CANDIDATES?
No. Read our policy on election involvement here.
DO I NEED TO CHANGE MY POSITION ON ISSUES TO PARTICIPATE?
Absolutely not. We don't want anyone to change their party, or their beliefs -- in fact, bringing those affiliations and beliefs to the table is important. We need to have multiple voices and multiple perspectives, and working on solutions will require support across the political spectrum.
That being said, if you're feeling that other members of your party are adopting extreme views beyond what you're comfortable with, or that you don't align with the majority of other party members, this could be the place to participate.
WHY AREN'T ISSUES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, MINIMUM WAGE, HEALTHCARE AND IMMIGRATION INCLUDED ON THE PROBLEMS PAGE?
Majority in the Middle is focused on issues that contribute to or enable unproductive divisions in our civic culture, which make finding common ground on other subjects (like climate change, healthcare, immigration, etc.) almost impossible.
We're pretty sure that if we can fix the extremism and incivility in our politics, that may make tackling other issues easier for everyone.
HOW IS THE ORGANIZATION FUNDED?
Right now, we are funded 100% by individual donors, although we are interested in grants and institutional support. (If you are in philanthropy and like our mission, let's talk!)
Majority in the Middle has a 501(c)3 designation from the IRS, so donations are tax-deductible. If you'd like to donate, we'd love the support! Click on the button at the bottom of the page.
WHO IS "WE"?
Majority in the Middle was founded by Shannon Watson. In 2021, Shannon was joined by our inaugural board members, who now govern the organization, and committee chairs, who help guide the work. You can see more about those people here.
You can become part of the "we" as well. We don't have an official "membership" structure, but there are lots of ways to get involved -- join a committee or group conversation, donate, or write a think piece for our blog are just a few ideas. Do you have one of your own? Email and let us know.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
We're giving those in the middle a place to gather outside the back-and-forth, elevating voices of people who are modeling behavior we want to see, and working on ways to bring a little more civility and a little less partisanship to our politics.
I LIVE IN (INSERT STATE HERE). CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?
Absolutely! Minnesota, Virginia and Alaska are currently the only states in the country with a split legislature, so they're a bit of a guinea pig for legislative reforms. Our hope is what we learn here and we will be able to replicate elsewhere. In addition, issues having to do with nonpartisan offices, individual citizens, media, etc. should be applicable anywhere. Obviously civility and political culture have opportunities for improvement EVERYWHERE.
We're a "virtual first" organization by design, so our Zoom meetings should be accessible from anywhere. (If you're having a time-change issue, let us know and we'll see what we can do.)