our history

Rock The Congress grew out of a chance meeting between leadership of Indivisible Petaluma and Swing Left Marin at a fundraising event for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) in March of 2017. At that event, Representative Huffman asked if we could get to work organizing the progressive grass-roots forces including the obvious strong Indivisible bandwidth, in order to maximize impact in the November 2018 midterm elections cycle.  

After many months of preparation, the initial (“Central”) steering committee held “Rock The Congress: North Bay” at the College of Marin on September 9, 2017. Over 300 activist leaders from around the Bay Area came to present, attend sessions and workshops, and network.  Financial support was provided by Huffman, State Senator Mike McGuire, MVCAN, a number of progressive technology vendors, and a host of individual donors. The full-day event created significant momentum, and now location-specific steering committees are preparing events for the SF/Peninsula and Napa Valley regions, with other interested parties forming.

What we do

A significant portion of that momentum and ongoing effort of Rock the Congress is the establishment of the interorganizational coalition. The goal of the coalition is to leverage the connections sparked by Rock the Congress events in order to build and cultivate a strong, lasting on-going coalition of Progressive organizations dedicated to winning elections. The InterOrg Coalition is currently developing and implementing operational strategies that optimize the coalition’s impact; and will provide ongoing leadership development. It is intended that each Rock the Congress event inspire and encourage more and more groups to join the coalition to work together to realize the goals of Rock the Congress!

The initial steering committee has evolved into the Central Steering committee, which supports the current and future location-specific steering committees by providing the branding, ticket sales and session scheduling platforms, website support and advice and oversight for each new event steering committee. In addition, the team is working on a full “playbook” that can be spread far and wide, so any progressive group seeking to organize and hold an event in their region can do so with little assistance.