Santa Clara 2020 Action

We are a group of non-partisan Santa Clara County activists and allies who — until all the votes are counted — will refuse to accept election results. We are mobilizing around the 2020 election, particularly the Choose Democracy pledges, and their tactics:

  1. We will vote
  2. We will refuse to accept election results until all the votes are counted
    1. Solicit allies from various local organizations
    2. Win the public support of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and election officials
    3. Win the public support of the San Jose City Council and other elected officials
  3. In case a coup is attempted, we are preparing to take to the streets
    1. Connect people with nonviolence and de-escalation training classes
    2. Work with city police and county sheriffs to
      • respect people’s First Amendment rights (from Commitment to Uphold Democracy)
      • protect people’s rights from armed individuals and groups who may threaten them (ibid)
      • be careful to not escalate to disrespect or other violence
    3. Coordinate those wishing to serve as Peace Ambassadors in San Jose post-election
      • Organize trainees into small de-escalation teams
      • Organize communication among teams and leadership
    4. Support the action at San Jose City Hall on Wednesday, Nov 4th
  4. If we need to, we will shut down this country to protect the integrity of the democratic process

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San Jose

An event organized by Protect Our Community, a super coalition of nonprofits dedicated to speaking up and taking action

links: full size posterevent page at Protect the Results

  • African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)
  • Amigos de Guadalupe
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center
  • Center for Justice and Empowerment
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) SFBA
  • Habitat for Humanity EB/SV
  • HomeFirst Services
  • Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of SV
  • NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley
  • PACT
  • Silicon Valley (SV) Community Foundation
  • SJ Nikkei Resisters
  • SV Minority Business Consortium
  • SV Rising
  • SV@Home
  • Working Partnership USA
  • Leaders in the faith community: Rabbi Dana Magat, Father Jon Pedigo, and Revs. Nancy Palmer Jones, Bryan Franzen, Steve Pinkston, and Dana Bainbridge
Mountain View / Palo Alto

links: full size posterevent page at Protect the Results

Join us to honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and show up to demand the peaceful transition of power.

We plan to gather on the corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Avenue to non-violently support our democracy. Due to COVID-19 attendees are requested to wear masks, avoid shouting and maintain a safe distance from each other.

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Stand for Democracy
Sidewalk Rallies

along El Camino Real, San Francisco Peninsula
Saturday, October 31, 3:00-4:00 pm

Come out for peaceful, nonviolent sidewalk rallies in support of our democracy. Demand that all votes in the November 3 election be counted and all officials abide by the results.<

full details:

Protect the Vote

Organizing to Protect the Results of the 2020 Election
We are building a coalition of voters ready to mobilize if Donald Trump refuses to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

find an event near you:

Shutdown DC

November 3: After You Vote, Hit the Streets!

November 4-7: Ready to Do Whatever it Takes!

November 8-11: No More Business as Usual

full details:


These documents are a good place to start:

Preparing for a November Surprise
Erica Chenoweth et al.

good overview of what all may go wrong in the election and some ways to deal with these scenarios

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What will it take to defend the election?
George Lakey

very good proposal for how to deal with Trump's repeated claims that he may ignore the election results since they will be "rigged."

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Choose Democracy

contains the pledge to count all votes we are asking election officials to make, and how we will respond if Trump does attempt a coup

10 things you need to know to stop a coup"
Daniel Hunter

very good background and advice on how to carry out Lakey's strategy. Point 5 is especially helpful

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These are more detailed guides to handling potential situations:

Hold the Line: a guide to defending democracy
Hardy Merriman et al.

detailed scenarios for an illegitimate 2020 election, historical backgrounds, advice from several scholars connected with the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)

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Protect the Results Event Host Toolkit

detailed guide and resources for organizing events and actions post election to ensure the results are counted and respected

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Leading Actions

Protect the Results is hosting a series of three webinars:

  • Session 1: Planning a Large-Scale Protest (Wednesday 10/14, 7pm EST)
  • Session 2: De-escalation & Safety Tactics (Wednesday 10/21, 7pm EST)
  • Session 3: Sustained Pressure (Wednesday 10/28, 7pm EST)

Sign up for one or more here: Protect the Results - Preparation for Potential Hosts


Sunday, November 1st
Election 2020 Nonviolence & De-Escalation Training
— Learn practical de-escalation skills and tactical ways to handle agitators and violent groups in the role of a Peace Ambassador.
— Led by Ghandi Team.

These are some sites with lists of other nonviolence training opportunities:


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Join us for a peaceful rally this afternoon.
Democracy demands that all votes count.