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Newsletter: October 9, 2020

Posted on October 9, 2020
Highlights of this issue:

  • Pledge Your Time campaign takes off
  • Upgrade to captain
  • RBG memorial concert
  • Alaska?
  • Pick a day, pick a state


It Comes Down to Just One Vote

One Postcard, One Phone Call, One Vote

One vote. 
That was the margin for State House of Representative elections in KY, AK, and VT (3 times!) in the last ten years. In 2012, a coin flip decided control of the Virginia House of Delegates in 2000.The bottom line? 
A Democrat in the White House and a Democratic majority in the Senate are not lasting successes: Without Democratic state legislatures, voter suppression and gerrymandering will continue for years to come. The fate of redistricting in 2021 will come down to razor-thin margins in this election.Time is limited but opportunity is huge. 
In these last weeks, even national campaigns are supporting Democratic state legislative candidates. Every single vote can [do what? suggest a word?] .

Call to actionJoin a state legislative phone bank now .. while you still can.

FL and PA: State Candidates
Sundays @ 4:00 pm, Mondays @ 11:00 am, and Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm

MI: Nicole Breadon 
Mondays @ 5:00 pm and Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm

MI: Julia Pulver 
Sundays @ 4:00 p m

MI: Christine Morse 
Mondays @ 7:00 – 9:00 pm

NC: Frances Jackson
Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

PA: Paul Freil 
Wednesdays @ 5:15 pm


The best thing you can do for democracy is to focus on state, get to know its issues, and be part of a phone banking community that meets on the same day every week.

While there are hundreds of phone banks available, you might pick from one (or two) of the events below, which occur at the same every week. Each event will occur just three times … that’s how few weeks we have left! (So pick more than one event!)

GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Spanish GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pmMAINE 
Oust Collins, 4:00 – 6:00 pmMICHIGAN
Nicole Breadon (MI HD-43), 5:00 – 7:00 pm
learn moreChristine Morse (MI HD-61), 7:00 – 9:00 pm
learn more

Biden, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Claudette Williams/GOTV, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Voter Protection, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Spanish GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pmMICHIGAN 
Training Only, 6:30 – 7:30 pmNORTH CAROLINA 
All Dems, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
All Dems, 6:00 – 8:00 pmPENNSYLVANIA 
Recruit Voter Protection Volunteers, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
GOTV, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Spanish GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Training, 8:00 – 9:00 pm (EDT)MAINE 
Oust Collins, 6:00 – 8:00 pm MICHIGAN
Nicole Breadon (MI HD-43), 5:00 – 7:00 pm
GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
GOTV, 6:30 – 8:00 pmPENNSYLVANIA
GOTV, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Voter Protection, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Training, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Youths for Biden, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Recruit Poll Watchers, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Veteran to Veteran, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Oust Collins, 6:00 – 8:00 pmMICHIGAN 
Julia Pulver (MI HD-39), 4:00 – 6:00 pmNORTH CAROLINA 
Biden and GOTV, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Voter Protection, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Dr. Frances Jackson (HD-45), 6:30 – 8:30 pmWISCONSIN 
For 16-25 Year Olds. 7:00 – 8:15 pm
GOTV, 7:00 – 9:00 pmALL STATES 
Biden/Harris, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Biden and GOTV, 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Training, 3:30- 4:30 pm (EDT)
GOTV, 4:00 – 6:00 pmNORTH CAROLINA 
GOTV, 5:00 – 7:00 pmALL STATES 
Training, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Oust Collins, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Oust Collins, 3:00- 6:00 pmMICHIGAN 
Training Only, 6:30 – 7:30 pmNORTH CAROLINA
Voter Protection, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Biden and GOTV, 4:00 – 6:00 pmPENNSYLVANIA 
Biden and GOTV, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Voter Protection, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Voter Protection, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Biden and GOTV, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

GOTV, 3:00 – 5:00 pmMAINE 
Oust Collins, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Oust Collins, 3:00- 6:00 pmMICHIGAN 
Training Only, 6:30 – 7:30 pmNORTH CAROLINA 
Biden, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Voter Protection, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
GOTV, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Voter Protection, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Biden and GOTV, 4:00 – 6:00 pm


Phone Bank Pledge Progress

Add a phone bank shift to your calendar … it could be the [need a word? other than difference?] between a win and a loss in November.

Take a break and pledge your time right now! 


Exponentially Increase Your Impact

Exponentially Increase Your Impact

If you’re already phone banking but want to have more of an effect, you are a perfect candidate for phone bank captain. As a captain, before the event, you’ll post your event and keep attendees informed. At the event, you’ll explain the process and be available to answer questions. After the event, you will report the results.

Sound scary? It’s not. We provide extensive training and resources and will pair you with an experienced co-captain to get you started.Call to action

You can do this! And help will be there every step of the way.
Ask us to give you a call so you can learn more.


RBG Memorial NOTE-ORIOUS Concert

RBG Memorial NOTE-ORIOUS Concert

Celebrate RGB at this online musical tribute to save the Senate (and our democracy). You’ll hear diverse instrumental and vocal pieces, including a Boston Revolutionary hymn; a political satire a la Gilbert and Sullivan, and even RBG’s infamous pot roast recipe in song.

Call to action

All proceeds support Democratic candidates who are poised to flip Senate seats.
RBG Memorial NOTE-ORIOUS Concert 
Sunday, October 11 @ 7:00 pm

The World Is With Us

Valerie Venuto lives in France, but she is still concerned about the U.S. election. She is acting on her values, volunteering with the Florida Dems. “The world is scared of Trump and does care. I want to help any way I can.”



Protect Our Success

More Dems Returning Ballots in Florida

Volunteer efforts have already reaped benefits in Florida: Dems have submitted many more VBM ballots than our opponents.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how many people vote in Florida — and in every other state — if the votes don’t count. Swing Left Greater Boston has joined the Florida Democratic Party to staff a hotline based on LBJ (Lawyers Bound for Justice) software.

After our 90-minute training, you’ll be completely prepared to respond to calls for help from poll watchers, poll observers, and voter protection experts . They’ll be asking you how to access or use the LBJ tool, and you’ll be right there, ready to give them answers.

You don’t have to be a lawyer, a voter protection specialist, or a computer engineer. You just have to like talking to people and helping them when they get stuck. With your assistance, they’ll be back to solving voters’ problems and getting votes to count.
Call to action

Can you sign for three- or four-hours shifts at least
once a week from now through Election Day?
Want more info about what is involved?
Just email Bill! 


A Blue Wave Hits Michigan!

Our group has increased tenfold (from 100 to 1150)
in the last 40 days. Join the crowd!

Learn more! 
Choose your line of action here!

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Learn to Phone Bank with Sherrie

“I started phone banking just a few weeks ago, so I know how intimidating and confusing it can be! Would I have the skills, stamina, courage, or time? Now, I’m phone banking several hours a week. I think I’m a little addicted,” says Sherrie Torrey, Michigan Phone Bank Coordinator.

“Once I got over my initial hump of inaction and saw how much of a difference I could make, I became eager to help others participate.” Thus was born Michigan Phone Banking 101. Sherrie developed and delivers this low-key introduction, which gives people the information and confidence they need to sign up for phone banks going forward.

“I’ve just finished the first session, and I’m simultaneously exhausted and jubilant …”

Get in touch with me or simply volunteer . I look forward to meeting you!”
Learn Phone Banking with Sherrie


Pick Your Own …

#ThatsWhy...I'm voting for Sara Gideon

With less than a month until Election Day, there are still loads of ways to win in Maine.

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Before you read more, watch our new video testimonial montage. We’d like to spread these unscripted, self-filmed recordings via ads, social media, and streaming channels! Can you help us get the word out? We want to reach to low propensity voters who are likely to vote Democratic … if we can get them to the polls.
Call to action

Please donate 
so we can reach this vulnerable group.

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There’s still a chance for you to staff a voter protection hotline, watch absentee ballot processing, and/or observe at polling places. These ___ start one week before the election and continue through Election Day.
Call to action

Volunteer now!

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If you have space to house a campaign organizer; please contact Olivia at the Maine Dems. A separate space or access to cooking would be ideal.


By and For the Next Generation

Youth Phone Bank

Our first-ever youth phone bank for 16-25 year olds is already two weeks old!
The turnout is great, and people are excited to be part of the effort. They’re recommending the events to all their friends who want to hang out, make some calls, and save democracy.Don’t fit in the age range? Tell your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors to make their mark on this election. They already know what’s at stake and are probably looking for a way to fit into the fight.
Call to action

SLGB Wisconsin Youth Phone Bank 
Thursdays @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm


Don’t Forget Alaska!

Fundraiser for Al Gross of Alaska

With your help, Al Gross will be the next U.S. Senator from Alaska. His win be another nail in the shoe opportunity to flip the Senate.

Spend an hour on Zoom and hear why Al’s running. While no donation is required, once you meet him you’ll want to donate what you can.
Call to action

Focus on Alaska Fundraiser 
Tuesday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm (ET)

Anonymous donors have graciously offered a $10,000 match!
Even if you can’t come, consider making a donation.


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