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January 29, 2022 Newsletter

Posted on January 30, 2022
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January 29, 2022

Issue #181

In This Issue
 
Freedom to vote: what's next 
●  Introducing Win Blue NH
 
 
●  Building an activist network in Pennsylvania   
●  Controlling incoming email 
  Improving outgoing email 

Wed, Feb 2 @ 7 pm ET

Come out from under the snow and join the nearly 250 people who've already signed up for the Groundhog Day event.

Stay the Course for Voting Rights

Even in a losing campaign, you can build power for the future, according to Karen Hobert Flynn, President of Common Cause.

When Senators Manchin and Sinema joined all 50 Republican senators in blocking passage of the Freedom to Vote/John R. Lewis Acts, they were in effect endorsing state voter suppression laws. Their votes will make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote in local and national elections.

Since the Civil War, citizens have fought against voter suppression laws. Finally, in 1964, Congress adopted the 24th Amendment, which eliminated the egregious poll tax, and then passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since then, Republicans have consistently sought ways to undermine voter protection.

Swing Blue Alliance and other groups across the country will not give up. Advocacy for the voting rights won over many years of struggle will persist. While efforts to affect change at the federal level failed this week, we are turning our focus to states and local jurisdictions that control election administration.

SBA volunteers are committing to call voters through Common Cause's new voter protection phonebanks. We’re also developing plans to support other voter protection initiatives for the midterm and future elections.

Stay the course!

Mondays @ 4 - 6 pm ET

Multiple other days and times during the week

Win Blue NH

NH Organizing Off to a Great Start

What’s the most effective way to reach out to voters in these polarized times? 

The answer is deep canvassing, a research-based technique that enables people to connect on a more emotional level and have deeper, more meaningful conversations. The deep canvassing approach encourages volunteer and voter alike to find a common ground.

Deep canvassing enables volunteers to apply a process called active listening, which encourages voters to talk about their own personal experiences and feel heard. As a result, voters discover relationships and/or inconsistencies between their values and their actual votes.

 Join a training session and learn how the Pappas campaign is applying the power of deep canvassing in NH.

Thu, Feb 10 @ 5:30 - 7 pm ET

Sat, Feb 12 @ 11 - 12:30 pm ET

Wed, Feb 23 @ 5:30 - 7 pm ET

Building an Activist Network in PA

Volunteers in blue states are more effective when they form relationships with and support local people and organizations. SBA’s Volunteers T*B*D Calling Corps is a great way to establish these connections.

Fridays @ 2 - 3:30 pm ET

Volunteers TBD

 Email Inbox for Activists

Is your inbox out of control? Are you flooded with subscriptions, ads, and spam, all of which camouflage need-to-see messages? The Inclusive Activism: Introduction to Email for Activists training will jumpstart your ability to manage incoming communications.

The introductory class will explain ways to find the info you need to start volunteering quickly and easily. The focus will be on Gmail and tricks you can use to prioritize important messages, as well as to unsubscribe from the "noise."

Future sessions will address the needs of advanced users and people who use other email applications. Classes will also cover topics such as best practices for Google Docs, Slack, calendars, and more.

Saturday, Jan 29 @ 11 am ET

(If the class is full, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for a future date.)

 

This training is offered by volunteers at the MAssachusetts Grassroots Information Center, a Slack workspace for exchanging information, encouraging connections among groups, and building activist momentum across the state. Join the News-MAGIC Slack space today.

 

Outgoing Email for Activists

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