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July 24th Newsletter

Posted on July 24, 2021

IN THIS ISSUE

Check your email from July 22!
Do not stand idly by
230K (postcards) and counting
What is Swing Blue Alliance?
Connect with high potential voters
Talking to conservatives

CALL TO ACTION

Check your email from July 22!

Look for the survey!
Did you see the invitation to participate in academic research? Look for the subject line “Survey of Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston Supporters". It will link you to an anonymous survey of our membership.

Why respond to the email?
By completing this survey, you are contributing to the knowledge base of volunteerism related to American political movements and parties. Your responses will inform Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston about how we can best meet your goals for political volunteering.

Why are we collaborating on this survey?
Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston has teamed up with Dr. Ronald Rapoport from the College of William & Mary and Dr. Andrew Engelhardt from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro to study volunteerism in the 2020 elections.

We are proud to participate in this academic research and look forward to sharing findings with you as we learn more.

Call to action Whether you were an infrequent participant in the last four years
or one of our most active, your responses count!
Be part of the answer.
Find the email, click the link,
and complete the survey.

FOR THE PEOPLE ACT

Do not stand idly by
In his final years, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “Do not stand idly by.” Those words ring true today when it comes to voting rights. Meaningful progress comes one volunteer at a time. Read more.

Call to action

Teach-in & Phone bank with Swing Left Target Majority
Don't despair! How we stop the GOP w/ For the People

Thursdays @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Phone bank with Swing Left Greater Boston
Spanish and English. Multiple days and times.

FOR THE PEOPLE ACT

230K and Counting

Postcards make a difference
With Common Cause, Swing Blue Alliance/Swing Left Greater Boston has sent more than 230,000 postcards: 117,600 to Arizona, West Virginia, and New York; 58,000 to New Hampshire; and 55,000 to Maine. Our phone banks have yielded over 1,000 calls to senators in key states.

It's working! Read our qualitative evaluation of S.1 constituent activities.

Where are we going next?
We’re continuing to generate thousands of calls to senator’s offices. Currently, our campaign is targeting constituents of Senator Coons of Delaware. Coons is influential with both President Biden and the Democratic caucus.

After Delaware, we plan to reach out to Alaska and other high-impact states. Our latest data show this campaign may run into September.
Call to action
Find your postcards here!

COMING SOON

What the #$@* is Swing Blue Alliance?

Swing Blue Alliance is Coming
What is Swing Blue Alliance? It’s still us, Swing Left Greater Boston. Think of it as SLGB, the next generation.

With our new name, we can extend our alliances to include Common Cause, Indivisible, and other grassroots organizations. The new name also acknowledges the contributions of hundreds of volunteers who live outside the Greater Boston area.

You can expect updates throughout the summer. You can also expect to see the same high level of news and volunteer opportunism you already know from SLGB.

TRAINING

Connect with High-Potential Voters

Connecting with High Potential Voters
Last year 34% of the voting eligible population didn’t vote. What would it take to change that, and build power for a progressive agenda?

Learn how to engage your curiosity and compassion to have meaningful conversations with “high-potential” voters. Help increase participation in the democratic process!
Call to action
Sign up for the webinar on connecting with high-potential voters

Wednesday, July 28 @ 8:30 pm ET

TALKING TO CONSERVATIVES

Portsmouth Standout
Berl Hartman, Paula Joseph, and Steve Vogel of SBA/SLGB attended Common Cause’s Standout for the For the People Act in Portsmouth on July 18.

Several conservative spectators engaged Berl, asking “Who exactly is being prevented from voting?”

Berl explained New Hampshire’s restrictive voting policies and how changes in other states put an undue burden on particular populations. When they asked about voting ID requirements, Berl gave examples of a number of widely accepted IDs, beyond a driver’s license.

The conversation was friendly and polite. However, Berl wasn’t surprised when one of the men pointed out that an audit of the Arizona election found over 18,000 fraudulent votes (which is not true).

Per Berl, “ People like them are trapped in their own fact-free reality. At least we were able to have the exchange, and it originated from their own curiosity. That’s the first step.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!

Do not stand idly by

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