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Saving Democracy Is Within Our Power

Posted on September 11, 2022
Massachusetts' best resource for keeping the House and the Senate and turning purple states Blue.
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Volunteers Taking Back Democracy

September 10, 2022

Issue #212

In This Issue

● September All-Volunteer Roundup and NH Fundraiser  ●  Knock Doors in NH  

●  Time is Running out for 3 Mailing Campaigns  
●  Phone to Recruit Local Volunteers  ● Help Get Out the Black Vote in NC.

●  Partner Events: Postcard Around the Clock

●  The Learning Corner: Last Classes Before the Midterms!

Advance Carolina/NCAPREF Fundraiser

"It is within our power, it’s in our hands — yours and mine — to stop the assault on American democracy." -President Biden, 9/1/22

A year ago, the pundits said a red wave in November was inevitable. Thanks to your activism, we are turning the tide. 

Here's your high-impact to-do list to make the most of these crucial final weeks:

September Roundup

Meet Reps Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster at the September Swing Blue Alliance All-Volunteer Roundup. We are joining the Win Blue NH Monthly Meeting for this important fundraiser. Pappas and Kuster both need our financial support to amplify the work we are doing on the ground.

After hearing Pappas and Kuster, we'll get the latest updates on canvassing, phone banks, and postcards for NH and beyond.

One lucky attendee wins a Swing Blue cup or t-shirt!

Sun, Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm EDT

It's easier than you think!

  • You can accompany an experienced canvasser to learn the ropes.
  • You can even be the navigator and driver until you get the hang of it.
  • New to Canvassing? Try the Canvassing 101 class described in the Learning Corner below. 

Saturdays @ 10 am and Sundays @ 12 pm through the election

Millions of women are counting on us to help protect their rights in states where Republican control will mean draconian restrictions. Please help us reach the goals of these impactful mailing campaigns.

In North Carolina, we're sending postcards on behalf of specific candidates who have the highest potential to swing their district blue.

In Pennsylvania, we're sending Vote By Mail applications to infrequent Democratic voters.

In New Hampshire, we're sending postcards to inform voters about candidates for the NH Executive Council, a body with outsize power but which even staunch Dem voters sometimes skip on the ballot. The EC is currently majority Republican, but with your help we can swing it blue.

 If you're new to hosting, our Postcard Team is eager to help you. Sign up to be a new Postcard Organizer and we will contact you with one-on-one mentoring, giving you all the advice you need to distribute your cards and/or host a writing event. 

Want to write postcards? Find an event or host near you.

The Volunteers TBD Calling Corps is reaching out to supporters of candidates in swing states ... and they are making great connections. 

Each volunteer we recruit will be knocking on doors and calling voters in districts that are central to Democratic midterm wins.

These calls are easy and even fun! Talk to eager volunteers in NC, NH, and PA who are ready to help turn their states blue. 

Advance Carolina/NCAPREF Fundraiser

Rural Black voters are key to Democratic victory in NC in 2022. Join us for this inspiring fundraiser to support the groups that are reaching out to these voters. 

Keynote speaker NC Governor Roy Cooper, Marcus Bass of Advance Carolina and Melvin Montford of the NC A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund, will share how they are engaging with Black voters in NC and how your donation will support voter registration, voter protection programs, GOTV campaigns, and education outreach that builds long-term relationships. 

Tues, Sep 13 @ 7 pm EDT

Learning Corner

Postcard Around the Clock!

Join Markers for Democracy at this energizing event: 24 hours of content and community, filled with authors, journalists, community organizers, civil rights leaders, and entertainers.

If you’re new to political activism, or if you’ve been thinking about asking your friends and family to engage with you, this kickoff is a great way to jump in and make a difference

Zoom Kickoff Mon, Sep 19 @ 8 pm EDT

24 hours of inspiration!

Learning Corner

Thanks to the fantastic volunteer trainers at News-MAGIC, 232 activists have benefitted from 39 training sessions. Now is your chance to sign up for one of the 3 classes they'll be teaching before the midterms. 

We also have a small library of videos on the News-MAGIC YouTube channel. Please check them out!

Canvassing's the most effective thing we can do to persuade voters and get out the vote. If you're ready to give it a try, this class is for you! You'll be paired up with an experienced canvasser, and you'll learn everything you need to hit the ground running:

  • canvassing basics, terminology and canvassing tips
  • the script
  • the MiniVAN app
  • how to register on Mobilize

Mon, Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm EDT

The basics of cybersafety don't have to be overwhelming. Learn how to identify your greatest security vulnerabilities and protect your identity and devices. In breakout sessions you can then choose from one of the following four areas:

  • protecting your devices
  • protecting your identity
  • protecting your email 
  • protecting other software

Tues, Sep 13 @ 5  pm EDT

Sonali Tambe will teach this popular and useful class about making the most of Slack. In this class, you will learn:

  • Why use Slack?
  • Basic features of Slack
  • How to find and connect with your team on Slack

Thu, Sep 15 @ 1 pm EDT

Our Mission

Swing Blue Alliance (formerly Swing Left Greater Boston) is the largest all-volunteer Democratic grassroots organization headquartered in Massachusetts. We use proven methods to protect our Democracy, work on competitive local and national elections, and strengthen the Democratic party at the grassroots level.

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