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September 17 2022 Newsletter

Posted on September 18, 2022
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September 17, 2022

Issue #213

In This Issue: Pick an Action, Pick a State

●  Canvass: NH  ●  Organize and write postcards: PA, NH, NC  

 ●  Recruit swing state volunteers: NC, NH, PA  ●  Fundraise: NH, GA, NC  
●  Protect voters: PA  ●  Call your favorite people: Anywhere  ●  Learn skills: Anywhere 

The combined SBA and All Volunteer Roundup and Win Blue NH Monthly Meeting has something for everyone … with special guests US Reps Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster. These stellar candidates are fighting to hold their razor-thin margins -- and succeeding, according to them, because of what SBA volunteers are doing so effectively.

Sun, Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm EDT **Special time!**

Register now for the All Volunteer Roundup on Sunday, September 18, and you’ll get  a link to donate to the Pappas and/or Kuster campaigns in NH. It’s a great time to show your support.

Canvassing with Chris Pappas and Maggie Hassan

Canvassing in Manchester on September 10
with Maggie Hassan (center) and Chris Pappas (peeking out from the back left)

Studies show that canvassing can increase voter turnout by up to 9% in certain situations. You can help NH realize this level of success!

We believe you can affect Dem voters because SBA uses Deep Canvassing, one of the most effective techniques in practice. However, this approach only works if people walk the streets and make the calls. Be one of the people that enable NH to keep the US Congress blue.

Sat, Sep 24 @10 am - 1 pm EDT and Sun, Sept 25 @ 12 - 3 pm EDT

Tue, Sep 20 @ 4:30 - 6:30 pm EDT

Acquire the power of “compassionate curiosity”

Wed, Sep 21 @ 5 - 6:30 pm EDT

Democrats are beginning to think about what to do in the next couple of weeks to protect democracy. However, "the next couple of weeks" is cutting it really close.

Postcard and letter writers are facing election deadlines: NC has already begun distributing vote-by-mail ballots; Pennsylvania starts sending out theirs this week. It’s up to us to get Democrats the information they need to request and submit ballots ... NOW.

Let's make sure that Democratic activists in swing states have the time they need to find and join local volunteering opportunities. Volunteers TBD is recruiting people who'll engage friends and neighbors in ways that we can’t from blue states. Your calls this week will put new feet on the street by early October, only one month before the election.

Swing Blue Alliance is one of the only grassroots organizations working directly with Democratic candidates and county administrators. SBA cards and letters give voters concrete actions they can take and provide info citizens need to register to vote, request absentee ballots, and learn about/vote for Democratic candidates.

Right now, SBA's volunteer writers are looking for a chance to increase voter participation. You’re the one who can provide the materials and addresses they need to start writing.

The Swing Blue Postcard Team will provide one-on-one mentoring, giving you all the support you need to distribute cards. 

John Meiklejohn, a member of Indivisible's Voices Rising Together group, has been a postcard and letter writing host for five years. One thing he's learned: “We’ve collaborated with numerous organizations but have time and again returned to SBA because of the exceptional level of organization, recurring postcard and letter initiatives, and ability to work with organizations in swing states.”

Read about John’s experiences and then sign up to learn about hosting.

Kickoff on Mon, Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm EDT

Postcard writing will continue through Tue, Sep 20 @ 8 pm EDT

If you read Now is the Right Time above, you already know we need to reengage swing state volunteers sooner rather than later.

Help recruit local volunteers to knock on doors and call voters in districts they know, in districts critical to Democratic midterm wins. Recruiting calls are easy and even fun! So start making calls to eager volunteers in NC, NH, and PA who are ready to help turn their states blue. 

Dates and times vary

Wendy Machmuller has favorite people in swing states and has devised a novel way to get them involved in the election. Take notes!

Learning Corner

Last chance for activist training! Join this small-group, hands-on workshop and focus on any one of the following topics with individualized help in breakout rooms for each priority:

  • Reduce the number of emails in your inbox
  • Reduce the inflow of incoming emails
  • Decide on a system for prioritizing workflow
  • Create an email filing system that works for you

Thu, Sep 22 @ 5 pm EDT
Also c
heck out the library of videos on the News-MAGIC YouTube channel. 

Get ready to answer calls on the Voter Assistance Hotline in time for the November election in Pennsylvania. You ‘ll learn how to:

  • Answer questions about how to vote 
  • Help voters resolve issues
  • Escalate voter reports of problems

Mon, Sep 19 @ 7 - 9 pm EDT

Sat, Sep 24 @ 2 - 4 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.

Your contribution will help fund the operations of this volunteer-produced newsletter, which goes out to over 15K subscribers.

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