- Victoria Miller
Lots of Dates on the Docket!
Happy Friday, Activists!
This is the first of our regular Friday newsletters, covering our events and actions. Sign up for one or two - or more!
Don’t forget about this week’s important Calls To Action, which you can find at this link to Tuesday’s newsletter.
Now, let’s talk about elections and voting. At the end of the day, getting people to vote is where the rubber meets the road. It’s what we have to do if we want to see the change we need.
The good news is that we have studied the most effective methods to get people to vote in every election, which means you will be using your time most effectively when you sign up for our actions. So, if you want to help make the progressive change our country so desperately needs, we have the options for you!
Let’s focus for a minute on canvassing. Study after study shows it’s the gold standard for getting out the vote and changing peoples’ view about how often they vote.
And we have found that what we are doing now is the easiest canvassing we’ve done. We are simply trying to persuade people who are already voters to vote more often, in elections they don’t even think about, like midterm elections and now the upcoming November 2 election as well. We’ve already had so many fantastic conversations with these voters.
So come out and canvass with us and see if you think it works for you. We’ll give you everything you need to do it such as talking points and a training beforehand too. You’ll see the dates below.
Canvassing in Philadelphia – Queen Village Area
Sunday, October 17, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
We’ll meet at Cianfrani Park at 8th and Fitzwater Streets. We’ll have a training first and then hit the streets!
More dates to come!
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES
Registering voters is critically important to turning out the vote so let’s get it done! Sign up for a two-hour shift:
Saturday, September 25, Noon to 4:00 pm – One spot left!
Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Philly AIDS Thrift –
Saturday, October 2, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Philly AIDS Thrift –
Saturday, October 9, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Philly AIDS Thrift –
Saturday, October 16, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
More coming soon!
35 DOORS PROJECT
We’re really getting rolling with this project! Our Neighborhood Leaders are out already engaging with their neighbors to talk about voting and elections. Join this project to be a Neighborhood Leader interacting with voters at 35 addresses in your neighborhood. You’ll go to doors a few times per year and use the information we provide about upcoming elections. You’ll be ready to be the local election expert after our training session and the information and handouts we’ll provide. We’ll also provide the addresses in coordination with you, plus handouts, door hangers, election information – everything you’ll need!
If you want more info or to sign up email us at this link!
We are writing postcards to persuade infrequent voters to get out and vote next year to secure Democratic victories for the open U.S. Senate seat and the open PA Governor’s seat. We are writing to every single voter in Philadelphia who does not usually vote in midterm elections.
Here’s how it works –
The hand-written script is only two sentences plus you’ll also write the address. We recommend you order enough cards to write over the next two months.
The packet you receive will include the postcards and the list of addresses. We’ll email you all the instructions and the script. Please order your postcards in multiples of 50.
We ask that you donate $7.00 per set of 50 postcards to cover our costs. But don’t let the donation stop you from ordering the postcard packets. On the other hand, if you can, please consider chipping in a little extra to cover the cost for those who cannot.
Here’s how to sign up –
1. Email us at this link to tell us how many postcards you want.
2. Purchase your 40-cent postcard stamps online at this link or at your local post office.
3. Donate $7.00 per set of 50 postcards at this link. (Plus an extra $5.00 if we are shipping to you.)
Here’s how to receive your postcards –
* If you are in the Philadelphia area, we will deliver the postcard packets to you or you can pick them up. If you haven’t written postcards with us before, please give us your address.
* If you are outside the Philadelphia area, we can ship the packet to you. Please add $5.00 to your donation for shipping costs.
CARDS & COCKTAILS!
Write your cards with the group!
Next Thursday, September 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
OUR NEXT TWO MEETINGS
1. Deb Ciamacca – Candidate for PA House from Delaware County
You know how important it is to flip PA legislative seats to bring progressive change to our state. Deb Ciamacca is a fantastic candidate who is working hard to do just that. A former Marine and former teacher, she is already canvassing for next year’s election. She will bring her stories from her “listening tour” to this meeting. You’ll learn what it’s like to talk to MAGA voters and learn what’s on their minds, plus her strategy for getting out the vote. Deb has some amazing stories and you’ll be inspired by her story and her energy to make positive change.
When: Tuesday, October 19, at 6:30 pm
2. SAVE THE DATE: Women’s Reproductive Health – Where Do We Go From Here?
This will be an amazing and timely meeting. Our speakers will be Kathryn Kolbert and Julie Kay. They just authored a new book: Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom.
In 1992, Kolbert argued before the United States Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the seminal case that challenged five abortion regulations in Pennsylvania. The ruling modified but upheld the rights established in Roe v. Wade.
Our speakers will talk to us about what this landscape looks like after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Texas anti-abortion law and the cases scheduled to come before it next year. And they’ll offer what we should be ready to do in light of those realities. We are partnering with Turn PA Blue on this event.
When: Thursday, November 11, 7:30 pm
The sign-up link will be coming. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!
Local upcoming event:
The Women’s March group is holding marches to defend abortion rights in October 2nd. Two are planned in Philadelphia -- 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Here are the links to sign up: