Your Friday Lineup of Dates on the Docket
Happy Friday, Activists!
And speaking of meetings, we had a great one this week with Deb Ciamacca, candidate for State House and currently doing a listening tour of voters. Her insights on Republicans who voted for Biden but for Republicans down-ballot were super interesting. See the video here. Donate to her campaign here.
If you haven't played Quizzo before here's your chance! We will have a professional Quizzo Master lead the game. You can join a team or start your own, to go on to fame and glory! And there will be prizes. We'll provide all the food and there will be a cash bar.
When: Tuesday, November 16, 6:00 pm
Where: Black Sheep Irish Pub, 247 S. 17th St, Philadelphia, 19103, Second Floor. We'll have this private room to ourselves. The windows will be open so we have good ventilation.
The Rules: You must: (1) be vaccinated; (2) bring proof of vaccination; (3) wear a mask in the building when you're not eating or drinking.
(This party is brought to us through a generous grant from Indivisible national.)
OUR NEXT MEETING
Women’s Reproductive Health – Where Do We Go From Here?
This will be an amazing and timely meeting with activists Kathryn Kolbert and Julie Kay, authors of the 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 modified but upheld the rights established in Roe v. Wade.
Our speakers will discuss what the landscape looks like after the recent rulings on the Texas anti-abortion law and the cases scheduled to come before the Supreme Court 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
11 DAYS UNTIL THE NOVEMBER 2 ELECTION
Get ready! Below are the resources with information about the extremely important judicial and other races and ballot questions. Tell your friends!
YOUR ELECTION RESOURCES
1. Here is our resource on the backgrounds of the statewide judicial candidates – PA Supreme Court, PA Superior Court, and PA Commonwealth Court. We recommend voting for all the Democrats on this list.
2. Read the ratings by the Philadelphia Bar Association just for the Philadelphia-based candidates. It includes the local judges up for retention.
3. Read the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s ratings and backgrounds for all the statewide judicial candidates.
Supreme Court ratings at this link.
Superior Court ratings at this link.
Commonwealth Court ratings at this link.
4. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania held forums for the judicial candidates - videos at this link.
5. See a good roundup of all the races – including District Attorney, City Controller, etc., in this Philadelphia Citizen article.
6. Here's a comprehensive list of voting options and the current map and list of drop boxes in Billy Penn at this link.
7. Philly's ballot questions -- Read an explainer at this link and one just for Question #3 at this link. Here's the Inquirer's list of endorsements including the ballot questions and a contrary view on Question #4 at this link.
Voting by mail and your ballot
1. Vote By Mail -- If you didn't sign up to vote by mail this year you'll need to go to the polls, unless you sign up immediately at this link. The deadline is October 26.
2. Ballot drop boxes – Find a map of the locations at this link. All the drop boxes are available 24/7 and are monitored by security cameras. You can only drop off your own ballot unless you fill out this form.
3. Check your mail-in ballot status with the state ballot tracker at this link.
4. Want to be a poll worker? Sign up here to learn more.
YOUR LINEUP OF ACTIONS CANVASSING
Studies show canvassing is the gold standard for getting out the vote and changing peoples’ view about how often they vote. Join us for some of the easiest canvassing we've found, simply persuading infrequent voters to vote in more elections. Try it out!
Before each canvas we'll have a short training so you can see how deep canvassing works. And you can go with a buddy.
Canvassing in Philadelphia -- Oxford Circle Area
THIS SATURDAY, October 23, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
You can see below the neighborhood where we'll be canvassing. Our friends from Indivisible Upper West Side, NYC will be canvassing with us here too! They're a really fun group so join us!
We'll meet at Country Club Diner (address in confirmation email) and have a short training first. We provide all the information and materials you need!
We have a carpool going to this location too, so let us know if you would like a ride.
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. We'll provide you everything you need -- training, materials (handouts, door hangers, voter registration forms), information about the upcoming elections, and other support. You’ll go to doors a few times per year and become the local neighborhood election expert! We’ll also provide the addresses in coordination with you.
If you want more info or to sign up email us at this link!
We are writing to persuade infrequent voters (read: they never vote in midterm elections) 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.
Here’s how it works –
The handwritten 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.
AND BEFORE YOU GO... MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM
From now until October 31, all the funds we raise will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $500! So if you can, please donate even a little to double your contribution and help us maximize this generous matching grant. Thank you!