Your Weekly Lineup of Dates on the Docket
Happy Friday, Activists!
Here is your Friday roundup covering our events and actions. Sign up for one or two - or more! You can check out this week’s important Calls To Action at this link to Tuesday’s newsletter.
But first, you've been asking us for more information about many of the upcoming November 2 races, so below you'll find several resources to provide you tons of information about the extremely important judicial and other races, including local judges and candidates. Enjoy!
ELECTION RESOURCES GALORE!
1. Here is our resource on the backgrounds of the statewide judicial candidates – PA Supreme Court, PA Superior Court, and PA Commonwealth Court.
2. Read the ratings by the Philadelphia Bar Association – just for the Philadelphia-based candidates. Luckily, this includes the local judges up for retention.
4. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania held forums for the judicial candidates and you can see the videos at this link.
5. And finally, see a good roundup of all the races – including District Attorney, City Controller, etc., in this Philadelphia Citizen article at this link.
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! And first we'll have an online training so you can see how deep canvassing works. And how easy it is!
NEW! Online Canvass Training
Thursday, October 14, 3:00 pm
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!
Canvassing in Philadelphia -- Oxford Circle Area
Saturday, October 23, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
You can see below the lovely neighborhood where we'll be canvassing. Our friends from Indivisible Upper West Side 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.
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, October 16, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
This is a really successful location for us, so sign up!
Philly AIDS Thrift
Saturday, October 16, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Voter Registration on Procrastinators' Night!
We'll be in apartment building lobbies registering voters right before the registration deadline of October 18. Join us on October 17 to get every last person registered for the November 2 elections.
Park Towne Place Apartments
Sunday, October 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
35 DOORS PROJECT
We’re really getting rolling with this project! 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!
31,000 voters already! That's how many voters we're reaching out to so far. 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. But we have many more to write to, so join us!
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, October 14, 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, 6:30 pm
2. NEW Signup link! 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 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