Here are the process changes for the postcards we are sending to voters in Manatee County Florida:
The postcard fee has been reduced to $5.00.
Please plan to purchase your own postcard stamps from the post office or USPS online (the stamps will be delivered to your house).
We have received legal guidance that volunteers should submit a donation acknowledgement form to the Florida Democratic Party. This form is included in each packet and has the address for mailing it in. Since citizens are required to report political donations, filling out this form will keep you in compliance with FEC rules. You can include contributions you made earlier to bring your records up to date.
The Good News: The Vote-by-Mail statistics for June and the first 9 days of July are fantastic! The increase in VBM registrations in June was 3,495, exceeding goal by 1,000.
Acceptance of absentee/vote-by-mail is growing rapidly. And because these are real paper ballots, they cannot "disappear" inside faulty voting machines. Counting them may be slow, but with the help of poll watchers organizing around the country, these ballots WILL be counted.
All the people we are working with are grateful to you for your commitment to protecting voting rights in the USA.
Please join us in making these simple calls across the state to identify where people stand on three key races: the US Senate seat, the presidential, and the governor’s race. RSVP here
NC Virtual Voter Protection Phone Bank Join the North Carolina Democratic Party Voter Protection Team for our weekly phone bank! We will meet via Zoom and make calls together to recruit poll observers and hotline volunteers across the state for this year's election. RSVP here
Before coming on to either phone bank, please create an ActionID. It is simple and one ActionID is good for both phone banks. Here is thelink to create an ActionID. Please keep track of your password!! You will need the ActionID to log into the phone bank script.
Carolyn Bourdeaux for Georgia 7th Congressional District
The very right to vote is in question in Georgia. Carolyn Bourdeaux is running for the U.S. House in Georgia's 7th district and she is calling on all supporters to help inform her constituents that voted in the June primary election that if they want to vote by mail they need to request an absentee ballot.
During the primary, more than 60% of the vote was by mail. That increased turnout! For the primary, every registered voter received the application to request an absentee ballot.
For the general election the Secretary of State doesn't deem it necessary to automatically mail the application to registered voters. We are calling people that voted by mail in the primary to let them know how to request an absentee ballot. Call time: Monday through Sunday from 12pm to 7:00pm. The call bank is open and you can do it at your convenience at the following address: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/706214I-472707.
The call bank link will change periodically. If you cannot connect to this link, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact Jonathan for any other technical difficulties you encounter.
If you do not want to call directly from your local number, we suggest using the Google Voice app.
If you don't already have an ActionID, you can get one here. Please keep track of your password!! You will need the ActionID to log into the phone bank script.
Huddle @ Home Sunday, July 19, 4:00 - 5:45 PM
Making Social Media work for Progressives
Whether you believe social media is a boon or a curse, the fact is it’s not going away before the election and the GOP is investing hundreds of millions in it. We progressives cannot afford to cede this field to them!
Think of all the worried progressive voters using social media to commiserate about the latest depressing news. Take that same group and provide them with a daily source of catchy content. All they have to do is reshare to go from despair to impact!
Whether you’re a social media user or abstainer, come hear how activists are using it to empower citizen action. No cost, assigned time, research, or creativity needed…just you clicking at home whenever the spirit moves you!
Back by popular demand: Action Tables!
Phone bank for North Carolina
Phone bank for Florida Vote By Mail
Postcards for Florida, Pennsylvania, and Reclaim Our Vote
We all know how critical the 2020 election is. Each week Together for 2020 will be highlighting specific key actions. With all the groups in Massachusetts working together, we can have a huge impact. We hope to have your help to get the message out to your members.
Together for 2020 (T2020) is a volunteer deployment project led by a community of activists from Indivisible MA, Swing Left Greater Boston, Progressive Mass, Take Back our Democracy Western Mass, Force Multiplier, Left of Center, Act on Mass and numerous other progressive organizations.
We Got It!!!
Safe Voting in Massachusetts
We all worked hard to help pass the Safe Voting Act and the Governor signed it! Now Massachusetts voters can request and cast a ballot by mail this fall, or if they prefer, vote more safely in person on election day or during early voting.
The volunteer effort is focused on voter education to the minority communities that need our support as they have been especially hit hard with Covid-19 and racial injustice so pitch in and help educate these important voters. Thanks for your activism!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin has certified that the Ranked Choice Voting campaign has submitted sufficient signatures to appear on the November 3, 2020 Massachusetts ballot. Get ready to vote YES in November!
Are we tired of winning yet!?
Let's keep going and win all the battles.
PLEASE JOIN LEXINGTON-AREA PHONE BANK TO ELECT JOE BIDEN July 21, 4:00 - 6:00 PM Location: Zoom link will be emailed Tuesday after 12 noon. RSVP to email@example.com
This phone bank will take place every Tuesday at 4 PM. Please RSVP to Eileen Zalisk each week for that week's Zoom link.
This summer, the Indivisible Mass Coalition Virtual Book Club will be discussing books that focus on changes we need to make and actions that we can take to promote racial justice.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 26 at 7:30pm, when we’’ll be discussing Carol Anderson’sOne Person, No Vote, a detailed look at voter suppression and the actions people are taking to combat it.
Can’t make the book club meeting? Share your thoughts in the book club or racial justice channels on our Slack. If you’re not already a member of our Slack workspace, you cansign up here.
Help move the ROE Act out of Committee by July 31st!!!
The ROE Act, which stands for Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access (S1209/H3320), would reform our state’s abortion laws, ensuring that anyone, regardless of age, income, or insurance status could access safe, legal abortion. This bill would put the right to abortion into our state laws at at time when those rights are slipping away elsewhere. There are lots of way to help and here are some great ones:
Write to your state legislators and tell them that you support the ROE Act as written. Here is asample letter. If you don’t know who your state legislators are, then use this link.
There is no time to waste! July 31 is one month away!
Coronavirus Relief: The HEROES Act
The new coronavirus relief bill passed by the House is being ignored by Mitch McConnell. This bill would provide help for ordinary people and not the friends and family of the Senate leader. You can read a summary about the HEROES Act HERE.
We knew that Republicans would try to strip the HEROES Act of its most important protections, but so far they have refused to even consider it. McConnell has been working hard to avoid providing relief to the states, to those on the front lines, and to ordinary families and people who need it, and has repeatedly promised 'the next bill' would do so. Let's make sure our elected officials hold him to it!
Click HEREto demand that they pass the HEROES Act as it was introduced, without any motions to recommit or amendments to water it down! We need every item in the HEROES Act to save lives!
Let’s help to Dismantle Racism Right Here in Lexington
Lexington, Massachusetts has a Human Rights Committee whose mission is to promote:
- Freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, disrespect, and destructive conflict among its citizens.
- Respect and recognition of our diversity and our commonalities.
- Engagement in respectful, civil, public discourse and debate.The Committee carries out its mission through:
- Public advocacy
- Sponsoring educational programs
- Helping other organizations and Town departments address conflict through consultation and mediation with the parties involved
- Reporting civil rights violations to appropriate government agencies
- Assisting in planning responses to groups, internal or external to the Town, which advocate actions antithetical to the core valuesTThe Committee currently has no budget for fulfilling its mission in the town, which is not acceptable in today’s times. Dismantling Racism is a complex process and should be supported through allocation of funds. Please contact members of the Select board and tell them that you want the committee to be funded and that you support the most recent recommendations from the Committee. To find contact information for the Select Board look here: https://www.lexingtonma.gov/select-board For more information on the Lexington Human Rights Committee look here:https://www.lexingtonma.gov/human-rights-committee