We are outraged by police brutality, racist inflammatory rhetoric from the president, and the continuing efforts to suppress the voices of people of color. During the past year, we have partnered with Reclaim Our Vote in the important work to elevate the voices of people of color through improved access to the ballot box. Join us this week in rededicating ourselves to this vital work by engaging with ROV in at least one of three ways:
- Donate directly to ROV https://www.actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-the-center-for-common-ground
- Write postcards, and, most importantly right now…
- Join us to phone bank to get out the vote in time for the June 9th Georgia Primary.
Special message from Barb Miller: I know many of you are hesitant to phone bank. However, I want to encourage you to give it a try. Getting out the Black vote in the Georgia primary on June 9 is one of the ways we can honor Black Lives and work against the horrific voter suppression that is happening in Georgia as you read this. We know that if people vote in the primary, they are more likely to vote in November. I will be on the Democracy Action’s phone bank next Saturday from 3-5. Please join me. Susan Bolle’s Democracy Action Marin trainers do a fantastic job training you to you feel comfortable making calls. My experience calling this past Saturday helped me to deal with my angst given the events of this week. The people I reached were pleased that I called. If you have questions, please contact me at BEMiller249@gmail.com. Please let me know if you plan to join me. Register here: http://centerforcommonground.org/main/index.php/campaigns/the-voter-project/georgia
- Thursday, 6/4: Sarah and Barbara’s Postcard Meeting at noon.
- Saturday, 6/6: DemAction Marin Phone Bank at 3 pm.
- Sunday, 6/7: Swing Left Marin’s weekly Virtual Letter-Writing Party at 3 pm.
- Sunday, 6/7: Marin For Biden Virtual Phone Bank at 3 pm.
- Sunday, 6/7: Ross (Virtual) Phone Bank at 3 pm.
- Sunday, 6/14: Phone Bank for Reclaim Our Vote at 12 pm
Swing Left Marin “Lockdown Letter-Writers”
Want company while you write or need help getting started? Our Lockdown Letter-Writers are hosting a weekly Virtual Letter-Writing Party Sunday afternoons at 3 pm. RSVP for June 7th or another upcoming Sunday. Join Mia, Maureen, Holly, and Alissa for instruction, comraderie, and updates.
Prefer to get started right away? Email Mia McCall at email@example.com and we’ll send you simple, complete instructions plus 20 pre-addressed letters.
Sister District Marin Postcarding
The good news is that more people have found out about ROV postcarding! However, that means we have very few ROV addresses available. We ask that you only request those cards if you are new to ROV postcarding or you are introducing a friend to ROV postcarding for the first time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ROV Postcards at a cost of $3 per packet of 20.
Meanwhile, we have an awesome new project for our veteran postcarders. Lisa Gerick has 7500 postcards to help Get Out the Vote in WI and MI. These cards are bundled in packets of 100 and are free to our members. They need to be returned to Lisa G by Mid-July. Text Lisa G at 415-717-0877 for more info and to arrange pick-up at a location near downtown San Rafael.
Virtual Phone and Text Banks: DemAction Marin, Flip the West, Ross Phone Bank, and Reclaim Our Vote
Virtual, or distributed, phone banks were a “thing” even before shelter-in-place. It’s a lot more fun with a community and support, so try one now!
DemAction Marin Phone Banks: Just like their in-person Sausalito phone banks, DemAction will have experienced trainers to help you with technical issues and voter questions. Join them June 6th at 3 pm. RSVP by clicking here.
DemAction Marin Text Banks: Democracy Action Marin Text Team has some texting options. Please contact their text leader Corrie Sias at email@example.com.
Flip the West: Flip the West has now reached close to half-million voters in Arizona, Colorado and battleground districts in California. Their programming is expanding to Montana imminently. Join their Phone Bank from Home Team.
Ross Phone Bank: Sylvia Russell is running her Ross phone banks as virtual events. Join the Ross team in phone-banking Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 pm. Register by clicking HERE. They’re calling for California Democrats who flipped Congressional seats in 2018 and now need help to hold those seats. They’ll also be calling for a crucial Senate races. Once you have registered, you’ll be sent a Zoom link so you can join the phone bank along with instructions. PLEASE EMAIL SYLVIA, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ZOOM EXPERIENCE at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reclaim Our Vote Phone Banks: Looking for a way to do anti-racist work from home? Join SURJ Marin in phoning out-of-state voters who have likely been purged from their voter rolls. Reclaim Our Vote (ROV) is a civil rights / voter outreach campaign organized by the nonpartisan Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with partners like Black Voters Matter, the NAACP, and Mi Familia Vota. Please join SURJ Marin on June 14th (and every 2nd and 4th Sunday thereafter) from 12-2pm PST to phone bank for ROV. No experience is necessary. Click here to RSVP for June 14th or Click here to RSVP for June 28th.Want more remote activities to do from the safety of your home?
- Take a look at these additional activities at NorCalBlue.