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Learn to Help Friends and Family Who Want to Do More Than Register to Vote

Learn to help friends and family who want to do more than just register to vote.

 

Sarah Jane here. We at OTYCD have encouraged you to talk to friends and family about voting, and make it as easy and as painless as possible for them to register, learn where their polling place is, and plot how they will physically get to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

 

But what if they ask you about doing more than that? What if they’re excited, or concerned, or both about the direction the country is threatening to take, and they want to go beyond making sure they themselves are registered to vote?

 

May we humbly suggest you send them to this very blog?

 

 

Start by sending them to our page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do (we cheated, there’s actually four):

https://onethingyoucando.com/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do/

 

 

Also suggest they read the third entry in the Believe It: You Matter series, The Parable of Eating Less Meat. It’s about how activism is not a competition, and everything counts.

If you went from doing nothing to doing something, and you do that something consistently, you win. Doesn’t matter how big or small the something is.

Read Believe It: You Matter, Part III: The Parable Of Eating Less Meat:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/16/believe-it-you-matter-part-iii-the-parable-of-eating-less-meat/

 

 

And if you want to suggest that they subscribe to the blog, we won’t stop you.

 

 

Also encourage them to visit postcardstovoters.org and volunteer to write Get Out The Vote (GOTV) postcards, using their own supplies.

 

Of all the things I (Sarah Jane) have done to push back against Trump since November 2016, writing postcards to voters has been the most satisfying.

 

I can write postcards anytime Tony the Democrat and friends have a campaign going, which is almost always. (The few times when they’re between campaigns, I prep postcards for future campaigns by decorating them with rubber stamps.)

 

Writing postcards to voters doesn’t require knocking on doors, calling people, or otherwise approaching strangers, which is terrifying to an introvert like me.

 

Let’s be clear, though. I do all that stuff, too, and I recommend it, but writing postcards to voters is something I can do whenever I want, for as long as I want, and I can set it aside if need be. I call it my civic knitting–each postcard is a stitch that strengthens democracy.

 

Also? New research shows that hand-writing postcards to voters is just as effective at getting out the vote as canvassing (physically knocking on doors), and sometimes more effective.

 

For more, see this June 22, 2018 piece from Blue Virginia called The Mighty Pen Prevails: In the Digital Age, Handwritten Voter Contact Is a Powerful Secret Weapon:

https://bluevirginia.us/2018/06/the-mighty-pen-prevails-in-the-digital-age-handwritten-voter-contact-is-a-powerful-secret-weapon

 

 

If your friends and family are open to supporting candidates, point them to the OTYCD post on the Core Four Strategy:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Helping eager friends and family learn who’s running for election and re-election in 2018 and find candidates to support is pretty next-level, but if you have the time and energy to do it, we at OTYCD encourage you to follow through.

 

 

 

 

Community Activism · Postcard Campaigns · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends · Vote with your Dollars

Help Tony the Democrat and Postcards to Voters with a Recurring Monthly $20 Donation

Help Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army by committing to a recurring monthly $20 donation to sustain its good work.

 

If you read One Thing You Can Do, you know about Tony the Democrat and the Postcards to Voters army. We’ve written about it since the beginning, back in March 2017, before it was a thing.

 

Well, Postcards to Voters is definitely a thing now. As of mid-May 2018, it has more than 20,000 postcard-writing volunteers, who have helped more than 50 candidates in federal, state, and local races across America win runoffs, special elections, and general elections.

 

Recently, Postcards to Voters and Erika from Collective Vision, who creates and sells postcards designed with the Postcards to Voters army in mind, announced a new effort.

 

With the mid-term elections coming, Postcards to Voters needs to increase and strengthen its finances. It’s asking folks to commit to a sustained monthly pledge. The dependable funds will help Tony and friends recruit more postcard writers and accept larger address lists from candidates for office.

 

Erika at Collective Vision has a special offer for those who commit to a sustained $20 per month pledge by May 27, 2018.

 

If you sign on, you will receive a free, one-time gift of an 100-card set of a new, not-yet-released postcard design. (The rest of the world gets to see it and buy it in early summer.)

 

Some things to know about the $20 sustained contribution:

 

Committing to a sustained $20 contribution means you agree to give Postcards to Voters $20 every month, month after month, until and unless you cancel it.

 

Your pledge isn’t tax-deductible.

 

If you’re already giving Postcards to Voters $20 a month, you will receive the 100-pack of the new postcard design automatically.

 

You can’t do sustained donations through PayPal, sorry.

 

The 100-pack will be mailed to the billing address that you give on the donation page. If you need Erika to send the postcard pack to a different address, email her at postcards @collectivevision.us (but know also that she’s away between May 16 through 26, 2018).

 

If you offer a sustained donation of $40 per month, you will receive two 100-postcard packs, and for every additional $20 you can pledge monthly, you’ll get another 100-count pack.

 

You can cancel your sustained pledge at any time.

 

If you can’t commit to $20 per month, don’t feel bad! Every bit helps, even if all you can do is tell other people about Postcards to Voters and invite them to join.

 

 

See Erika’s offer to those who pledge $20 per month to Postcards to Voters.

 

 

If that link doesn’t work for whatever reason, see Erika’s post about it on the Collective Vision Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

 

 

Set up your $20 recurring donation to Postcards to Voters:

https://postcardstovoters.givingfuel.com/welcome

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See the Postcards to Voters homepage:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

See the Collective Vision homepage:

https://www.collectivevision.us/

 

 

Follow Postcards to Voters on Twitter:

@DemocratWit

 

 

Like Postcards to Voters on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/

 

 

Follow Collective Vision on Twitter:

@write_congress

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveVisionPostcards/

Postcard Campaigns · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Thank You Actions

Thank These Lawyers for Suing Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Numerous ethics experts and lawyers warned that Donald Trump’s business entanglements would place him in violation of the Constitution the instant that he took office as president.

On Monday, January 23, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought suit against the newly sworn-in president. Please send thank-you postcards to the team that is pursuing the case.

The New York Times story on the suit is below, and the addresses are below the link. Note this intriguing paragraph, which appears deep in the article:

“Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

So, this lawsuit might achieve another worthy goal, too–forcing Trump to release his tax returns, which his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said he would not do, despite the fact that almost 600,000 people have signed a whitehouse.gov petition asking him to do so. (If you want to sign the petition, which closes on Feb 19, go here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance)

 

Please send thank-you postcards to:

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Norman Eisen

Deepak Gupta

Richard W. Painter

Zephyr Teachout

Laurence H. Tribe

c/o Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

 

 

 

 

Elections · Postcard Campaigns

GOOD UPDATE: Mail Postcards to GOTV for Democrat Karen Gaddis for the Oklahoma State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

GOOD UPDATE: Karen Gaddis won! And actually, there were two Oklahoma Democrats who won state senate special elections on July 11: Gaddis, and Michael Brooks-Jimenez. Congratulations to Gaddis and Brooks-Jimenez, thanks to all who helped her GOTV postcard campaign, and if you’re itching to join another, check the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ category on this blog.

UPDATE: Mail-by deadline for the Gaddis campaign is July 3, 2017.

Got another postcard campaign for you! Karen Gaddis, a Democrat running for the July 11 special election for the open state House of Representatives seat in Oklahoma’s District 75.

In 2016, Gaddis ran against the incumbent, Republican Dan Kirby, who won with almost 60 percent of the vote. He subsequently resigned rather than face expulsion from the Oklahoma legislature over accusations of sexually harassing a legislative assistant.

Gaddis spent 40 years teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools and pledges to address the damage done by tax cuts. She was the first Democrat to run for District 75 in more than 10 years, and she is game to run again. Her Republican opponent is Tressa Nunley.

To join her postcard GOTV campaign, you can text OK to 918.992.4434 or email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

These three pieces of information should be on all postcards:

“Democrat Karen Gaddis is running for Oklahoma House District 75. The election is on July 11. As a lifelong Tulsa educator, Karen will fight to fund schools.”

 

If you have room, you can add something like:

Ask your friends and family to vote Democrat in this special election.

Voters like you know it is important to have an experienced educator at the table when school funding is taken up.

#Turn75BlueOK

When we vote, we win.

Thank you for your time and your vote!

 

You’ll want to get your postcards in the mail on or before July 4.

 

See Gaddis’s campaign website:

http://www.karengaddis.com/home

 

Read a diary entry on Daily Kos that lays out reasons why Gaddis’s chances are good:

https://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/9/1670282/-Karen-Gaddis-D-The-Comeback-Candidate-for-Team-Blue-Oklahoma-HD-75

 

 

Postcard Campaigns

GOOD UPDATE on the Postcard Campaign to GOTV for Democrat Karen Keys-Gamarra

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Update: Karen Keys-Gamarra romped to victory in the race for the at-large school board seat in Fairfax County, Virginia. She pulled in 41,519 votes to her Republican candidate’s 21,389. About 70,000 people voted, a number that represents ten percent of voters. Read more about the victory here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/democratic-backed-candidate-elected-to-fairfax-county-school-board/2017/08/29/ea401f3c-8d17-11e7-84c0-02cc069f2c37_story.html?utm_term=.17453fa8ac4f

http://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/karen-keys-gamarra-wins-special-election/801076351

Join Tony the Democrat’s postcard campaign to get out the vote for Karen Keys-Gamarra, a Democrat who is running for the school board in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Tony’s postcard campaigns continue to yield good results, and the postcard-mailing army keeps growing. It’s 4,000 members strong, with volunteers in every state.

Tony and the team haven’t tackled a school board race before. Here’s some comments from the Facebook page on why the team chose to help Keys-Gamarra, and why she has merit:

“Democrats should compete in every single election, in every single filing available. When Democratic voters see qualified candidates who share their values running in all sorts of races, it will inspire greater participation. At the polls, sure, but also in the growing resistance. Local, municipal posts are stepping stones to higher office later. We have a better chance keeping a GOP conservative out of Congress altogether if they don’t get on the rising political star fast track in the first place.”

“[Keys-Gamarra] and her GOP-endorsed opponent could not be further apart on important issues. She is on record in favor of non-discrimination for all students and is against so-called bathroom bills. Karen is an attorney with a family law focus and is often court-appointed as guardian for children who rely on her advocacy of their best interests. She has earned a host of high-profile endorsements which are important for this At-Large seat in Virginia’s largest school district.”

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards @ TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

And here are the rules. If you can’t comply, please find a different way to help.

General rules that apply to all postcard campaigns:

 

  • Handwrite your postcards legibly.
  • Use cards that are inclusive.  If you buy, print, or make postcards, the images/graphics/photos and wording/quotes/slogans should be issue-neutral/benign/safe.
  • Mail completed postcards daily and do your best to have all of yours written within 3 days of getting your list.
  • Only sign your first name or initials.  (Do not include your return address, email address, last name, or social media handle or account name.)
  • Only write to each voter once.  (Do not contact the voters again for any reason.)
  • Cover addresses before taking photos.  (If you share digital photos of your cards on social media, always cover voters’ addresses.)
  • Keep cards looking grassroots-like.  (Do not print the candidate’s campaign’s logos/graphics/images/photos on the cards.)
  • Stick to the talking points. 
  • Ask us if you have questions.  
  • Have fun!

 

 

Also–do not call the recipient a ‘Democrat,’ because the postcard could be headed for a mixed-voter household. Instead say, ‘Important Voter,’ ‘VIP Voter,’ ‘Esteemed Voter,’ etc.

 

The three things you need to say on each postcard:

Democrat Karen KEYS-Gamarra is running for Fairfax County School Board At-Large.
Election Day is August 29th.
Teachers have endorsed Karen because she is a strong advocate for children.

 

If you have room, you can add something along these lines:

I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Karen will protect after-school programs from Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
As an attorney, Karen handles family matters.
She works as a court-appointed attorney representing the children’s best interests.
Karen is a Fairfax County Planning Commissioner and volunteers for NAACP and CASA.
This card and stamp are my gifts towards electing a progressive.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.
Thank you for your time and your vote!
#Keys4VAkids
Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Most postcard campaigns close, or are considered closed, no later than seven days before the election. Please get your postcards in the mail promptly. And thanks for pitching in!

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Annette Taddeo WINS the Florida State Senate Seat, Flipping It From Red to Blue!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

GOOD UPDATE! Annette Taddeo won the September 26 special election for the Florida State Senate race!

 

Taddeo won despite being up against a Republican who had name recognition from being on The Apprentice, and despite Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to reschedule the election after Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

 

Special thanks to Flippable and to those who wrote postcards to get out the vote for her!

 

Read about Taddeo’s win:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article175572391.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-state-senate-election-results-20170926-story.html

 

 

Original text of the post follows:

 

Help elect Democrat Annette Taddeo to the state senate of Florida on September 26, 2017, by sending postcards to GOTV, donating, or other actions.

 

Taddeo won the special primary election handily on July 25, claiming 70 percent of the vote. She is up against Republican Jose Felix Dias and Independent Christian “He-Man” Schlareth.

 

The seat, located in Miami-Dade county, opened in late April after the incumbent, Republican Frank Artiles, used a six-letter racial slur beginning with ‘n’ in a charged conversation that included two black Democratic state senate colleagues.

 

Our good friend Tony the Democrat has a postcard campaign to get out the vote for Taddeo. Participants receive addresses of individuals who have voted Democratic in the past. Please follow the rules and stick to the basic language that Tony will give you.

 

 

As always, you can text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot anytime. The number is:

 

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

 

You can request addresses via email as well:

Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

 

Taddeo has earned the recommendations or endorsements of the Miami Herald and our friends at Flippable. She is a Colombian-born woman who runs her own translation business and has held high-ranking posts in the Democratic Party in Florida.

 

Taddeo opposes high-states testing and wants to protect public schools from having their budgets weakened and drained by initiatives from private, for-profit corporations. She wants to improve traffic in and around Miami-Dade by securing funding to improve the local infrastructure. She is committed to protecting the county’s drinking water from threats posed by fracking.

 

 

See Taddeo’s campaign site:

https://www.annettetaddeo.com

 

 

Read Flippable’s endorsement of Taddeo, and note its intel on the district, which they believe is trending blue:

https://blog.flippable.org/how-to-flip-the-sunshine-state-blue-1f3668b32f2b

 

 

Read the Miami Herald‘s recommendation of Taddeo (the piece covers several candidates, not just her):

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article160867439.html

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/annette.taddeo/

 

 

Follow Taddeo on Twitter:

@Annette_Taddeo

 

 

Donate to Annette Taddeo:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/annettetaddeows

 

 

Read Ballotpedia’s entries on Taddeo and on Florida’s State Senate District 40:

https://ballotpedia.org/Annette_Taddeo

https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_State_Senate_District_40

 

 

Read about the meltdown that ended Frank Artiles’s state senate incumbency:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-florida-state-senator-n-word-20170419-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article146227009.html

Community Activism · Elections · Postcard Campaigns

GOOD UPDATE on a Postcard GOTV Campaign! Kevin Cavanaugh WON That New Hampshire State Senate Seat!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Good news, everyone! Kevin Cavanaugh, the Democrat who ran for the open New Hampshire state senate seat in the special election held on July 25, 2017.

 

Congratulations to Cavanaugh and to everyone who wrote postcards to get out the vote for him!

 

Read coverage of Cavanaugh’s win, which is regarded as an upset:

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-hampshire-special-election-kevin-cavanaugh-2017-7

 

This story cites the success of the GOTV effort in the first sentence:

http://www.wmur.com/article/democrat-cavanaugh-pulls-upset-in-state-senate-special-election/10360495

 

 

Original text of our post on this campaign is below:

 

Ready to send more postcards? Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh needs you to get out the vote (GOTV) for him in a July 25 special election for the New Hampshire state senate. 

 

Democrat Scott McGilvray became the first Democrat to win state senate district 16 in quite a while last November. He defeated his Republican challenger 51 percent to 48 percent. Sadly, McGilvray fell ill and died in March 2017. New Hampshire has scheduled the special election to fill his seat for July 25, 2017.

 

Ballotpedia identifies state senate district 16 as a pivot county–it went for Barack Obama twice before going to Donald Trump last year.

 

Sending postcard to New Hampshire democrats and asking them to come out and vote could help keep the newly flipped seat blue.

 

Our friend Tony the Democrat is leading the charge.

 

To get as many as 15 addresses at a time, text Abby the Address Bot at:

603.707.4160

 

If you want even more than that, email:

 

Postcards    @    TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

A few things to remember:

Be careful how you address your cards. Say “Dear Voter,” “To the Fine Voters at,” “Best Voters Ever,” etc., taking care not to assume a party affiliation as your postcard might go to a mixed household

 

 

Here are some points to get across on all your Cavanaugh postcards:

 

 

Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh is running in district 16 for New Hampshire state senate.

The special election is July 25.

Kevin was born and raised in New Hampshire where he has been a blue collar IBEW union member for 32 years.

 

Please mail your postcards within three days of writing them.

 

The deadline for getting postcards in the mail is Tuesday July 17.

 

 

See Tony the Democrat’s mailing on the Cavanaugh campaign:

http://mailchi.mp/ind-d6/new-postcard-campaign-in-new-hampshire

 

 

See Cavanaugh’s campaign web site:

https://www.cavanaughfornh.com/

 

 

Read the Ballotpedia page on New Hampshire’s special election in state senate district 16:

https://ballotpedia.org/New_Hampshire_State_Senate_District_16

 

 

Read the Ballotpedia page on New Hampshire state legislative special elections, which talks about pivot counties:

https://ballotpedia.org/New_Hampshire_state_legislative_special_elections,_2017

 

 

Like the Postcards to Voters page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/