Swing Left Peninsula’s March 30th Newsletter

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What The Heck Is Virtual Organizing?

Please do as we are doing and prioritize taking care of yourselves, your loved ones, and your neighbors during these unprecedented, uncertain times.

One sign of our times is that, while we’re all carefully keeping our six feet of “social distance,” our inboxes are filling up with “virtual this” and “virtual that.” But what the heck does virtual mean? It’s simple, really. “Virtual” means “do it online,” and if you are reading this email on a screen, you are online now, so you are virtually there!

For example, get a few friends to download letters, set up a video conference, and you can all write get-out-the-vote letters, chat and enjoy each other’s company while staying home. That’s a “virtual letter party!”

This newsletter is packed with how-to details and links about working with each other “virtually” over the next few months as we move closer to November. Read on for details…

Activism from Home

Swing Left’s new Virtual Organizing Hub helps you maximize your impact on the most strategic races in the 12 Super States, right from your couch or kitchen table. The hub details many meaningful at-home activities and provides trainings to get you started. We’ve summarized some of them in the sections below.

As you probably know, a lot of virtual activism gatherings and trainings are taking place by Zoom, a video conferencing tool. The Virtual Organizing Hub gives a thorough explanation of how Zoom works, and you may also sign up for one of Swing Left’s daily Zoom trainings!

Write Letters From Home

We’re excited to summarize new resources that Swing Left has set up to help you write effective GOTV letters at home…on your own or in a convivial virtual party setting.

Here’s how to get started with downloading, printing, and writing letters:

Remember: Hold on to the GOTV letters now and mail them in October. (Buy stamps or even envelopes later, or order them online.) FYI, right now we’re prioritizing Colorado and Texas.

Letter writing table

NEW! Attend or host virtual letter parties!

Do you miss the motivation and camaraderie of letter-writing parties? Well, they’re back (virtually, of course)! To participate, you’ll first need to download and print your own letters using our instructions.National Zoom letter parties:

Swing Left’s national staffers are holding parties four times a week by Zoom (a video conferencing system). Click the button below to sign up for a party.

Host your own virtual party:

Join one of the national parties to see how it works, then consider hosting your own.

Phone from Home

Phone for Wisconsin Supreme Court Election (Apr 7)
Help end GERRYMANDERING in a key state!

The April 7th State Supreme Court election in Wisconsin is crucial to the future of fair elections in the state and our national fight to roll back Republican gerrymandering in 2021. The high court in the state will likely rule on crucial issues in the coming years: voting rights, campaign finance, and, perhaps most importantly, redistricting and fair maps.

We’re helping the Democratic Party of Wisconsin flip this seat by electing progressive, pro-democracy candidate Judge Jill Karofsky. We’re calling voters to make sure they understand how important this race is, know who the candidates are in this nonpartisan election, and have a plan to vote—preferably by mail.

After you sign up, you’ll immediately receive training materials, background on Judge Karofsky, and contact information for Swing Left staff who can provide additional support.

Sign up here to call any day between now and April 7th.

Phone for Special U.S. House Election in CA-25 (May 12)
We must hold one of our hard-fought 2018 flips!

Make calls for Christy Smith, a member of the California State Assembly who’s running to fill the SoCal seat vacated by Democrat Katie Hill. California Democrats worked hard in 2018 to flip this district along with six of our other Congressional seats. We can’t let this seat revert to red! Campaign staff will start each session with a quick training via Zoom, and then they’ll be on hand to answer questions as you call.

Sign up for any date between now and May 12th (click on “show more” under “available times” to see all dates) Sign Up to Protect CA-25!

Text from Home

Our local Democratic Volunteer Center (DVC) is a great resource for getting started. Check out their helpful links:

Listen from Home

We’re working almost in isolation now, sequestered in our homes thanks to Covid-19. While you are doing the work of Democracy from home, please listen to Swing Left’s Podcast – it will help you feel connected and motivated!

In Episode 29 of How We Win, Dr. Karen North (an expert in social media and psychology and a Clinical Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at USC) explores what organizing and communicating look like as we stay home to flatten the curve. Swing Left’s National Field Director, Marisa Kanof, updates us on how Swing Left continues to organize and stay connected with volunteers and voters.

Partner Organization Events

U.S. Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham (North Carolina): Virtual Fundraiser

This Thursday, April 2nd, 6pm (Donations start at $100)

Join Cal, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran and environmental business leader, who’s secured the Democratic nomination for North Carolina’s toss-up U.S. Senate seat.

Sign up for Cal Cunningham virtual event

Postcards (Flip the West)

Interested in Flipping Arizona Blue? Write Flip the West postcards on behalf of Mark Kelly and help sign up people for the Permanent Early Voting List (vote by mail).

Democracy Action SF – Phone Bank from Home

Governer Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be “socially distanced but spiritually connected.” Be politically engaged too! Now more than ever we need Democratic leadership. Join DemAction SF for phonebanks to reach out to Democratic voters. They will train you! Zoom link to follow after RSVP.

Wednesday, April 1: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm : RSVP
Wednesday, April 8: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: RSVP

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