CTC TOGETHER UPDATE JUNE 2020
“When the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin dug his knee into the back of George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes while Floyd pleaded for help, he was merely following the president’s advice.
‘Please don’t be too nice,’ Donald Trump told an audience of police officers on Long Island in 2017, in a speech largely focused on the MS-13 gang. The audience laughed. ‘When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough. I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’” – Adam Serwer, “Trump Gave Police Permission to Be Brutal,” Atlantic Monthly, 6/2/2020.
Donald Trump is not the only factor behind the increase in police violence that has led to the current social justice movement. But he has played a big role in enabling the violent and structural racism and police brutality that has turned hundreds of thousands of people across the country into activists.
And if we were looking to our president to help calm the unrest and unite Americans—well, we’d be looking at the wrong person.
Ending Trump’s presidency will not solve the problems that Black Lives Matters protesters are marching against. But defeating him in November is essential to stopping the violence against American citizens that Trump has encouraged and directed.
That’s one of the reasons 2020 is an all-hands-on deck election. It’s a use-every-tool-in-the-toolbox election. Political campaigns will spend billions of dollars this year, most of it washed down the drain. Our organization is the one that’s out in the field doing work that science says is effective, and that has never been done in a world like this.
Your activism with CTC Together is more important than ever right now. Activating swing-state voters who can make a difference is a concrete way to demonstrate your values and make a difference.
Thank you and stay safe!
CTC Welcomes Two New Organizers
Two professional organizers, Austin Smith and LL Randolph, have joined the CTC team. We were able to hire them thanks to the valiant efforts of the Fundraising Team (see below). Austin is currently driving cross-country from LA to join us on the East Coast. He recently finished a six-month Deep Canvassing campaign that succeeded in passing a jail reform and divestment ballot measure in Los Angeles. LL (Laura Lee) was most recently the director of volunteer programs at a nonprofit school serving adult immigrants in Washington, DC.
We’re so excited that Austin and LL have come on board, and we’ll tell you more about them in next month’s newsletter. Stay tuned!
There’s still one spot left in tomorrow (Thursday) night’s storytelling workshop. And if you’ve been to at least three story workshops before, and are interested in phone banking with us, there’s still space this weekend. Visit our Events page for all the details about these and other upcoming information sessions, trainings, and canvassing events.
FUNDRAISING WITHOUT FEAR
CTC has a new, all-volunteer Fundraising Team, and it’s producing results for the organization!
In May, we raised $50,000, half from the Movement Voter Project and the rest from individuals, in donations from $10-$5,000. With that money, CTC has hired two new full-time organizers (see above) who will dramatically increase our ability to persuade Pennsylvania voters to stop Trump.
We can’t rest on our laurels—we need to raise $5-$10,000 each month to pay our staff, fund our predictive dialer, and grow our training and canvassing operations.
That’s where you come in. But—surprise!—we’re not asking you for money. (At least not right now. ;-)) Instead, we’re inviting you to a fundraising party! We’re going to get together online to ask our friends and family for their support.
You might be afraid to ask for donations. But remember—you used to be afraid to go out canvassing, too. CTC will teach you how to overcome your anxiety and become an effective fundraiser. In fact, we promise we won’t ask you to call anyone unless you feel really great about it!
Doug Graiver, a CTC volunteer, put it this way: “I didn’t think I could do this. But the training session was so clear and helpful that it got me over that hump. I’ve started calling people and have collected a lot of donations. People are actually eager to help!” Doug will be one of the trainers for our upcoming fundraising party.
If you want to try your hand at it, email Carol Smolenski. Our training sessions will take place on June 16 and 17, and we’ll be making calls together the following weekend.
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