Swing Left Peninsula’s Sept. 14th Newsletter

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The Election is Now!

Absentee ballots have been sent out in North Carolina. This week, voters receive ballots in Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and more (ballots will be out in half of the Super States!) More go out next week. The election has begun!

You get our email because you are a patriot, a person who loves our country, its promise, and its values. Our country needs you now! Channel your patriotism into action with us over the next few weeks and ensure victory!

Read on for ways to engage with us…

Calendar at a Glance

Strategic actions every day, every week (see details & more events below)

  • Mondays
    • 2:30 – 3:00pm PT: Training for New & Reluctant Phone Bankers RSVP
    • 3:00 – 5:00pm PT: CALL Senate Priority Race of the Week (with CaDems) RSVP
  • Tuesdays
    • 11:00am – 1:30pm PT: CALL NC (with NC Dems) RSVP
    • 4:00 or 5:00pm PT: Newbie Training & Senate Priority Calls (with DVC) RSVP
  • Wednesdays
    • 3:00 – 5:30pm PT: CALL AZ (with Swing Left Peninsula) RSVP
    • 5:00 – 6:00pm PT: Phone Banking 101 (with Swing Left National) RSVP
  • Thursdays
    • 11:00 – noon PT: Basic Zoom & Computer Skills for Phone Banks RSVP
    • 1:00 – 3:00pm PT: CALL NC for Voter Protection (with the NC Dems) RSVP
  • Fridays
    • 12:00 – 1:00pm PT: Persuasion Training for Experienced Callers RSVP
    • 12:00 – 2:00pm PT: CALL AZ (with the LD17 campaign in Phoenix) RSVP
  • Saturdays
    • 9:00 – 11:00am PT: TEXT NC (with the NC Dems) RSVP
    • 10:00am – 1:00pm PT: CALL AZ (with the LD17 campaign in Phoenix) RSVP
  • Sundays
    • 12:00 – 2:30pm PT: CALL NC (with the NC Dems) RSVP
    • 4:30 – 6:30pm PT: Spanish Calls for Senate Priority Races (with SMC LatinX Dems) RSVP

Specific upcoming dates (more info below):

  • Tues, 9/15, 6:30 – 7:30pm PT: State of the Arizona Races RSVP
  • Thurs, 9/17, 5:00 – 6:00pm PT: Phone Bank Host Training RSVP
  • Fri, 9/18last day to request printed Vote Forward letters from Swing Left Peninsula (email us)
  • Sat, 9/19, 2:00-5:00pm PT: Día de Acción Latinx en LD-17 (AZ Spanish Phone Bank) RSVP
  • Sun, 9/20, 5:00 – 6:00pm PT: Phone Bank Host Training RSVP
  • Sun, 9/20, 7:00-9:00pm PT: Screening of “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Handbook” RSVP
  • Mon, 9/21, 4:30 – 5:30pm PT: Write Letters with the Cast of Hamilton! RSVP
  • Tues, 9/22, 4:00-5:00pm PT: Take Back Texas with Beto O’Rourke! RSVP

Letter Writing Announcements!

Friday, September 18 will be the last day to request printed letters from Swing Left Peninsula. Pick up/delivery of these requests will begin Tuesday, September 22. If you have had a letter “supplier” and need more, contact him/her; otherwise, email us at lettercaptains@swingleftpeninsula.org.

The Letter Date Will Be Moved Up!

If you’re already writing letters for the Big Send and wondering if they should be mailed earlier than planned, Vote Forward is likely to move the date up (view the details here). Vote Forward intends to announce the “send date” in late September. We will provide updates as we learn more.

And finally, get your stamps now, if you don’t have them already! More details on letter writing below.

A Letter Party with the Cast of Hamilton!

Mon, Sep 21st, 4:30 – 5:30pm Pacific

Vote Forward is partnering with the cast of Hamilton for a fun-filled event featuring performances from the Hamilton songbook, trivia, and lively discussion – all while learning how to write letters to voters! If you already know how, just grab a packet to fill out while you listen to the fun. RSVP Here.

Voting isn’t enough. Pick up the phone!

All of us who cherish our shared American values and way of life have 50 days to do everything we can to protect it. And as members of Swing Left Peninsula, you know that this year, voting isn’t enough. We have to make sure we get every last Democratic voter to the polls!

Our most effective method to do this is to talk to potential voters. This is even more critical now, during these last few weeks, as potential voters increasingly have questions about the changing vote-by-mail policies, early voting, polling locations, and so much more.

With door-to-door canvassing off the table this year, phone banking is our best bet! And phone banks now take place on Zoom, from the safety of your home. The good news is that you won’t be doing it alone! There’s always someone on the Zoom call to help you and provide you with all the training and community spirit you need!

Phone Banking Trainings:

  • Think Phone Banking Isn’t for You? Training for New & Reluctant Callers, Mondays 2:30 – 3:00pm PT (with Swing Left Peninsula and CA-Dems) RSVP
  • Basic Zoom & Computer Skills for Phone Banks, Thursdays, 11am PT (with Swing Left Peninsula and CA-Dems) RSVP
  • Phone Banking 101, Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00pm PT (with Swing Left National) RSVP

Are You Conversant in Spanish?

If so, please click the button below and then check the “Conversant in Spanish” box. We have opportunities to reach out to Latinos, and we need your help. Thanks.


We Need Hosts!

To reach all of the people we need to win in November, we need more HOSTS.

Host a Virtual Phone Bank

Phone banking can help us secure the winning margins but only if we mobilize a lot of people to do it! Swing Left National will take you through all the steps for hosting your own VPB (Virtual Phone Bank), from creating an event, connecting to a phone bank, and giving your attendees the tools they need to be successful. And you’ll get some top tips on how to foster community and make it fun!

  • Phone Bank Host Training: Thurs, 9/17, 5:00 – 6:00pm PT or Sun, 9/21, 5:00 – 6:00pm PT RSVP
  • Can’t attend the training? See the Phone Bank Host Hub Here

Host a Virtual Relational Organizing Party

Relational organizing is simply the practice of leaning on the people you already know—your friends, family, and neighbors— to mobilize and build sustainable collective power. By working together (virtually) with other volunteers, we can lift each other up, brainstorm messaging, and identify members in our networks who are likely to volunteer to help us win the Super States.

Strategic Phone Banks

To win up and down the ballot

All of us are understandably nervous about the Presidential and Senate elections because we know that everything we value as Americans is at stake. But, few of us realize that the results of state legislature races will empower the winning party to redraw voting maps next year, impacting our collective future for the next ten years! To prevent the GOP’s gerrymandering tactics, we need you to call voters in strategic states and help flip them blue!

Calls to Arizona!

We’re calling strategic parts of the state, mostly Legislative District 17 (LD17) in the Phoenix area. Our calls not only move us closer to flipping the state legislature (and ending gerrymandering), they also send “reverse coattail” ripples up the ballot for Mark Kelly and Joe Biden. Every voter we turn out gives us a triple effect! Training included.

  • Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:30pm PT (with Swing Left Peninsula) RSVP
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00pm PT (with the LD17 campaign) RSVP
  • Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm PT (with the LD17 campaign) RSVP
  • Spanish: Día de Acción Latinx en LD-17, Saturday, Sept 19th, 2:00-5:00pm PT RSVP
  • Spanish: Tuesdays – Sundays, multiple times available (with Mark Kelly’s campaign) RSVP

Calls to North Carolina!

North Carolina is the only state that promises a QUADRUPLE win! We’re going for its 15 electoral votes, Senate seat, and state legislature flip…and defending Governor Roy Cooper. One call advances 3 races: Biden, Cunningham & Cooper! Training included.

  • Sundays, 12:00 – 2:30pm PT (with the NC Dems) RSVP
  • Sundays, 1:00 – 3:30pm PT (with Swing Left Peninsula) RSVP
  • Tuesdays, 11:00am – 1:30pm PT (with the NC Dems) RSVP
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:30pm PT (with the NC Dems) RSVP
  • Voter Protection! Recruit poll observers and hotline volunteers; Thursdays, 1:00-3:00pm PT, Saturdays, 10am-noon PT (with the NC Dems) RSVP

Call Other States!

Flip-the-Senate Priority Calls:

The DSCC will tell us which U.S. Senate race is most in need of calls each week, based on current polling data, fundraising totals, and advertising spending. Training included.

  • Mondays, 3:00 – 5:00pm PT (with Swing Left Peninsula & CA-Dems) RSVP
  • Spanish: Sundays, 4:30 – 6:30pm, PT (San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club) RSVP

Swing Left National’s Strategic Phone Bank Hub

Swing Left is working directly with campaigns in the Super States to let you know where your remote phone banking help is most needed. Additional opportunities will be added regularly, so check back here for updates. Current options:

  • Iowa for Biden & Greenfield: Saturdays, 11am & Sundays, 2pm PT RSVP
  • Ohio for Biden & more: Saturdays & Sundays, 10am PT RSVP
  • Michigan for Biden & more: Everyday, many time options RSVP
  • Pennsylvania for Biden & more: Everyday, many time options RSVP
  • Wisconsin for Biden & more: Everyday, many time options RSVP

Democratic Volunteer Center

Join a training below, then pick the state you want! Currently calling for U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Iowa, Maine, and North Carolina.

  • Newbies: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:00 OR 5:00pm PT, Saturdays, 1:00 OR 2:00pm PT RSVP
  • Experienced callers, for AutoDialer training only: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:30pm PT, Saturdays, 1:30pm PT; no need to RSVP, just join this Zoom Link

Other ways to get involved: Donating, Texting, Letter Writing, and Listening!

LD17 Fundraiser

Contribute to our fundraiser for LD17’s Democratic candidates Jennifer Pawlik and Ajlan “AJ” Kurdoglu! Jennifer is the first woman and Democrat to be elected in LD17 in 54 years, Jennifer won by just 354 votes in 2018. And AJ is a first-generation American fighting to win a seat that the Democrats lost by only 1744 votes in 2018.

As of yesterday, we have raised $24,755 for these terrific candidates! We want to blast through $25,000. Please help us do that.



North Carolina: Texting with the NC Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign
For U.S. Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham and Joe Biden! Training included.

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00pm PT & Saturdays, 9:00am PT. RSVP

Arizona: Text Training for the Mark Kelly campaign

  • Saturdays, 12:00 – 12:30 pm PT. RSVP

Letter Writing

Prepare letters for Vote Forward’s “Big Send” campaign and help hit their goal of 10 million GOTV letters!

  • If you have had a letter “supplier” and need more, contact him/her; otherwise, email us at lettercaptains@swingleftpeninsula.org
  • Click here for our pick up and delivery options in several Peninsula cities.
  • Click here if you’d like to download and print letters yourself.
  • Click here to sign up for a Zoom Letter Party, where you can chat with other volunteers while you write!

Partner Organization Events

Local Event Calendar and Texting Help!

DVC Logo

Our local DVC (Democratic Volunteer Center) maintains a fantastic calendar of events with phone banks, candidate fora, and more. Also, learn how to start TEXTING with the DVC’s Getting Started Guide, or get texting help and sign up for a weekly summary of current texting campaigns on several platforms at texting@demvolctr.org.

Arizona “State of the Race”

Tues, Sep 15th, 6:30pm

Join us to hear the latest about the races in Arizona up and down the ballot. Charles Fisher, Executive Director at the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC) will join us to talk about their mission, why flipping the Arizona legislature is so important, what they’ve achieved, and what’s ahead. We’ll also hear from other Arizona organizers, Swing Left’s political team, and volunteers on the ground in Arizona about how you can help. RSVP here

“Rigged” Film Screening and Live Q&A

Free event via Zoom

Sun, Sep 20th, 7:00pm

“RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook” is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and sparks discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. We will watch the 70-minute film together via Zoom and then join in a live Q&A with the Producer Mac Heller. RSVP here.

Take Back Texas Fundraiser, with Beto O’Rourke

Help meet a $50K matching grant!

Tues, Sep 22nd, 4:00 – 5:00pm PT

Join Beto, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee, and Texas House candidates Akilah Bacy, Elizabeth Beck & Celina Montoya. Texas ballots go out this week, so it’s more important than ever to support these candidates. Taking back the Texas House is crucial for stopping the institutionally sanctioned racism put in place during the past decade of gerrymandering. Republicans currently control both state chambers, but Democrats only need nine seats in the Texas House to gain a majority. In 2018, Democrats gained 12 seats, which was the biggest shift since Republicans gained control in 2010. There are nine House seats currently held by Republicans, where Beto won in 2018 (in some cases as much as 60%). If we can win one chamber, Democrats will have a critical seat at the redistricting table. Minimum suggested donation: $50. Donate and RSVP here.

Phone (and Text) Bank for TJ and Josh


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