THE FILIBUSTER IS A CLUSTER – The Field Team 6 Weekly

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February 25, 2021

WORLDS SAVED:   1

TOTAL PROGRESSIVES REGISTERED:  30,107

TOTAL VOTERS REACHED:  over 15,000,000

DAYS UNTIL TEXAS MAYORAL ELECTIONS: 72

DAYS UNTIL 2022 MIDTERM ELECTION: 628


THE FILIBUSTER IS A CLUSTER


The path to saving our democracy is clear. Registering Democrats in swing states is key, but equally urgent is ending the filibuster. Here’s why.

We must pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act – and H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. H.R. 1 makes automatic voter registration the law of the land in every state, extends early voting, and ensures vote-by-mail in every state. H.R. 4 restores and modernizes the protections of the Voting Rights Act, the crown jewel of civil rights legislation that protected the voting rights of minorities from 1965 until 2013, when the Roberts Supreme Court gutted it.

At this moment, Republican-controlled legislatures in swing states across the country are hard at work passing extreme restrictions on voting rights. So far 33 states have proposed 165 bills to limit our freedom to vote.

There is also danger at a higher level. Congressional redistricting happens this year, and each state controls its own process, meaning states run by Republicans are free to draw gerrymandered maps to further tilt the playing field towards them.

H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 level the playing field, providing federal protections against racist, classist voter suppression and redistricting. With them, we have a shot at averting disaster, and keeping the Senate and House out of Republican hands in two years. Without them, we do not.

To pass these laws, we must get rid of the filibuster – either partially or fully. That would allow us to pass laws with the 50 Democrats in the Senate and Vice President Harris breaking the ties. Which is necessary, since we’ll never get 10 Republicans to join us.

The filibuster is a non-constitutional Senate rule used by segregationists to prevent majority rule. Right now, the filibuster allows senators representing only 12% of Americans to control the laws while disabling the senators that represent the other 88% of Americans. That is the definition of anti-democratic.

Now is the time to pressure your senators, especially if you live in California, Arizona, or West Virginia. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are publicly opposed to ending the filibuster. Call them once a day, every day! Every call helps. Leave a message with your name and zip code (so they know you’re a constituent) and urge them to end the filibuster in order to pass H.R. 1 and 4 and literally save democracy. These calls are tallied and reported to the senators, so they make a huge difference.

Here are their numbers:
Dianne Feinstein – Washington: (202) 224-3841 / San Francisco: (415) 393-0707
Kyrsten Sinema – Washington: (202) 224-4521 / Phoenix: (602) 598-7327
Joe Manchin – Washington: (202) 224-3954 / Charleston: (304) 342-5855

You can also use ResistBot from any smartphone. Text “sign PIVKLK” to 50409 and send letters to both your senators and your representative!

H.R. 1 will be on the floor of the House the week of March 1. So call and text like the wind! And get all your friends in these states to call their senators too!


BIG NEWS

CA-25 PHONE BANKS ARE HERE!California volunteers: at last, your time has come! Every Sunday starting March 7th from 2-4p PT, you’ll have your chance to call unregistered Democrats in CA-25 – aka the home district of traitor and extreme Trump lackey Mike Garcia – and start laying the groundwork to flip Katie Hill’s old seat back to its rightful blue in 2022! CLICK HERE to RSVP or check out Vol Ops below!


ADOPT-A-TRAITOR UPDATE

Treat traitors to the full panoply of FT6’s outreach efforts, including texts, emails, targeted ads, phone banks, and postcards. Thanks to you, we’ve raised the money to do that for our first adoptee, Rep. Beth Van Duyne (TX-24)! Now we want to spread the love to three more adoptees: Richard Hudson of North Carolina, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, and Southern California’s own Mike Garcia – aka the guy who slithered into Katie Hill’s old seat, won by just 333 votes in November, and then voted to overthrow democracy just weeks later. Please adopt one – or all! – of these traitors today, so we can get our Democrat-minting machine up and running in their districts ASAP. Not sure who to choose? Check out the adoption videos below!

Traitor Richard Hudson (NC-08)Goal: $7,548; Progress: $2,273 Click to Adopt Traitor Richard HudsonPhone Bank to Unseat Traitor Richard Hudson & Take a Senate Seat

TraitorCarlos Gimenez (FL-26)Goal: $5,106; Progress: $2,986 Click to Adopt Traitor Carlos GimenezPhone Bank to Unseat Traitor Carlos Gimenez & Marco Rubio

TraitorMike Garcia (CA-25)Goal: $3,446.77; Progress: $2,917! Click to Adopt Traitor Mike GarciaPhone Bank to Unseat Traitor Mike Garcia

And remember – if you adopt Richard or Carlos, you’re helping defeat bonus traitors too! In 2022, every single Democrat we register in North Carolina will help us take the Senate seat Richard Burr is leaving open. And every Dem in Florida will help us beat Governor Ron DeSantis as well as Senator Marco Rubio!


VOLUNTEER OPS

ADOPT-A-TRAITOR PHONE BANKSRegister Dems in districts whose representatives supportedoverturning the Biden/Harris election victory, and flip those seats blue!We’re targeting traitors in California, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas! COMMON CAUSE PHONE BANKSAs a vote in the House quickly approaches, make calls to constituents of key House districts to shore up support for HR1 – the transformative For The People Act that will make automatic voter registration the law in all 50 states! Click VOLUNTEER OPS below to get details and sign up!


EVENTS

FRIDAY, MARCH 12:KATIE PORTER TO RECEIVE FT6 CHAMPION OF DEMOCRACY AWARD!Drumroll please… our Champion of Democracy Award will go to the irrepressible Congresswoman from Orange County who won our hearts with her brilliance, courage, and fierce whiteboard chops: Representative Katie Porter! You won’t want to miss her acceptance speech or a single minute of this star-studded evening, so CLICK HERE for tickets to the First Annual Field Team 6 Awards to be held Friday, March 12 at 5:30p PT. Celebrity hosts Jeff and Zoe Perry will be joined by star presenters including Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne/The Conners/Ladybird), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), and William Petersen (To Live and Die in L.A./CSI), as well as surprise guests! We’ll also be handing out our first-ever awards for Donor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. So don’t miss it – get your ticket today!

SUNDAY, MARCH 14: POSTCARDING LAUNCH PARTYThere’s no better way to celebrate our brand new postcarding initiative than with a Zoom party! Join us Sunday, March 14 at 4:30p PT for our kickoff, where we’ll teach you everything you need to know for postcard success. The first targets of our campaign will be likely Democrats in all our Adopt-a-Traitor districts… and some high-stakes Texas mayoral races too! RSVP HERE


VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: CUSTOMIZING VOTERIZER!

MAKE VOTERIZER(EVEN MORE) YOURS!Field Team 6 has been proud to offer all our grassroots groups, Dem clubs, and Resistance partners the option to brand their own version of Voterizer with individual organization logos. (If you’re interested in making this happen for your own group, CLICK HERE to get started!) And now, we’re offering the chance to go even deeper on Voterizer customization. FT6 Media Team Leader Jeff Sielaff has put together a handy-dandy video explaining the ins and outs of how to customize Voterizer text, links, font size, and images – while bringing a whole new meaning to the word MUGGeR! Check out the video HERE! Our wonderful new Voterizer Promoterizer Emma Henderschedt is happy to answer any questions and get you up and registering new Democrats! Click HERE to arrange a time.


FIELD TEAM 6 NEEDS YOU

JOIN THE FIELD TEAM 6 SPANISH LANGUAGE TEAM!If you’re comfortable translating phone/text bank scripts or Voterizer updates from English to Spanish, we need your help! And you don’t have to be perfect – a professional translator always puts the stamp of approval on what the team does. Únete a nosotros! Join us HERE.


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