April 22, 2021
WORLDS SAVED: 1
TOTAL PROGRESSIVES REGISTERED: 30,140
TOTAL VOTERS REACHED: over 15,000,000
DAYS UNTIL TEXAS MAYORAL ELECTIONS: 9
DAYS UNTIL 2022 MIDTERM ELECTION: 564
ORGANIZING PUT CHAUVIN IN PRISON
The historic Chauvin triple conviction would never have happened without the last year of Black Lives Matter protests — the biggest in our history, at a staggering 15 to 26 million people total. Organizing did that. The efforts of thousands of organizers of color created so much more than these overwhelmingly peaceful protests. They created a tectonic shift in the way we as a nation see racial injustice. They made clear that racism is another American pandemic. They made “I can’t breathe” a rallying cry and compelled us all to say their names. They set the stage for this historic ruling. So what do we do with this new flicker of hope? We don’t let it go out. We nurture it. We follow the lead of organizers of color. We organize like hell. Right now. We demand our senators hold police nationally as accountable as that jury held Chauvin by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. We demand our senators protect our freedom to vote by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. And we push society forward by continuing to register people of color, young people, and women to vote, in swing states across the country. Sign up for an opportunity below. Now let’s go make some change!!
HINT: IT WAS YOOOOOOGE
After getting in new data, we have a breathtaking announcement to make about the total impact Field Team 6 had in the last cycle. We’ll share the news Monday during a whole new style of Strategy Briefing… featuring not just Founder Jason Berlin, but the volunteer organizers and staff who keep Field Team 6 running! We’ll lay out our vision for saving the Senate and House, and winning down-ballot, over the next two crucial years. Join us, and ask questions on everything from messaging to phone banks to in-person voter drives and more! RSVP HERE and we’ll see you there!
Under the leadership of FT6’s Stormer Extraordinaire Deb Verla, our social media storms are growing! Yesterday’s session posted some eye-popping numbers: 1,291 Tweets sent5,164 Faves5,941 RetweetsReach of 405,061and 2,102,747 Impressions! WOW! Incredible work! You can get in on this action every Wednesday at 11a PT, when Deb leads a Social Media Storm party chock full of tips and tricks for effectively engaging on the interwebs. As a longtime software trainer and recent newbie to social media, she will handhold you through the process if you need it. (She grew her own Twitter following from 70 to 3000 in one month, and she’ll tell you how!) Next week we’ll continue to push out the brand new Say Their Names assets calling for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and assets to register new Democrats, assets to join our postcarding efforts and more. RSVP HERE!
49,131! That’s the number of postcards mailed or in progress to potential new Democrats across the nation… all thanks to you! But there are plenty more Democrats-in-the-making who we just know would love to get some art in the mail. You can start writing at our weekly Saturday postcarding parties – RSVP HERE. Prefer a solo postcarding jam? CLICK HERE to get your addresses! We’ve got campaigns running in Pennsylvania, three of our Adopt-a-Traitor districts (CA-25, FL-26, and NC-08), Lauren Boebert’s district CO-03, and the new addition of CA-08, home of Big Bear Lake and its reprehensible representative, Jay Obernolte! P.S. Need to order some postcards before getting started? Check out our amazing Shepard Fairey-designed options HERE (and allow a week or two for delivery)
CALL AZ & WV VOTERS TO GET THEIR SENATORS TO REFORM THE FILIBUSTER
To give us all the freedom to vote, we must reform the filibuster and pass theFor the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.Senators Sinema and Manchin are publicly opposed to filibuster reform.Get their constituents to persuade them otherwise!
ADOPT-A-TRAITOR PHONE BANKSRegister Dems in districts whose representatives supported overturning the Biden/Harris election victory, and flip those seats blue!We’re targeting traitors in California, North Carolina, and Texas!
FLIP A “TRIPLE WORD SCORE” STATERegister Dems in 8 key states to save the Senate and House, and win down-ballot.Join our phone banks into AZ and PA!
POSTCARDINGRegister Dems via postcard in the most flippable districtsand write with friends at our weekly postcarding parties!Send cards to PA, CO-03 (Lauren Boebert’s district!),FL, NC, CA-08 and CA-25!
SOCIAL STORMINGMake a huge difference with a few keystrokes!Build awareness for our voter registration app #Voterizer,our postcarding program, and #RegisterDemocrats fromthe comfort of your social media accounts!Find camaraderie, tips and tricks on our Zooms!
Click VOLUNTEER OPS below to get details and sign up!
EVENTS TODAY, 6P PT, APRIL 22: EARTH DAY CONCERTEarth is our favorite planet by far. So we’re partnering with Face the Music, Music Declares Democracy, Outside the Box 925, and Neto Community Network for a concert to celebrate Earth Day and raise funds for Field Team 6! Because registering Democrats is how we elect green representatives! Join us today, Thursday, April 22, at 6p PT to rock out with some incredible artists, including Chas Castell, Scott Cook (who was just announced as a finalist for the Kerrville Folk Festival!), Christophe Ellie, Lauren Mayer, Mary Moore, Joe Newberry, Diné Navajo Nation band Sihasin, Nancy Sanchez, and a world premiere, sneak preview of a brand-new song from Peter Kronowitt! Click HERE to get tickets!
MONDAY, APRIL 26: FT6 STRATEGY BRIEFINGHear the latest on the Field Team 6 plan to save the world in 2021 and 2022! Tune in to our upcoming Strategy Briefing on Monday, April 26 at 5:30p PT, where you’ll get the rundown from Jason – plus Patti, Wayne, Valerie, Janet, Sharon, Dale, and the rest of the FT6 leadership roster! It’s a party and info session, rolled into one! RSVP HERE.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26: NEXT SOCIAL MEDIA STORMIt’s been a stormy few weeks! Every Wednesday we hit the web to raise awareness for Field Team 6’s efforts to register Democrats and save the world. We take up other important causes, too… like pushing for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. These storms have a big reach (see our update post above) and the more who join, the bigger the impact we can have. Our next storm is on Wednesday, April 28 at 11a PT. Storm any time on your own or join us on Zoom for some socializing and virtual training to develop mad storming skillz! RSVP HERE. And you can always find info on our latest storm as well as cool pre-made posts right HERE.
THURSDAY, MAY 6: DRINKS FOR DEMOCRACYJoin us Thursday, May 6 at 5p PT for our first monthly FT6 happy hour, hosted by celebrity father-daughter team Jeff Perry (Scandal, My So-Called Life) and Zoe Perry (Young Sheldon, Scandal), Don Foster, Gina Cirone, and Master Mixologist Alex Saggiomo, who’ll share a new drink recipe! Each month, we’ll have a celebrity mystery guest, an update on all things political with founder Jason Berlin, a shout-out to an inspiring volunteer, and some time to get to know each other! RSVP HERE.
THURSDAY, MAY 13 :FT6 DEMOCRACY SERIES: JOE TRIPPIMark your calendars for Thursday, May 13 at 5p PT as Jason Berlin sits down for a conversation with the first guest in our new event series highlighting the heroes of our democracy: Joe Trippi, a legendary Democratic über-strategist who’s reinvented campaigning. They’ll be talking all things politics and digging into the details of Trippi’s nearly four decades of work, from Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign to Doug Jones’ historic 2018 Senate win in Alabama. Get tickets HERE! And read Joe’s heartwarming story on Walter Mondale’s passing HERE.
TUESDAY, MAY 18: DEMOCRACY: RED, WHITE, AND ROSÉAfter a hard day of saving the world, sometimes you just want to kick back with a nice glass of wine and some delicious chocolate. But what if you could enjoy said tasty indulgences while helping save the world? Join us for a musical wine and chocolate tasting fundraising extravaganza on Tuesday, May 18 at 6p PT hosted by FT6 Supervolunteer Kala Maxym, owner of Five Senses Tasting (and massively talented opera singer). You’ll be treating yourself to some incredible wine and chocolate while also raising funds for FT6’s voter registration efforts… what could be more delicious than that? Get your tickets HERE! Deadline to order outside Los Angeles is 5/10!
SAVE THE HOUSE: ORANGE COUNTY, CA!
The party that wins the presidency (Democrats, baby!) historically loses House seats in the midterms (booooo!). So we need to defy history. And the road to saving the House in 2022 runs straight through Orange County, CA. That’s why we’re raising money as fast as we can for the must-win districts of CA-39, CA-45, and CA-48, in order to: Buy the data for every unregistered likely Dem we can findSet up phone banks to register themStand up postcarding campaigns to do the same Fuel our efforts by donating to one, two, or all three of our district funds!
Donate to Flip CA-39 Blue! Goal: $1,175; Progress: $725 CA-39 was ruby-red for many years, but Gil Cisneros flipped it blue in the 2018 midterms… only to be unseated by Rep. Young Kim (R) last year, who has voted like a hardcore Trumper. She voted against impeaching Trump, against the COVID relief bill, against voting rights, and against the Equality Act. Let’s make her a one-term wonder!
Donate to Keep CA-45 Blue! Goal: $2,300; Progress: $674 Back in 2018, Rep. Katie Porter rode the Blue Wave all the way into Congress, where she’s been kicking ass and writing names on whiteboards ever since. Let’s keep this progressive hero (and FT6’s 2020 Champion of Democracy Award Winner) in the House of Representatives where she belongs!
Donate to Flip CA-48 Blue! Goal: $1,030; Progress: $300 Since its creation in 1993, CA-48 sent a Republican to Congress every single election until 2018, when Democrat Harley Rouda unseated the unhinged Representative Dana “Russian-backer” Rohrabacher. Sadly, Republican Rep. Michelle Steel managed to flip the district back to red last year… by a much smaller margin than any Republican had ever won by. But CA-48 can flip blue again, and we’re going to make it happen in 2022!
2020 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
DOC GOODINGAt the 1st Annual Field Team 6 Awards, it was our honor to name the incredible Doc Gooding Volunteer of the Year. Arizona was an absolutely crucial state in the 2020 election — key to both a Biden victory and Democrats winning control of the U.S. Senate by electing astronaut hero Mark Kelly. We did both, and tons of credit goes to Doc, who led a team effort that registered over 1,200 Democrats in a single week. Incredible! Presenters Winnie Holzman (Wicked, My So-Called Life, Once and Again) and her husband Paul Dooley (Hairspray, Popeye, Sixteen Candles) present the well-deserved award to Doc in this fantastic video. Doc, thank you for helping literally save the world!
FIELD TEAM 6 NEEDS YOU
SEO SUPERSTAR NEEDED! Search engine optimization is vital to our online presence. And we’re looking for a social-savvy supervolunteer to take the reins of all things SEO for FT6’s YouTube, website, and social channels. We’ll provide training! Wanna be our superstar? Let us know HERE!
SPANISH LANGUAGE PHONE BANKERS NEEDED! Want to help phone bank en Español? Even better – want to LEAD a bilingual phone bank? We need your help! Únete a nosotros! Join us HERE.
CALLING FOR A VOLUNTEER TO CALL VOLUNTEERS! It’s a secret what you’d be calling them about (for now), but if you like to talk on the phone and enjoy catching up with volunteers who are engaged and inspiring, say so HERE. LOOKING FOR A SOCIAL MEDIA HERO!Help needed in managing our social media accounts! Are you a natural at creating posts on Twitter, Facebook and/or Insta that are inspiring, funny, serious, poignant, informative and/or visually dazzling? Let us know HERE!
LEAD THE CHARGE FROM YOUR COMFY COUCH We’re looking for people with a little time and almost any skill to share. Heck, it might be something we don’t even know we need! Tell us about your chops and interests HERE!
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
YOU CAN HELP STOP VOTER SUPPRESSION TODAY! Click HERE to watch a new video from Brave New Films/Declaration for American Democracy about the hundreds of voter suppression bills Republicans are trying to pass right now and how you can stop them by urging your representatives to support S.1, the For the People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Our friends at Common Cause – plus a whole host of pro-democracy organizations – are petitioning the U.S. Senate to (finally) end the filibuster. You know, that undemocratic relic of slavery and Jim Crow that has been continually abused by the minority to block the will of the voters! You can sign the petition HERE. And call your senators! Especially if you live in WV or AZ!
COVID-SAFE IN-PERSON VOTER DRIVE PROTOCOLSAt long last, here’s everything you need to…Figure out when it’s safe to hold a voter driveKeep yourself, all volunteers, and the public safe during the drive and register more Democrats to save the Senate and House in 2022!! Click HERE for the protocols, also posted on our website. Training videos coming! And see you out there (safely) soon!
VACCINATION & REGISTRATION SAVE THE WORLD TWICE! We’ve got a great new item in the Field Team 6 Merch Store: a t-shirt to ease minds, inspire hearts and double your power to do good! On the front: “I’M VACCINATED. CAN I REGISTER YOU AS A DEMOCRAT?” On the back: a handy QR code that sends new voters to Voterizer for instant registration. You spin around, they snap away with their smartphone, and VOILA – a Democrat is born. Fast, fun and stylish! CLICK HERE to start shopping!
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