I’m Olivia, and I’m a volunteer with Field Team 6. I lucked out last year when my dad told me about this great grassroots organization that had a clear mission to register Democrats in battleground states. I checked it out, and sure enough, Dad was right again: It was, indeed, a very cool operation. Think organized, efficient, effective, and community building, with a good helping of fun and an all-important sense of humor mixed in. I immediately signed up to help with phone and text banking. Being on Zoom with other volunteers and knowing that they were rolling up their sleeves and reaching out to voters right there with me was always motivating and reassuring. It was also really helpful to have a Slack channel to refer to for tech support.
Perhaps the best moment of last year was when the election was finally called for Biden. I had remembered that Jason Berlin, the founder of FT6, had promised to dance for 15 minutes right after the election was called, no matter the day or time, so I tuned into Zoom with my kids that glorious Saturday morning and sure enough, he was dancing, along with a handful of other FT6ers. My dad joined too! 🙂 It was a jubilant moment that I doubt I’ll ever forget!
Now, in 2021, I’ve been enjoying postcarding to likely Democrats. When my wrist gets sore from scribbling out postcard after postcard, I picture the person on the receiving end and how they just might appreciate that I took the time to write to them personally, and get themselves registered!
At this moment in time, while Democrats hold the White House and both branches of Congress, democracy remains very much in peril. This is not a time to go on cruise control. While our tanks might be feeling quite empty after the extreme challenges of the pandemic year we’ve just lived through, we need to dig deep and make a commitment to defending our values and our freedom — for every one of us, there are many who are lying in wait to continue chipping away at all we love about our country, our fellow citizens, and our planet. With that in mind, I ask you to join me in getting involved in Field Team 6. Can you set aside a bit of time to write some postcards, send some texts, or make some phone calls?
You will get the dual privilege of making a difference and being a force for positive change! Plus, you’ll be joining an awesome community of like-minded folks — something we could all use a bit more of in our lives these days!
Thanks for reading and look forward to volunteering with you.
Olivia Buckwheat Kelly
Field Team 6
10940 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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