June 10, 2021
WORLDS SAVED: 1
PROGRESSIVES WE HELPED REGISTER: 2,940,883
TOTAL VOTERS REACHED: over 15,000,000
DAYS UNTIL 2022 MIDTERM ELECTION: 515
THE FIGHT IS EVERYTHING
We can’t choose what Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema do.
But we can choose what we do.
We choose to fight.
For the freedom to vote.
For equal rights for all.
For the ability of the people to choose their leaders.
We fight to win.
And the fight itself strengthens our voices, strengthens our democracy.
Every time you speak up, you make it easier for someone else to speak up. When millions of us do this, our voices thunder a chorus that can’t be ignored. Since before our country’s founding, every inch of progress has been won by fighters for social justice who refused to give up. When we join this fight, we join the greatest American tradition of the revolutionaries who founded this country, the abolitionists who ended slavery, the suffragettes who won women the vote. The tradition of activists from Selma to Stonewall to Standing Rock… from the Women’s Marches to the Black Lives Matter protests that were the biggest in history.
Here and now, we fight for our democracy with everything we’ve got. We are awake – we are united – we are strong. Time to roar.
CA-39: WE DID IT!Last week, we put out a call for help in raising funds to unleash the full force of our voter registration efforts in CA-39. And boy, did you answer it! We not only met, but exceeded our goal – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to every single person who pitched in. Our next move will be to use these funds to set up postcarding and phone banks into CA-39, to let voters know about their current Republican Rep. Young Kim’s absolutely abysmal voting record and build support for her eventual Democratic challenger. And on that topic… we will soon need CA-39 phone bank leaders! Please let us know HERE if you’re interested in volunteering for the cause.
BEST-EVER SOCIAL STORM!With the help of our incredible partners, the digital geniuses at Demcast (@DemCastUSA), we held our most impressive social storm to date, genearating over 11 million impressions! REPEAT: over 11 million impressions! That’s what Biden would call a “big $%^# deal!” Our posts, which included #RegisterDemocrats and #Voterizer hashtags, focused on passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and introducing people to our Shepard Fairey voter registration postcarding program. Thank you DemCast!!
If you are social media curious, come to a training by our only Bionic Team Leader, Deb Verla – who just received a titanium wrist implant, and kept posting one-handed! She’ll give you all of the tips and tricks of how to increase your followers, increase engagement, and get our messages of hope to the most eyeballs. Sign up HERE!
VOTER DRIVE IN A BOX:’ ZONA NITTY GRITTY VIDDYField Team 6 is so excited to be getting back to in-person voter registration drives that we’re putting together a Voter Drive in a Box for each 2022 target state. What’s in the box? Everything you need to lead your own in-person voter drive and save the world… customized for your state! First up: the critical state of ARIZONA! Check out our new video—The Nitty Gritty for Registering Arizona Democrats—a crucial part of our Arizona Voter Drive in a Box. You can check out how we’re coming with your favorite battleground’s box right HERE. It’s a work in progress, but we’re moving fast to finish ’em. If you want to help, check out our recruitment pitch below.
TOMORROW, JUNE 11:DRINKS FOR DEMOCRACY!Join us tomorrow at 5p PT for a Texas-themed happy hour! Our celebrity hosts Jeff Perry, Zoe Perry, Gab Taraboulsy, Gina Cirone, and Don Foster will be joined by two Houston-born superstars: Three-time Emmy award-winner Debbie Allen (Fame, Grey’s Anatomy, Kennedy Center Honoree) …and Emmy nominee Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy, Sex and the City, The Sopranos)! They’ll talk all things politics and tv – a Texas voting rights expert will give us the latest update on the state’s unique problems and solutions – and Master Mixologist Alex Saggiomo will supply us with a uniquely Texan drink recipe. Plus – join the raffle to win a pair of Texas-themed Chuck Taylors with Young Sheldon cast signatures! It’s going to be an epic Friday night… GET YOUR TICKETS today!
TUESDAY, JUNE 15:AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE!Have you been phone and text banking each week… and want to flex your activism in a different way? Learn how to amplify your voice by writing an Op-Ed! This coming Tuesday, June 15 from 7-8p PT join voting rights advocate and published Op-Ed author Valerie Morishige for a learning/strategy session on amplifying your voice and moving the conversation forward on the For the People Act and filibuster reform in Arizona. Find out why getting published matters, get tools and templates for submitting Op-Eds in local papers, and learn key talking points about strengthening our democracy. Let’s share knowledge, power map, and strategize on getting heard and saving the world! RSVP HERE.
VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUT: SHARON LORD GREENSPAN
This week, we sing the praises of volunteer powerhouse Sharon Lord Greenspan! It would probably be easier to list the jobs she hasn’t had for FT6, because Sharon’s been involved in everything – from putting our events on Mobilize and Zoom, to updating the website, to helping with this very newsletter… and that’s in addition to her roles as Zoom Czar and Postcarding Co-Czar and member of our Round Table steering committee! On top of all that, she also finds the time to run the Woke AF action group on Facebook and stay involved with Indivisible, Black Voters Matter, and SURJ. She can – and does – do it all, and we are beyond grateful for her dedication! Sharon’s a sushi-loving OG Valley Girl – which means she fake smoked at the original Galleria back in the 80s! – who still lives in SoCal with her husband (who is also incredibly grateful for all her pro-democracy work) and three sons. Before the nightmare wrought by November 2016, Sharon worked as a TV producer… which is where she met Jason, who recruited her into Field Team 6 very early on. Here’s what FT6 has meant to Sharon, in her own words:
After our victories in 2020, I’ve come to realize participating in our democracy and encouraging others to do so is not something we do only during election cycles. It needs to be a sustainable, daily practice like yoga or meditation. Overwhelmed by all of the options, I decided to focus all of my pro-democracy efforts with Field Team 6 as registering Democrats provides broad results from the local to the federal level. I also love Field Team 6 because we are not all about doom and gloom but about light. Over the past four years and change, I’ve learned from Black organizers and from Jason/Field Team 6 that JOY is a form of resistance.
It is no exaggeration to say that FT6 could not function without the tireless commitment and inimitable sense of humor of the one and only Sharon Lord Greenspan. Words really cannot express how much we appreciate every single thing that you do, Sharon – but here are two: THANK YOU!
CALLING ALL WRITERS AND EDITORS
We’re looking for A Few Good Writers and Editors… to help with the videos, briefs, and all the democracy-saving goodness we lovingly pack into our Voter Drive in a Box. We just rolled out Arizona, but we need your help for the next states! Get a sense of what we’re cooking up HERE and if you can share your talents in writing, video editing, or research, let us know HERE!
CALL AZ & WV VOTERS TO GET THEIR SENATORSTO 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 BANKS Register Dems in districts whose representatives supportedoverturning the Biden/Harris election victory, and flip those seats blue!We’re targeting traitors in CA, NC, and TX!
FLIP A “TRIPLE WORD SCORE” STATE Register Dems in 8 key states to save the Senate and House, and win down-ballot.Join our phone banks into AZ, GA and PA!
POSTCARDINGRegister Dems via postcard in the most flippable districtsand write with friends at our weekly postcarding parties!Send cards to CA-08, CA-21 and CA-25!Just launched: Postcarding in CA-39 to oppose the CA Gov’s Recall!
SOCIAL STORMINGMake a huge difference with a few keystrokes!Build awareness for our voter registration app #Voterizer,and help #RegisterDemocrats fromthe comfort of your social media accounts!Find camaraderie and insider tips and tricks on our Zooms! Click VOLUNTEER OPS below to get details and sign up!
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