WHAT TO GET AMERICA FOR HER BIRTHDAY
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, announcing our separation from Great Britain, a hostile superpower who was not about to take this news well.
It was a wild act of breathtaking courage. We knew that in declaring the birth of our democracy, we may have signed our own death warrant.
You can hear that thought under the final words: And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Today, our democracy’s survival is again in question. Let our answer again be pledging everything we are and have to each other. How do we put that pledge into action?
By holding voter drives, in person and digitally! Expanding the electorate is the most direct way to make a difference, swing elections, and save our democracy. So let’s get out there today, next week, and every week after, and register Democrats, wherever we are, wherever we can! Our Voter Drive in a Box makes in-person drives easy – and it’s fully ready for California, Arizona, and now Pennsylvania too! We’ll be rolling out more states every week.
So please check it out, and put an in-person voter drive on the calendar. Don’t forget to make sure it’s Covid-safe here!
Every single drive helps, and will be great practice for mid-August, when colleges reopen and we do our biggest registration push in two years! As always, we can help with every step – just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
PENNSYLVANIA’S VOTER DRIVE IN A BOX!Announcing the third entry in our Voter Drive in a Box lineup: the state that brought us such cultural landmarks as Rocky and Mare of Easttown, birthed history’s most disturbing mascot Gritty, and – most importantly – clinched the 2020 election for President Biden. That’s right, Pennsylvania’s Voter Drive in a Box is ready for all your Keystone State registration needs! CLICK HERE for all you need to lead your own in-person voter drive and start minting Democrats in Pennsylvania. Or get a jumpstart by watching our video How to Register Democrats in Pennsylvania. We’re also up and running in Arizona and California, with more 2022 target states soon to come. And if you’re a writer or editor who can help with these, LET US KNOW!
SATURDAY, JULY 10:DEADLINE FOR DEMOCRACY MEDIA STORMCongress needs to know about the overwhelming grassroots support for voting rights legislation – and on Saturday, July 10 from 10a-12p PT, we’ll be taking to the interwebs to tell them. We’ll be demanding action from our senators – Republicans and Democrats – with ready-made Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram assets proclaiming the urgency of passing the For The People Act. Stormers of all levels are welcome – we’ll start with a short training for any newbies on the call. It’s the most fun you can have while defending democracy! RSVP HERE!
TUESDAY, JULY 17:BROOKLYN COMEDY FOR FT6!We’re laughing already! The producers of Looking Forward To It with Josh Gondelman, a monthly comedy show that raises money for voter engagement, are holding their first in-person 2021 comedy show to raise money for Field Team 6! Hosted by Josh Gondelman, with the following (subject to change) line up: Jes Tom, Negin Farsad, Larry Owens, a video from Dan Fox, and hip hop comedy improv from North Coast. If you are anywhere on the eastern seaboard (or have lots of airline miles) we hope you’ll put together a carpool or subway car of the fellow-vaxxed and head to the Littlefield Theater in Brooklyn. Sliding scale tickets available HERE!
VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUT:BARBARA GRYGLASZEWSKI
This week we’re shouting out FT6 Voterizer Updates Team Lead Barbara Gryglaszewski! She’s a SoCal native, the adopted daughter of Polish immigrants, and a twin to boot! After a long career as an engineer and systems engineering manager specializing in GPS, radar, and guidance systems (among many other defense-centered projects), Barbara retired and threw herself into volunteer work. While working to register the voters who eventually elected Katie Porter (CA-45) and Harley Rouda (CA-48) in 2018, she met Jason and got involved in some early texting campaigns. In September of 2020, Barbara joined FT6 as a state check volunteer for Voterizer, then became the coordinator for English Voterizer state checks and updates! She’s also done crucial database work for us in our partnership with They See Blue and beyond. Basically, Barbara does it all!
When she’s not busy saving the world, Barbara can be found at home with her husband Jake (a naturalized citizen!) and their cat Natasha, or in her vegetable garden tending to tomatoes, spinach, arugula, and broccoli! She’s also an avid traveler who loves to visit friends and family in Finland, Sweden, and Poland.
Here’s what FT6 has meant to Barbara, in her own words: I spent a year in Ireland at the University College Galway (now the National University of Ireland at Galway) after one year at UCLA. It was the most enlightening year of my life. The students were very active in politics at the national level. They understood they were an important voting bloc. Although as a U.S. citizen, I stayed out of their politics, it reinforced my belief that change can come through voting and that if you have the right to vote, it is your responsibility to exercise it… I signed up to do voter registration to have something to do when I retired. I wanted to instill the passion my parents had for voting into other people. I also wanted to do community service, so I joined the Rotary Club of Anaheim, a nonpolitical service organization. Between that and FT6, I cover my two goals for retirement, as far as service. Thank you Barbara for your tireless dedication to Voterizer and FT6! We are so grateful to have you on the team. And that margarita looks delicious!
TRAIN TO LEAD IN-PERSON VOTER DRIVESOur Zoom trainings give you all the skills to lead in-person voterdrives! We currenly have trainings for AZ and CA! PA coming soon!
CALL AZ & WV VOTERS TO GET THEIR SENATORSTO REFORM THE FILIBUSTERTo 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 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” STATERegister 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 Wednesday 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, tips and tricks, on our weekly Wednesday Zooms!
Click VOLUNTEER OPS below to get details and sign up!
DO IT FOR KATIE PORTER!
Thanks to the incredible generosity of Field Team 6’ers, we’ve hit our fundraising goals in two out of our three targeted Orange Country House districts! We’re currently standing up digital campaigns to register Democrats in CA-39 and CA-48, so we can flip those seats back to blue in 2022 and Save the House… …but we’re still $1,021 short of our goal in CA-45! And we absolutely must raise this money, because we’re talking about the one and only Katie Porter! It is absolutely crucial that she win re-election in 2022. We’ve got to keep Katie in Congress so she can keep laying down the law and exposing the villains with her Whiteboard of Justice. So please, if you’re able, donate to the cause HERE. CA-45, and the entire country, will thank you!
FIELD TEAM 6 NEEDS YOU
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! Find our current needs we know about HERE.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
MORE RECORDS THAN A RECORD STOREYou are the very best, most passionate volunteers in the grassroots activist, world-saving business! Here are the records you broke this week… SOCIAL STORMING: For two straight weeks we we hit over 10 million impressions on Twitter. Well this week… we made it three in a row – blowing by 10 million and surpassing 12.5 million! (3400 Tweets, 3,848,856 reach, 12,520,494 impressions) Wowsa! Huge thanks to all our Stormers – to our wonderful allies at DemCast – and of course, to Storm Captain Deb Verla. Storm sessions happen every Wednesday at 11a PT. RSVP
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