Lean Left Vermont Weekly Action Update

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Election Day, November 8, 2022

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“If you want a better government, you have to actively get yourself engaged in creating it. And that you do through democratic politics if you want it to be a democracy.” Larry Kramer, former Dean of Stanford Law School
 Ezra Klein Podcast, “Liberals Need a Clearer Vision of the Constitution.
Here’s What It Could Look Like.”

North Carolina

Crossing state lines to commit democracy.” What is happening with abortion access in NC? How close are Republicans to a supermajority (hint: they need two seats in the Senate and one seat in the House to override Gov Cooper’s veto)? Will Dems hold onto their one-seat majority on the State Supreme Court with two Dem justices up for re-election this year? What is happening with the open U.S. Senate seat?

  • Get up to speed with Lean Left’s North Carolina Briefing Sheet, then join us on Monday, August 8 at noon for Lean Left’s Building Power Lunch Hour to discuss how we as out-of-state volunteers can support and turn out voters in North Carolina. SIGN UP HERE! 

Wisconsin

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, “Wisconsinites have the weight of the nation’s problems on their minds heading into the 2022 midterm elections. . . .” Gerrymandering, conspiracy theories, election officials’ lives threaten, the banning of nearly all drop boxes, the GOP legislature aiming to take over election administration — all of this and more mean Wisconsin voters face enormous challenges come November. Fortunately, the WisDems have a strong voter protection team. If you are interested in voter protection in Wisconsin, there are several ways to get involved. 

  • Contact Lean Left’s Wisconsin Organizer Ann Smith, a WisDems Super Vol team member, to learn how to get involved.  

New Hampshire 

Up-ballot, down-ballot, it is all at stake in New Hampshire. Let’s cross the river and talk to our neighbors. Canvas organizing is happening on the western side of New Hampshire in Littleton, Keene, and Lebanon. From now until November, we have an opportunity to talk with voters and help Granite Staters strengthen democracy both for their state and the nation!

  • Sign up here to let us know you are interested in canvassing, and we’ll be back in touch with details. 

Pennsylvania

Changing rules and outright efforts to confuse or intimidate voters make voting harder. Voter assistance hotlines are critical to answering voters’ questions about how, when, and where to vote. In 2020, the PA Dems ran the busiest hotline in the country. In the last couple of months of the election, many hundreds of voters called daily. Being a hotline operator requires a commitment to learning material and new technology, but it is one of the most rewarding things you can do!

  • Join the PA Voter Protection Team and sign up for the Voter Assistance Hotline training on Aug 18. 

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Defending Democracy in Wisconsin

This month we return to America’s favorite battleground, Wisconsin, where the state GOP is still trying to overturn the 2020 election. If we want anything like sanity in a state that can decide our national elections, we need to reelect Tony Evers and stop the GOP from getting a veto-proof majority.

This month, we’re supporting Evers and two fragile incumbents in the state legislature, who can make sure we can protect democracy and free elections. The Evers race has flown under the radar for many Democrats, but it’s arguably the most consequential governor’s race–and the most underfunded–of the 2022 election.

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Events

Thursday, August 11, 6-7 PM: Down-Ballot Weekend of Action Join Organize NH on Thursday evening to hear about the importance of voting for ALL Dems in November! Senator Maggie Hassan will be joined by local candidates here in New Hampshire. It is an incredible slate of candidates this year! Sign Up Here.

Thursday, August 18, 12:00 PM: New Hampshire PowerHour Lunch Take a break and join us for lunch and updates on what is happening in NH. Learn about current canvassing opportunities, voter protection, and how Granite Staters will flip the House and the Executive Council. Let’s figure out how together we can work on behalf of New Hampshire voters!  Email Rebecca if you have any questions. Let us know you’re coming here.

Sunday, August 21, 5-8 PM: Flipping a U.S. Senate Seat in North Carolina
Carolina Federation, one of the most inclusive grassroots organizations in NC, is hosting its first online phonebank series. We’ll call for US Senate candidate Cheri Beasley—one of our best chances to flip a Republican-held Senate seat—and top state legislative candidate Carla Catalán Day—running for a red-to-blue district. Lean Left will continue making these phone calls through November, so take this first training with CF and then join us at our Sunday PowerHours. Sign up here! 


If you want to work on the election but your time is limited, and you’d like to work with a supportive group of people, join us on any Sunday from now until the election in November. From 3 to 5 PM, we open up a Zoom meeting where you can drop in and get the work done in any of our target states. Believe us, you’ll feel better all week! Sign Up Here.

This is strictly a work session. We provide support but not training.Check out the website to see what training is available from our partner organizations. Questions about PowerHours? Which action should you choose? Need tech help or a refresher on the calling tools we’ll be using? We have Office Hours on Friday, 12 and 19, at 3:00 pm. Use this link to drop in for help.


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