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February Swing Left Grassroots Leaders Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
24:39
Hi everyone from Richmond, VA!
Maria Mead
24:42
Hi, also from Santa Cruz!
Sharon Cohen
24:47
Hi from Swing Left Inland Valley (Southern California)
Leora Jaeger
24:50
Hello from New Mexico!!
Meghan Ross
24:51
Meghan from the frozen hell of Austin!
Michelle Inness
24:53
Hi from Portland, OR
Don Pickett
24:57
Swing Left NYC
Gail Grassi
24:57
Hi from Swing Left 2020 team, we need a new name
Rene Rosechild
24:58
Hello from BlueVictory in Brighton, Colorado
Roke Whitson
24:58
Hi, from Auburn, CA
Bev Kingsbury
25:01
Bev Kingsbury from Cape Cod MA
Pauline Lewis
25:03
From slushy Portland, OR!
Amy Long
25:05
Hello for Portland, OR!
Pamela Beck
25:05
Hi from Swing Left Fresno
Suzanne Mead
25:12
Hi from Cave Creek, AZ
Theodore Willard
25:12
Ted from Swing Left HoCo (Maryland)
Kamran Jahanshahi
25:12
Hello everyone from UpState NY
Mete Egemen
25:12
Hi everyone! Mete from SL Philly
Janet Golden
25:13
Janet SwingLeft Philadelphia
Erica Goldman
25:17
Hello from Portland Oregon!
Jane Eagan
25:17
Glad to be here. Jane in Santa Cruz
David Slingluff
25:21
david dana point ca
Cathryn Todd
25:21
Cathryn Todd Portland Or
Merv Turner
25:25
Hi all! Merv from SL of North Central New Jersey
Gwen Stewart
25:28
Hi- Bethesda, Maryland
Gail Bardin
25:29
hello from Coronado Ca
Carol Maas
25:31
Hello from LD 17 Democrats in AZ
Keith Richmond
25:35
Kailua, HI Indivisible Windward- Swing Left
Arlene Geiger
25:36
Arlene Geiger from UWS in NYC - Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible SwingLeft Group
Barbara Noveau
25:39
Hi from Rockville MD - DoTheMostGood / Swing Left MoCo
DEBORAH P HOWARD
25:41
HI Friends from Swing Left Maricopa County -
Linda Lauer
25:41
Linda Lauer Monroe Resists
Victor Mailey
25:41
Greetings from Dartmouth, Mass.
Wendy Gelernter
25:42
Wendy, from Swing Left/Take Action San Diego!
Susan Freel
25:46
Greetings from Greenwich Village, NYC!!!
Sarah Moore
25:47
Hello. Sarah Moore from Milford, MI
Todd Cain
25:50
Hello from SL Columbia Heights in DC
Younghee Overly
25:50
Younghee Overly, Honolulu. Indivisible Hawaii
Rene Rosechild
25:57
I hear Beto is on it.
Yvonne Brandon
25:59
Yvonne Brandon from Indivisible Eastside; Swing Left Redmond, WA
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
26:02
A couple links! https://events.poweredxpeople.org/
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
26:05
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/pbp-website-header-foodbanks
Bruce Knoth
26:05
Bruce Knoth from Swing LEft Peninsula, SF Bay
Karen Vanek
26:09
Karen from the Hill Country of Central Texas
Lisa Carlin
26:20
hi from montgomery county, md
Sunil Mehta
26:22
Sunil Mehta, Silicon Valley (San Jose area), California
Brooke Nadell
26:23
Hi from Charlotte Vermont
Ken Rock
26:25
Hi, Ken from Swing Left Ho Co MD!
Jennifer Garland
26:27
Jenn Garland from Indivisible Michigan 14th District
David DeVore
26:46
David for Portland OR
Ellen Wagner
26:46
Hello from Boulder, CO
Susan Labandibar
26:47
Susan Labandibar from Swing Left Greater Boston
Chuck Albrecht
26:55
Hi, from Phoenix, AZ
Kim Lehrfeld
26:57
Hey. Kim from SwingLeft, HoCo MD
carole flores
26:58
Carole from Mountain View,CA
Leah Gillon
26:59
Leah from Ann Arbor, MI
Vincent Feraudo
27:11
Hi, Vinnie Feraudo from Seattle with Swing Left Wallingford.
Deborah Katz
27:12
Debbie from Brookline MA
Patrice Audap
27:21
Patrice from Sacramento, CA
Ryan Quinn | Swing Left | he/him
27:31
Hi everyone! Glad to be back on this call. Looking forward to getting into it
bob boothroyd
27:37
Bob Boothroyd here. Live in CT and VT. Joining you from VT this evening.
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
27:39
Go to www.menti.comType in the code: 83 69 26
Jeff Kidder
27:44
Jeff, Portland, Indivisible Oregon
Alix Smullin
27:50
Alix - Swing Left North Shore/Cape Ann
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
28:04
Go to www.menti.comType in the code: 83 69 26
Rene Rosechild
31:09
Can we see results from first slide?
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
31:35
@Rene I’ll see if I can share them belatedly—or in the notes afterwards!
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
31:48
^^ I’ll include them in the follow up notes!
David Slingluff
33:09
What age are the youth oranizers
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
33:24
Generally 18-24 is the focus of the program.
Margaret Pedersen
34:58
Is SL looking at a new email platform to replace the current one which doesn't accept graphics and copy/paste from Word docs?
Laurie Woodward Garcia
35:19
Hi there from Laurie in South Florida, we showed up to hold Marco Rubio accountable this week and are committed to getting him out of office: https://twitter.com/browardprogress/status/1361841242187923460
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
35:33
@Margaret - we’re in the early stages of a big update to the group tool over all - and that feature is a big priority!
Margaret Pedersen
35:52
Thank you!
Keli MacIntosh
36:09
sorry late - had another meeting
DEBORAH P HOWARD
36:13
+ 1 @ Margaret!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
36:45
As Ryan’s presenting, go ahead and type any questions in the chat!
DEBORAH P HOWARD
38:08
ASK: Polling was still off in 2020. Not off in the same levels as 2016, but off. What thoughts does SL have on this going forward? It feels like we are flying blind —
Colleen McCarthy
38:34
💪Laurie!
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
38:41
We’ll cover that in a moment, @Deborah!
Kurt Anderson (he/him)
39:15
Curious why state house in 2020 went poorly. Incumbent advantage?
Abigail Holmes
39:44
yes - is the focus all on presidency, and how is that different than statehouse
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
39:52
@Kurt - We’ll cover a few factors here. This is part of it!
Pamela Beck
41:45
Is this slide’s data nationwide? The slide shows GA....
Pamela Beck
42:13
Gotcha—thanks!
Mete Egemen
42:16
I am interested about the urban issue as well...
Leora Jaeger
42:44
is there info on non-voters (i.e. registered but different vote)
Kurt Anderson (he/him)
42:51
@Mete +1 Yes, I hadn't heard about loss of urban support.
Keith Richmond
43:02
Can we fight the weaponization of disinformation? Make it easier to sue...like Smartmatic and Dominion voting are doing. Reinstate a better Fairness Doctrine. Redo Sec 230 of the Communications Decency Act? There is room for activism to not allow the incitement to violence and insurrection
Sharon Cohen
43:51
Will you be talking about how to attract rural voters?
Lisa Carlin
44:37
is Swing Left going to be involved in fighting voter suppression and/or support a new voting rights act? seems like building a broader coalition continues to be due to voter suppression
Barbara Kyser
44:50
Is Swing Left going to address the issue of ending the Filibuster? There is no way the Biden agenda will get anywhere in the Senate if the filibuster is in play. This might be the best time to work to end the filibuster. The holdouts at this time are Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona. Will Swing Left National look into how we can help with this issue?
Roke Whitson
45:07
There is an element of the progressive movement which is saying strongly that we need to push for a robust, bold progressive agenda to keep Democrats in power. Do you think this is true? Or do we risk alienating a “broader coalition” if we push hard for single-payer healthcare, vigorous climate action, etc./
Leora Jaeger
45:24
since there were "safe" ways to canvas, why was there a decision not to canvas? was that all across the nation?
Lisa Carlin
46:55
is there data to support the impact of the decision not to canvass, or is that an assumption?
Abigail Holmes
47:08
were the polls ranked by their methods and their track records?
Joe English
47:25
I think it would be an interesting thing to ponder how we partner with organizations in such a time of need in TX, for example, and be examples of good leadership & sharing. This leads to later loyalty and pay forward multifold. Just something I am pondering since we are discussing TX....
Matt Kuhns
48:10
It seems like part of this must be the same phenomenon as people who refuse to engage with contact tracers.
Roke Whitson
48:11
I’ve read that Trump supporters were intentionally misleading pollsters when they queried. Any comments?
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
49:48
On the question asked about rural organizing and attracting rural support, this is an interesting-looking debrief coming up next week around progressive rural engagement: https://actionnetwork.org/events/national-community-strategy-session/
Pamela Beck
49:56
Clear and info-packed presentation from Ryan Quinn. Thanks!
DEBORAH P HOWARD
50:12
Great insights Ryan - Thanks!
Debra Fried Levin
50:12
will we have access to the slides or the reports on which these slides are based
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
50:35
@Debra - we will shared the slides in the follow up email.
Berl Hartman
51:08
How does the Senate Race in GA and all the organizing by Stacy Abrams fir into your diagnosis for us going forward?
Rene Rosechild
51:22
What Berl said
Arlene Geiger
51:55
Does the rural organizing include looking at some of the work that Reclaim Our Vote/Center for Common Ground has done and is doing with the rural communities of color in the South?
Rene Rosechild
52:11
And don't discount the gerrymander factor
Victor Mailey
52:20
Agree that canvassing was late; many minds made up in ME by the time door-knocking began in Oct.
Yvonne Brandon
52:25
Has the lift of voters to the polls from Vote Forward letters been calculated yet?
Bev Kingsbury
52:31
are we or should we work with he group called RURAL UNITED DEMOCRATS?
Abigail Holmes
52:41
what Joe said re TX
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
52:51
@Yvonne - we don’t have full data back from The Big Send. We’ll share when we do.
Joe English
53:08
I concur that so many folks organized in GA. I second that response.
Sharon Cohen
53:39
Don't forget Center for Common Ground /ROV in rural Georgia. They are doing great work!!!
Joe English
53:46
And this has been sustained and the period between the elections was a great time to tap volunteers to further the efforts...
Joe English
54:19
Thank you Abigail!
Pattie Garrahy-Robertson
55:18
lots of young voters turned up and turned out. How will swing left work with groups such as When We All Vote and The Early Vote in the future?
Victor Mailey
55:29
How did PA go so wrong -- with state legislative seats and with CD-10?
Umesh Ketkar
55:48
Will you send out a copy of these slides to us? I’d like to share some of them with my group.
Arlene Geiger
55:58
Our group is currently working with Center for Common Ground doing phone banking into communities of color voters to stop the voter suppression state bills coming out. We’ll be working with them in Arizona very soon as well for the same purpose.
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
56:03
@Umesh - yep - they’ll be in tomorrow’s email.
Pattie Garrahy-Robertson
56:22
Please send slides for us for our groups
Joe English
56:24
In GA during the Special Election it was widely reported that GA Dems & affiliated groups won the ground game. I totally agree.
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
56:31
@Pattie - will do!
Amy Long
56:47
Can’t we resolve a good piece of voting rights issues at the Federal level with HR-1 and the John Lewis Voting rights bills?
Joe English
57:23
It helped that the Reps were warring among themselves so volunteers were just not on the ground in large numbers...
Berl Hartman
57:33
Can you go back to the polling slide and explain what the “Actual” column meant.
Bruce Knoth
57:36
One slide says "... We cannot rest on the validity of our arguments; we must rely on the quality and constancy of our communications." What does "quality and constancy" mean?
Keith Richmond
57:38
Isn't that down ballot problem largely caused by weaponized disinformation
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
57:49
@Berl - that was the final margin in the election.
Yvonne Brandon
58:50
I am an African American woman and my feedback says that we lost African American men to Trump. Should we have a messaging strategy to capture their votes in 2022 and beyone?
Kamran Jahanshahi
59:01
A critical issue that needs to be addressed is how to tackle the number of conservative judges in the lower courts. Is this an area that Swing left plans to work on?
Matt Kuhns
59:03
Fwiw if you’re analyzing polls, IMO the surprises in Iowa and Ohio in 2018 were a preview of what happened last year.
Laurie Woodward Garcia
59:10
Florida, Florida, Florida. This is a great summary of the challenges we face. It's a bit long so maybe bookmark and read later. I have deep respect for Pam Keith and she is spot on: https://www.facebook.com/PamKeithFL/posts/3700726170011861
Leora Jaeger
59:13
is Swing Left looking at a strategy to reach out to registered dems that don't vote?
Lawrence Basha
59:15
OK. So what is the national strategy for ppl on places like Hawaii (with no big elections this year) help in other areas like VA?
Pattie Garrahy-Robertson
59:36
why do Dems keep using old polling methods that do not work?
Abigail Holmes
59:55
what Yvonne said
Berl Hartman
01:00:05
Trump won’t be on the ballot in 2022, plus Republicans are tearing each other apart right now — How do you see that playing out in 2022?
Joe English
01:00:18
Mental image LOVE It. Visualization or Imagery interchangeable terms. I haven't heard it prior...
Luke (Indivisible Oregon)
01:00:19
Agree with Yvonne
Victor Mailey
01:00:34
Keith--how to deal with that? ? earlier canvassing. ? attacking talk radio. It's not going to go away.
Janet Singer
01:01:22
I wonder if trying to apply lessons from 2020 to the next election could be a big mistake because of the uniqueness of Trump running and the pandemic. What applied in 2020 may have little relevance to the next election.
Victor Mailey
01:01:39
In PA, any lower ballot successes we can learn from?
Leora Jaeger
01:01:44
why did dems lose black male voters?
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:02:00
Will we find state-level partner orgs in states like NC going forward to partner with in reaching communities of color, as SL did in GA with NGP and FF?
Arlene Geiger
01:02:07
We need to persuade voters that are likely to vote our way TO WANT TO VOTE!
Barbara Noveau
01:02:14
Can we get support from SL on rural strategy for communities of color that are NOT in swing states (i.e., Maryland).
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:02:33
THANK YOU Ryan!
Abigail Holmes
01:02:35
re reaching these differing groups - rural voters of color - I saw so many texts and phone banks with first name only. this would be so disrespectful from me to an older person of color - and no last names were available. it there an effort to ensure that these and other group are approached in ways which are culturally appropriate and knowledgable?
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:02:38
Rapid fire q’s :)
Mete Egemen
01:02:38
I also have a comment on PA. TurnPA Blue made an analysis and Biden/Downballot republican voters are very heavy in SEPA
David Slingluff
01:02:39
Well done, ryan.
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:02:46
Thank you Ryan, what a great synopsis/report
Joe English
01:02:47
Fantastic Ryan!!!
Roke Whitson
01:02:48
Great presentation. Thanks, Ryan!
Younghee Overly
01:02:50
WOW that was great Ryan.. thank you
Abigail Holmes
01:02:50
thank you Ryan
Luke (Indivisible Oregon)
01:02:50
Thank you Ryan!
Yvonne Brandon
01:02:56
Thanks Ryan. You're on it!
Gail Grassi
01:03:02
Thank you that was really informative
Leora Jaeger
01:03:15
Very useful... thank you!
Umesh Ketkar
01:03:22
That was really great- very very useful and informatiive
Lynda Martin-McCormick
01:03:40
Thanks so much!
Joe English
01:03:46
Yes yes yes!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:03:53
So fun and cool!!
Ryan Quinn | Swing Left | he/him
01:04:04
Thanks all! Always great to be with you all
Janet Golden
01:04:11
Arts! Yes!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:04:22
Love the illustration!
Jeff Kidder
01:04:28
Sending warm thoughts to Austin and TX folks tonight. ❤️
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:04:40
+1!^^
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:04:45
So cool
Joe English
01:04:51
I parlayed that with a folk artist I know in Milwaukee during the Karofsky win. So long ago. My artist friend is named Della Wells.
Pauline Lewis
01:06:43
Love Thao and the Get Down! Great headliner
Amy Long
01:07:08
Me, too, Pauine!
Joe English
01:07:35
Fantastic. Filling a void and innocent your desire to help from new player on the field with the local group. Impressive Austin effort. Kudos!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:08:33
What a great strategy for forming partnerships, bringing the talent/event!
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
01:09:01
Sri Kulkarni was a great candidate - and in the Georgia Runoff, he built an awesome relational organizing program for Ossoff!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:10:48
LOVE
Grace Roach
01:10:57
This is so cool!
Amy Long
01:10:58
WOW
Abigail Holmes
01:11:04
Really great!
Pauline Lewis
01:11:06
Meghan, amazing effort! So inspiring.Quick question: do you think these events built community as well as providing entertainment?
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:11:07
So so fun and smart
Yvonne Brandon
01:11:18
Love that you used local artists. That's such a great idea!
Bev Kingsbury
01:11:42
wow gotta step up my party game!
David DeVore
01:11:43
Who is running for Texas governor in 2022?
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:11:47
Hey nice plug for the TX ’22 gubernatorial race before you left! SO TIMELY
Janet Golden
01:11:54
Those playlists were fantastic Matt
Mete Egemen
01:11:54
Beto?
Pamela Beck
01:11:55
Matt—or the city: Philly!!
Meghan Ross (she/her)
01:12:02
Thanks, y’all! <3
Leora Jaeger
01:12:04
How many people showed up?
Joe English
01:12:05
Matt we love you. And it was duly appreciated!
Susan Labandibar
01:12:08
We did Y’Art Signs for Change - participants received an art class from an art instructor and a kit to make a beautiful yard sign for a state legislative candidate. https://www.thecreativitygym.org/yart-signs-for-change/
Debra Fried Levin
01:12:19
is there data on the impact of letter writing
Yvonne Brandon
01:12:41
Ted Cruz is also up for reelection in 2022.
Don Pickett
01:12:50
2024 for Cruz
Mete Egemen
01:12:56
No Cruz is 2024
Yvonne Brandon
01:13:03
Bummer!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:13:03
Debra stay tuned, Vote Forward will be running data updates!
Pauline Lewis
01:13:11
Amazing! Thank you, Meghan.
Amy Long
01:13:14
@susan what a great idea
Joe English
01:13:43
Thank you Matt, please include it!!!
Lynda Martin-McCormick
01:13:44
Please send recording. I missed the event. Thanks!!
Arlene Geiger
01:13:47
I heard that postcards were more effective than letters.
Umesh Ketkar
01:13:51
Yes please for the Vote Forward recording!
Deborah Katz
01:13:58
We paid a lot of attention to the rousing music and video we played at the beginning and end of zoom convenings. Our planning group spent a lot of fun time looking for things and deciding what to play.
Brienna Parsons
01:15:04
@Susan, I love it. <3
Brienna Parsons
01:15:23
So excited to get our finger paints out!
Michelle Inness
01:15:25
Were letters more impactful than postcards from Reclaim Our Vote?
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:15:35
We watched films and listened to podcasts during letter writing, but they were more docs than arts
Brienna Parsons
01:15:37
We need more art stores out here than Walmart (rural)!
Rene Rosechild
01:15:43
What sort of videos, Deborah, and where did you get them?
Brienna Parsons
01:16:00
We did Docs too but also Disney. lol
Brienna Parsons
01:16:17
We're gonn' be busting out the Switch when we get that. lol
Rene Rosechild
01:16:32
e.g like Randy Rainbow type stuff?
Brienna Parsons
01:16:35
"Wii would like to play" and talk about our lives.
Grace Roach
01:16:40
Yes to videos! Our group did a letter writting/stacy Abrams documentary viewing party and that was a big hit!
Brienna Parsons
01:16:51
@Rene Hello!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:17:44
Partnering for virtual art/politics events with in-state groups is a great idea
Matt | Swing Left | he/him
01:18:05
Yeah, I love that, @Hope!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:18:37
Art gives people a joyful reason to come together, beyond the work
Meghan Ross (she/her)
01:18:44
To find other grassroots groups to partner with: https://movement.vote/
Nia Bentall | she/her | Swing Left
01:18:48
Yes, especially in CA, Southwest and Northwest :) thank you!
Brienna Parsons
01:19:02
Thank you @Meghan!
David DeVore
01:19:05
I am afraid if we do not pass the For The People Act, suppression will increase, and we will lose swing states. Comments?
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:19:09
Thank Meghan!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:19:16
s^
Deborah Katz
01:19:35
We realized that we were on inspiring calls with grassroots organizing but that most people weren't seeing that so we tried to add bits of that to motivate our fellow blue-staters.
Gwen Stewart
01:21:17
Our group is holding a For The People Act panel with Representative John Sarbanes 2/24
Gwen Stewart
01:21:24
Sign up link for the HR1 Event is here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/419de2bd4f224756aefa8642f1045649
Arlene Geiger
01:21:28
We partnered up with Indivisible Philadelphia and Turn PA Blue in PA and with Reclaim Our Vote in GA as well as a small project - WeVoteValues.org that focused on persuadable Evangelicals
Joe English
01:21:58
I think we offered to help on multiple groups as the need came up. Not that we wanted to do all groups, just saying
Pauline Lewis
01:22:16
Thank you, SwingLeft team! You folks are great!
Deborah Katz
01:22:19
Back to you!
Bev Kingsbury
01:22:23
THANKYOU ALL!
Rhonda Johnson
01:22:23
Thanks so much! Good info tonight!
Yvonne Brandon
01:22:26
Thank you!
David Slingluff
01:22:26
very informative. Thank you SL and volunteers!
Joe English
01:22:27
where you can plug us in!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/her
01:22:28
Great to see everyone and hear about the awesome work you’re doing!
Meghan Ross (she/her)
01:22:28
Thank you!!
Joe English
01:22:30
Thanks!
Abigail Holmes
01:22:31
thank you!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:22:33
Thanks Matt! You’re the bees knees
Susan Freel
01:22:39
Thanks!
Hope Singsen l she/her
01:22:45
Have a great month y’all!
Brienna Parsons
01:22:46
Bye bye! thank you! ttyl! ^_^