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April Swing Left Grassroots Leaders Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Madeleine Deisen
16:53
yay!!
Sonia Sinton-Clark
16:54
hi
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
17:04
Hey all!!! Welcome
Nancy Smith
17:16
Welcome college and youth leaders!!!
Veronica Piskor
17:31
Hi! Veronica here from SL Baltimore
Susan Freel
17:37
Greetings from Greenwich Village NYC! Swing Left NYC! Whoot!
Gail Grassi
17:40
Yes! Welcome.
Donna Gershenwald
17:48
How does someone become a college/youth leader?
Amy Long
17:49
Amy with Indivisible Oregon in Portland
Rhonda Johnson
17:54
Hello from Swing Left Santa Cruz
LISA SERAN
17:55
Lisa Seran, Indivisible Napa (CA)
Bobbie Friedman
17:58
Hello All, Indivisible Waterfront DC
Anne StahlHughitt
17:59
Anne - Orange County, CA
Sabrina Farber
18:01
Sabrina - NYC
Michael Dover
18:02
Greetings from Leverett, Mass. I’m with Swing Left Pioneer Valley.
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
18:04
@Donna - https://swingleft.org/college
Sarah Moore
18:05
Sarah Moore, Indivisible Huron Valley, Milford, Michigan
Cynthia LiCalsi
18:06
Greetings from San Diego, CA
Don Pickett
18:06
he/him, SwingLeft NYC
Joy Martin
18:08
Hi. Joy Martin from Indivisible Marin Novato, Ca
Ethan Stone
18:10
Ethan Stone (he/him) Swing Left East Bay
Rene Rosechild
18:11
Rene Rosechild, BlueVictory, Brighton Colorado, struggling with my sound
Ted Willard
18:12
Ted, Swing Left HoCo from Howard County Maryland
Mete Egemen
18:13
Mete, Swing Left Northeast ROC
Donna Jaffee
18:13
Hi from Donna, Swing Left San Gabriel Valley.
Jeff, (Portland, OR)
18:13
Greetings, Jeff (he/him) from Portland, Oregon, with Indivisible Oregon.
Rachel Kalmanovich
18:13
Rachel from Collier County Florida !
Bill Jordan
18:14
Bill Jordan, Akron, Ohio, with the Posse, nationwide
Tamara Kirson
18:14
Tamara - NYC
Gwen Stewart
18:16
Gwen - she/her- Do The Most Good - Maryland
Morgan Cates
18:18
Hello! I’m Morgan (he/him), ROC for New England
Patrice Audap
18:21
Patrice with 2020 Coalition Sacramento CA
Julia Gibson
18:22
greetings from Swing Left Los Feliz (Los Angeles), occupied Tongva territory.
Pattie Garrahy
18:22
Hello all. Pattie Garrahy-Robertson founder of Marching Forward Mass on MA SouthCoast
Chuck Cummiskey
18:23
Hi! Chuck from Livermore CA
Gail Nottenburg
18:24
Gail, representing from nlcACTION in far northern Illinois.
Pat Ferguson
18:25
Indivisible Auburn, CA
Umesh Ketkar
18:29
South Bay, LA!
Elizabeth Humstone
18:30
Beth Flip the Vote Chittenden County VT
Linda Lauer
18:30
Linda Monroe Resists Swing Left
Debra Cohn
18:31
Greetings from Swing Left Los Feliz in Los Angeles!
Nancy Smith
18:33
Nancy Smith from Marching Forward Mass
Rene Bloch
18:34
Hello from Santa Cruz..
Elizabeth Sadoff, she/her, from Downtown East for Progress, NY
18:36
Howdy all, Downtown East For Progress, NY
Martha Knutzen
18:37
Martha from SF Swing Left
Sahand Mirzahossein
18:38
Sahand (he/him) - Chicago, IL
Douglas McClelland
18:41
Hi Doug McClelland Marsh Creek SL Brentwood, CA, Central Valley CA, 40 miles east of San Francisco.
Sonia Sinton-Clark
18:42
hi from Oakland, CA and Swing Left Maricopa County
brent korson
18:42
hi! downtown east for progress here in nyc!
Alix Smullin
18:43
Alix Smullin Swampscott MA Swing Left North Shore Cape Ann
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
18:43
Hello from very humid DC
Keith Richmond
18:44
(he/his) Kailua, Hawaii (but the background is virtual) Indivisible Windward Swing Left
Janet Lynne Golden
18:53
Janet SL Philadelphia
Carolyn Bonistalli
19:11
Carolyn Bonistallli from Indivisible Western Springs, IL
Mark Zalona
19:26
Mark from Santa Cruz, CA
Younghee Overly
19:29
Younghee Overly (she/her) from Indivisible Hawaii
Polly Dell'Omo
19:29
Polly from SL Jersey Shore
Elle Dean
19:30
Elle (like the letter "L") Chattanooga, TN
Donna Alvarado
19:31
Hi from Donna in Palo Alto: Swing Left Peninsula
Michelle Chang
19:33
Hi, Michelle from Swing Left Peninsula!
Janet Singer
19:34
SLGB Somerville MA
Madeleine Deisen
19:37
Hi! I'm Madeleine Deisen (she/her) from Swing Left George Washington University in Washington, DC
Julian Fortuna
19:39
Julian from Atlanta GA
Wendy Gelernter
19:39
Wendy Gelernter from Swing Left/Take Action San Diego. Hello!
Kurt Anderson
19:39
Kurt Anderson Swing Left Riverside CA
Ellen Boneparth
19:40
Ellen Boneparth from VA 2021!
Nancy Callery
19:41
Nancy Callery in Seattle WA
Jennifer Gold
19:45
Jennifer Gold from Bethesda MD, representing NOPE: Neighbors Defending Democracy.
Steve Baker
19:47
Steve Baker, Virginia!
Robert Scheier
19:58
Bob from MAFlipPA, Boston, Mass. Working on PA from Mass.
Annie Kelley-Kamp
20:00
Annie (she/her) from Seattle Indivisible. Hello!
Philip Sloan
20:05
Phil Sloan Monroe NJ
Katina Vlastos
20:40
Hi Katina Vlastos from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I’m with Swing Left Inland Valley
Donna Gershenwald
20:54
Jane Lesnick Swing TX Left (she, her) Houston, TX
Sally Davis
21:10
Sally from Albuquerque. Working on our southern congressional district that went blue in 2018, red in 2020.
Suzanne Mead
21:16
Cave Creek, AZ AZ Democratic Party
Mary Gill
21:19
Mary Gill, Swing Left Peninsula
Bonner Meudell
22:15
Hi All, I am Bonner Meudell from the San Gabriel Valley
Maria Mead
22:21
Maria Mead with Swing Left Santa Cruz (CA)
David Slingluff
22:41
David South OC CA
jane mairs
22:41
Jane Mairs, Swing Left Pioneer Valley (MA)
Scott Cohen
22:41
Scott with Indivisible Oregon from beautiful Sunriver
Kenneth Rock
23:00
Ken Rock with Swing Left Howard County MD
Nilofer Couture
23:21
Nilofer Couture from Cullowhee, NC
Judith Bolker
24:56
Great news! Ready for VA!
Joseph English
25:06
Thank you Matt for being our Fearless Leader of Fearless Leaders to continue to be our mentor.
Rene Rosechild
25:26
census question: if people move from blue states to red states, does it make the red states therefore bluer?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
26:03
That’s right @Rene, but only for statewide races. For districts level races, we’ll have to wait for redistricting
Sonia Sinton-Clark
26:12
it can, like NV and CO
Patrice Audap
26:20
is letter writing for VA through Vote Forward?
Debra Cohn
26:23
Question: How do you define "relational organizing"?
Emily Wasserman
26:34
@Patrice - yes indeed!
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
26:44
Yes @Patrice! They should have more letters available in late June
Judith Bolker
27:59
Mobilize Link for Saturdays : 1-3 pm PST https://www.mobilize.us/swingleft/event/374361/
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
28:03
@Debra relational organizing is really just reaching out to people in your network and/or having conversations with people one-on-one. It’s usually deeper conversations where you eventually ask them to then talk to others about voting or volunteering
jane mairs
28:04
Do you know how final the Consensus results are, or whether they might be contested?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
28:44
Not sure @Jane. I know there’s a lot of questions and legal battles about the redistricting process in states
Michael Dover
28:48
We’ve been doing postcards re HR1 with Blue Wave; Common Cause is a major player.
Amy Long
28:49
Common Cause has been a great partner on HR-1 for phonebanking
Judith Bolker
28:53
Call AZ or WV in Support of S1: Mobilize Link for Saturdays : 1-3 pm PST https://www.mobilize.us/swingleft/event/374361/
Polly Dell'Omo
29:22
When will we know if a Dem has made it to the second round in TX?
Pattie Garrahy
29:28
Our group ready to write letters for VA candidates. When ready Iate June?
Bobbie Friedman
29:31
We're also working with Common Cause and Blue Wave Postcards on HR1.
David Slingluff
29:31
Relational organizing = contact list/roledex
Debra Cohn
29:39
Question: Will there be a TX Action Team?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
31:30
@Pattie I don’t think we have an exact date yet, but Emily’s going to talk more about other letter writing opportunities between now and then!
Emily Wasserman
31:34
Can you unmute me
Judith Bolker
31:37
Abbot says that all the mail in votes need to be counted (they have to be postmarked by election day May 1 and the election has to be certified. They anticipate the runoff election will be sometime after May 24th
Nancy Smith
31:45
You are giving us a lot of info very efficiently. Will there be a summary available on line?
Janet Singer
32:07
Relational organizing centers on reaching out to friends and family and sharing personal stories around the issues that matter most to you. It's about authentically listening to the views and concerns of the other person and responding in a way the links your story to theirs, so that you find common ground.
Nancy Callery
32:12
How do I sign up for Advisory Team?
Joseph English
32:48
Can someone in TX please note more about the new TX law that squeezes just elected Dem judges from x amount of districts to several less districts. Thanks.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
32:55
@Nancy we’ll include links to join the next meeting in the follow-up email to this call!
Nancy Callery
33:12
Thanks
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
33:13
@Debra - not sure about a TX Action Team yet. Possibly!
Arlene Geiger
34:04
I was told SL wanted to rent a bus for volunteers to do GOTV canvassing in Virginia in mid October. Is this true? When speaking with Andrea Miller of Center for Common Ground about that she invited our group to canvass in Southern Virginia near Lake Anna , cut our turfs, help find great cheap accommodations and even make us homemade ice cream.
Patrick Dill
34:33
When will 2020 results come in?
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
34:51
@Arlene - we haven’t made any final decisions on a bus program for this fall - but we do expect to be canvassing.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
35:15
@Arlene that ice cream sounds great too!!
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
35:45
@Patrick - we are sadly not sure - we are waiting on final data from the states - some of which seem stuck at 99%.
Nancy Callery
37:45
Thank you - finally - bilingual is a MUST in TX!!
Colleen McCarthy
37:52
Major props for the Carmen San Diego reference Emily!
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
38:03
^^ I loved it when I saw this slide for the first time.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
38:03
+1 Colleen
Donna Gershenwald
38:20
How do you identify Spanish-speaking letter recipients? Self identified? Surname?
Barbara Noveau
39:29
Emily, Did you measure any postcard efforts for voter registration
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
39:33
@Donna - great question, I’ll add it to the list for Q&A at the end.
Pamela Beck
39:40
Emily—When will Vote Forward have campaigns 1) lasting at least a month and 2) rolling out predictably? Our group of 60-80 volunteers is operating at about 1/4 capacity because the windows are too short and we can’t plan ahead. Our volunteers’ “sustained engagement” is at risk.
Colleen McCarthy
40:16
Sounds like GOTV for VA is coming in June/July which I’m guessing is more sustained?
Nancy Callery
40:17
We sent bilingual (ie both languages) messages to all people on list in TX
Rene Rosechild
40:20
Not VoteForward, but I wonder how effective the Beto-led effort to register new voters in Texas was. Multi-step approach.
Patrice Audap
40:32
what is DEI?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
40:48
@Patrice it’s an acronym that stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Gail Grassi
41:13
I second that from Pamela Beck- we are having trouble scheduling letter writing meetings because of the unpredictability
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
41:44
Yea it’s a good question @Pamela and @Gail, I’ll reserve it for the end for Emily!
Kenneth Rock
42:01
Really happy that VF has both partisan and non-partisan campaigns. I work with a Unitarian Universalist group that focuses on increasing participation by members of historically underrepresented groups, but there are restrictions on our involvement in partisan activities.
Sharon Cohen
42:34
Will Swing Left be working with VoteTripling.org? They have a great program.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
43:09
I’m not sure @Sharon, but they are great! We have worked with them in the past
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
43:21
@Sharon - yes! We’ve been working with them for quite a while - I had a call with them just today in fact.
Sharon Cohen
45:17
Glad to hear about VoteTripling.org. I recommended to them that they get in touch with you Matt.
Gail Grassi
45:22
Yes! To Bilingual letters AND to VR!
Rebecca Shukla
46:06
Voter Reg is very specific to a state e.g. Texas
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
46:42
@Rebecca - yep. That experiment would likely be state specific and have a state-based parter.
Colleen McCarthy
47:12
Q for Emily: Would love to hear more about ensuring that the bilingual letters are culturally appropriate? I am assuming it’s important to have fluent bilingual speakers writing these letters?
Sharon Cohen
47:24
Are you working with Field Team 6 for voter registration? They have developed some good tactics in multiple states.
Jennifer Gold (she)
48:35
Repeat please: when is NM01 campaign starting?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
48:44
May 7th @Jennifer!
Mete Egemen
48:45
May 7th
Rebecca Shukla
49:00
Could really use a personal story training for all volunteers.
Debra Cohn
49:03
Question: What do you consider a "supervolunteer"?
Colleen McCarthy
49:04
Love this as it’s similar to the work being done around deep canvassing - the personal story part.
Mark and Dori Paster
49:14
Will these slides be shared with attendees? If so, how quickly? Thanks.
Pat Ferguson
49:19
Georgia organizers said they gad frequent complaints about messages that said “ your vote is secret but we can find out if uou bited”.
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
49:41
@Mark and Dori - Yep! In tomorrow’s email.
Julia Gibson
49:50
are you working w Field Team 6 on VR?
Elizabeth de Bethune
49:52
A lot of my writers hated that message as well
Pat Ferguson
50:20
Find out if you voted. Some complaints were directed to elections drpts.
Nancy Callery
50:27
300
Colleen McCarthy
50:30
I think it’s 300 or 330..
Patrick Dill
50:37
300
Kenneth Rock
50:38
Used to be 500.
Ethan Stone
51:09
How do you measure the success of vote tripling?
brent korson
51:19
naive question, but to confirm - do letters refer exclusively to actual letters or does VF do postcards?
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
52:18
@Brent - we actually mean letters! Vote forward doesn’t do postcards - and in fact we believe our data backs up that letters are more effective than postcards.
Michael Dover
52:20
The Big Send was a great motivator for our volunteers in western Mass. Our group had over 100 volunteers!
Bruce Knoth
52:52
Marshall Ganz (at Harvard) has done great work on using personal stories to effect social change. I learned about him in a SL seminary. His "Story of self, story of us, story of now" framework is powerful.
Jennifer Gold (she)
52:54
Matt, more on data showing letters better than postcards?
Rose Fabia
54:16
Are you going to partner with Reclaim Our Vote?
Colleen McCarthy
54:18
Such a smart approach Emily 😍
Patrick Dill
54:44
Great job Emily!
LISA SERAN
55:16
could we have Emily's contact info?
Emily Wasserman
55:43
@Lisa - My contact info is emily@votefwd.org. Feel free to ask me any followup questions!
Steve Baker
55:46
Great job Emily!
Janet Lynne Golden
56:30
In before times I went to a weekly potluck dinner letter writing event with a group in LA
Umesh Ketkar
56:38
When we ran out of sitting room in the library area we were using, and then went and got a study room, and then another study room, and then another study room…
Amy Long
56:51
And beer
Gail Grassi
56:55
During the in person groups when so many people volunteered to host!
Colleen McCarthy
57:00
Umesh and South Bay LA had a great program ^^
Michelle Inness
57:10
We had several letter writing parties with about 30 people attending. We served food from the state we were writing each time. Everyone had a really great time.
Colleen McCarthy
57:17
As did IO!
Bev Kingsbury
57:19
I presented info at 3 Town democratic meetings and requested volunteers there, passing a clipboard sign up
Rene Rosechild
57:27
While before our group was all local, some letter writing parties attracted people from all over, and it was so fun to meet them.
Rhonda Johnson
57:32
In Santa Cruz for our virtual letter writing parties, we break into smaller groups online to chat and write and then re-join a bigger group to listen to great music!
Mete Egemen
57:35
Food is the key!
Umesh Ketkar
57:40
Thanks, Colleen!
LISA SERAN
58:05
we wrote 10,000 letters for the Big Send. Same as Ethan is describing.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
58:15
That’s amazing Lisa
Michelle Inness
58:31
We also did porch pick-ups and wrote over 47,000 letters
Nancy Smith
58:32
WE had drop off and pick up locations for the wider county, and also a socially distanced “driveway” session at the same tie and location every week.
Nancy Callery
58:57
Please include an approach that provides the English-only letter writer the opportunity to write in Spanish with “good” messages. There are WAY too many underrepresented voters in TX to be reached by only Spanish speakers. The advantage of writing letters is that you don’t need to be conversationally fluent.
Jennifer Gold (she)
59:25
Porch pickups, meaning people picked up completed letters from volunteers? OR that the volunteers picked up the (blank) postcards from porches...
Tamara Kirson
59:27
We're getting ready to send a "surprise" gift of personalized pens to our members for their letterwriting.
Donna Jaffee
59:28
We created a host training program, and that generated a large number of new hosts for Zoom LWPs.
Amy Long
59:46
What a nice idea, Tamara!
Gail Nottenburg
59:47
Once the pandemic hit, we started "write from home" with porch pick-ups and meet-ups in a parking lot to hand out fresh letters and gather completed letters. Every letter packet included a yummy dessert recipe, since we no longer could serve a yummy dessert at a letter-writing party.
Donna Gershenwald
01:00:26
College students writing letters is amazing! Many don’t know how to address/stamp letters!
LISA SERAN
01:00:39
Gail, I LOVE that idea of the recipe!
Tamara Kirson
01:01:02
Thanks, Amy!
Sarah Moore
01:01:24
We do lots of postcard and letter writing in our Indivisible group. We do porch pickup and our next meeting we are doing a picnic and postcard party. We will be using the pavilion in our local park. We have prepaid postcards and provide scripts and addresses.
Rebecca Shukla
01:01:28
My favorite part was the toolkit that Susan Labandibar shared that made the letter writing party feel so do-able.
Michael Dover
01:01:31
For The Big Send, I downloaded most of the letters for volunteers and then either emailed them the number of letters they said they could do each week, or I printed the letter out for pickup. Making it easy was one way we kept people engaged for the months of The Big Send. I also sent out weekly summaries of how many letters had been downloaded, keeping it exciting. At the end, we had prepared over 25,000 letters.
Sharon Cohen
01:01:40
One of our new host couple had their first letter writing party on Bastille Day. They suggested French themed snacks and champagne. Then they talked about the history of French Democracy. Fun and educational!
David Slingluff
01:01:48
beer....everyone's friend....
Pamela Beck
01:01:57
Thanks, Mary Ellen, Madeleine, Gwen, and Ethan for sharing your excellent methods!
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:02:32
I loved the day of the Big Send. The post office in my neighborhood was hopping with Vote Forward volunteers!
Donna Jaffee
01:02:38
We also printed out letters for pickup and/or delivery. SL San Gabriel Valley wrote 53,000+ letters for the Big Send.
LISA SERAN
01:02:43
Michael Dover, we did the same and you're correct - it was motivating to do those report outs.
Sarah Moore
01:02:57
We take a picture of all the postcards written and send that with a letter to our local newspapers.
Kirstin Sego
01:03:02
We had a huge letter distribution operation going on by the end. It grew organically and quickly. Many people don’t have printers, so providing printed letters was key.
Bev Kingsbury
01:03:19
we had a letter pickup with masks at a central grocery store parking lot
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
01:03:28
I want to go to that party!!
Colleen McCarthy
01:03:32
We (SL SF) are just starting a letter writing program so these are all great ideas! We are hoping to “Letters in the Park” in June <fingers crossed!>
Donna Jaffee
01:03:42
Each week in our eBlast, we called out the most letters written by members.
LISA SERAN
01:03:42
I printed so many letters, I got a new printer (donated by group)
Bill Jordan
01:03:57
Can you distribute the amazing ideas on the chat?
Gail Grassi
01:04:13
The Big Send day was awesome!
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:04:19
@Bill - we can include the chat transcript in the follow up email!
LISA SERAN
01:04:29
We made a video of dropping of our letters and posted it on our website. Indivisiblenapa.com
Polly Dellomo
01:04:55
Fun to hear all of your ideas for having fun and building community
Kenneth Rock
01:05:31
Yes, giving people options for how to participate worked well. Some people set up there own VF accounts and others wanted to pick up pre-printed letters. Also scheduled Zoom sessions for people who weren’t sure how to get started.
Julia Gibson
01:05:33
thank you to everyone here for all you have done and will be doing to keep our democracy alive and thriving!
Sharon Cohen
01:05:34
Scheduling letter writing parties on a regular schedule, Saturday morning, and 3 weeks out was key to building momentum.
Donna Jaffee
01:05:47
Members delivered 25,000 letters to my home over the last week before 10/17. We took photos, and a number of us caravanned to the post office, It was so thrilling!
Patrick Dill
01:06:07
Great job Cindy Villegas!!!
Colleen McCarthy
01:06:37
We are so lucky to have Cindy in California!
Jennifer Gold (she)
01:08:02
Stats on impact of letter writing vs. postcards?
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:08:25
@Jennifer - send me an email and I’ll get that to you. I’m mcaffrey@swingleft.org
Nancy Callery
01:08:33
Who is 2021 ROC in WA state? In TX?
Ethan Stone
01:08:37
Pennsylvania mail date is TODAY,
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:09:12
@Nancy - Washington State’s ROC is Whitney Randall. For Texas, it’s Kevin Norman. If you need to be connected, reach out to me.
Bruce Knoth
01:09:13
Is the VA panel for the general public?
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:09:28
@Bruce - the VA panel is open to the general public, yes!
Jennifer Gold (she)
01:09:34
Subject for next Grassroots leader meeting?
Polly Dell'Omo
01:10:02
Thank you!
Leah Gillon
01:10:06
Thank YOU!!
Matt | he/him | Swing Left
01:10:07
@Jennifer - Relational Organizing is our current plan!
Annie Kelley-Kamp
01:10:09
Thank you!!!
Rhonda Johnson
01:10:09
Thanks! great into !!
Umesh Ketkar
01:10:09
Thank you- very informative meeting!!!
Elizabeth Humstone
01:10:14
Thank you!
Mete Egemen
01:10:15
thank you!
Joy Martin
01:10:15
Thanks for a great meeting. Joy Martin
Pat Ferguson
01:10:15
Thanks
Susan Freel/she,her/SLNYC
01:10:17
thanks!