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May Swing Left Grassroots Leaders Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Gwen Stewart
20:19
Greetings from Bethesda, Maryland
Auli Batts
21:05
Wellesley, MA
Silvia Dinale
21:29
What is ROC?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
21:46
Regional Organizing Coordinator @Silvia
April Nichols
21:48
Reach out to your ROC and Yoc? Did I hear that right? What does that mean?
Wendy Gelernter
22:07
This is for Cynthia from San Diego. Hi from your fellow San Diego, Wendy Gelernter. If you’re interested, please check out our Swing Left/Take Action San Diego group at: http://takeactionsandiego.org/. Or contact me at: http://takeactionsandiego.org/
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
22:09
Regional Organizing Coordinator = ROC
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
22:18
Youth Organizing Board Member = YOB
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
23:01
https://swingleft.org/june3-training
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
23:19
@April we’ll have more info in the follow-up email tomorrow about getting phone banks — you did hear that right, reach out to your ROC (or YOB if you’re a student/youth)!
EXP Sharon Cohen
24:14
Will you be sending recording, slide deck as usual?
Becky Spence
24:15
Has swing left connected with Words that Win? It seems to have strong research-backed effectiveness in persuading voters.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
24:34
Yes we will Sharon! We’ll follow up with recording, slides, and follow-up info tomorrow
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
25:15
@Becky I’m not sure. I’d recommend following up with your ROC, they might know more!
Alissa Friedman (she/her)
25:20
When will we have data on the effectiveness of the Vote Forward letters in 2020?
EXP Sharon Cohen
25:36
Charlie, thanks I'll stop with my eligible note taking.
Leesa Lovelace
25:55
Ditto Becky's remarks about Words That WIN. They are doing a training for our members in Sept. It's a great program.
Pauline Lewis
26:27
LOVE SRI! YAY!
Michael Dover
26:55
Hello from Leverett, Mass. and Swing Left Western Mass. Michael
Erin Brandt, she/her
27:11
Thanks Sri!
Donna Gershenwald
27:13
Sri is the bomb!! Devastating loss, but smart, hard-fought campaign.
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
27:25
Welcome Sri and Josh!
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
27:38
@Alissa I’m not sure unfortunately. I know they’re likely still waiting on data from some states unfortunately. But we will of course follow up once they have it, and feel free to reach out to Emily at Vote Forward if you have more questions too: emily@votefwd.org
Alissa Friedman (she/her)
27:54
Thanks, Charlie.
Donna Gershenwald
29:40
Can you put the link to 6/3 trainjng in the chat? I don’t see it on the web.
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
29:51
Yes! https://swingleft.org/june3-training
Donna Gershenwald
30:15
Thx!
Judith Bolker
31:35
Very impressive results!
Alex Ames (GYJC)
32:49
We felt it in Georgia :,) so many texts and calls!
EXP Sharon Cohen
35:10
How will friendbanking work when we live in a very Blue District and most of our contacts are already politically active?
April Nichols
35:12
What’s wrong with a doughnut?
Scott Cohen
35:24
I think he said dodo
Jason Jacobs
35:25
This is so compelling. Does it work across districts/states?
Janet Singer
35:56
We need an app for those of us who live in Blue states, but have friends in battleground states.
mariamead
35:58
Exciting!
Brent
35:58
re in person canvasing - any data on how to approach apartment building voters vs home owners?
Anne Frahn
36:12
Maybe Californians can practice this in our own state for the attempt to recall Gov Newsom this November!
Kirstin Sego
36:28
Good idea, Anne!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
36:40
@Janet: Reach will let you contact friends in battleground states! It’s not limited to only contacting people who live in your area or state
Alex Ames (GYJC)
36:48
We lost that pessimism fast because of high early vote turnout! definitely at least partially thanks to relational
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
36:50
Good questions too @Jason and @Sharon! - I’ll let Sri answer that! We’ll have time for questions at the end of this presentation
Pat's iPad
37:12
Ask: how fo you keep other groups from contacting your friendbankcontacts
Meg Hammond (Swing Left Chicago)
37:21
If we’re giving our friends’ data to campaigns I think we need to talk about how their data is being protected.
EXP Sharon Cohen
37:59
Thanks Charlie. Also as someone else posted in the chat we can use it for our Newsom recall vote. Good idea! then what?
Kirstin Sego
39:22
That’s impressive growth in a short time.
Betsy Guthrie
39:24
Is there a Slack network for SL Chapter leaders?
EXP Sharon Cohen
39:40
What is the paid program about?
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
40:16
Yes there is @Betsy - if you email your ROC they can help get you added to the Slack channel
Betsy Guthrie
40:55
Great. We are meeting with Cindy next week.
Scott Cohen
45:11
low on the x-axis, from 0 to 50%, had little change in y-axis on that turnout graph. What does that mean?
Donna Gershenwald
47:20
I’d love to hear about ways to expand the diversity of the canvassers without $
Jennifer Hutz
47:34
This would be so great for Rural NC!
Jason Jacobs
47:41
We did save the world!
Michael Dover
47:45
How do these activities relate to grassroots organizations reaching out to voters of particular demographic groups?
Scott Nacey
47:56
Is Relational Campaigning usable for long distance (out of state) teams? It does not appear so from what I hear….
EXP Sharon Cohen
48:22
This would also be great for rural Central Valley, CA
Leesa Lovelace
48:50
I was just thinking the same thing Sharon!
Jim McBride
49:18
I'm educating a campaign on relational in VA right now....we need to talk about it across the state
patricklmead
49:44
Do you have a set of must-have features for the open-source tool? Are you seeking contributors?
Berl Hartman
49:44
If we live in a blue state far from the swing state where we don’t know anyone, how can we participate in relational organizing?
EXP Sharon Cohen
50:01
Leesa, are you working in Central Valley? I am focused on CA-21.
Madeleine Deisen
50:23
Out of state groups can use relational organizing for volunteer recruitment!
Holly Middleton-Marin CA
50:24
Yes Berl, that’s our challenge.
Leesa Lovelace
50:34
I have in the past. Haven't decided how I am going to get involved for the future.
Janet Singer
51:24
If you really go through your contacts Berl, I bet you'll be surprised by the number of people you know out of state. And then if you can convince them to use the app in their state, you've really helped.
Joe English
51:41
Personally I call it we ensured democracy. I was more involved w/ a group called VoPros at the time (Vopropros now). Lots of relational organizing for sure. For the People Act & Carl Lewis Act passage will be the bookend to last year's efforts. If not, then the wins/holds down ballot at state legislatures will nullify many of our recent successes. Just my 2 cents. And that sure sounds like what is being noted right now...thanks!
EXP Sharon Cohen
52:03
Would love to fill you in on what we are doing? My email is sharon@cohenclan.us
Scott Nacey
52:05
Why do Repulican’s vote farther down the ballot. Are they using relational methods more effectively than Dems?
Pat's iPad
52:23
Ask: what the. Heck happened TX 06 with only 14% dem turnout?
Judith Bolker
54:01
Love it “Creating the largest organizing network in the world”
Brent
54:38
question: re in person canvasing - any data on how to approach apartment building voters vs home owners?
Rebecca Spence swing Left North Central NJ
54:42
Fantastic presentation!
Bhuvanesh
54:56
Thank you, Sri, and thanks for your work in Georgia!
Alex Ames (GYJC)
55:10
Like Brent's question, how do we translate this to in-person work?
Samantha Chavez
55:13
What was the paid campaign strategy and how did it compliment the relational organizing effort?
Meg Hammond (Swing Left Chicago)
55:13
What do we say to volunteers who are wary of anything that sounds like big data collection?
Janet Singer
57:51
Samantha--They recruited young people of color who were themselves low propensity voters and paid them to reach out to their peers.
Meg Hammond (Swing Left Chicago)
57:55
Thanks for clarifying
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
58:02
Thank you both!!!
Erin Brandt, she/her
58:24
This was amazing! Thank you Sri & Joshua!
Joshua Kravitz
58:33
The Ossoff campaign is soon releasing some detailed blog posts on our programs – if you’re interested, you can sign up for our email list at http://ossoff.win/relational-updates
Joe English
58:42
Thanks Nia et al!
Bhuvanesh
58:49
Thanks, Joshua!
Silvia Dinale
58:52
Thank you!!
Madeleine Deisen
59:08
Go Julia!
Sally Davis
59:09
How can we use Reach in southern NM, NM-02. It flipped red to blue in 2018, back to red in 2020. Right now, a blue region south of Democratic stronghold Las Cruces is starting to lean red, responding to Trump’s message and Republicans more and more, says an organizer who lives there. This would be a great tool for Dems down there. Is it available in Spanish?
27 Debra Cohn; she/her; Tongva Land
01:00:48
Hey that's my leader!
Betsy Guthrie
01:00:58
We have an operating team which represents all our teams (recruitment and engagement, phonebanks, texting, and writing) and we meet once a week.
Sally Davis
01:01:01
We want to communicate with potential voters NOW about Biden’s recovery act and their GOP congresswoman’s vote against it. Can we use Reach to do that?
Julia
01:01:11
we love Rebecca! she’s the greatest! SL Los Feliz!
Charlie Callis | he/him | Swing Left
01:01:41
@Sally I think it is, but I’m not positive. We can follow up on that during the training next month!
Alex Ames (GYJC)
01:01:59
my tips for the chat: clear expectations for leaders, frequent and regular meetings, and trusting leaders to make decisions/take the reigns
Rebecca Spence swing Left North Central NJ
01:02:37
Go Merv! Merv is also our resident poet!
27 Debra Cohn; she/her; Tongva Land
01:03:34
Let people with good ideas run with them, and give them the support they need. Ask people to lead in the areas of their interest.
Julia
01:04:40
keep it positive! make events fun. engage new volunteers and make them feel comfortable.
Scott Cohen
01:04:52
Build community. That builds leadership.
Jennifer Hutz
01:04:59
My advice as you grow - stay focused before branching off to too many ways. It is easy to want to “do everything” but by staying focused as you grow, it will be a stronger and bigger team and then branch out.
Joe English
01:06:40
I second JH's input!
fredstrasser
01:06:48
Third it
Pat's iPad
01:07:16
Our volunteers are reluctant to canvas or phone because they don’t think they can adequately answer people’s questions
27 Debra Cohn; she/her; Tongva Land
01:07:25
It hasn't really come to an end
27 Debra Cohn; she/her; Tongva Land
01:07:48
Our democracy is increasingly endangered
gailgrassi
01:07:54
A survey of our members was evenly split between people who wanted to continue with zoom, those who wanted to meet in person for VF letters. We will try a hybrid program
Jennifer Eisel/She Her
01:08:29
Yes JH!!
Julia
01:08:35
for Pat and others who are reluctant to canvass or PB: there are trainings available and the scripts are usually very helpful.
Jennifer Hutz
01:08:41
@Pat - I’d team volunteers up with someone that is more seasoned, but as we all know, the more you do it, the more you know. Its ok to not know everything but being kind and being able to point them to the direction to answer their questions, will always leave them with a good impression.
Scott Cohen
01:08:56
Zoom allowed us to bring people into leadership who live hundreds of miles away from our core group. We will keep a hybrid model, I believe.
Bhuvanesh
01:09:01
@Pat I would say practice helps. The more you do it the better you get.
Madeleine Deisen
01:09:13
+1 to what Alex said about clear expectations for leaders! My group's leadership roles are based on our tasks (ex: Voter Contact & Training Director, Partnership & Coalitions Director, etc.), which helps us stay organized and define our roles
Julia
01:09:30
seconding Jennifer’s comment: team people up! canvassing is great w one outgoing talkative person and someone else who’s more shy.
Pat's iPad
01:09:32
Thanks for the pointers
Joe English
01:10:17
Greetings fellow NC SLefter Nilofer!
Erin Brandt, she/her
01:12:43
Thank you Merv and Rebecca!!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
01:12:59
Thanks Merv, Rebecca, and Julia! Great insights
Barbara Noveau
01:13:24
At DoTheMostGood this year we reinvented our leadership structure. We went from one of waiting for the usual suspects on our steering committee to take on whatever needed to be done to one where we identified 6 lanes within and across which we will do our work. We interviewed a good sized group of volunteer leaders and interviewed people about their interests and passions and gave them the opportunity to decide where they could do the most good. Within those teams, co-leads build out their leadership ladders.
Molly Brooke Becker
01:14:24
Can you post a link for the relational organizing training please?
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
01:15:00
@Molly I don’t believe we have the link yet, but will send when we do (@Nia correct me if I’m wrong though)!
Scott Cohen
01:15:29
Thanks all. Great to be here with all y'all.
Joe English
01:15:31
Thanks @Erica for the clarification.
Rebecca Ninburg
01:15:35
THANK YOU!!
Rebecca Spence swing Left North Central NJ
01:15:39
Thank you!
Julia Larkin (she/her)
01:15:40
Thank you!! So informative!
Wendy Gelernter
01:15:41
Thank you! Great meeting!
Erica Sagrans | Swing Left | she/hers
01:15:42
Great to be with you all!
Rhonda Johnson
01:15:43
Thanks for a great meeting!!
Molly Brooke Becker
01:15:47
Thank you all!
Julia
01:15:48
saving democracy one postcard, one call at a time!
Jennifer Eisel/She Her
01:15:49
Thank you!!
Suzanne Baktash
01:15:49
Jwalkers, an organization that has been active nationally since 2017, will be partnering and active on VA and other national races. Looking forward to more partnering!
Alix Smullin
01:15:52
Thanks!!!
Lynda Martin-McCormick
01:15:55
Thanks!!
Barbara Noveau
01:15:57
Nice sign, Nia!