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August 21st Newsletter

Posted on August 25, 2020


North Carolina Super State Strategy Briefing
Thursday, August 27 @ 5:00 pm

Mass for Michigan
Monday August 31 @ 5:30 pm


All in for NC

Help Flip NC Video
Swing Left Greater Boston has been building its North Carolina team — All in for NC — since early July. Now, we’re ready to hit the streets … or at least get a running start on virtual meetings, the mail, and phone lines.

North Carolina is a triple-play state

Dems have a lot to gain in winning the elections up and down the slate … and our chances are rising. The presidential race is (as it has been for decades) very close. The incumbent Republican Senator won his seat with a margin of under 1%. Some say the Democrats could take back both state houses this year, thus ending a decade of legendary Republican gerrymandering, voter suppression, and right-wing policies (remember the bathroom bill?).

Getting on the line
We’re starting the campaign with phone banks, the most effective way to talk directly with voters in the COVID-19 era. We now have three weekly evenings – Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – with Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings coming soon.

Working with the NC Coordinated Campaign, we’re going for the top of the ticket: electing Biden for President and Cal Cunningham for Senate, as well as reelecting Gov. Roy Cooper, who won 2016 by 10,000 votes. Our first state legislative candidate is Dr. Frances Jackson in North Carolina House District 45. Winning her district will be key to flipping the legislature and getting out new voters for the entire ticket.

Exploiting the mail
Especially given the successful fight against USPS cuts, we’re planning multiple postcard/letter-writing campaigns, both partisan and nonpartisan. One program, for example, aims to restore to the voting rolls over 500,000 names that have just been purged by county officials. We’ll be coordinating letter writing with ongoing texting and calls.

SLGB is working in partnership with many other organizations. The first Massachusetts activist to organize a weekly phone bank for Cal Cunningham was Elizabeth Silver with the Western Mass Take Back Our Democracy Coalition. Elizabeth has already trained many of the phone bank captains who will lead the charge. Force Multiplier, our fundraising partner,  has already brought in $142,000 for the Cal Cunningham campaign. Strong alliances and active volunteers are what it takes to turn NC blue.

Call to action

Take advantage of the momentum to help us flip NC
North Carolina Briefing and Strategy Meeting
Hear how we’re going to flip NC — from Seth Morris, North Carolina Coordinated Campaign Voter Protection Director, and Dr. Frances Jackson, Democratic candidate, for NC HD-45.
Thursday, August 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Weekly phone banks
All in for NC
Sundays @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Phone Bank into North Carolina
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Phone Bank Together for NC 2020
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Stay informed about upcoming NC events and news.


Whether or Not the
USPS Chokes the Mail …

The USPS cannot stop the election
It’s good news that we’re winning the fight against USPS cuts. At the same time, it’s still important to circumvent bottlenecks, both in the postal system and at elections offices.

VBM (vote-by-mail) campaigns simply ask everyone to request a VBM ballot right now and to return the ballot itself as early as possible. Why? Because it’s far easier and more efficient to handle a slow, steady stream of mail than cope with a last-minute deluge. Call to action

Encourage voters to VBM at any of these events.


1000 Hours to Flip MI
StateWide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) and Swing Left are partnering on 1000 Hours to Win , a statewide phone banking challenge that targets twelve Michigan State House districts. Learn more and sign up here. Call to action

Swing Blue Michigan is …
Making calls for Julia Pulver (MI HD-39)
Every Sunday @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Making calls WITH Nicole Breadon (MI HD-3)
Yes! Nicole really makes calls with us!
Every Monday @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Both these women are running in the Detroit suburbs. At the same time, there are candidates in other districts looking for volunteers like you.
Pick your time slot, pick your candidate, and pick up the phone.

Read the recent Washington Post article
called “The six political states of Michigan.”


Building Boston’s Biden Team

Building Biden's Boston Team
We’re partnering with Greater Boston Young Dems to expand Biden’s volunteer base in Boston. We’ll find the new supporters, and they’ll be able to begin phoning into critical Super States right after the convention.

Call to action

Let’s make sure we have enough hands on deck!
Team up with Biden supporters at any of these Grassroots Campaign Building Phone Banks
Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm
Saturdays @ 1:00 pm

Find other opportunities to work for Biden here.


Stop Voter Suppression In Its Tracks

Battle for Wisconsin
Fighting voter suppression is the key to turning our country blue and saving our Democracy. Republicans are planning to spend $150 million on voter suppression. We can’t let them steal another election!

You’ll recognize some of their tactics: challenging vote by mail, purging voter rolls, and sowing confusion. Wisconsin Republicans are famous for these tactics. In the last primary, they closed all but 5 of the 180 polling places in Milwaukee. In 2018, thanks to gerrymandering, Republicans received only 45% of the vote but won 63% of the State Assembly seats.
Call to action

Join the Battle for Wisconsin
Friday, August 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mandela Barnes, the first African-American Lieutenant Governor in the state, and Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Party, will discuss the key elements for winning Wisconsin. There’ll be plenty of time for Q&A about what activists are doing for the Dems.

Fight Voter Suppression in Wisconsin Phone Bank
Wednesday, August 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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