September 28th Newsletter

 In Action
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September 28, 2019
Join a Canvassing Trip in Virginia
Berl Hartman Profile
Swing Left Rhode Island
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Training
Online October 6
@ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn about canvassing in Virginia to turn the State Legislature BLUE!
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Canvassing and Voter Registration
Epping, NH September 28 and 29
@ 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 1pm-4pm
Get Out the Vote for Naomi Andrews special election
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Kennebunk, ME September 28
@ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Canvass to Defeat Susan Collins
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Philadelphia, PA September 30
@ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Register Likely Democratic Voters in Philadelphia with Field Team 6 and Blue Revolution
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Portland, ME October 2
@ 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Register Students at USM
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Epping, NH October 5 and 6
@ 10am-1pm, 1pm – 4pm
GOTV Canvass for Naomi Andrews Special Election
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Phone Banking
Roslindale September 29
@ 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
JP/Boston Virginia is for Dialers! Phone Bank with JP Progressives GOTV for Larry Bennett
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Cambridge September 29
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Cambridge Calling: Draw the Line at Virginia
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Swampscott October 1
@ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Phone banking for Lehigh Valley Democrats
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Roslindale October 6
@ 3:00pm – 4:30pm
JP Progressives Calls for Democracy Sunday Afternoons with Sister District
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Cambridge October 6
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Cambridge Calling: Draw the Line at Virginia
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Postcard and Letter-writing
Arlington September 28
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Join Jane and Dana to help register voters in swing states!
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Framingham September 29
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Party for Pennsylvania Voter Registration by Mail
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Brookline September 29
@ 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Postcard Writing with Livia
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Cambridge September 29
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Get out the vote letters for Virginia
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Sherborn September 30
@ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Postcards for a blue Virginia
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Jamaica Plain October 3
@ 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Letter Writing to register voters and get out the vote
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Providence, RI October 3
@ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Voter Registration letterriting Event
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Acton October 5
@ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Acton Indivisible Postcard Writing
Bagels Plus Cafe, Acton
Weekly Events
Concord September 28
@ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Concord Activist Huddle
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Cambridge September 29
@ 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Cambridge Activist Afternoons
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Newburyport October 4
@ 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
I-RISE Friday Action Hour Postcards
Commune Cafe
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CALL TO ACTION
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Get Out the Vote for Sheila Bynum-Coleman in Richmond, VA, Nov 1-5
Sun 10/6 @ 8pm: Learn about canvassing in Virginia to turn the State Legislature BLUE!

Learn about canvassing with Swing Left Greater Boston to flip the Virginia House of Delegates and the State Senate. This could be our best and last chance to turn Virginia blue and set up a decade of progressive victories that will impact the entire country.

Online info session on Sunday, October 6 at 8 pm. Sign up here.

Our Candidate: We will be supporting Sheila Bynum-Coleman who is running against the incumbent Republican Speaker of the VA House of Delegates.

Location: We will canvass in the most northern part of HD-66 in three majority-minority precincts where four out of five registered voters would cast their ballot for our candidate — if they decide to vote! Improving voter turnout here in the outskirts of Richmond is considered critical for Sheila Bynum Coleman’s campaign.

Effectiveness of Canvassing: HIGH. HD-66 was recently redistricted after the US District Court ruled that it had been racially gerrymandered. Many voters are unaware of which districts they are part of, who their delegates are, and who the candidates are in their upcoming elections.

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Redistricting has made this district competitive for Democrats.
DID YOU KNOW?
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Susan Collins recently gave Mitch McConnell New Balance sneakers
A Vote for Susan Collins Is a Vote for Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell has ensured Susan Collins cannot have a foot in both camps. Susan Collins is careful to maintain her record as the most independent Republican in the Senate, and her 2019 voting record shows it. She has rarely voted in line with President Trump this past year (seven of twenty-two votes.) But what about the votes she doesn’t get to take because McConnell prevents bills from coming to the Senate floor?

Since January 2019, Susan Collins hasn’t had the opportunity to vote on 148 bills that were passed by the House but blocked by Mitch McConnell from reaching the Senate floor for debate and a vote. These bills would prevent foreign interference in our elections, fight political corruption, protect patients with pre-existing health problems, prevent voter suppression, and limit corporate spending in our elections. Meanwhile, Maine’s most popular statewide elected official, Angus King, has been an active proponent of this legislation.

In 2020, we could elect a Democrat to the White House, but if McConnell is still the Senate Majority leader, he has vowed to continue with his obstructionist agenda. “If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate.… So think of me as the Grim Reaper,” McConnell said recently.

Susan Collins might be committed to representing the values of Mainers, but as a Republican, she has lost the opportunity to act on them. A vote for Susan Collins in 2020 is a vote to maintain the Republican Senate majority and enable Mitch McConnell to maintain his stranglehold on our democracy.

ORGANIZER PROFILE
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Berl Hartman (far left) and fellow volunteers working to register voters in Maine
Teamwork is Key to Swing Left Volunteer Berl Hartman’s Maine Voter Registration Success

With nearly 1,000 new voters registered in Maine as of September 12, Berl Hartman and her fellow Swing Left volunteers in Maine are making significant progress with new voter registration. A hugely successful voter registration drive on Pride Day in Portland this past spring was a big win, but it also presented a new problem to solve: getting all those voter registration cards where they needed to go. Two or more for the same city must be sent to the relevant city clerk, whereas singles are sent to a central location in Augusta, and each collection of cards needs a cover letter. Enter volunteers Carolyn Marsden and Tom Shiple, who have both taken on that back-end processing work. Tom has used his IT expertise to create a system that automates look-up of districts and the letter writing. The team effort is not only satisfying, but effective.

What inspires Berl, besides her passion to fight climate change? Registering young voters on college campuses. That’s “really invigorating and uplifting,” she said. Need some inspiration? Watch this video of the Portland Pride effort.

WHAT YOU MISSED
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24 people attended the Maine Matters / Massachusetts Mobilizes campaign kickoff at Activist Afternoons last Sunday. Kudos to Rebecca Riccio for organizing and many thanks to Tim Grose from the Maine Dems, who travelled via train from Sacco, Maine to lead the training.
NEWS ALERT!
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Mailing 70 letters to register voters at Swing Left Rhode Island’s first event
SwingLeft is growing –
in tiny but mighty Rhode Island!

Announcing the official launch of “SwingLeft Rhode Island” (SLRI) the newest local chapter of SwingLeft’s national organization!

SLRI was created to bring concerned citizens of Rhode Island together and provide strategic ways to support other ‘less blue’ states around the country.

Want to help in Little Rhodey? Here are three QUICK ways you can help right now…

  1. VISIT www.SwingLeftRI.org and SIGN UP to receive our email updates.
  2. SHARE the www.SwingLeftRI.org website link with EVERYONE you know who might want to join the team!
  3. REGISTER for our next local Letter Writing event, or a future event: Thurs Oct 3rd 5-7pm at Flatbreads Pizza off Thayer Street in Providence

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