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58 Days: Phone

On Sundays I am posting the most constructive action I’ve run across this week to help end Trump.

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven outreach campaign contacting voters of color in states where voter suppression tactics — mandatory ID laws, cuts to early voting, mass purges of voter rolls, systemic disenfranchisement, and gerrymandering — are most likely to affect the outcome of November’s election. These include: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Reclaim Our Vote is organized with support from Black Voters Matter, Mi Familia Vota, Unitarian Universalists (UU The Vote), the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), the American Ethical Union, and others.

This week’s comes from organizer, activist, journalist L.A. Kauffman via Rebecca Solnit’s Facebook page.

Actual convo with a 60 y.o. Black resident of Houston yesterday, while phonebanking with Reclaim Our Vote …

Me: Our records show you may no longer be registered to vote

Him: I’m not?!

Me: Let me give you the website where you can check your registration status and learn how to re-register if needed

Him: Yes, please!

☎️ Phonebanking with Reclaim Our Vote is ideal for people who are:

1) phone-shy — in most cases, you’ll just be leaving voicemails (and data shows that 60-85% of those you reach, even with voicemails, will go on to vote)

2) lukewarm about the candidates — it’s a non-partisan effort, helping voters of color in vote-suppression states exercise their right to vote, not advocating for any particular candidates or party

or

3) too busy/anxious/stressed out to commit to regular phonebanking shifts — you can make as few or as many calls as you like, any day of the week, any time between 9AM and 9PM in the state you’re calling

You just need to do a simple, straightforward one-hour training to get started; they’re offered every Monday at 7:30PM

Sign up here, and look for the confirmation email in your inbox — it will contain the link to phonebanking info:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/reclaim-our-vote-signup

—L.A. Kauffman

Read more about voter suppression at the ACLU’s website. And, like oxygen masks on airplanes, make sure you are registered before helping others.

Past Sundays: Register to VoteLearn Anti-Racism,Adopt a State, Watch the Speeches, and Volunteer to Become a Poll Worker.