In-Person Letter Stuffing Event @ Cherrywood Tonight!
Please join us this evening, Friday, Sept. 4th, for an old fashioned letter "stuff and stamp" party! IMV is supporting a voting letter campaign designed by community organizer and former Utica common councilwoman Freddie Hamilton. Letters will be going to Democratic voters in Cornhill and other locations in Utica.
Wear a mask and come tonight 5-7 pm ready to social distance with your IMV friends at the pavilion at Cherrywood (1 Cherrywood Circle, Clinton, to the left of the clubhouse). If you have a lawn chair, please bring it. There is ample room to spread and stay distant--bring family and friends to enjoy it as a social event.
We will be folding letters, stuffing envelopes, putting on address labels and stamps. Thanks in part to all of our IMV activists who responded to requests for stamps, envelopes and other contributions, almost 2400 letters will be mailed, and we're going to get through as many as possible! Come help us help Freddie Hamilton!
**NEW** IMV Phonebank for Anthony
Join IMV this Thursday, September 10 from 10 AM-12 PM for a virtual community phone bank! With November fast approaching, it's critical we connect with as many voters as possible to share why we support Anthony. You will be talking with voters across the Mohawk Valley who are undecided about who to support in this election or need one final push to solidify their support for Anthony Brindisi.
Studies show that phone banking can increase voter turnout by 2-3% — in 2018, Anthony won by less than 2%! The difference between a win and a loss this election cycle will depend on the success of our direct voter contact efforts; in other words, phone banking is the most impactful action you can take to help Anthony win re-election!
For this phone bank, all you need is a working computer and a phone. This will be a virtual event held over Zoom, so make sure to sign up to get the Zoom information!
Please register for the event here: https://www.mobilize.us/
Contact Will Kaback at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-255-9204 with any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
And More Phonebanks...
The Brindisi Phonebanks are on a regular schedule to help make sure everyone can plug in. If the IMV phonebank on Thursday mornings doesn't match your schedule, try these other options, all listed in the GO (Grassroots Organizing) Resistance Calendar below.
The geographic markers designate who we are calling, but if you live in Rome or Utica and want to call Herkimer County voters on Saturday mornings you are welcome to join any phonebank that works for you. The important thing is to do at least one shift every week. All phonebanks are listed here: https://www.mobilize.us/
Training for new Phonebankers: Every Monday evening
Utica Phonebank: Sundays and Tuesdays 5-7 pm
Oneida County Phonebank: Mondays and Thursdays, 5-7 pm
Rome Phonebank: Sundays 12 -2 pm
Herkimer County Phonebank: Saturdays 10 am-12 pm.
Women Wednesdays: Wednesdays 5-7 pm
Special phonebanks are added all the time, including Educators for Brindisi phonebank Friday, Sept 11, 6-8 pm. Or how about grabbing a glass of the good stuff and joining the first "Wine-Down Wednesday Phonebank on Sept. 9th? See? Something for everyone!
Please note that there is also another Week of Action coming up. In the days immediately after Labor Day, the Brindisi campaign has a goal of 20,000 calls. Can you help Anthony hit that mark?
What's your reward for reading this far in a section on phonebanks? It's an inside scoop on TEXT BANKING! We hear it is coming VERY, VERY soon.
However, even when we begin texting, we will still need to make persuasion phone calls and eventually, GOTV phone calls. That's because talking directly to voters on the phone is the most impactful action we can have on election.
Thanks for volunteering to keep NY22 blue!
Updates to Oneida County Early Voting
Please note that the Oneida County Board of Elections has made changes to the early voting locations and schedule. Here is the new information. Share this information widely with your networks.
In addition, please note that the Absentee Ballot Application for New York can now be completed and submitted online. This is a big improvement since voters no longer have to print out an application at home, and buy a stamp to mail it. Please make sure everyone you know fills out this application now just in case of illness or quarantine, and then, votes early in person if at all possible given personal health constraints.
If you have additional questions about NY State Absentee Voting deadlines and forms, this is a good place to check in.
Two Must-Attend Meetings in September
IMV's September meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 15th. We will have another engaging and informative agenda for you, and finish by 8 pm. You can find the information about the event and the Zoom link here or on IMVs Facebook page under the Events tab. Please also save the date for the #NY22 Knit the District Summit scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26th at 10am. There will be a high profile Democratic keynote speaker, and several candidates, with breakout rooms to meet with candidates for the state legislature. It's going to be high energy, and motivate us all to get engaged in the 2020 election!
We are now 50 days out from the start of early voting, and 60 days out from Election Day. This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes; it is not clear how our democracy, battered and bruised as it is, survives another four years of this Republican party controlling Washington. And here in #NY22, none of us wants to see a repeat of 2016--where we us lose out to the vile, racist, self-dealing, and corrupt candidacy of Claudia Tenney.
Elections matter, and voting matters. We aren't just voters, though. We're activists. We influence voters to get candidates elected. And then we hold those candidates accountable for the progressive, anti-racist, economically just, climate friendly policies we want to see. Because...Democracy is not a spectator sport.