Become a BOCT Activist - it's not too late - Alone you probably won't change the world, but join with others and you just might!

by Tom Cloyd (reviewed 2020-10-04: 1618 PDT)

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

What will you say, when they ask you - the children of your children, or perhaps of your best friend’s children - “What did you do the year of the critical 2020 Election”? With a world-wide pandemic that will last well into 2021 and beyond, and a global climate change catastrophe coming at us like a breakaway freight train, this coming election is probably the most consequential we’ve ever had. So, what will you say?


On this page…


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of US (1858 - 1919) 1


You can say - I did this:


This is a gentle, personal, easily scheduled activity that many people really like.

Vote Forward: Write letters to voters, then mail them on a critical date, and the probability of their actually voting goes up! The target date for the mailing is October 17.

“We give you a template. Just print, complete, fold, sign, and mail. You can send letters no matter where you live.”

Postcards to Swing States has completed their work - shipping out 15 million postcards to volunteers sending them to voters in 14 identified critical states.

Wow. THAT is citizen activism!

You can still help - donate $35 to help volunteers pay for postage.

This nice thing about this activity is that it brings you into (safe!) contact with real people. This is engaging, informative, and surprisingly often fun.

Bringing Our Country Together has teamed up with an experienced voter-contact organization - Field Team 6 - to do phone banking to register voters in the critical swing state of North Carolina. This effort can always use more workers. If you’re interested, contact Mark Dworkin. You can learn more about this organization and BOCT here.

Turnout2020 calls Democratic voters in swing states like Texas, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania to walk them through the process of requesting an absentee ballot. They are part of the Progressive Turnout Project

Indisible is a national organization with “thousands of local Indivisible groups.” Their mission is “to elect progressive leaders, rebuild our democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda.”

You can get involved to fight to save Justice’s Ginsberg’s Supreme Court seat from being occupied by a resolute conservative.

You can sign up to do phone banking to effect the outcome of crucial Senate seats in the coming election.

You can easily locate your local Indivisible chapter at their webste and get involved at that level, if you prefer.

This is a well organized organization with an excellent reputation. Here is a fun account (from 2017) by a HuffPost reporter of her secret visit to an Indivisible meeting in Utah. Utah? Really? Oh yeah….read it. The group photo at the end is wonderful. Radicals in the flesh…sort of.

Their Facebook page is worth a visit.

Indivisible of Chicago has a three-state midwest focus (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois) which involves writing, texting, and/or calling voters. They provide resources, training, and opportunities.

You really don’t have to “do it all”, but can do just what most suits your time and inclination.

These people are serious! “We have recently completed a project to send 15.7 million postcards to voters in swing states.”

Progressive Turnout Project ^

Progressive Turnout Project uses writing and telephone to get infrequent voters to the polls. They work to develop with each voter a plan for how they will vote. This “make a plan” approach has been shown to significantly increase actual voting.

“We focus on meaningful voter contact because it works: our field programs boosted turnout by an average of 10.4 percent in the historic 2018 midterms Here’s how we make the biggest impact on voter turnout:

“We use the latest predictive analytics to identify infrequent Democratic voters, weighting vote history, demographic information and other data to identify a voter’s likelihood to turn out and vote for Democrats. We hire local teams who know the issues most important to their neighbors. Our program is built around multiple, in-depth conversations with everyvoter. In 2020, that means calling voters at home, writing them letters and following up to make sure they have what they need to make a plan and vote, especially by mail.”


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