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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1050 on: October 08, 2018, 04:48:55 AM »
Been writing 20 postcards a day to infrequent voters, reminding them to vote for their Congressional candidate. Also have been distributing packets of cards to my friends to write.

I tried doorknocking the other day.  It was actually a very positive experience! Almost everybody who was home had not heard about the candidate, but was happy to learn. They were startled to learn that there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district (the part I have canvassed has been GOP for decades; there were big aggressive GOP signs everywhere and no Dem signs).  I told them to tell all their friends. 

 
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1051 on: October 08, 2018, 08:20:08 AM »
Been writing 20 postcards a day to infrequent voters, reminding them to vote for their Congressional candidate. Also have been distributing packets of cards to my friends to write.

I tried doorknocking the other day.  It was actually a very positive experience! Almost everybody who was home had not heard about the candidate, but was happy to learn. They were startled to learn that there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district (the part I have canvassed has been GOP for decades; there were big aggressive GOP signs everywhere and no Dem signs).  I told them to tell all their friends.

awesome! Thanks for getting out there!  And recruiting more postcard writers!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1052 on: October 08, 2018, 08:31:28 AM »
Phone banked for Beto (US Senate candidate in TX, close race, possible R to D flip).  Signed up for next 2 weekends.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1053 on: October 08, 2018, 08:31:54 AM »
One of the things I've been doing on the side (since my full time "job" at the moment is all elections all the time) is to text for Proposal 2 in MI which would end gerrymandering by establishing an independent citizens redistricting commission.  The texting is ok, but I am hearing they are doing well in the polls, so that's good! 

The interesting thing with this, as with voter registration texting I've been involved in over the last year, is that I often get replies like "No, I'm a Republican" or "No, I'm a Trump supporter."  Now, let's be clear that both of these types of texting are strictly non-partisan and we write these scripts as such, we train our volunteers to be non-partisan (we suggest that volunteers wanting to do partisan work participate in other efforts) and we QC all our vols as they are texting to be sure we stick to the non-partisan nature (as well as other QC elements like data gathering).  So everything is very strictly non-partisan.  And not only through my own texting but through talking with other texters about and QCing hundreds of thousands of texts, I have never seen anyone respond to our invitation to support an independent citizens redistricting commission or to participate in registering/reviewing voter registration with "No, I'm a liberal/progressive" or "No, I'm a Bernie/Hillary supporter".  Last week I had one even more explicit: "I'm in favor of gerrymandering if it benefits Republicans."

Republicans know that ending gerrymandering and getting more citizens registered and voting is not in their favor.  I mean, not just the "Republican party," but the average conservative guy on the street.  The Republican strategy, in the bigger picture, depends on minimizing the power of the polity, since, if we could turn out in the same ratios as them, we'd win much more.  This is both depressing and optimistic.  So, yeah, non-partisan work is also one of my small ways to help the Resistance.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1054 on: October 09, 2018, 01:31:01 PM »
I just donated $50 to Democrat Elissa Slotkin's very tight race to unseat the Republican Congressperson Mike Bishop.
Mike Bishop is in the mold of Brett Kavanaugh fratboy highly partisan conservative.
Elissa Slotkin is almost the real story of the character Carrie Anne Mathison from "Homeland"
https://elissaforcongress.com/

I'm going to ask my dad if he will donate to Heidi Heitkamp's race in North Dakota.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1055 on: October 09, 2018, 08:42:21 PM »
Been writing 20 postcards a day to infrequent voters, reminding them to vote for their Congressional candidate. Also have been distributing packets of cards to my friends to write.

I tried doorknocking the other day.  It was actually a very positive experience! Almost everybody who was home had not heard about the candidate, but was happy to learn. They were startled to learn that there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district (the part I have canvassed has been GOP for decades; there were big aggressive GOP signs everywhere and no Dem signs).  I told them to tell all their friends.

I would like to write postcards. Where can I learn more?

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1056 on: October 10, 2018, 06:40:33 AM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1057 on: October 10, 2018, 07:14:29 AM »
I am one of the most pessimistic people I know when it come to the Supreme Court, and even I don't think they would back up Trump trying to nullify election results completely. Bush v Gore is one thing, but going full Putin is another.

You do raise an important issue, and one that can be overlooked when everyone is focused on Congress. Local and state officials decide where the polling locations are! This is a great thing to get involved with during off-years, when there are fewer exciting races to phone bank for. Exactly who decides what can differ by state, so first step is finding out the rules in your state. There may even be positions you can run for yourself, at the county level. Or fuck it, run for state-level positions too!

I no longer have the energy or motivation for small actions, because I'm working many hours, every day, on big federal campaigns. Frankly it is super stressful, and I can't do this role again in 2020 without some serious changes. At least I'm FI, so I can demand the changes I need. That's my off-cycle plan, to get improvements implemented so crunch time goes more smoothly for everyone.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1058 on: October 10, 2018, 10:00:43 AM »
That is a good point, MJ, and I think this is where I want to concentrate post-election -- on reforming election laws in my state. One reason so many western states go blue is because it is WICKED EASY to vote. There are a million different ways to do it, you have plenty of time, and you don't have to stand in line to make your voice heard.

I have found a couple of things that are helping me reframe to a less desolate point of view, maybe they will help others, too:

This article on lessons from union organizing

Greg Proops's latest podcast



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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1059 on: October 10, 2018, 10:12:41 AM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.

This, plus we all know Russia is meddling again and the Republicans have no desire to stop it because it benefits them.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1060 on: October 10, 2018, 12:24:52 PM »
Been writing 20 postcards a day to infrequent voters, reminding them to vote for their Congressional candidate. Also have been distributing packets of cards to my friends to write.

I would like to write postcards. Where can I learn more?
@oldtoyota  sent you a PM!

@madgeylou It could help a little to sign up to work as a poll watcher for a campaign? Or sign up with the campaign to drive people to polls? I signed up to be a poll watcher during our primaries and got some better signage posted. 
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1061 on: October 10, 2018, 11:15:27 PM »
That is a good point, MJ, and I think this is where I want to concentrate post-election -- on reforming election laws in my state. One reason so many western states go blue is because it is WICKED EASY to vote. There are a million different ways to do it, you have plenty of time, and you don't have to stand in line to make your voice heard.

I have found a couple of things that are helping me reframe to a less desolate point of view, maybe they will help others, too:

This article on lessons from union organizing

Greg Proops's latest podcast

@madgeylou check out https://www.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/election-watch/.  I've been really involved in getting this program off the ground. Unfortunately other programs of L4GG have been more immediately urgent so we didn't really launch in 2018 as hoped, but we expect to be fully up to speed before 2020. The idea is to monitor local (and in some cases state) elections boards and the crazy decisions they make and stop them before those decisions are made. I think I mentioned it, perhaps even on this thread, but this year I saw one county elections board pass a (non-binding) resolution to disallow citizens from voting on their Congressperson unless they could prove they paid more in taxes than they received in federal benefits.  I mean, these county boards are crazy.  Anyway, in order to fully launch the program, we are planning to bring in non-lawyers.  There just aren't enough of us to cover the 3000+ boards that make these decisions.  Whether you are interested in this program or just get inspired to keep an eye on your own local elections board, it is worthwhile.  This is definitely where we need to stop voter suppression and other shit before it starts, and we've been sadly oblivious for a long time!
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1062 on: October 11, 2018, 05:49:06 PM »
I am feeling slightly inspired today, so I blew most of my recruiting bonus on donations to The Great Slate and some local races, and signed up for the Sister District data and research team.

@Poundwise I would also be interested in details on postcard writing! I keep seeing it mentioned!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1063 on: October 12, 2018, 07:47:00 AM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.


After reading this piece about voter suppression in Georgia I see what you mean.

Democracy in Danger in Georgia
The right is using voter suppression to rig the governor’s race.
https://nyti.ms/2A5EZxh


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1064 on: October 12, 2018, 04:38:58 PM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.


After reading this piece about voter suppression in Georgia I see what you mean.

Democracy in Danger in Georgia
The right is using voter suppression to rig the governor’s race.
https://nyti.ms/2A5EZxh

I'll up your article with one of my own.  4 Women Indicted in North Texas Voter Fraud Ring.  Some of us are very strongly in favor of voter ID for good reason.

Of course, a nationally recognized voter card used in all states, and provided for free, would fix basically all of that.  But its apparently racist to want that system?...

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1065 on: October 12, 2018, 05:11:05 PM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.


After reading this piece about voter suppression in Georgia I see what you mean.

Democracy in Danger in Georgia
The right is using voter suppression to rig the governor’s race.
https://nyti.ms/2A5EZxh

I'll up your article with one of my own.  4 Women Indicted in North Texas Voter Fraud Ring.  Some of us are very strongly in favor of voter ID for good reason.

Of course, a nationally recognized voter card used in all states, and provided for free, would fix basically all of that.  But its apparently racist to want that system?...

I don’t think you’ll find very many people on the left who would be against a nationally recognized voter ID card, as long as the process for obtaining one was designed not to disenfranchise certain groups of people who often lack either the money or the means of identification that your typical middle- or upper-class person has. Automatic voter registration at a certain age plus a free card would be a wonderful thing, I think. The only types likely to object are some libertarians, and of course people on the right who don’t want groups who tend to lean Democrat to vote.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1066 on: October 12, 2018, 05:14:37 PM »
Widespread, statistically significant voter fraud is right up there with reverse racism in terms of shit that doesn’t exist.

Of course you could easily answer your own questions about why Voter ID laws are racist by cleverly using the very device that you hold in your hands at this instant, so I’ll say no more and allow this discussion to get back on track.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1067 on: October 12, 2018, 05:17:22 PM »
Widespread, statistically significant voter fraud is right up there with reverse racism in terms of shit that doesn’t exist.

Of course you could easily answer your own questions about why Voter ID laws are racist by cleverly using the very device that you hold in your hands at this instant, so I’ll say no more and allow this discussion to get back on track.

20,000 votes in the Dallas area alone isn't significant and doesn't exist?...

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“Direct Action Texas spent countless hours analyzing open records requests, noticing patterns and discovering Fort Worth voters whose voice was stolen,” Aaron Harris, the group’s Executive Director, told Texas Scorecard in October 2016. “This vote harvesting operation preys on the elderly and the economically disadvantaged, who are among our most vulnerable neighbors.”

“Our research has shined a light on a covert, yet pervasive network – to the tune of 20,000 ballots, over four years, primarily within the African-American and Hispanic communities,” Harris added. “All indications are this is the largest investigation related to voter fraud the Attorney General’s office has ever seen.”

But anyhow, y'all can get back on track.  I'll jump out.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1068 on: October 12, 2018, 05:30:19 PM »
Widespread, statistically significant voter fraud is right up there with reverse racism in terms of shit that doesn’t exist.

Of course you could easily answer your own questions about why Voter ID laws are racist by cleverly using the very device that you hold in your hands at this instant, so I’ll say no more and allow this discussion to get back on track.

20,000 votes in the Dallas area alone isn't significant and doesn't exist?...

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“Direct Action Texas spent countless hours analyzing open records requests, noticing patterns and discovering Fort Worth voters whose voice was stolen,” Aaron Harris, the group’s Executive Director, told Texas Scorecard in October 2016. “This vote harvesting operation preys on the elderly and the economically disadvantaged, who are among our most vulnerable neighbors.”

“Our research has shined a light on a covert, yet pervasive network – to the tune of 20,000 ballots, over four years, primarily within the African-American and Hispanic communities,” Harris added. “All indications are this is the largest investigation related to voter fraud the Attorney General’s office has ever seen.”

But anyhow, y'all can get ba ck on track.  I'll jump out.

Your first source was reputable. This one is garbage.

Sources matter.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1069 on: October 12, 2018, 10:27:52 PM »
The study didn't say anyone at all was doing a fraud that would be prevented by an ID. The fraud was by deceitful use of mail in ballots, according to the article itself.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1070 on: October 13, 2018, 02:52:16 AM »
I've been writing postcards and canvassing but just can't shake the feeling that the Republicans have stolen too much power already for us to be successful.

I'll keep at it through this election, but I am really afraid that this election won't work -- I mean they have closed and moved a bunch of polling places in my liberal neighborhood -- a clear voter suppression tactic -- and people keep mysteriously not being registered to vote when they were before and haven't moved in years.

And I think there's a real chance that even if the blue wave does arrive, The Donald will just declare that it was invalid for some made-up reason and now he has the Supreme Court to back him up.

So I'm honestly not feeling that hopeful. But I will keep canvassing and writing postcards and doing what I can. It just doesn't feel like it's going to stop our slide into fascism.


After reading this piece about voter suppression in Georgia I see what you mean.

Democracy in Danger in Georgia
The right is using voter suppression to rig the governor’s race.
https://nyti.ms/2A5EZxh

I'll up your article with one of my own.  4 Women Indicted in North Texas Voter Fraud Ring.  Some of us are very strongly in favor of voter ID for good reason.

Of course, a nationally recognized voter card used in all states, and provided for free, would fix basically all of that.  But its apparently racist to want that system?...
I'll add the Rachael Maddow show for 11/10/18 and 12/10/18 which details a decades long and continuing attempt by election officials in Texas to stop the students at a historically black college from voting.

The corruption (or gross incompetence) of election officials in the USA is constantly astounding to me.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1071 on: October 13, 2018, 07:07:30 PM »
The fraud is how Republicans have done everything possible to make it harder and harder to vote

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1072 on: October 13, 2018, 07:45:31 PM »
We turned in our absentee ballots the other day. Should have been delivered by now via diplomatic pouch. Only had two races on the ballot but we got to support Beto and Vanessa Adia

https://www.vanessaadia.com/meet-vanessa

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1073 on: October 14, 2018, 09:06:40 AM »
Diplomatic pouch! Very fancy!

Phone banked for Beto.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1074 on: October 14, 2018, 03:05:38 PM »
I just decided and committed to helping staff the GOTV office in my district and train canvassers from 8-8 on weekends from now till the election. It will at least keep me from sitting at home worrying!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #1075 on: October 14, 2018, 04:24:37 PM »
We voted last week. Dropped our absentee ballots in the mail.

I know it's small, but well, we all NEED to vote!  So my husband and I did.