Repost from Thursday evening:
The two previous ‘We Have Agency’ posts laid out an idea and asked for volunteers who are interested in participating. We got something like 50 volunteers. So great to see!
Both of those posts can be found under this link in the sidebar. Going forward, all posts related to this project will be available at that link.
Nyms of the people who volunteered a week or two ago are listed in the first comment on this post.
If you are on that list and are still interested in participating, the simplest way to start is for you to send an email to me. Then I can reply, I’ll have your best email address, I can add you to the list, and we will go from there.
If you are interested but you are not on that list, please chime in with a comment, and then send me an email.
We are starting with a pilot program for these seven states. A proof of concept, if you will.
Starting with these states will accomplish two things: 1) get a jump-start on action in critical states, and 2) work out the kinks early, before we move forward with a large number of states.
⭐️ WHAT ARE WE ASKING PARTICIPANTS TO DO?
Decide to get involved. Take action.
We can form a team for each of the 7 high-priority states.
Different people have different skills and interests, so we are not asking every participant to do all of these things. You can make a difference by choosing to do even one of these things – choose the activities that best suit your strengths and your interests.
Decide to adopt a state.
Nyms with a 💥 indicate that the person has volunteered for one of the 7 states in the pilot project.
Choose your state(s) carefully.
State teams will allow people who don’t live in states under consideration to play an important role.
If you are going to make contact with elected officials, adopting a state where you live is best – elected officials will care less about you than they might about one of their own constituents.
But for other research and roles, out-of-state is fine. Maybe you want the role of compiling your team’s information once it has been gathered – you most certainly don’t have to live in-state in order to do that!
Once you have chosen a state (and hopefully others have chosen your state, too!)
We are asking you to to the following (collectively, within your state team).
- collect and share information
- research anti-democratic efforts to limit access to voting in any way
- research anti-democratic efforts that allow the will of the voters to be overturned
- research anti-democratic efforts that will serve to intimidate voting officials
- use social networking if that’s your thin, and be the “eyes and ears” of the project
- identify elected officials to contact
- establish contact with elected officials
- establish contact with state and local Democratic party chapters
- identify potential organizations to contact
- establish contacts with other organizations/activists
- share that information with the blog in whatever way suits you (and we will enter it into a spreadsheet)
This is most definitely not a one-person job, particularly because time is of the essence.