Join the Wisconsin Dems Phonebank/Friendbanks recruiting poll workers! Protecting voting rights in Wisconsin starts with you. We welcome out-of-state volunteers in all our Phonebank/Friendbanks! Register HERE
You’ll start by making calls to people to talk about why voting rights matter and to get them involved as a Poll Worker, and then we’ll give you the tools in the fight for voting rights. Right now, our focus is recruiting Poll Workers to nominate for the 2022 elections to ensure that every polling place in the state is open.
Training is offered at every event, and no need to prepare anything in advance–we’ll provide scripts & resources, so all you need is a computer and a phone.
Help Register Voters In Milwaukee
A Milwaukee-based voter registration group, Supermarket Legends, is coordinating volunteer assignments for Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 28 in the Milwaukee area.
This is in-person, outside registration.
Illinois volunteers will be focused at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (Downtown Milwaukee Campus) and some nearby supermarket locations.
If you would like to participate, here is what you do:
- Send an e-mail to Linea Sundstrom (email@example.com) with the following information:
Linea is coordinating assignments.
Please copy (firstname.lastname@example.org), so we know who is participating.
The battle for Fair Maps in Wisconsin isn’t over. The People’s Map Commission will present its map to the legislature this fall, where it will no doubt be ignored. The Republicans will pass their own, heavily gerrymandered map — like the one we have been using for the last decade. Governor Evers will veto it. The matter will end up in the courts, where except for the 2011 map, electoral districts have been drawn by the courts in 2001, 1991, 1981, etc. But if Tony Evers loses next year’s race for Governor, the Republican dominated legislature will pass new, again heavily gerrymandered, maps and a Republican Governor will sign them into law. Just like Texas did in 2003.
That’s why we are asking you with some urgency to get involved NOW in the four elections that Wisconsin will hold in 2022: the nonpartisan primary on February 15, the nonpartisan election on April 5, the partisan primary on August 9, and the partisan general election on November 8. Put those dates in your calendar now. Grassroots North Shore will shortly be hosting the following two actions to begin our voter outreach work:
- In conjunction with the Progressive Turnout Project, we will be sending postcards to Wisconsinites who were first time voters in 2020. The goal is to make sure Democrats stay engaged and make voting a habit in Wisconsin. Norma Gilson will be the point person on this project and will begin distributing postcards and lists of names and addresses next week. Sign up here if you want to participate.
- In conjunction with the League of Women Voters, we will be phoning people on the Wisconsin Election Commission’s list of registered voters who are being removed from the voter rolls after July 15. This is a nonpartisan activity designed to help people renew their registrations if they failed to respond to the postcard the WEC sent them in June and July. Those interested in tackling this challenge should sign up to be notified when the phone bank becomes available some time early in August.
You are invited to a short online introduction and orientation to phone banking this Thursday, September 24 at 7PM.
Join with others on our Zoom call when Kathleen Long provides a 20 minute orientation to our North Shore Indivisible community and answers your questions. This is NOT training. This is to familiarize you with the phone banking experience.
Attend the Zoom call here (no registration required):
Computer Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81096777835
Or call in:
Meeting # 810 9677 7835
If you don’t need orientation, phone bank training and phone banking occurs a number of times each week:
Register for training here.
Sign up to participate in phone calling sessions here.
With just six weeks (40 days) until the general election, we’re committed to getting out the vote. Your phone calling effort is strongly encouraged. Our introduction & orientation is intended to provide you with a degree of comfort to try something you may have never done before. Please tune in and learn about phone banking.
Join our calling crews to turn MI & WI BLUE. We make phone banking easy by being with you every step of the way to answer questions/assist with tech issues during the call & we debrief after the shift.
- Michigan Mondays, 1-3 pm
- Underwood Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
- Wisconsin Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
- Many call lists allow us to phone bank at times convenient for us. Typically the OpenVPN (Open Virtual Phone Bank) links where we access our phone lists/scripts are open Mon – Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sundays 12 – 7pm
- Volunteer recruiting Thursdays, 1-3 pm
Sign up here:
Watch this short phone banking testimonial:
Volunteers are important to the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and the convention.
During the Democratic National Convention, which will be held from July 13 to 16, 2020, and in the weeks leading up to the event, the host committee will welcome thousands of guests and delegates to Milwaukee and the surrounding region. Some of them will be visiting the city for the first time, and our volunteer team will be the first smiles they encounter and a friendly source of information.
Our volunteers will serve as Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee ambassadors, joining a history-making team that welcomes and delivers a positive experience to thousands of visitors from around the country and world, inspiring them to plan return trips to Milwaukee.
Sign up to Volunteer here
Learn more about the volunteer effort here.
Let the countdown begin! 305 days until Election Day on November 3rd. We all signed up in January, 2017 to resist Trump’s agenda and fight for our democracy. Everything we’ve done has had an impact. It’s been an exhausting journey but let’s not give up now. There is still so much more to do. Below are some of the ways you can stay involved along with links to websites to continue getting information.
- Chicago Women’s March – https://www.womensmarchchicago.org/
- Saturday, 1/18/20 in Grant Park, 11am to 1pm
- Help Flip Wisconsin Blue – https://northshoreindivisible.com/flip-wisconsin/
- Letter writing campaigns
- Register voters in Milwaukee
- Deputy Voter Registration Training – https://tenthdems.org/events/
- 1/8/20 – Northbrook Library, 7 to 8:30pm (for Cook County residents)
- 1/15/20 – Lake County Central Permit Facility (2nd Floor Conference Room), 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, 6pm (for Lake County residents)
- 1/22/20 – County Building (10th Floor – Assembly Room), 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, 2pm (for Lake County residents)
- Volunteer to help re-elect:
- Dick Durbin (D-IL) contact Chicago Office 312.353.4952
- US Rep. Brad Schneider, Deerfield (D-IL-10) contact Lincolnshire Office 847.383.4870
- US Rep. Sean Casten, Palatine (D-IL-6) campaign contact Phone 630.534.3018
- Lauren Underwood, Naperville (D-IL-14) campaign contact Phone West Chicago 630. 549.2190
- IL State Sen. Julie Morrison (29th Dist) campaign contact Deerfield Phone 847.945.5200
- IL State Rep. Bob Morgan (58th Dist) campaign contact Highland Park Ph. 847.282.0577
- Donate money or volunteer to phone bank/write letters or postcards to help re-elect the following Democratic Senators:
- Ditch Mitch McConnell by supporting his challenger:
- Locally Active Political Organizations:
CCAN-HRA still meets regularly and all are welcome to attend. If you would like to be notified of our meetings, please let us know and we will add you to our HRA email list. Most of you have hung in there over the past arduous three years and we are so grateful for your willingness to stay involved. However, we also respect those who no longer wish to stay active. Just let us know and we’ll remove your name from the CCAN email list.
We have the opportunity to flip the White House and YES, even the Senate this November! If we do this together, our activism will have a better chance at succeeding. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get back to work!!
Human Rights Alliance Committee
Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative help citizens obtain the IDs they need in order to vote. They exceeded their original 2019 goal of 300 IDs early on. Now, thanks to Americans of Conscious Checklist subscribers who have already donated an amazing $15,000+ this year (you rock!), we’re getting closer to our amended goal of helping 600 new voters (every $40 donated provides an ID for one new voter).
Donate: To Spread the Vote here.
If you live in AK, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NV, NJ, NM, OR, RI, UT, VT, WA, or WV: Your state (or district, in the case of Washington, DC) has already adopted some form of AVR.
Donate to the Brennan Center here to fund their advocacy for automatic Voter Registration and other voting rights issues.
Read more about their efforts here.
“The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute. We strive to uphold the values of democracy. We stand for equal justice and the rule of law. We work to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work, for all.”
The familiar refrain is often, “What can I do?” often accompanied by some hand wringing about the state of our democracy. For starters, here are some remarkable resources.
Just remember: You can’t do everything. But you can do something. Put a stake in the ground and get to work:
Americans of Conscience Checklist
The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration.
5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
Small Deeds Done (are better than great deeds planned)
So let’s break the work down! Let’s make it manageable. Small actions are not insignificant. A grand master plan means nothing unless someone (like you) takes the small steps that need to happen to make it a reality.
And that’s what Small Deeds is all about. It’s about each of us taking regular, small steps – that together lead to massive, crushing, world-bending change.