Fri. – 11/16: Action Prescription for today and this weekend. Game on!

The Resistance isn’t going back to sleep. That’s not it works anymore.

We still have work to do. And because we’re Indivisible, we’re uniting with people who need our help all over the country. Donate, phone bank, text bank, write.

Action #1 -TODAY! Resistance writers! Let’s say “HELLO” to Mississippi! 

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Meet us for postcard-writing at Santino’s Pizza  Friday in Ventura, 11 – 2!

We provide postcards, pizza and lots of comradery! (See picture above!) Share this and bring your friends! (Facebook link here.)

We’ll be asking voters in Mississippi to turn out again on November 27th in a Special Election Runoff to help Democrat Mike Espy, former congressman and Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration, beat Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is now really famous for doing this. If he wins this runoff, he’ll also become the first black senator for that state since Reconstruction.

Here’s a map to Santino’s Pizza. It’s at 4231 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 93003.

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Read about the current state of the Senate race in Mississippi here.

(from Tony the Democrat) “On Tuesday, voters in Mississippi were able to cast votes for two U.S. Senate seats. One of them was up for a full six-year term. The other seat was up for a Special Election the remainder of Republican Thad Cochran’s unexpired term.

Because no candidate for the U.S. Senate Special Election earned 50% +1 vote, there will be a Runoff election on November 27th.

The distribution of votes were 41.5% to one Republican, 40.6% to Mike Espy, 16.4% to a second Republican, and 1.4% to a second Democrat. Simple math confirms there were more Republican voters than Democratic voters. But, Special Election Runoffs in late November a few weeks after a big General Election are not likely to get a lot of turnout.

Postcards could boost winning turnout by an out-sized percentage with so much less money and noise bombarding voters. With expectations already so low, your  postcards could give Mississippi Dems the help they need.

Imagine how much hard it will be for *both* sides to get volunteers for phone banks and door to door canvassing. Yet, postcards could blanket hundreds of thousands of Democratic households’ mailboxes. And they hadn’t received cards from us in the General. So, this will really stand out.

Mike served in Congress from 1987 to 1993 when he became Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration. For those about to Google him, make sure you read the articles from 1998. Don’t just stop at the ones from 1997.

This is an election ideally crafted for our strengths. It could be as big as last year’s Doug Jones U.S. Senate win in Alabama.(!!!)

Action #2 – If you can’t join us, get your own postcard addresses here!

Share this post with your friends!

Returning writers may request voter addresses for this campaign by using one of the following options

  1. Text HELLO to (484) 275-2229
  2. Click http://m.me/AbbyTheAddressBot for Facebook
  3. Email us at Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org

If you are new to us, sign up easily by using one of the following options

  1. Text JOIN to (484) 275-2229
  2. Email us at Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org
  3. Click Here

Action #3 – Help us fund these events!

Postcards, pizza and stamps…mundane building blocks to help create this Resistance, but they work. (See “last election”) However, expenses do add up. We thought stamps for postcards were 19¢ when we started this group. They’re really 35¢ a piece and our gang goes through a thousand postcards fast. If you can, please help us – donations of postcard stamp rolls are always appreciated as well as donations to this link.

– With much appreciation,

Indivisible Ventura

Action #4 – Put this on your calendar.

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Facebook link here.

Action #5 – Help Georgia get a GOOD Secretary of State, like John Barrow. Really. It’s crazy there.

Is there another state that needs a Democratic Secretary of State to oversee voting and elections more than Georgia?

Update: 15 protesters were arrested yesterday and this notice is the first thing you see on Stacey Abrams’ site…

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Update further: State Senator Nikema Williams was strip-searched. For protesting. (Yes, in a 2012 5-4 decision, SCOTUS said it was legal to do this, even for minor traffic offenders, violating a leash law or failing to pay child support.)

Georgia needs a complete overhaul of how they engage voters with elections. Former Congressman John Barrow (D) is facing Brad Raffensperger (R) and here’s how we can help.

  • Help with bail for those in the protest who need financial assistance here.
  • Donate to fund Barrow’s runoff campaign here
  • UPDATE: You can sign up for text- or phone-banking here
  • Sign up to get updates and volunteer opportunities here
  • Share information on social media about the runoff and use the hashtag #BarrowForGeorgia

Action #6 – Volunteer to help Mike Espy turn this Senate seat blue.  – Nov. 27th Runoff Election

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Mike Espy is running against Senator Cindy (“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”) Hyde-Smith, an appointee who replaced GOP Senator Thad Cochran earlier this year and who has voted with Trump 100% of her short time in the Senate. In 1986, Espy became the first African-American from Mississippi elected to Congress since Reconstruction. In 1993, he became Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration.

  • Postcard party in Ventura here!
  • Donate: Support Mike Espy in the runoff election here.
  • Write letters: Send letters to Mississippi voter with the help of votefwd.org here.
  • Write postcards: Sign up for Mike’s postcard campaign here.
  • Text: Text for him here.
  • Phonebank: Out of state folks can volunteer directly through ESPY’s website – here.
  • Volunteer: here.

Action #7 – Help Black Lives Matter verify that vote-by-mail ballots are counted.

Those who thought they could bypass suppressive shenanigans of the polling places by using a vote-by-mail ballot can still be disenfranchised!

Black Voters Matter Fund is hosting a phonebank to reach out to voters who received absentee ballots but don’t have a status listed for what happened with their ballots. Based on the data, counties with larger percentages of Black voters also have higher rates of these unprocessed ballots, and Black voters appear to have been at least twice as likely to have unprocessed ballots (or rejected ballots) compared to white voters. 

BVM has a phonebank available where we can volunteer here.

If you’ve never phonebanked before  and/or haven’t yet created an ActionID, go here for a fast and easy tutorial. You can join the phonebank from this page too.

Action #8 – Lawyers and volunteers who want to help in the Florida recount…

Are you a lawyer?: The Nelson for Senate campaign needs lawyers in Florida to help out statewide with the recount.    If you are an attorney or know one, and can be in Florida on the needed dates, we can sign up or share thishttp://bit.ly/2DyeD9T

Are you an interested non-lawyer volunteer?: Please use this form to sign up to volunteer in the recount for Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, Andrew Gillum for Governor, and Nikki Fried for Agriculture Commissioner. We need people who can help out in a variety of roles in the recount process, including observing at polls, data processing, and logistics organization.

Action #9 – Go here for fire-related events you can help with or attend.

Fri 11/13: Resources, for those who can help and for those who need it.

 

 

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