DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY
We are a grassroots advocacy group from Michigan's 9th Congressional District, dedicated to defending our democracy by resisting the Trump agenda of racism, authoritarianism and corruption.
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We have several COVID safe volunteer opportunities you can join NOW and make a difference in our Nov. elections.
**IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS WORK, CHECK OUT OUR TRAINING PAGE
Fighting 9 is focused on our Flip The Michigan House initiative (we need to flip 5 seats in the MI House to win the majority for Gov. Whitmer). To that end we have adopted Rep. Nate Shannon, Dist. 25 and Nicole Breadon, running in Dist. 43, so we are making calls and doing lit drops for them.
1. PHONE BANKING
a) SWIM (StateWide Indivisible MI) & Swing Left have created a friendly phone banking competition, 1000 HOURS TO WIN. Across MI we know if our Indivisible/Swing Left groups make 1000 hours of calls to voters, we can get our targeted MI House candidates their win and Flip The House in Lansing.
Fighting 9 has set a goal of making 80 hours of calls for Nicole Breadon (running for MI House Dist. 43) as part of the 1000 Hours To Win project. IF YOU MAKE CALLS FOR NICOLE, RECORD THEM USING THIS LINK:
Fighting 9 will phone bank for Nicole Breadon every Monday, 5-7 pm. Training will be provided.
REMEMBER TO RECORD YOUR HOURS FOR NICOLE HERE FOR OUR 1000 HOURS TO WIN CHALLENGE
b) Rep. Nate Shannon is running for re-election in MI House Dist. 25 and we have adopted him. Fighting 9 will phone bank for Rep. Shannon Tuesdays, 4-6 pm
WEEKEND OF ACTION! Oct. 3 & 4 - phone bank sign up here.
SOCIALLY DISTANCED DOOR KNOCKING - sign up here.
Want to do literature drops for Nate on Fridays? Sign up here:
Contact his Campaign Manager for more opportunities: email@example.com.
c) Phone banking for the SWIM (StateWide Indivisible MI) Flip The House candidates is ongoing, click here to register and see details below.
d) See ACLU phone banking link below.
e) Make calls for our congressman, Rep. Andy Levin.
2. TEXT BANKING
Text bank with the One Campaign for Michigan weekly, training is provided, contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. DIGITAL WARRIORS - We need Tweeters!
SWIM, StateWide Indivisible MI, is organizing this project with DemCast. If you Tweet and have 10 minutes a day, we need you to help amplify tweets for our Flip The MI House candidates to help boost their name recognition. Check out this brief video on how we will use Twitter Rooms for this project: https://youtu.be/04FliZJb4N8. (2min 22 sec)
To sign up with DemCast to be vetted, use this link: https://demcastusa.com/volunteer-with-demcast/
Be sure to select "Amplifying on Social Media by Joining a Focus 14 State Twitter Room".
All volunteers will be approved afterUP.
a rigid screening process.
4. POSTCARD AND LETTER WRITING
Most of our letter and card writing activities are complete.
Contact us regarding our final postcard opportunities.
5. The SWIM - 8MILLION VOTERS Project is now the CALL VOTERS Project:
SWIM & partners at Rust Belt Rising joined forces on a 5 week program to register MI voters. We made 250,000 calls and completed this project BUT there's still work to do. Check out this link for many phone banking opportunities as we make calls for our MI Flip The House candidates, like Abigail Wheeler and Chokwe Pitchford on the west side of the state.
For more information, see the SWIM website.
6. VoteTripling.org (site pw = remind3friends! -- don't forget the "!") has a simple concept: text at least 3 of your friends and remind them to vote. You can do this now, tomorrow or at the Polls on Election Day.
To volunteer to do Vote Tripling outside the polls on Election Day at priority polls, you must register here, then training will be provided:
7. ACLU of MI is focusing outreach to a group of voters they call the "rising American electorate", those most at risk of being disenfranchised now and going forward: new voters, people of color, and women. They will be reaching out to these voters through phone banking on Tues. & Thurs. 6-8 pm Zoom link is here:
Email Jessica Ayoub for training info: email@example.com
8. The ONE CAMPAIGN FOR MICHIGAN
This is the coordinated campaign for the Michigan Democratic Party, encompassing the federal and state races. Search here for candidates, events and campaigns you want to work for: https://michigandems.com/events/
Phone bank for the One Campaign: https://www.mobilize.us/onecampaignformichigan/event/309909/
The ONE Campaign will do its first in person COVID SAFE canvassing Oct. 3-4, register here:
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In May of 2019, leaders of more that 50 Indivisible groups in Michigan convened for the first time.
Leaders decided we could amplify our power if we worked together, so StateWide Indivisible Michigan (SWIM) was born.
We have met virtually every month since then, strategizing on how to best use our superpower: our network of volunteers.
Our goal in 2020 is to Flip The House in Michigan, by winning the Democratic majority that Gov. Whitmer needs. We need to flip 4 seats and hold the seats won in 2018. SWIM leaders know the best use of our resources (people power) is to focus on these house legislature races. Then in 2022, we take back our Michigan senate.
Find out more about SWIM: