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|Swing Left SF | April 29 NewsletterIN THIS ISSUE:SLSF Upcoming Events: Phone Banking for Introverts, Postcard Party for TJ Cox, Saturday Virtual Phone Banks, May General MeetingDem of the Month: Christy Smith for CongressVote Like A Woman: Vota Por Correo!Events With Partner Organizations: Virtual activism opportunitiesIn Case You Missed It: TJ v. Misinformation; Central Valley meatpackers; Josh on PPEsUpcoming EventsPhone Banking for IntrovertsPhone banking is one of the most effective methods we have for connecting with voters. But for introverts, the idea of calling strangers can be daunting.In this virtual workshop (led by three introverts), you’ll learn that introverts have superpowers, like the ability to listen thoughtfully and create meaningful one-on-one connections, which make us highly effective in engaging voters. In a playful, supportive environment, we’ll help you build your skills by addressing potential challenges and sharing communication strategies.Sunday May 3rd. 1:30* – 3:30pm. RSVP by May 2nd*(if you’re already comfortable with Zoom, please join at 2pm sharp)Reach Out to Voters at our Virtual Phone BanksEvery Saturday we are calling voters in our swing districts, checking in to see if they are safe and healthy, and asking them if they need help or information. People are feeling isolated and scared, and they really appreciate these calls. We listen to their concerns, pass on resources, and recruit volunteers. We’ll train you how to do it at the beginning of each phone bank, and we’ll be available for questions and feedback the whole time.|
Along with our swing districts, we are also making calls for the May 12th special election in CA-25. You don’t need to participate for the entire phone bank. You must register 24 hours in advance in order to get the Zoom link.Saturday May 2nd, 1pm – 4pm. SIGN UPSaturday May 9th, 1pm – 4pm. SIGN UPCan’t make any of these dates? Check out the Democracy Action site for other phone banks.Postcard Party for TJ CoxAt the request of TJ Cox’s campaign, we will be writing postcards to voters in TJ’s district, CA-21. This is a way to connect with hard-to-reach voters in his district.Join us for a morning postcard party on Sunday May 17th from 11am – 12:30pm.Make yourself a big pot of coffee and settle in with us to write out some postcards. We’ll do a quick explainer at the start, and then we can all hang out and write together with some fun music and occasional check-ins. RSVP by May 13th.You should order postcards and stamps SOON so they arrive in plenty of time. Staples has cheap blank cards; Postcards to Voters sells fun postcards through their website, or you can purchase pre-stamped postcards from the USPS website. It’s taking about two weeks for the Post Office to fulfill orders.
May Meeting with Cecilia Munoz & Dan PfeifferJoin us for a virtual conversation with Obama Alums Cecilia Munoz and Dan Pfeiffer about diversity in the Obama Administration and its impact on policy and engagement, lessons learned and how to apply it to communication around the 2020 election and a future (hopefully!) Biden Administration.
Tuesday May 19th, 6:30 – 8pm. RSVPDem of the MonthOur Dem of the Month is Christy Smith, who is running for U.S. Congress in CA-25 (LA/Ventura). This is the seat that was vacated by Katie Hill last year. Christy is a California State Assemblywoman who swung a state seat in 2018 that had been held by Republicans since 1978. CA-25 was big loss for Republicans, and they are eager to win it back. The special election is on May 12th. Let’s help out by supporting Christy’s campaign with a donation. DONATE
We’re making calls to help get out the vote for the May 12th special election during our Saturday virtual phone banks. Scroll back up to sign up for one. 👆Vote Like A WomanVote Like a WomenFuertes y hermosas, cambiemos las cosas! Tu voto cuenta mas que nunca. Recuerda que puedes votar por correo.
Strong and beautiful ladies, let’s change things! Your vote matters more than ever. Remember, you can vote by mail this coming election.…
Remind your friends to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail this coming election. Learn more: vote.org/absentee-ballot
Events With Partner OrganizationSwing Left Peninsula – Calls for Christy SmithJoin Swing Left Peninsula and Representative Julia Brownley, CD 26, to make calls for Christy Smith, running in a special election in CD25. April 30th at 2pm. RSVPDemocracy Action – Make Calls & Meet Arizona CandidatesArizona legislative candidates Judy Schweibert and Doug Ervin will “drop by” this phone bank and talk about issues for Arizona voter. May 6th, 10:30am. RSVPSwing Left Marin – May Membership Meeting & Virtual Fundraiser for AZ Candidates
Join Swing Left Marin’s first virtual membership meeting featuring Andrew Kim from Flip the West, who will discuss our prospects for flipping the U.S. Senate in November. May 2nd from 4 to 5 pm. RSVPOn Sunday May 3rd they are co-hosting a virtual fundraiser for AZ legislative candidates Judy Schwibert and Doug Ervin. Meet Judy and Sister District Exec. Director Rita Bosworth. 5/3 at 4pm. RSVPSwing Left East Bay – General Meeting with Assemblymember Buffy WicksSLEB’s May meeting will be held virtually, and their guest speaker is Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, who will share from her background as an elected representative, a labor organizer, an organizer in the Obama campaign, and serving in the Obama White House in a leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement. Saturday May 2nd, 3 – 5pm. RSVPCommit to Flip – Spanish for ActivistsCommit to Flip is hosting two upcoming classes to teach the basic Spanish you need to make phone calls to Spanish speaking voters. This is a beginner level course for volunteers with no Spanish or some Spanish learned some time ago.May 9th, 1- 3pm. RSVPMay 17th, 1- 3pm. RSVPYou can also make calls on behalf of Democrats running in critical 2020 elections in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Get Started. They are also doing text banks, and postcards from home.S.F. Postcard Resisters – Write Postcards From Home
S.F. Postcard Resisters usually meets weekly near the Presidio Library to send postcards to targeted voters in California and swing states. Meetings have been cancelled until the Shelter in Place regulation has been lifted. However, if you are interested in writing postcards from home, contact email@example.com for address lists (minimum of 20 names) to write postcards to voters in CA and other states.Flip Arizona Blue – Postcards to Hispanic VotersWrite postcards in Spanish to send to Hispanic voters in Arizona. The postcard lets the recipient know they may have been disenfranchised. It give instructions both how to check to see if they are registered and how to re-register if they need to. Email Judith at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know how many postcards you would like to send. She will give you addresses, script, and postcard writing guidelines.In Case You Missed ItStop the idiocyLooking to combat the “spread misinformation, some of which has been harmful to public health and minority communities,” Rep. TJ Cox (D-Fresno) has introduced two bills calling on the Department of Health and Human Services “to fund public and private awareness campaigns to spread factual information about the COVID-19 pandemic.”One bill, co-sponsored by Florida Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis, would help communities raise public awareness about health resources at local community health centers. The second, H.R. 6577, introduced with Southern California Democrat Rep. Judy Chu, “combats the crisis of anti-Asian American discrimination enflamed by this pandemic” — like referring to Covid-19 as the ‘Chinese virus’– “as well as campaigns to misinform the public about possible cures.” (Hey Boomers, 40%, who are supposed to be more at risk, SNAP OUT OF IT!)“Getting accurate, timely information to the public isn’t just helpful, it’s a matter of life and death,” said Cox. “It’s vital that we boost our awareness and education efforts, especially before we—when it is safe to do so—reopen our country. That way we can combat misinformation and stereotypes that endanger lives and slow down this nation’s recovery.”In the process …Bloomberg headline on Tuesday: ‘Trump to Order U.S. Meat plants to Stay Open Amid Pandemic’.
That includes the Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford (CA-21), where as of Tuesday, reports the Hanford Sentinel, “24 employees [all of them local residents] have been identified as infected with the virus” — termed a “small outbreak” by the Kings County Public Health Director. The company, the seventh largest of its kind in the country, has approximately 900 employees and operates five days a week, “processing more than 1,500 cattle a day,” according to the Fresno Bee. Company officials said it follows Centers for Disease Control guidelines and implements measures “like wearing masks and increased social distancing to keep employees safe.” That doesn’t sit particularly well with Krystal Hernandez, whose father works at the plant. “My father said there were lots of people who were coughing, sneezing, or sweating. And now he is sick and so is his wife,” she told the Bee. “They need to take care of their employees and not let them work, if it is not safe.”
Inside the Central Valley Meat Company
“This is a dangerous situation and no more people need to die from this,” said Hernandez.
Joined at the grassrootsIn addition to his regular congressional duties, Rep. Josh Harder (D-Turlock), along with staff members and volunteers, dropped off 10,000 protective face masks and plastic visors for health workers in Modesto last Friday, notes Eric Caine in the Valley Citizen. “Like (Gov.) Newsom and (SF Mayor London) Breed, Harder prefers to move proactively rather than wait for the death toll to grow,” Caine wrote. The masks and visors came from DonatePPE, a nonprofit committed to distributing PPE during the pandemic. Harder also announced a partnership between the Central Valley PPE Initiative — the brainchild of Democrat Susan Talamantes Eggman who represents California’s 13th Assembly District — and Print to Protect, a Washington D.C.-based coalition “using 3D printing to produce PPE for California counties.”“No health care worker anywhere should have to be afraid to go to work because they don’t have proper safety equipment,” said Harder. “We’ve done a good job,” he added while unloading boxes of PPE from a rented panel truck, “but we’re not there yet. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”