NOPE Meeting Notes - August 27, 2018

More than 50 people attended our August meeting. Here are the meeting highlights:

FUNDRAISING 

Save Our Democracy

Please give now, here's the link. 

For September we are supporting four outstanding candidates who are running strong campaigns, in flippable districts, where our donation can make a difference now. We Skyped with one of those candidates - Aftab Puraval. He's a dynamic candidate and good on progressive issues. Our other candidates are Abby Finkenaur, IA1; Danny O'Connor, OH12; and Colin Allred, TX32.  Here's a link to a one-page description of the 4 candidates.  Please give now to our Save Our Democracy candidates at this link.  Your single donation will be divided among the 4 candidates so please donate generously.

Multiply Your Donation Many Times Over 

To date our crew of 20+ NOPE volunteers, most of whom are first time fundraisers, have raised $96,000 for 10 US House candidates running in flippable districts.  We do it all by emailing our friends and family,  very rarely does anyone say no, they just ignore your email,  and then often they respond generously.  If you have not yet signed up to be a member of our monthly Giving Circle and/or be a member of our crew of Fabulous Flipping Fundraisers, please go to this link, answer a few questions and we'll send you everything you need to get started.  We'll send you a personal ActBlue link for our current 4 candidates, sample email text, and helpful hints.  Your friends and family  are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, you are helping them be strategic and effective in their giving.    

Best House Races - 60+ flippable seats

NOPE selects its candidates based on good data, candidate research, and strategic decision making on where our donations can have the greatest impact.  We hope that you'll support NOPE's candidates and others too.  Our goal is to identify good candidates for you and help you be an informed political donor.  Here's the data we work with, compiled by Jim Shelton with  Swing Left 31st Street.  Democrats need to flip 23 seats.  The pollsters and pundits believe it's likely to happen, but you know how that went in 2016.  Let's have no regrets on Wed, November 7th. There are many really good candidates running strong races. Money will help put them over the top in what promise to be narrow margins of victory.  Please give now, give generously and give wisely.   

CANVASSING 

Here's a great article about the effectiveness of canvassing.  Carol Krafka is coordinating our canvassing calendar, crew, and training.  I dare you to say that 5 times fast.... Voter contact is the key to winning in what promise to be very close races. If you're new to canvassing, we'll get you up to speed, we're offering lots of training and team-up opportunities. If you have not already done so join our list of prospective canvassers.  Here's the link  to get updates for canvasses and training.  And here's the calendar of canvassing and training opportunities. If you need more information you can contact  Carol here:  ck.2018canvass@gmail.com. A few immediate opportunities follow, check the calendar for details: 

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 8-9,  Beach and Canvassing Weekend, Virginia Beach, VA2, for Elaine Luria Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30 Training and Pot Luck, Chevy Chase, DC  -  Delicious Dining and Delving into the Delights of Door Knocking 

POSTCARDS 

At our meeting we did postcards for Vangie Williams who is running to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district.  She's an African-American women running a strong campaign in a tough district.  But there's no telling what will happen on Election Day this year given all the upsets we've seen so far, most recently in the Massachusetts primary that elected Ayanna Pressley as their democratic nominee to Congress. So let's do our part to help Vangie win. At our meeting we completed 295 postcards, and we have handed out the other 200 cards to several postcard-writing volunteers (thank you!!).

DC AREA OPPORTUNITIES 

We welcome all participants in our national efforts, but we are DC-based, so we also focus on what we can do locally. Here are a few opportunities: 

Re-elect Elissa Silverman for DC Council At-large 

One of our active members, Ruby Carmen, is leading the charge for Elissa. Here's her note asking you to join her in supporting Elissa:  Please join me in supporting Elissa Silverman in her re-election bid as At-Large DC City Council member. There are several reasons why I am supporting Elissa in November. I had the opportunity to meet and hear Elissa at two recent gatherings. Her background in fiscal policy and her skill set in budget analysis give her an advantage we cannot afford to lose on our Council. Elissa is an important advocate for the people in this city who care about honest, fair, and equitable governance.  Elissa chairs the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and co-authored the Family Paid Leave Act.  She is very involved in the work of the Education Committee and is often referred to as the “sixth man.” Because Elissa is not taking any corporate or PAC money for her campaign, it is very important that we get behind her and support her in any way we can. Please click on the ActBlue link and give whatever you are able to give.  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/goelissa  .  To learn more about Elissa, the important work she is doing for all wards in our city, and how you can help please visit her website: http://www.elissasilverman.com/ .   And be sure to order a lawn sign here: https://www.elissa2018.com/yard-sign

Neighbors Rising In Support of Our Immigrants Families 

While we are committed to changing the political landscape our neighbors need help now.  Through Neighbors Rising lead by Jeannie Engel we are providing that help. Here's the link to an update on all their activities.  Most immediately they are doing a book drive for Identity’s after school program:  only 40 out of 275 books to go!  The gift of books reminds our young neighbors, their families and our full community that our community cares about our neighbors and that we stand with our neighbors made more vulnerable by anti-immigrant and anti-other sentiments. Go to the update link for details.

Racial Justice Working Group

The next meeting of the Racial Justice Working Group is Thursday September 13th at 6:30 at Jean's house. RSVP jeansimons@gmail.com for address. For information about the history and structure of this effort, check out this link to the Racial Justice Working Group Update. Our goal is to create a multi-racial group to fight against racial injustice locally.