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NOPE Neighbors Monthly Meeting

July 22, 2019

6:30 - 7:00 Orientation for those new to NOPE, canvassing orientation, and socializing

7:00 - 7:05 Welcome

7:05 - 7:15 Virginia elections

7:15 - 7:20 Democratic Dozen Fundraising

7:20- 7:30 Canvassing

7:30 -7:35 Postcard Update

7:35 - 7:45 Local Priorities

  • DC Neighbors for Racial Justice - Brookland Manor

  • Neighbors Rising

  • DC Statehood

  • Herd on the Hill

7:45 - 8:05 Skype with Sheila Bynum-Coleman (VA HoD 66)

8:10 - 8:30 Skype with Phil Hernandez (VA HoD 100)

8:30 Close Meeting and Announce Next Meeting

NOPE Neighbors Meeting: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Our next NOPE meeting is on Thursday, May 16th. We will be joined by Luis Aguilar from CASA in Action - - as part of our current focus on voter access and empowerment and Virginia.

Here is the preliminary agenda:

6:30 - Orientation for those new to NOPE (Neighbors Organizing for Power and Equality) & socializing for others

7:00 - 8:30

  • Defending our democracy by supporting groups that are working on voter access and empowerment . April/May focus is on CASA in Action in Virginia - Luis Aguilar, CASA VA political director, will join us and talk about their work in VA

  • Help flip VA's House and Senate, finish what we started in 2017

  • Advance DC local priorities - racial justice and immigrant support

  • Advance national legislation with Herd on the Hill - Replicate our model near and far via NOPE Network - Update on 2020







NOPE Neighbors Monthly Meeting

March 18, 2019

6:30 - 7:00 Orientation for those new to NOPE and socializing time for others

7:00 - 7:05 Welcome  

7:05 - 7: 20 NOPE Priorities for 2019

  • Giving Circle focus on Voter Access and Empowerment

    • Stacey Abrams update (February/March)  

    • DC statehood/voting rights (March/April)   

    • Voter empowerment group to support in May (North Carolina special election, Latino voter empowerment, other?)

  • Virginia House of Delegates and Senate Races (June and July)

  • Canvassing survey results

  • Introducing the NOPE Network (replicating our model near and far)  

7:20 -7:45 Advancing DC Local Priorities and Other Actions

  • Racial Justice Working Group (Jean Simons)

  • Neighbors Rising (Jeannie Engel)

  • Herd on the Hill (Betty Hawks)

  • April Neighbor to Neighbor small gatherings (Debra)

7:45 - 8:30 DC Statehood  - Barbara Helmick, DC Vote

Monthly NOPE Meeting - Monday, October 22, 2018

Please join us at our October NOPE Meeting on October 22, 2018 at Debra’s House in Chevy Chase DC



6:00 - 6:45 Postcards and text banking for congressional candidates

7:00 - 8:30 Meeting

  • NOPE's Flipping Fifteen competitive US House candidates - fundraising update

  • "Meet" via Skype one of the VA candidates for whom we will be canvassing and Getting Out the Vote

  • Canvassing update - the all out, final push through Election Day

  • Racial Justice Working Group and Neighbors Rising for immigrant families - updates

NOPE Monthly Meeting - MONDAY, September 24, 2018


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6:00 Postcards for Abigail Spanberger (VA 07)

7:00 Welcome

7:10 NOPE Neighbors Fundraising

-- Fundraising update  

-- How we did it

-- October Give for Democracy candidates and process  

-- Giving and Raising for Give for Democracy

-- Flipping Fifteen:  the 15 NOPE Giving Circle candidates

-- Senate races

8:00 Canvassing update

8:10 Other updates

-- Share our Vote – voter registration in VA (Mark Zweig)

-- Racial Justice Working Group (Jean Simon)

-- Neighbors Rising (Jeannie Engel)

8:15 Skype with a Give for Democracy candidate

8:35 Wrap-up plus turn in and finish up postcards

Next Meeting:  Monday, October 22

NOPE Meeting - Monday, August 27, 2018



6:00 - 7:00  Postcards for  Vangie Williams, running to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district 

7:00 - 7:15   Canvassing mini training - how-tos for novices and helpful hints for veterans

7:15 - 7:45   NOPE Neighbors Giving Circle update 

7:45  - 7:50  Neighbors Rising &  Racial Justice 

7:50 - 8:10   Council member Elissa Silverman will tell us about her vision for DC & re-election campaign 

8:15 - 8:30   Skype with Aftab Pureval,  running to represent Ohio's flippable 1st congressional district and a NOPE Neighbors  supported candidate 

8:30 - 9:00   More postcards for Vangie

LInks to Meeting Handouts:  


Save Our Democracy Candidates - Please give now, here's the link.  

Our Nope Neighbors Kitchen Cabinet has selected 4 outstanding candidates for us to support now through the end of September: Abby Finkenaur, IA1; Aftab Pureval, OH1; Danny O'Connor, OH12; and Colin Allred, TX32.  We recommend these candidates because they are in flippable districts where our donations can make a difference now. The 4 candidates we are supporting met one or more of the following criteria:  they are running against a particularly notorious Freedom Caucus member or a notorious Republican leader; they are running in a district that overlaps with state legislative districts that if won, could help flip the state legislature; and they have shown a commitment to advancing science and truth.  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 accordingly. 

NOPE Neighbors' Complete Slate of Candidates - $84,000 to 10 Candidates  

Here's the complete slate of candidates Nope Neighbors has supported to date - LINK All the candidates are running strong races and need your support.  If you have not given yet please consider giving now - donation links are included here  Mid-term elections are less than 75 days away.  The time to give generously is now. For our candidates, for our democracy.  

Best US House Races - Be An Informed Political Consumer

Here's the link to the complete list of US House seats that we believe are flippable. The list has been compiled by Jim Shelton whose data we worked with in our winning Virginia 2017 efforts. The strategy is to support candidates where additional money would be most helpful now. To date, NOPE has supported 10 candidate who are highlighted on the list including our 4 current Save Our Democracy candidates. We encourage you to support these NOPE candidates as well as make wise decisions in donating to the many other worthy candidates running this cycle. 

Canvassing - The Big Push, So Many Doors, So Little Time

Here's a list of upcoming canvasses that are being organized by J Walkers Action Group, Swing Left 31st Street, and Virginia Democrats Forward. What candidates want most from volunteers - canvassing and fundraising. And canvassing is not just hard work, you can still have fun in the sun at the Beach and Canvassing Weekend for Elaine Luria in Virginia Beach - Sept. 8 - 9. For details check see the attached flyer.             

Canvassing Training and Pot Luck -  Delicious Dining and Delving into the Delights of Door Knocking - Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30

For those considering canvassing, you can learn how to get over the fear of door knocking.  For veteran canvassers you'll learn how to fine-tune your knocks to be most effective. These are going to be close elections and every vote will matter.  Veteran and master canvasser, Laurie Welch with J Walkers Action Group, will lead our training.  To RSVP, let Carol Krafka, ck.2018canvass@gmail, know that you plan to attend.  Dinner at 6:30, training from 7:00 - 8:00.  Location - in Chevy Chase, DC. You will receive the address when you RSVP.  

Virginia Blue Wave 2019  

Virginia has elections every year - yes, every year - because their gubernatorial and state legislative races are in off years, 2017, 2019...  Our friends with Virginia Blue Wave 2019 have identified 20 Delegate   districts and six State Senate districts that Democrats need to hold or flip in 2019 to finally win a majority in the VA State legislature.  They have created an easy way for you to make a monthly contribution to help flip VA blue.  Here's the link where you can make a monthly donation of $16, $32, or more, starting today.  Please be a good neighbor and support our friends in Virginia.        

A Big Reach Senate Candidate Worth Supporting Now - Mike Espy for Mississippi  

NOPE is not involved in Senate races this year.  However, we work closely with 31st Street Swing Left, for advice on targeting candidates, and they have made a case for the importance supporting Mike Espy for Senate in Mississippi.  The Senate is so incredibly important and the current balance is 51-49 in favor of the Republicans.  There are good prospects to pick up 2-3 seats in AZ, NV, and TN, but several Democratic seats are highly vulnerable.  Winning Mississippi could make all the difference!  Here is the complete list of Senate races and the link to support Mike Espy's campaign through 31st Street Swing Left.    

Neighbors Rising - Helping our Immigrant Families -  Book Drive

This is the 1st anniversary book drive for Identity’s after school program for 3rd and 4th graders.  There's a Neighbors Rising book wish list online at Politics & Prose at  The goal  is to collectively purchase 25 copies of each of 10 titles.  You can ship the books to Identity at 414 East Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or order them for store pickup and a Neighbors Rising representative will pick them up approximately once a week.  Neighbors Rising wants to expand its members so they can continue to send the message that people in our greater DC-metro area embrace and support our immigrant neighbors who are made more vulnerable by the increase in anti-"other" sentiments.  With that in mind, buy a few books AND get five others to buy books too!  

Racial Justice Working Group

Our Racial Justice Working Group has been involved in educating ourselves about the history and current issues facing our African American neighbors. Convened after one of our neighbors was arrested for partying-while-black, working group members continue to learn and develop an action plan. To join this group, email Jean Simons at

Maryland Governor’s Race, Flip it Blue

Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, investor, educator, former investigative journalist and a Rhodes Scholar who has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done. 

Susie Turnbull has held leadership positions in government, business, non-profits and politics for over 40 years creating opportunities for everyday people to access their government. 

Ben and Susie are running against incumbent Ben Hogan to reclaim the Promise of Maryland, which includes once again making Maryland's public schools the best in the nation, building an economy that works for everyone, and making healthcare more affordable.  Their bold agenda includes creating tuition-free public college, creating a Medicare-for-all system, and ending mass incarceration. 

To learn more about Maryland Governor/ Lt. Gov. Candidates Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull and to contribute to their campaign go to:   

Fly Your Own Trump Baby Balloon

“Baby” versions of England’s Trump Baby Balloons are starting to appear for sale on Amazon. Let’s stock up on them so we’ll all have our own balloon to fly when the right moment arrives! Will that be the day the Blue Wave takes over the U.S. House? The day Mueller releases his report? Impeachment day? All three??? 

Here are two options on Amazon (although they are made by the same company). Both are made using Aluminum film and after inflation are about 19.6 inches (widest) x 23.6 inches (highest) or approximately 1/10 of the original.  It looks like bulk prices might be available. Let’s discuss this at our August meeting! 

1.  Presale Baby Trump Baby Party Balloons - $19.99

2.  Trump Baby World Trip Party Balloon - $18.99

NOPE Meeting - June 18, 2018

Please join us at our meeting this Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Debra's house in Chevy Chase, DC. 

Here's the agenda:   

  • Giving Circle support for US House candidates:  Progress to date, candidate(s) for this coming month, discussion
  • Canvassing opportunities:  VA 10 (Dump Comstock) and PA10 for George Scott (Northeast PA)
  • Personal Pitch Page: If you've given to three of our Nope Giving Circle requests, you can make a pitch for your favorite candidate(s) on our "Pitch Page."
  • NOPE in YOUR Neighborhood:  How to spread the word about NOPE and our Giving Circle to friends, family, and acquaintances
  • Racial Justice working group
  • Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbors   

RSVP to for directions

NOPE Meeting May 21, 2018

Please join us at our meeting this Monday, May 21 at 6:30 at Debra's house in Chevy Chase, DC. Going forward, our meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month, so mark your calendars.   


6:30 - 8:00 -- Review the recent primaries; Giving Circle progress to date;  VA Is for Democracy Lovers candidates for this coming month & discussion; VA Women's Summit - June 23; Racial Justice working group; Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbor; Herd on the Hill;  DC political update

8:00 - 9:00 -- Meet Kim R Ford - Candidate for DC Congressional Delegate.  She''ll speak to our group and then you can stay and do postcards for her if you like what you hear. Learn more about Kim in these 2 WaPo articles - The Best Kept Secret in DC  and Eleanor Holmes Norton Seeking 15th Term Faces Democratic Challenger





March 19 Meeting

Join us on Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

for our next NOPE meeting.  



6:30 - 8:00 p.m.:  Postcards 

8:00 - 8:30 p.m.:  What's next?  What candidate will we support this month?  Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbors;  Racial Justice working group; VA voter registration opportunities; March for Our Lives plans

8:30 - 8:45 p.m.:  Skype meet and greet with Elaine Luria, who is running for VA 2 CD

8:45 - 9:30 p.m.:  More postcard writing 


Postcards to register voters in PA, AZ, and MI

We're partnering with Sister District to test the impact of using postcards to get voters to register.  As we well know, when we vote we win, but "we" all need to be registered.  Here's the link for more information about this effort.  You are welcome to pick up postcards from us before our meeting, do them at home (25 cards take about 2 hours), and return them to Debra by March 19.  Send an email to if this option works for you. 

Housing March for Our Lives participants

We're partnering with DC Local Ambassadors to provide housing for the families and young people who are expected to attend on March 24th.  Over the last year DC Local Ambassadors has been helping those who come to DC to march with logistics. They do really good work and are coordinating the housing as well has offering other volunteer opportunities.  Here's the link.  If you want to volunteer during the day of the march, check out this link.

Progressive Political Giving Circle

At our last meeting we agreed to create a Progressive Political Giving Circle. For those who choose to participate, we'll share thoughts on a few candidates and discuss to whom we'll direct our next monthly pool of funds.  Here's a one-pager describing our Giving Circle.  It's still a work in progress. We would welcome your participation but there's no obligation to give. 

Skype Meet and Greet with Elaine Luria - VA 2

Here's a link to targeting data we'll be using as we try to determine where to direct our time and resources over the coming months.  It was compiled by Jim Shelton of Swing Left 31st Street.  He was one of our master number-crunchers from the VA 2017 cycle. It highlights 60 flippable races and rates them by level of difficulty to flip and readiness to move forward.  Elaine Luria falls into his "Ripe Now" category and within our key regions of interest -- VA & PA.  We'll have a chance to meet her by Skype and consider her among others for support now or later.  Skype Meet & Greet is an approach we look forward to testing and using over the coming months. 



NOPE Neighbors Meeting


6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

To RSVP and for meeting address contact

Draft Meeting Agenda  

1.  Turning Red to Blue:  

  • Pennsylvania 18th CD, Pittsburgh area  - Special Election March 13 -   Postcard writing, texting banking, canvassing, phoning, donating - Let's  consider the options.  This is the seat vacated by Tim Murphy, the so-called pro-life Republican who resigned in disgrace after he impregnated his staffer and then asked her to get an abortion. Conor Lamb (D) is running against Rick Saccone (R), a state representative who aligns with Trump. Pence and t plan to campaign there.  Although this district is Red, there is a lot of energy around Lamb. This is an uphill battle but a win would be a great start to the march toward the 24 seats needed to flip the US House.
  • State Legislative Races.  Gerrymandering is still a problem and state legislatures will redraw congressional district lines in 2021. Moving the balance of power to Democrats in the states remains a high priority. There are many opportunities in PA and other states. We'll learn more about how we can help there. The PA primary is May 15.
  • Congressional Races.  VA has at least 2 seats, and perhaps more,  that are considered flippable from red to blue. The leading two are:  Barbara Comstock (R), CD 10, Northern Virginia and Scott Taylor (R), CD 2, Newport News, Virginia Beach. The primary is June 12.  And there are a bunch of flippable seats in PA around the Philadelphia area that we may be able to help with.  

2.  Racial Justice Working Group: Their meeting is on Sunday, January 21 from 3:00 - 5:00 in Chevy Chase, DC   All are welcome. This will be the second meeting of this group and open discussion will continue. There will also be conversation about focusing the goals of the group, specifically on topics to explore and kinds of advocacy or action to take.  RSVP to Jean Simons at for the address.

3.  Neighbors Rising:  Update on what was done for our immigrant neighbors over the holidays and what's next.

4.  DC Self-Rule: What's happening with Congress' efforts to undermine our home-rule.

5.  Climate Change: How we can have an impact here

6.  Herd on the Hill:  How, as DC residents, we can help constituents around the country effectively communicate with their Members of Congress?.