Flip States Red to Blue

Write Postcards for Elissa Silverman

Monday October 29

We WIll write postcards to GOTV for Elissa Silverman for DC CIty Council on Monday, October 29. RSVP for either time:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Cleveland Park, The Broadmoor)

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 6:00-8:00 PM  (Chevy Chase, DC)

We’ve all been laser-focused on turning competitive races blue in states near and far, but never forgetting our own DC Council race.  If you’re committed to retaining Elissa Silverman – fierce independent and guardian of taxpayers’ money, who owes nothing to special interests – as one of our At-Large Council members, then please volunteer to help her campaign* in these remaining 11 days. 

NOPE will hold a GOTV postcard-writing party for Elissa on Monday, October 29. Postcard-writers will complete 20 cards on-site (@ $8/ to cover costs), so we can mail them the next day. If you prefer to pick up a batch of cards to write at home and mail yourself, it’s crucial to mail them Tuesday or no later than Wednesday – cards may convince recipients to vote early, which is possible prior to 7 pm Friday Nov 2, or on Election Day.

We’ll have the postcards, pens, sample message(s), even some decorative materials, as well as some light refreshments to keep up our energies – all we need is your RSVP by this Saturday to help us plan for adequate numbers of cards, etc.

Please RSVP by Saturday to bettyhawks@gmail.com for the time period you want to attend on Monday, October 29. (Please include your name, email address, and phone number.) You’ll receive an email confirmation with the address.

See you on Monday, Oct. 29!!

* for other volunteer opportunities for Elissa, go to:  www.elissa2018.com/volunteer

Virginia Women's Summit, June 23, 2018

Women’s Summit 2018

June 23rd, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Herndon, VA

This is an event not to be missed.  The first Women’s Summit last year brought together activists and candidates to kick-off the blue wave that swept VA this past November. There are so many opportunities to flip seats in VA this coming November.  The Summit will feature opportunities to engage across all 11 Congressional Districts.  The weekend event will feature speakers, workshops, an advocacy fair, gear shop, and most importantly, network opportunities.  In addition, And Debra will be co-leading a fundraising workshop.

See the agenda and register for the Women's Summit

Blue Wave VA - Day of Action: April 7, 2018

Join NOPE and other local groups for a Day of 

"Blue Wave" canvassing 

RSVP HERE

Help us identify Democratic supporters in preparation for the November election and for  beating Barbara Comstock in the tenth U.S. Congressional District!!  This is also the district where Donte Tanner lost his bid for the VA House of Delegates by less than 100 votes.

In Virginia, voters do not register by party, so a first step in canvassing is to identify Democratic voters so that future campaigning can focus on these folks.  We will do on-the-ground identification (not persuasion!) canvassing with the goal of identifying residents who are strong Democrats or lean Democratic but whose voting preferences are labelled “unknown” or “no data.”  

We are being asked to use the MiniVAN app for this day of canvassing, so please bring a smart phone. It is not hard to download the app and use it. They will show us how.

We'll meet at 6108 Union Springs Lane, Clifton, VA.  Here's the schedule:

8:30 am -  Meet to carpool in Upper NW DC at the Friendship Heights Metro stop or at Debra’s house.  If you don’t want to carpool, meet us out in Clifton at 9:15 am.

9:15 am - 10:00 am - Training on canvassing list and Minivan app.  Meet at: 6108 Union Springs Lane, Clifton, VA 20124 (in Donte Tanner’s district)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Canvass (we’ll pair people up with partners, if interested)

 1:15 pm - Optional Lunch (we’ll find a local restaurant that can take a larger group)

After lunch, head home or continue with a second canvassing shift (or skip the sit-down lunch, if you’d prefer to keep canvassing or return home earlier – whatever works!)

RSVP HERE

Contacts:  

Upper NW, DC:   Debra Fried Levin, NopeNeighbors@gmail.com

In VA: Luke Levasseur, levaray@gmail.com & Lori Boerner, loriboerner@gmail.com

Canvass for Conor Lamb

ROAD TRIPS TO CANVASS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA  EVERY WEEKEND THROUGH MARCH 10TH 

NOPE and two of our sister groups, Swing Left 31st Street and J Walkers, are sponsoring Canvassing for Conor trips.  Join us for one or more of the following weekends:

JOIN NOPE NEIGHBORS

Canvass with us the weekend before the Special Election on March 10-11.

We will leave from the Chevy Chase, DC area and the Friendship Heights Metro. Details are in the works.  Sign up for canvassing here.  

JOIN SWING LEFT 31ST STREET (CHEVY CHASE, DC): 

February 17-18:  Contact Mary Pence at mpence@feldesmantucker.com

February 24-25:  Contact Lisa Herrick at lherrickphd@gmail.com

March 3-4:  Contact Julie Greenberg atjulieruthgreenberg@gmail.com.

JOIN J WALKERS, MONTGOMERY COUNTY

J Walkers' canvassing trips leave from the Grovesnor Metro stop:

  • February 17
  • February 24
  • March 3 
  • March 10 

For more details go to their website: http://www.jwalkersactiongroup.org/ and check out their flyer.

JOIN NOPE NEIGHBORS

Canvass with us the weekend before the Special Election on March 10-11.

We will leave from the Chevy Chase, DC area and the Friendship Heights Metro. Details are in the works.  Sign up for canvassing here.  

Postcard Party for Conor Lamb

Monday, February 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join us in writing postcards to get out the vote for Conor Lamb. We'll also have a brief NOPE conversation about other activities to support Conor (from 7:30 - 7:50 p.m.).

Come for all or part of the evening.  Please bring $10 to cover the cost of postcards.

RSVP to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com so we know how many postcards to buy.

Check out Conor Lamb's latest video.

 

January 22, 2018 Meeting Notes

NOPE Neighbor Meeting Notes

January 22, 2018

Twenty-seven people attended our first NOPE meeting of 2018.  Thank you to everyone for participating! The meeting focused on our next steps in helping to flip the country from red to blue. We also discussed several other NOPE activities. To engage in any of the activities described below send an email to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com and we’ll connect you with that effort if you’re not already involved.  

Turning Red to Blue

Debra Fried Levin described current plans for our involvement in the 2018 elections.

Congressional Races in Virginia and Pennsylvania. There are at least two U.S. Congressional seats in Virginia that could be flipped from red to blue in 2018:  Barbara Comstock’s seat in the 10th District in Northern Virginia, and Scott Taylor’s seat in the 2nd District (Newport News/Virginia Beach area). The primary will be held on June 12. Once we see who the Democratic candidates are, we will develop a plan for how to support them. There will also be several flippable seats in Pennsylvania (many in the Philadelphia area) that we might support. We anticipate that NOPE activities for both states will include canvassing, postcards, text-banking, and possibly phone calls (if we can use a hub-dialer, which sends us numbers where there are real people on the other end). Resources on Congressional races and statistics are posted on the last page.

State Legislative Races. We plan to focus on state legislative races in Pennsylvania, although there will be some good opportunities in other states, as well. The Pennsylvania primary will be held May 15, with 30 flippable state legislative races as well as races for Governor, Senate, and Congress. After the primary, we will identify the state races we want to focus on. We will renew our Race for Democracy to raise funds for these races, and will sponsor canvassing as well as postcard, text banking, and phone banking  activities.

Special Election, Conor Lamb (D),  PA 18 Congressional District, March 13. In the meantime, we will be involved in the March 13 special election for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional district (southwest and southeast of Pittsburgh). Conor Lamb (D), https://conorlamb.com/, is running against Rick Saccone (R), a state representative who aligns with Trump (Trump and Pence are campaigning for him). The seat was vacated by Tim Murphy, a so-called  pro-life Republican who resigned after he impregnated his staffer and then asked her to have an abortion. This race will be an uphill battle to win, but there is a lot of energy around Lamb and a January 22 poll found Conor Lamb to be only three points behind. We will raise money for him using the Giving Circle technique described below. We’ll also conduct other activities (e.g., postcards, text bank, canvassing). Resources on state legislative races and statistics are posted on the last page. For more information on contributing to Conor Lamb see Contribute to Conor Lamb's Special Election Campaign.

Larry Buc (Swing Left 31st Street, also in Chevy Chase, DC) described a Skype call that his group held with Conor Lamb. He said they are very impressed with Lamb and that they have obtained $35,000 in commitments for him!

Progressive Political Giving Circle. Debra proposed that NOPE organize a Giving Circle – from February through October – for 2018 election candidates. We will be doing Race for Democracy again this year and the focus will be PA state legislative races. Our Giving Circle will focus on congressional candidates or others that will help flip Congress. Each NOPE participant has the opportunity to commit $X a month to contribute to a NOPE identified candidate. NOPE Giving Circle participants will have the opportunity to suggest candidates who they would like to support financially and to provide information about their candidate (e.g., name, district, type of race, money raised to date, percent in the district who voted for Clinton vs. Trump). We will supply a template for gathering these data and provide links to where to find the information. Each month, NOPE Giving Circle participants will review the suggested candidates and select one to support.

We are testing this approach using Conor Lamb, (March 13 Special Election, PA18 CD) as our February Giving Circle candidate. In preparation, Debra asked everyone to indicate on an index card how much they would contribute to Lamb and how much they would contribute on a monthly basis for other candidates. Individual information was not shared and will be kept private. The commitments are not  binding, of course, but it looks as if we’re off to a great start: folks responded that they would give a total of $2,400+  for Lamb (about $100/person, but the range of gifts was from $5 to $500) and $1,400/month thereafter (about $58/person). Most people said they think they can recruit at least one friend to join the giving circle.

There was discussion about how we can increase awareness about Conor Lamb. More to follow on this soon. Larry Buc described a video that we can post on social media and email to friends along with a request to “join me” in supporting Conor Lamb (see https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cl4c-ad2?utm_campaign=em18_180123_newad_fnd_gq_ful__CLC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cl4c&refcode=em18_180123_newad_fnd_gq_ful__CLC-lnk1&recur_weekly=yes ). Larry also invited NOPE members to the national SwingLeft meeting on Saturday, January 27.  See: https://actionnetwork.org/events/swing-lefts-blue-wave-tour-comes-to-washington-dc

Racial Justice Working Group

Jean Simons talked about the NOPE Racial Justice Working Group. At their second meeting (held on January 21), members discussed focusing on affordable housing and gentrification issues in D.C. They  will investigate other groups that are working on these issues [One DC (http://www.onedconline.org/), Empower DC (http://empowerdc.org/), and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (http://www.legalclinic.org/)] to determine if we can volunteer with them in some way. Holly Pollinger, who is with a Cathedral Heights group, Neighbors Combating Climate Change, and Jean also discussed looking into the issue of environmental justice.

Neighbors Rising

Jeannie Engel provided an update on recent Neighbors Rising successes working with Identity, https://identity-youth.org/ and LYAC, http://www.layc-dc.org/. These activities included a campaign to purchase soccer equipment for youth participating in a community soccer program, providing Thanksgiving meals, and purchasing books for 4th graders for an after school program. This week, Neighbors Rising raised more than $1,800 for a local family that needed to obtain three U visas to allow them to stay together in their U.S. community.

DC Self Rule

Kathy Stein talked about the Americans for Self-Rule PAC (http://www.americansforselfrule.org/), which works to protect the democratic will of D.C. residents from Congressional overreach and to promote the District’s right to independent, democratic self-governance. She suggested inviting a spokesperson from the PAC to talk at a future NOPE meeting.

Herd on the Hill

Ellen Boneparth talked about how Herd on the Hill, http://herdonthehill.org/, enables D.C. volunteers to deliver constituent letters – complete with photos, personal stories, and requests for a response – to Members of Congress and their office staff.  

Catalyzing Impact

Stacy Brustin talked about her work with a group called Catalyzing Impact, which targets states that have restrictive voting practices. The group is working on gerrymandering and redistricting with OneVirginia2021 (https://www.onevirginia2021.org/). It is also supporting the League of Women Voters in Fairfax County to translate their voter education guide into Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Resources

Groups Focused on Congressional Elections

SwingLeft: https://swingleft.org/

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: https://dccc.org/

Groups Focused on State Legislative Races

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: http://www.dlcc.org/

Every District: https://www.everydistrict.us/

Flippable: http://www.flippable.org/

Forward Majority: http://forwardmajority.org/

Mobilize 2020: https://www.mobilize2018.org/#home

National Democratic Redistricting Committee: https://democraticredistricting.com/

Sister District: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/

Sources for Research and Data on Races

Cook Political Report: https://www.cookpolitical.com/

Daily Kos Elections: https://www.dailykos.com/blog/Elections

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, University of Virginia Center for Politics: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight: https://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/nate-silver/

Virginia Public Access Project: https://www.vpap.org/

2018 Primary Dates

Here are a couple lists of upcoming 2018 primary election dates and runoff dates. The date for each state covers its primaries for state legislative seats (in 46 states) along with U.S. senators and representatives, governor, and statewide officials. We will post this information on the NOPE website.

National Conference of State Legislatures:  http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2018-state-primary-election-dates.aspx#Dates

Federal Voting Assistance Program: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/VAO/PrimaryElectionsCalendar.pdf

Respectfully submitted by,

Joanna Pratt & Debra Fried Levin, Co-leaders

Nope Neighbors website: www.NopeNeighbors.org

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Contribute to Conor Lamb's Special Election Campaign

The issue: 

At our January 22nd meeting, NOPE decided to support Conor Lamb in the March 13 special election for the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional district (southwest and southeast of Pittsburgh). Conor Lamb (D) is running against Rick Saccone (R), a state representative who aligns with Trump (Trump and Pence are campaigning for him). The seat was vacated by Tim Murphy, a pro-life Republican who resigned after he impregnated his staffer and then asked her to have an abortion. This race will be an uphill battle to win, but there is a lot of energy around Lamb and a January 22 poll found him to be only three points behind!

Here's what you can do:

1.  MAKE YOUR DONATION TO CONOR LAMB HERE

2.  After you've made your donation, please forward a copy of your email receipt to nopeneighbors@gmail.com.  We would like to keep a record of how much NOPE members contribute so we can document the power of grassroots support.  Your information is confidential. 

3.  Read the posts under Flip States Red to Blue to learn about other ways you can join us in supporting progressive candidates in the upcoming 2018 state and federal elections.

 

Let's Go Text-Banking!

ALL EYES ARE FINALLY ON VIRGINIA. 

Read the Washington Post article, National Democrats are Jittery About VA Governor's Race.

If we win in Virginia it sends a powerful message to trump and Congress that progressives are serious about winning at all levels. And if we lose, well....you fill in whatever nightmare headline you want. So let’s get this done. Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) is key. Democrats have the majority of voters in VA, but will those voters turn out in an off-year, on a workday, with their picture ID, before 7 p.m.??? 

COME TO A TEXT-BANKING PARTY!

Wednesday., November 1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Chevy Chase DC

Like phone banking, but you actually make contact; texting has a 90% contact rate. The only caveat -  you need a gmail email account. You can create one for this purpose and then delete it.

RSVP to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com, and we'll send you the address.

Canvassing for Virginia

All eyes are finally on Virginia. 

Read the Washington Post article, National Democrats are Jittery About VA Governor's Race.

If we win in Virginia it sends a powerful message to trump and Congress that progressives are serious about winning at all levels. And if we lose, well....you fill in whatever nightmare headline you want. So let’s get this done. Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) is key. Democrats have the majority of voters in VA, but will those voters turn out in an off-year, on a workday, with their picture ID, before 7 p.m.??? 

Canvassing is the most effective approach to GOTV. EVERY voter contact is critical.

If you’ve done it before now’s the time to do it again. 

If you haven’t canvassed and have concerns, here’s what a first-time canvasser who joined us wrote: "I had some trepidations about canvassing - knocking on doors is not my thing - but it was great. The group was organized, the instructions clear, but best of all was getting to talk to a range of people. No slammed doors and some fascinating conversations. I'm grateful for today - I did something to support my beliefs and am feeling pumped. Thank you."  

So now please sign up. Here's how: 

Nope Neighbors Canvass - We leave from Chevy Chase, DC on November 4, 5, 7.  Transportation is provided if needed.  To RSVP or for more information, go to nopeneighbors@gmail.com.  

Or, you can join other groups for canvassing. For example:

J Walkers Action Group: Leaving from all over Montgomery County on many different days

Ward 3 Democrats: Leaving from Northwest DC. October  Sat., 28 and Sun., 29 for Ralph Northam and Hala Ayala.

Mobilize America -  Find a campaign on your own, sign up and head on out.