Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Only 3 Days 'Til This Weekend's 2010 Kick-off

In just three days, thousands of Organizing for America supporters will hit the doors and the phones, asking those who voted for the first time in 2008 to make their voices heard again this year. While November might seem far away, starting now will help us get the 15 million first time 2008 voters back to the polls and continue our momentum for change in 2010.
Find a canvass or phone bank near you here.
There are many reasons to join in this weekend. Maybe you want to fight for your local representative who stood up for health care reform in the face of enormous pressure to vote 'no.' Maybe you want to help President Obama keep turning our economy around and provide jobs for your community. Or maybe you want to reconnect with folks from the 2008 campaign, getting out to walk your neighborhood and talk with voters face-to-face again.
Here are a few updates from OFA volunteers around the country as they get ready for this weekend's events:
Chrisi W., Alexandria, Virginia:
Two local teams joined together around a dinner table in Vienna; a unique mixture of veteran campaign workers, current volunteers, and regular folks curious about OFA’s mission. The varied backgrounds and personal stories of everyone at the table showed the continued energy and broad support for President Obama’s efforts. Our meeting reminded us that OFA can help make the difference on whether or not our country will continue to benefit from the bold leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the House, or whether we could have a Speaker John Boehner steering our country backward. To protect the movement we started in 2008 and to continue to achieve the change we fought for, we need everyone who voted for President Obama in 2008 to make their voices heard again and vote in November.
Dallas T., Albuquerque, New Mexico:
With a turnout of dedicated volunteers, my June 5 canvass pre-planning meeting opened my eyes. Through my own personal experience I realized why I chose to be a community organizer for OFA.  My son is a first-time 2008 voter who was registered in 2006.  His story is similar to so many others who lacked the knowledge to vote in 2006 but was eager to vote for Obama in  '08. We had great participation from the supporters there as we brainstormed themes for the flyer that we will be using. We came up with the idea to have some volunteers drive the areas of town that we are unfamiliar with to ensure that we don't send canvassers to an un-walkable area. It was a productive meeting, and I feel prepared for June 5.  Now, to get the flyer done.
New York:
Led by Amy and Janice, the Downtown East Neighborhood Team met to brainstorm ideas on how to best reengage 2008 first-time voters this November. Janice said she's excited about the people she knows "who haven’t been involved since the campaign but are coming out and getting reengaged." Amy is looking forward to "getting back out and reconnecting with all the amazing people" she met in 2008. The event will be centered on voter registration--engaging new voters as well as voters who are not yet registered to vote in the Empire State.  Volunteers will phone banks, recruit volunteers, and ask registered voters to sign cards pledging to vote in November.
Find an event near you and sign up today.
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