#1 Way You Can Impact Nov. 6? Registering Voters. "One Person, One Vote" - So Multiply Your Impact. (July 20 Update)
My own “multiply your impact” story: it took me 10+ years after we became US citizens, but in 2016, I finally convinced my mom to register to vote. She’d been hesitant: in the province in the Philippines from where she hails, vote-buying – as in cash-for-votes – routinely occurred when she was growing up. Unfortunately, America in 2016 didn’t really convince her that voting could create positive outcomes. But, I reminded my mom that, while change is slow, and lives will be lost in the interim, it *can* happen, and democratically: she herself saw it firsthand in 1986, when Filipinos accomplished a nonviolent revolution, going from dictatorship to democracy, that ushered in a continuing era of revolutions worldwide. So, my mom has decided to vote again. And if we can convince enough new or low-propensity voters like her by November, Georgia – and America - can be better in 2019.
With that: come volunteer with the organizations below doing critical voter registration – as well as canvassing and voter ID assistance – in July and into August. Courtesy of our friends at Spread the Vote, Let America Vote, Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, New Georgia Project, DeKalb and Cobb voter registration volunteers (in partnership with Georgia Equality), Indivisible GA-04, New American Pathways, and ABLE.
(As always, if you can't come out: challenge yourself to check in with at least ONE of your friends, family, co-workers, etc., to VERIFY if they're registered to vote. If they don't know for sure, help them check their status at: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.)
SPREAD THE VOTE – GEORGIA (http://spreadthevote.org)
STV is continuing its efforts to help people obtain voters IDs. Join them in tabling, and other events throughout Georgia, at/on:
*Tue, Jul 24, 9 am - 11 am @ SweetWater Mission (6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy Austell GA 30168) – TABLING
*Wed, Jul 25, 7 - 9 pm @ Noni’s Edgewood – ATLANTA VOLUNTEER MIXER
*Tue, Aug 7, 9 am - 11 am @ SweetWater Mission (6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy Austell GA 30168) – TABLING
*Thu, Aug 16, 7 - 9 pm @ Ocmulgee Brew Pub – MACON VOLUNTEER MIXER
*Sat, Aug 18, 10 - 11 am @ Columbus Library – COLUMBUS CHAPTER LAUNCH
*Tue, Aug 21, 9 am - 11 am @ SweetWater Mission (6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy Austell GA 30168) – TABLING
*Wed, Aug 22, 7 – 9 pm @ Athens (Location TBD) – ATHENS VOLUNTEER MIXER
*Sat, Sep 1 @ Albany (Location TBD) – LABOR DAY COMMUNITY BBQ
Contact Fallon McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up/for more info.
LET AMERICA VOTE - GEORGIA (http://www.facebook.com/groups/letgeorgiavote)
Weekly, Let America Vote will be doing door-to-door canvassing every day, during the following days/times:
*Mon-Thu, 10 am - 8 pm, WEEKLY @ LAV office (5920 Roswell Rd Suite A-208, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, next to the Anne Frank Exhibit)
*Fri-Sun, 10 am - 6 pm, WEEKLY @ LAV office (see above)
Contact Porsha White at email@example.com sign up/for more info.
GEORGIA COALITION FOR THE PEOPLE'S AGENDA
Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda is a long-time leader in Georgia voter registration, and is doing registration drives at the following locations/dates/times:
*Fri-Sun, Jul 20-22, 10 am @ Back to School Event (River St, Savannah, GA 31401)
To sign up/for more info, contact Lyndon Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW GEORGIA PROJECT (http://newgeorgiaproject.org)
New Georgia Project is hosting voter registration and GOTV drives:
*Sat, Jul 21, 5 - 9 pm @ East Lake Terrace SE (exactly location TBD), https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea4a629aaff2-east
*Sat, Jul 21, 12 - 5 pm @ William Walker Recreation Center (2405 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331), https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea4a629aaff2-afscme
*Sat, Jul 21, 11 am – 3 pm @ 2778 Broad St. Austell GA 30106
*Sun, Jul 22, 12 - 4 pm @ see above
*Mon, Jul 23, 12 - 4 pm / 4 - 8 pm @ see above
*Tue, Jul 24, 8 am - 12 pm / 12 - 4 pm / 4 - 8 pm @ see above
For more info/to RSVP, visit the links provided above.
DEKALB (DECATUR) voter registration volunteers (in partnership with GEORGIA EQUALITY)
Join a group, working with Georgia Equality, to register voters in Decatur every week:
*Fri, Jul 20, 4 - 7 pm @ see above
*Fri, Jul 27, 4 - 7 pm @ see above
For more info/to RSVP, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-decatur.
The group will also hold a comprehensive voter registration training class:
*Wed, Aug 15, 7 – 9 pm @ 30 Clarendon Ave Avondale Estates, GA 30002.
To RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4eaaad2ba6ff2-voter1. For more info, or to schedule another training, contact: Margaret Arnett at email@example.com.
Indivisible GA-04 is doing voter registration on/at:
*Sat, Jul 21, 11 am – 2:30 pm / 2 – 4:30 pm @ Lithonia Farmers Market (Kelly Park, corner of Main Street and Max Cleland in Lithonia)
To RSVP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E4EAAAD2BA6FF2-lithonia. For more info, contact: Margaret Arnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COBB voter registration volunteers (in partnership with GEORGIA EQUALITY)
Join a group, working with Georgia Equality, to register voters in Cobb every week:
*Sun, Jul 22, 3 pm @ Publix (2900 Delk Rd SE #1150, Marietta, GA 30067)
*Sun, Jul 29, 3 pm @ Publix (2900 Delk Rd SE #1150, Marietta, GA 30067)
*Tue, Jul 31, 4 pm @ Georgia Tech Outdoor Amphitheater (349 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
The group is canvassing apartment complexes with high densities of blue residents. These potential voters typically do not get invited to register to vote, and they are so appreciative that we come to them with the opportunity.
To sign up/for more info, visit: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054babae2faa8-cobb.
NEW AMERICAN PATHWAYS (http://newamericanpathways.org)
NAP has scheduled trainings for those interested in registering voters at USCIS naturalization ceremonies.
*Tue, Jul 24, 6 - 7:30 pm @ NAP (see above)
Contact Sarah at email@example.com sign up/for more info.
ABLE (Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment) (http://ablega.org)
ABLE is canvassing communities on issues directly impacting working families, like criminal justice – while simultaneously activating voter participation. ABLE leaders will launch the canvas in August in Clayton County, on:
*Sat, Aug 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am -3:00 pm
*Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
*Sat, Aug 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
*Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
*Sat, Aug 18, 2018 @11:00 pm - 3:00 pm
For more info/to sign-up, contact: (404) 543-6334, or firstname.lastname@example.org.