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Civic Engagement: Ways You Can Help

Civic Engagement:
Ways You Can Help

#1 WAY YOU CAN IMPACT NOVEMBER 6? REGISTERING VOTERS. "ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE" - SO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT.  (AUG 3 UPDATE)

This past week, we shared the story of Albany Voter’s Coalition, which is working to turn out voters in majority black Albany, in Southwest Ga. Among other things, they’re taking the polls to the community – by helping people complete absentee ballots before the election. There are other groups – like Spread the Vote and Georgia Equality, as you’ll see below – that are doing great work on voter registration/ID assistance/GOTV, all over the state.

They remind me: whatever our personal opinions on which groups of possible voters, exactly, are key to moving progressivism forward, there are actually tons of groups all over Georgia – some historically or geographically overlooked! – that want the same changes we do. There are communities we personally might not be able to envision ourselves living in, but whose citizens love it – while working to better it every day, for the basic sake of their lives and livelihood. Hopefully, they will turn out to vote come November – and, if we support organizations like Albany Voter’s Coalition, that many more of them will. 

With that: come volunteer with the organizations below doing critical voter registration – as well as canvassing and voter ID assistance – in August. And as always, if you can't come out: challenge yourself to check in with at least ONE of your friends, family, co-workers, people you meet, etc., to VERIFY if they're registered to vote. If they don't know for sure, help them check their status at: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.)

NOTE: This post is divided into METRO ATLANTA opportunities, then opportunities in ALBANY, ATHENS, AUGUSTA, COLUMBUS, LAGRANGE. 

*METRO ATLANTA*

LET AMERICA VOTE - GEORGIA (Let Georgia Vot)

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)

To sign up/for more info: Porsha White, porsha@letamericavote.org.

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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 @ 5:00-7:30 pm

*Sat, Aug 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am-3:00 pm

*Tue, Aug 14, 2018 @5:00-7:30 pm

*Sat, Aug 18, 2018 @11:00 pm-3:00 pm

For more info/to sign-up, contact: (404) 543-6334, or ablebuildingatl@gmail.com.

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INDIVISIBLE GA04

Voter reg training:

*Sat, Aug 4, 12:30 - 2:30pm @ Pine Lake Courthouse (459 Pine Dr, Pine Lake, GA)

*Wed, Aug 8, 7:15 - 9:15pm @ North Decatur Presbyterian Church (611 Medlock Rd, Decatur)

*Sat, Aug 11, 3 - 5pm @ North Decatur Presbyterian Church (see above)

To RSVP for any of these trainings: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4eaaad2ba6ff2-voter3

Voter reg:

*Sat, Aug 18, 11:30 am – 2 pm / 2 – 4:30 pm @ Lithonia Farmers Market (see above)

To RSVP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E4EAAAD2BA6FF2-lithonia1 

For more info of any of the above/to schedule another training, contact: Margaret Arnett at IndivisibleGA04VOTE@gmail.com. 

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GEORGIA EQUALITY

Voter reg:

*Sat, Aug 4, 3 - 5:30pm @ BB&T Bank (676 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw)

*Sun, Aug 5, 1 - 3pm @ Hannover Grand Apartments (1500 Huntcliff Village Ct, Atlanta)

*Sat, Aug 11, 8am - 12pm @ Anytime Fitness in Alpharetta/Milton (670 N Main St, Alpharetta)

To RSVP to any of these: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054babae2faa8-cobb

*Sun, Aug 12, 2 - 4:30pm @ Edgewood Court Apts (112 Scruggs CT NE, Atlanta)

To RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-edgewood/53362042

*Fri, Aug 17, 10:30am - 2:30pm @ Clayton State University (2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-clayton 

*Sat-Sun, Aug 18-19, 9am - 5:30pm @ Family Days at the Zoo (800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-family

For more info: see links provided above.

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NEW GEORGIA PROJECT

New Georgia Project is hosting voter registration and GOTV drives:

Voter registration:

*Sat, Aug 4, 9 am - 2 pm @ Holy Cross Episcopal Church (2005 S Columbia Pl), https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea4a629aaff2-holy

*Sat, Aug 4, 10 am - 12 pm @ Restart 3:20 Homeless Center (561 West Whitehall St., SW), https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea4a629aaff2-restart

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NECESSARY TROUBLE

Voter reg training:

*Mon, Aug 6, 4pm @ 1666 Newton Ave, Atlanta

*Fri, Aug 10, 4pm @ 223 Montgomery St, Decatur

RSVP/get more info/schedule other group or one-on-one sessions: Kristin, leydigbryant@gmail.com

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SPREAD THE VOTE - GEORGIA

STV is continuing its efforts to help people obtain voters IDs. Join them in tabling at/on:

*Tue, Aug 7, 9-11 am @ SweetWater Mission (6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy Austell GA 30168) – TABLING

*Tue, Aug 21, 9 am-11 am @ SweetWater Mission (6289 Veterans Memorial Hwy Austell GA 30168)

Contact Fallon McClure at fallon@spreadthevote.org to sign up/for more info. Note: STV is also launching its new online volunteer training platform on Aug 13. Stay tuned!

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Voter reg training:

*Wed, Aug 8, 7 - 8:30pm @ Mary Gay House (716 W. Trinity Place, Decatur)

No RSVP needed. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/256026081666385/

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NEW AMERICAN PATHWAYS

NAP has scheduled trainings for those interested in registering voters at USCIS naturalization ceremonies.

*Thu, Aug 9, 2 pm @ NAP (see above)

*Tue, Aug 28, 6 pm @ NAP (see above)

Contact Sarah at civicengagement@newamericanpathways.orgto sign up/for more info.

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ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE

AAAJ-Atlanta hosts voter registration drives every single day of the week. 

For more info, contact: Esther, elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. Sign-up: http://bit.ly/aaajvolunteer

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GEORGIA WAND 

Georgia WAND seeks volunteers to help with canvassing and GOTV between now and Oct. 9. Fill out the online volunteer form to indicate interest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JNO5H-M8cZZi2ti7A1Z4-cplcZKOzDCuUrDECzq8icU/viewform?edit_requested=true

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*ALBANY*

SPREAD THE VOTE + ALBANY VOTER’S COALITION

Voter ID assistance + GOTV:

*Sat, Sep 1 @ 1007 East Clarke Ave, Albany – LABOR DAY COMMUNITY BBQ

Contact Fallon McClure at fallon@spreadthevote.org to sign up/for more info. For more info on Albany Voter’s Coalition, contact Delinda at bryandel55@gmail.com.

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*ATHENS*

GEORGIA EQUALITY

Voter reg:

*Thu-Sat, Aug 9-11, 7 - 9pm @ Athens PopFest at Georgia Theatre (215 N Lumpkin St, Athens)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044caeaa23a6f85-athens/66554141

SPREAD THE VOTE

Voter ID assistance:

*Wed, Aug 22, 7–9 pm @ Athens (Location TBD) – ATHENS VOLUNTEER MIXER

Contact Fallon McClure at fallon@spreadthevote.org to sign up/for more info.

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*AUGUSTA*

GEORGIA EQUALITY

Voter reg:

*Wed, Aug 8, 10am - 2pm @ Uptown VA Hospital (1 Freedom Way, Augusta)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-augusta2

Augusta Super Voter Night:

*Wed, Aug 8, 6 - 8pm @ Nacho Mamas (976 Broad St, Augusta)

http://equalityfederation.salsalabs.com/o/35006/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=4062

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*COLUMBUS*

SPREAD THE VOTE

Voter ID assistance:

*Sat, Aug 18, 10-11 am @ Columbus Library – COLUMBUS CHAPTER LAUNCH 

Contact Fallon McClure at fallon@spreadthevote.org to sign up/for more info.

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*LAGRANGE*

GEORGIA EQUALITY

Voter reg:

*Sat, Aug 4, 10am - 6pm (4 hour shifts) @ William J Griggs Recreation Center (716 Glenn Robertson Dr, LaGrange)

To RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aeaf23a1fb6-lagrange.

Marvin Lim