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October 2022 Newsletter
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Inspired

By Trisha Kostelny, Political Outreach Chair

I have been so inspired by the actions of our volunteers and organizers this past month. I wanted to recount just some of the extraordinary things that they are doing to get out the vote for Democratic candidates.

First, the courage that volunteers show is so admirable. We have brand new volunteers who have said that they are willing to canvass for the first time because democracy is at stake. This is no small feat. They return from their shifts and tell us about their conversations and we in leadership all simultaneously say, “Wow, they’re going to be so good at this!” They bravely knock on doors, finding out that the average voter is kind and willing to chat for a moment.

We have new student canvassers taking two canvassing turfs a week and bringing in friends to train. They are also rallying other canvassers at Lawrence to join us. They have busy class schedules but are still finding the time to scoot/walk/skateboard their way to homes because they want a say in determining a vision for their futures.

We have a new neighborhood action team in Hortonville! They are acting on their Democratic values and bringing other like-minded volunteers together in a mostly rural community -- challenging [but important] work. Together, they are building a team and mobilizing to let voters know about our candidates.

We have other individuals going above and beyond, too! Each day, I’m finding that people are stepping out of their comfort zones and doing things that were not initially asked of them. We had many canvassers come back from shifts eager to deliver signs to those who requested them. They had formed a bond with the voter and wanted to see them again and follow through. We had a volunteer doing data entry for us who was following up with a wheelchair-bound voter and getting them the necessary resources to vote. Other volunteers are finding new, inventive ways to get out the vote -- from parades to sign rallies.

Our Heart of the Valley team is even holding their own canvassing + phone banking event for their assembly candidate, Joey Van Deurzen, because they value his ideas and his commitment.

And finally, I am further inspired by our campaign managers and field and regional organizers who spend countless hours on the phones recruiting and organizing volunteers. They work long hours and show us their hearts every day. They care that all of us are treated equally, that our earth is cared for, that the economy works for everyone. They believe that voting and healthcare are our rights and that truth matters.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who so bravely and courageously have shown that these things matter to you, too. We can’t wait to work with you in the next weeks.

Who will you inspire?

Sign up to canvass this weekend!

Have Something to Say? It’s Time to Say It

 

With just a little over a month before the midterm election, you can build support for our candidates by sharing your voice. Come together with others and learn helpful strategies from Carol Lenz for writing an impactful letter to the editor. Gain a deeper understanding of our candidates as you make new friends. We’ll provide talking points for the candidates and information on how to submit your letter for publication. Leave with a draft; ready for editing or submission. Sign up via the link below. Bring your laptop, if you wish.
 
Sign up for the LTE Writing Party

Last chance to contribute to the Midterm Match!

 
These days, every dollar counts when it comes to political campaigns. You all helped us get *so* close to our matching goal of $1,000 last month -- can you help us get to the finish line? The funds we raise together for our local candidates could be used for mailers, radio or TV ads, and paid posts on social media - all necessary vehicles when it comes to getting our folks across the finish line in November. Please donate what you're able today via the link below!
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Come get your yard signs! Candidate signs available for pick up during business hours. Or come to our sign drive-through on Sunday, Oct. 2 (12pm-3pm) -- just pull up in the back of the building and we'll get you loaded up!

Upcoming Events


October Monthly Membership Meeting
Monday, October 3 - 6pm social hour, 7pm meeting  | 516 W. College Ave
Join us on Monday, 10//3 for our social hour and general membership meeting.

October Weekend of Action
Saturday & Sunday, October 1-2  | Launches from 516 W. College Ave.
Be a part of ensuring we elect Democrats up and down the ballot this November! See our website for links to sign up for your shift(s).

Candidate Sign Drive-through
Sunday, October 2, 12pm-3pm | 516 W College Ave.
Pull into our parking stall out back and we'll load you up with candidate signs!

Porkies, Pancakes, and Politics!
Saturday, October 8, 9am-11am  | 516 W. College Ave
Eat breakfast with the Outagamie Democrats and learn how to take action to help the candidates we’re supporting win in November!

WisDems Get Out The Vote Canvass in Appleton
Oct. 22-23, Oct. 29-30, & Nov. 5-8  | Launches from 516 W. College Ave.
Help GET OUT THE VOTE by canvassing with WisDems for Democrats up & down the ticket!  Sign up for your shifts online.
 
See Our Official Calendar

October Membership Meeting

Join us for our final membership meeting before the November election! We will be joined by guest Aaron Richardson (Democratic candidate for Wisconsin State Treasurer).
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