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Do what you can, when you can, and know you're not alone.

Progressive women, gender nonbinary folks & male allies fighting #TheResistance in Dane County and Madison, WI, through activism, advocacy and volunteering.

Hello, you spooky, serendipitous social justice champions,

Happy (almost) Halloween!

In addition to slipping in to something scary and getting your candy on this week, be sure to pump yourself up for the midterms. Getting out the vote is the MOST IMPORTANT THING!


Local issue

Early voting in Madison is open, and voting matters. Seriously, text your friends, your mom, your old classmates, your Aunt Betty, your partner's cousin.
Remind them to vote. See below for how you can be involved, from 30-second ways to full-afternoon ways.   

National issue

Support those affected by the horrific mass shooting in Pittsburgh over the weekend and advocate for gun control.  Fight hate with love.


xoxo,
Team 19 crew

Local Action
 
TOPIC

Only 6 days until the midterms.  Do something now to promote progressive change.  It's our last chance before the election!

Pick an option (or multiple options!) from the list below to help spread the word about the election and encourage folks to turn out and vote. Our election guide can be found here: http://electionguide.team19.us


Quick and dirty

💵 1.  DONATE

"Money is critical to campaigns, particularly smaller or more local campaigns that are likely operating on a very small budget. Give what you can, and encourage your friends to do so too."

💻 2. POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Take a minute to write down why you are supporting a particular candidate or issue, then post it to social media with a link to our election guide: http://electionguide.team19.us.

📱3. TEXT YOUR FRIENDS

Text at least 5 people a reminder about the elections, and why you're voting for your candidates (again, feel free to share our guide! http://electionguide.team19.us). Extra reminders can't hurt! Even for folks who consider themselves woke, it can be easy to put off voting and then miss it completely.


I've got some extra free time. What else can I do?
 

✔️1. VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL RACE

"This can be for a federal or state position (Senator, Governor, etc), a local position (School Board), or a ballot measure. If you need inspiration on who or what to pick, go back to our election guide (http://electionguide.team19.us) and pick something or someone that you either feel passionate about, or think will be a tight race that you want to ensure goes [progressive]." 

Google for the campaign website, sign up for their email list, liking their facebook page, etc. to find volunteer opportunities. Enter your zip code at Mobilize America to find local campaign volunteer opportunities.

🗣 2. ISSUES-BASED ADVOCACY

Reach out to local advocacy organizations to see about canvassing or literature drop opportunities, and sign up for at least one session. (We also have various options listed on our calendar.)

"Nervous about it? Check out Swing Left Academy’s helpful introductory video. Canvassing is preferable (it’s the most impactful GOTV tactic!), but alternatively you can volunteer for phone banking, text banking, tabling, or even postcards if they offer it."

(quotes source)

National Action
Advocate for stricter gun control and support the victims of hate crimes.
TOPIC
Eleven people are dead and six injured after a shooter — shouting “all Jews must die" — opened fire during weekly services at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning. This community needs to know that America will not stand for this violence. 

There are two immediate things you can do:
1. Donate to the GoFundMe campaign to support the victims. All money raised will be transferred directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue. 
2. Give directly to the synagogue. On its websitethe Tree of Life Synagogue outlines multiple ways to donate to the congregation, including via PayPalmail or phone. 

Also, be sure to contact Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to demand they condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms, but more importantly, ask them to commit to stronger regulatory action to prevent deranged individuals from accessing high-powered assault weapons to murder others.

We know Tammy is in support of this, but it is important to make your voice heard by both her and Senator Johnson, who opposes gun control.
CONTACTS
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Ron Johnson
📞 PHONE TEMPLATE

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Madison. Could you please tell me what the [SENATOR]’s position is on the regulation of high-capacity assault weapons, such as the rifle used in the domestic terror attack and hate crime this weekend in a Philadelphia Synagogue?
 



REGARDLESS OF THE SENATOR'S POSITION:

I'm calling to ask you to take strong legislative action to prevent more of these horrible acts of domestic terror from occurring again. This has gone on for far too long, and we need real leadership in the Senate to actually do something to fix it! Thoughts and prayers will get us nowhere.

This issue hits close to home, too. This past month, there was a mass shooting in Middleton, Wisconsin, not far from where I live. And this is occurring all over the country.

[HOW IT WILL PERSONALLY AFFECT YOU OR PEOPLE YOU KNOW]

Will Senator [NAME] condemn the horrific act in Pittsburgh in the strongest possible terms, and publicly commit to finding a regulatory solution for endless gun violence and domestic terrorism?


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Please thank Senator [NAME] for their attention to this critical matter.


Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

✉️ EMAIL TEMPLATE
It's important, as with the phone call, to personalize this template. Studies have shown that congressional staff often disregard form emails.

Federal Senators and Representatives don't have email addresses; instead, you fill out a contact form on their website. Links are above in contacts, and also here:

 
Hi, my name is [FULL NAME] and I’m a constituent from [FULL ADDRESS].

We need regulation of high-capacity assault weapons, such as the rifle used in the domestic terror attack and hate crime this weekend in a Philadelphia Synagogue.

I'm writing to ask you to take strong legislative action to prevent more of these horrible acts of domestic terror from occurring again. This has gone on for far too long, and we need real leadership in the Senate to actually do something to fix it! Thoughts and prayers will get us nowhere.

This issue hits close to home, too. This past month, there was a mass shooting in Middleton, Wisconsin, not far from where I live. And this is occurring all over the country.

[HOW IT WILL PERSONALLY AFFECT YOU OR PEOPLE YOU KNOW]

Will you please condemn the horrific act in Pittsburgh in the strongest possible terms, and publicly commit to finding a regulatory solution for endless gun violence and domestic terrorism?


Thank you for your hard work answering emails.

Sincerely, 
[FULL NAME]
[FULL ADDRESS]

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