The coming months are going to be one of the most decisive periods of recent American history.
You know what we are facing. We are in the midst of four deep crises: a deadly pandemic, an economic meltdown, massive social and racial upheaval, and a corrupt and dangerous President unfit for office. In the coming election, our country faces the choice on how to tackle healthcare, inequality, and race, and how to address each of these problems.
Faced with these crises, we cannot remain just spectators. The stakes are too high, the situation is too grave. We have the duty, the moral obligation, to ensure that we respond to the crisis by taking decisive steps towards social justice.
Today, we are asking you to step up and join us in this fight – by becoming a member of the WFP Volunteer SQUAD. If you’ve never volunteered before but feel drawn to making a difference in 2020, there’s a place for you. If you’re an expert and want to help lead these efforts, there’s a place for you.
Here is what we are going to do.
- On September 1, from 6 pm to 7 pm, we will get started with our WFP Volunteer SQUAD Welcome Gathering – our starting point, there we will get to know each other and talk about why we do the work we do and what values, principles and collective vision hold us tightly together. We will talk about our plans, the strategies we are going to use this election cycle, and all the ways you can be part of this effort, both in Connecticut and in Presidential battleground states. You can click here to register.
- On September 8 at 5 P.M. we will hold a volunteer training for Mass Peer to Peer Texting. Register here.
- On September 9 at 5 P.M. we will follow up with a Phone bank training. Click here to register.
After that, we are off to the races! Every week starting September 8 at 6 P. M. until the election, we will host virtual phone banks and texting campaigns for key races in our state:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. mass peer texting:
Thursdays from 6 P. M. to 8:30 P.M. and Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P. M. phone banking:
In addition to phone banking and texting, we will connect and deploy volunteers in key house and senate races in Connecticut, in the places where elections are the closest and every single call we make and door we knock can swing an election. We will also get you in touch with organizers in places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where every single vote is critical to defeat Trump in November.
You will not do this alone and we cannot do this without you. Every step of the way, WFP staff will be there for support. We will teach you on how to use the software and digital tools you need to contact voters; train you on how to recruit new volunteers and organize new efforts. We will provide up to date information on which are the truly critical races in our state to get progressive champions elected.
John Lewis used to say that democracy is not a state, but an act. It only works if we all actively participate in it. If we want to ensure that our country responds to the current crises by advancing the cause of justice, we must build a movement strong enough not just to make our voices heard, but to change the power equation completely.
We want you to be part of this movement, to join us in this fight.