States Matter! In these highly uncertain times, state legislatures are more important than ever. The Democratic legislators in Virginia passed laws to expand voting rights, raise the minimum wage, abolish the death penalty and allow local governments to remove Confederate statues. We cannot achieve the structural reforms we need without leadership that has the vision to show up, stand up, and speak out. We are thrilled to endorse 12 candidates in our fight to keep Virginia blue.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
IN THIS ISSUE
- Virginia Wave 2 Candidates
- Sister District Staff Updates
- ICYMI: Re-Engage 2020 Donors
- ICYMI: Volunteer Recruitment by Phone
- State Bridges: A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund – Thu. 7/1
- BIPOC Volunteer Working Group – Thu. 7/1
- Political Director Call – Tue. 7/13
- Leader Call – Thu. 7/15
- Action Network Disclaimers
- Metrics Dashboard – Sync w/Teams Spreadsheets
- Get Social With Us!
- VIRGINIA WAVE 2 CANDIDATES
We were absolutely thrilled to announce our second wave of 2021 endorsements this week. These three new candidates join our existing slate of nine candidates running in Virginia. You can find our announcement on Facebook and Twitter and can check out each candidate’s page for more social shareables.
- SISTER DISTRICT STAFF UPDATES
With the growth of SDAN programming in 2021, Ore Obiwumi has moved into the newly created Program Associate role at SDAN, which will support State Bridges, Purple District Network and Future Winners. Taylor Hogeland will be taking her knowledge from the Organizing Department to the Political Department as the new Field Manager. The Organizing Department will soon be reaching out to teams who previously had Taylor as their Organizing Manager. We have two exciting additions to our staff, who we wanted to share a little bit about:
Madison Thomas, Organizing Manager, Organizing Department. Madison brings a wide variety of experience to Sister District, most recently from Sara Gideon’s Senate campaign and the Democratic Party of Georgia, working directly with volunteers to generate impressive voter contact results. She is based in Washington D.C.
Mara Helmke, Operations Associate, Operations Department. Two years ago, Mara started the Sister District Wisconsin chapter. She brings that experience combined with background in operations from her work in business and her non-profit leadership roles. She is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
- ICYMI: RE-ENGAGE 2020 DONORS!
Looking to find matching donors for events? Want to connect with past donors and ask them to contribute again? Want to activate previously-engaged volunteers? Over the spring, several teams ran projects to accomplish those goals. The Sister District NYC Fundraising Committee put together a successful project and were kind enough to document their work! Check it out for ideas! Case Study: SD NYC Donor Reengagement and Matching Recruitment
- ICYMI: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT BY PHONE
Three Puget Sound leaders with two Organizing Fellows made recruitment calls over the past week through a targeted list of 169 volunteers who had donated or attended past events. By the numbers:
- 22.5% contact rate
- 32% of contacts saying yes to at least one ask
- 73% of contacts who didn’t say yes said maybe to at least one ask
Let’s do a project! See: Volunteer Recruitment By Phone & contact your Organizing Dept staffer to get started.
- STATE BRIDGES: A. PHILIP RANDOLF EDUCATIONAL FUND – THU. 7/1
Our Citizen Action of Wisconsin State Bridges event on June 14th, hosted by Sister District South Bay, Sister District Greater Chicago, and Sister District Wisconsin, was a huge success! We beat our goal and hit our match, raising over $11,500 for Citizen Action of Wisconsin! You can find a recording and transcript of that event, and all of our previous events on our State Bridges webpage here.
Up next is our State Bridges event for North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund on Thursday, July 1 at 5pm PT/ 8pm ET. Check out this great promotional video from Shavon Leach, their Digital and Organizing Director, and one of our special guests! Please feel free to attend, promote, and/or become Co-Hosts for this event. The more the merrier! You can check out our current schedule and sign up for future State Bridges events on our Mobilize page.
- BIPOC VOLUNTEER WORKING GROUP – THU. 7/1
We have relaunched our monthly BIPOC volunteer meeting as a working group to help Sister District achieve a more inclusive and equitable organization. Our next convening will be on Thursday, July 1, 4pm PT / 7 PM EST! If you identify as BIPOC, we hope that you’ll join us! Please sign up here, and feel free to share this with fellow leaders and volunteers.
- POLITICAL DIRECTOR CALL – TUE. 7/13
Our next Political Director Call will be on Tuesday, July 13th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Jarvis Houston, our Organizing and Political Director, will lead this call. Sign up here!
- LEADER CALL – THU. 7/15
Powerbuilding Workshop! Please join the Organizing Department as we dive into building a coalition, engaging affiliates, and recruiting from your networks. Check out the notes and recording from last Thursday’s Recruitment Workshop!
Next Call is on Thursday, July 15 5pm PT / 8pm ET. Sign up here!
- ACTION NETWORK DISCLAIMERS
Virginia requires specific language to be included on fundraising emails and all other communications that encourage the election of a clearly defined candidate or that use words such as “vote for”, “elect”, or “support”. The templates in your Action Network accounts have been updated to notify you to include the proper disclaimer. You may also find the candidate disclaimers here.
The following Disclaimer is required on any other emails that do not refer to candidates: “paid for by Sister District Project, not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee”. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Operations Manager, Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- METRICS DASHBOARD – PHONEBANK SYNC W/TEAM SPREADSHEETS
Thank you to the teams and affiliates participating in the Metrics Dashboard Program! This program is an easy way for you to track your group’s progress, as well as to see how other teams are doing. To participate, just visit the last tab of the Cumulative Dashboard, find your group’s dashboard, and request to edit it. (if you don’t see your team listed, just send Mara an email at email@example.com.)
As another incentive, we can sync your Team’s phonebanking spreadsheet totals to your Team’s Dashboard. While it won’t capture the weekly data that the Dashboard is designed for, you now only have to capture your phonebank data in one place. Please reach out to Mara if you are interested in setting this up.
- GET SOCIAL WITH US!
Wave 2 VA candidates are here! What you need to know:
- Do you want HQ to promote your fundraising event for VA? Fill out the form: Request for Event Promotion on Social Media.