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What We've Done So Far, What We've Got Coming Up!

by: VirginiaYoungDemocrats

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 10:31:09 AM EDT

(Thank you, YDs! - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

What we've done so far, What we've got coming up!
30,000 Doors Down, 30,000 to go

What an election year! It has been a weird electoral season - an influx of cash and energy for Republicans, Olympia Snowe becoming a friend (or is she?), and a volunteer base that is exhausted from last year's election work - but we're still kickin' butt! This year, the Virginia Young Democrats set out to hire organizers to supplement the field programs of the campaigns. We have also worked hard to set up regional invasions to boost the voter contact being done by our organizers and the campaigns. Between the work being done by our chapters, the work being done by our organizers, and the work done through our regional invasions, and the Virginia Young Democrats have hit 30,000 doors across the state. Not a bad number, and about half-way to where we want to be. Below is more information on what we've done so far, and what we're doing to hit those remaining, critical 30,000 doors for our statewide and delegate candidates.


Nothing sings to Young Democrats like an invasion. Young Dems get excited when they meet other Young Dems. We get excited by large groups. By putting people in areas that overlap with targeted House districts, Invasions are a great way to excite our volunteers and connect our people to the campaigns in a savvy, exciting way. Our invasions in Newport News, Hampton Roads, Albemarle, Charlottesville, Richmond, McLean, Blacksburg, Stafford, South Riding, and Lynchburg are only the invasions we've done up and to this point! Check out our VAYD Invasions below.  

VirginiaYoungDemocrats :: What We've Done So Far, What We've Got Coming Up!
Hampton Roads Invasion Day One 048

In 2008, President Barack Obama invested in Young People like never before. Most every targeted state had a staff person dedicated completely to getting Young Democrats and other young people out to volunteer and vote for President's campaign. This year, Virginia Young Democrats have had full-time organizers all over the state, including in 9 competitive House Districts,  to make sure that we are getting Young Democrats into the campaign structure that already exists.

How We're Going to Hit 30,000 Voters in the next 19 Days

VAYD will be bringing on at least two more organizers for GOTV to help in targeted regions in need. Our organizers are all across the commonwealth: South Riding, Virginia Beach (Two of 'em!), Newport News, Wytheville (our organizer is actually the Field Director for Carole Pratt's campaign), Albemarle, Springfield, and Arlington. These talented Virginia Young Democrats have been making an average of 75 voter contacts per day, and will be increasing that pace as we head towards the election. We're pumped that this program has been successful, and are looking to take lessons from this year and implement a similar program next year!

Also, we'll be asking our clubs to drum out members for some pretty key regional invasions coming up. You can see the whole list on the VAYD website, or check it out below.

Weekend of the 17th
Michigan and Virginia Young Democrats Invade Herndon!
Saturday October 17th, 9:30am
300 Sterling Park Shopping Mall
Sterling, VA 20164-3206
Toby Quaranta -

Springfield Invasion
Saturday October 17th, 10:00am
8412 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22152
Jim McBride -

Homecoming Rally with Governor Kaine, Senator Deeds, and Jody Wagner!
University of Mary Washington
Saturday October 17th, 4:00pm
Jon Shields -

Roanoke Invasion
Saturday October 17th
Lauren Laskey -

North Stafford Canvass
Sunday October 18th
Jon Shields -

Arlington Sunday Canvass
Sunday October 18th
ACDC Headquarters
2009 N. 14th Street, Suite 612
Arlington, VA 22201
Jim McBride -

Herndon Sunday Canvass
Sunday October 18th, 9:30am
300 Sterling Park Shopping Mall
Sterling, VA 20164-3206
Toby Quaranta -

Weekly Events
Mondays - Arlington Phone Bank
Wednesdays - Alexandria Canvass
Thursdays - Arlington Canvass
Contact Jim McBride -

Weekend of the 24th
Blue Dominion Club / Hill Staff Invade McLean!
Saturday October 24th, 10:00am
7600 Colshire Drive, Suite 400
McLean, VA 22102
Toby Quaranta -

Rally with Labor at Annandale Parade
Saturday October 24th, 10:00am
Annandale, VA
Danville Invasion
Saturday October 24th
Jon Ward -

West Virginia & Virginia Young Democrats Invade Prince William!
Saturday October 24th, 10:00am
Prince William County, Virginia
David Levine -

Hampton Roads Invasion
(Coinciding with a HUGE invasion of College Dems from DC and NY)
Saturday October 24th, 10:00am
5101 Cleveland St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Katie Farr & Mary-Kate Aylward,

Southwest Invasion
Saturday October 24th, 10:00am
Christiansburg, VA
Maggie Thorton

Chantilly Mini-Invasion
Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am
Chantilly, VA
Jim McBride -

Woodbridge Mini-Invasion
Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am
Woodbridge, VA
Jim McBride -

Danville Invasion Part 2!
Sunday October 25th
Jon Ward -

West Virginia & Virginia Young Democrats Invade Prince William Part 2!
Sunday October 25th  10:00am
Prince William County, Virginia
David Levine -

Southwest Invasion Part 2
Sunday October 25th  10:00am
Christiansburg, VA
Maggie Thorton

Hampton Roads Invasion, Part 2!
Sunday October 25th  10:00am
5101 Cleveland St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Katie Farr & Mary-Kate Aylward,

Arlington Sunday Canvass
Sunday October 25th
ACDC Headquarters
2009 N. 14th Street, Suite 612
Arlington, VA 22201
Jim McBride -

Weekend of October 31st

DC and Maryland Young Democrats Invade Herndon and McLean
Saturday October 31st
Herndon and McLean, VA

DC Phone Bank
DNC Headquarters
Sunday November 1st, Monday November 2nd and Tuesday November 3rd.

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Thank you!
I've been organizing canvasses at George Mason University, and I'm encouraged by the reports of YDs invading our Commonwealth.  I heard the Michigan contingent was out in full force at today's rally in Annandale!

That's a lot of work. Good luck and may your invasions lead to a successful occupation :)

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