Yesterday, we attended a Grow the Hope (GTH) house meeting with their Rapid Response team, Organizing for America (OFA 2.0), and the Carrots and Sticks Project. After the meeting everyone decided to stick around and make calls into MA to help elect Martha Coakley in the race for Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat. We took a moment before leaving to talk with Jon Randall, Maryland's 8th district liaison from OFA 2.0, and we put together this video, quickly detailing how to make phone calls online to support Coakley:
This week's Training Tuesday takes us back to Democracy for America's Campaign Academy in Gettysburg, PA 2009. For the last couple weeks we brought you lessons from the Organizing 2.0 conference, and we still have plenty more to come.
Anyways, first things first, a little history on the DFA campaign academy:
Democrats in Virginia have to face facts. This state is not "blue" - not unless a politician can rally the minority vote, the youth vote, and the Democratic base vote. Not unless a politician can turn out the vote in NOVA and the rest of the urban crescent.
Fact One: White males in Virginia vote majority Republican, with the exception of Jewish citizens. Unless you have the magic of Mark Warner, or the military background of Jim Webb, you won't get the majority of white male votes. It's a waste of time and money to try.
Fact Two: If a Democrat wants the votes of white women, he or she had better stress education or other issues that impact families and children. That's how Leslie Byrne, an unabashed liberal, took 49% of the vote in 2005.
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.
Blue Commonwealth is a community forum for the discussion of political issues of interest to Virginians.
The opinions expressed by users of this website do not necessarily reflect the views of Blue Commonwealth or its editors.