Introduced by Harvey Wasserman
we are joined by
ANDREA MILLER of the Center for Common Ground ( https://www.centerforcommonground.org/phonebanks ) , &
RAY MCCLENDON of the Georgia NAACP (georgianaacp.org).
Together they explain how you can phone bank, donate and (if you’re in Georgia)
knock on doors and send postcards to help increase turnout.
The runoff ends December 6, so there’s not much time.
Voter turnout will make all the difference. So please give a listen!!
Donate to Atlanta NAACP https://tinyurl.com/Atlnaacp
From Andrea Miller:
Our phonebanks are here: https://centerforcommonground.org/phonebanks
for more info https://www.centerforcommonground.org
Should you prefer to read, here’s the transcript of our conversation:
Here’s a lightly edited transcript of our conversation
on the Green Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Zoom #118:
We are joined by Andrea Miller and Ray McClendon.
The upcoming Georgia runoff is December 6.
It will decide the final seat in the US Senate, whether the Democrats will have 51 or 50.
It is a race between the former football player, Herschel Walker,
and the incumbent US Senator, the Reverend Rafael Warnock.
The runoff has happened because Warnock won the popular vote count, but did not get over 50 percent.
You are probably receiving 6 or 7 fundraising
Emails every hour from various entities, asking you for money.
We are joined by the 2 great people who have really engineered the grassroots campaigning in Georgia.
They are non-partisan. This is about getting out the vote at the grassroots.
The so-called Georgia miracle of 2021,
in which 2 US Senators were elected with grassroots campaigning,
has shaped the makeup of the US Senate for the last 2 years….
Ray McClendon and Andrea Miller are back with us to explain exactly what they think should be done in a nonpartisan way to get out the vote.
Andrea Miller is the founder and CEO of the Center for Common Ground based in Virginia, which does grassroots organizing all over the country.
She will briefly lay out exactly what’s going to happen there and give us her contacts.
She’ll be followed by Ray McClendon, state political director of the Georgia National Association for Advancement of Colored People.
Andrea, what are you doing in Georgia to get out the vote?
And how can people help?
We provide the IT [Information Technology] Infrastructure.
We have the phone banks. We build the canvas materials, and all of the things that are not on the ground.
We do the texting. We got an early start on phone banking and texting and postcarding.
We started sending out postcard addresses on November the tenth, literally 2 days after the election.
We have distributed over 790,000 addresses to writers around the country to write to Georgia.
We do all of our work as Nonpartisan work. So we work in support of voters.
We have been very, very strategic about our targets.
We are targeting the voters who early voted for the November election, and we got started on texting last week as well.
What was really amazing was all the people who thanked us for the information we had about where to early vote and when was there going to be Sunday voting.
The only reason we had that was we literally had to call the county election officials and get them to tell us all the counties still have not updated their websites.
So we have to ask everybody that is on this call….Ask Number One….
We have got phone banks running into Georgia.
Because we are giving voters information on how to vote and not pitching them a candidate,
people tend to be a little more willing to listen to our messages.
We provide browser dialing, so that means when people call using our own banks, their phone number is protected.
And very very importantly, we leave messages.
That way even if information is not posted on the county website or the State website about where early voting is.
We actually are providing that information.
It is in our home banks, and we tell voters.
So I will give you a link, and that is where you can go to sign up for our phone banks.
We have nationally guided phone banks. That’s for people who have never done a bank using our technology before.
You click on a county where you want to make calls and start calling.
Our phone banks run 9 am to 8 PM eastern time. Every day. Here is the link:
So thank you all for being here. Thank you all for caring so much about Georgia.
Our phone banks are open now. . We’ve already made over 100,000 calls.
We have more than 500,000 numbers. These are NOT robo calls. So people can leave a message.
Ray McClendon, you’re talking to us from Atlanta.
Please tell us what you want people to do to help get out the vote what is and what is the date of the upcoming runoff.
The actual last day to vote is election day. December, sixth, that’s the run off day.
But we are strongly encouraging every voter to get out and early vote.
Early voting is the way that we built up substantial black and brown folks to get to the polls, progressives to get to the polls.
We did this during during both the 2020 election and the 2022 general election.
So we’re pushing early voting now because of the Georgia’s voter suppression law.
We went from 9 weeks for a runoff in 2020 that occurred on January fifth of 2021 to only 4 weeks.
So that compressed time frame means that we have an awful lot more work to do.
Because of the holidays we had been in a situation where it appear we were not gonna have any weekend voting that was mandatory.
But some counties were having some Sunday voting.
We were a part of a lawsuit that was filed.
We’ve been able to get Saturday voting for this coming weekend.
So we are good from Saturday, November 20 through December 6.
Andrea and Ray are the real deal.
Ray has emphasized that face-to-face door-to-door canvassing is best done by local folks.
That can be supported at a cost of about $140/day/canvasser.
We urge all election activists to join and support these grassroots efforts
to get out the vote in this Georgia runoff.
For out-of-staters, the best routes are through phone banking and donating to support local canvassers.
The Center for Common Ground is at: centerforcommonground.org and https://www.centerforcommonground.org/phonebanks
The Georgia NAACP is at: georgianaacp.org
We at GREEGREE (www.grassrootsep.org) will not meet Monday, November 28,
so we can devote those 2 hours to phone banking etc.
Save Our Democracy!!! Thank You….