Rapid Resist: Central Valley Activists in San Francisco
June 16 Citizens Rise Town Forum: CAIR and IRC
Committee for Green Foothills
What is Working America
Working America Approach
Action: Swing California Districts 2018!
Want to really turn things around? Then the House must be turned around and we have to win seats in 2018. At the frontlines are the activists from the Central Valley. Let’s show our support!
Meet the activists who are on the ground there and help them launch a new tool. The party is a launch for Rapid Resist, a new texting program that allows anyone to use their laptop or smartphone to recruit activists in key Republican areas.
Join CAIR and IRC to discuss Muslim-Americans and refugees in today’s climate, how civil rights can be protected, and Take Action!
Mon., May 15, 2017: Swing critical California districts in 2018 NOW through Working America and protect your community from offshore oil drilling through legislative advocacy training from the Committee for Green Foothills
COMMUNITY ADVOCACY: MAKE A DIFFERENCE LOCALLY
The Committee for Green Foothills – protecting open space and natural resources in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties through environmental advocacy, education, and community empowerment
Most land decisions are LOCAL decisions. The only people paying attention are developers and those who can profit off of it. YOU AND I can make a difference.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced amendments to SB188, which would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving new pipelines. State jurisdiction applies to coastal waters up to 3 miles offshore. So any offshore oil drilling operations would have no pipelines to get their oil to shore. San Mateo County already prohibits onshore oil facilities – this would also prohibit offshore drilling.
How can you be an effective community advocate? All politics is local. Change happens with your home and your neighborhood.
- Educate Yourself
- learn all about the project timeline
- who wants the project to happen?
- what are the potential impacts of the project?
- Ask What Is Your Goal?
- defeat the project entirely
- modify the project — what would you be satisfied with?
- Who Are Your Allies?
- local residents
- environmental groups
- other agencies
- How to be an effective advocate?
- know what your “ask” is and make it specific
- don’t personalize the issue
- know your facts
- what does the other person want and/or need?
- Attend the public hearing, i.e. city council meeting
- do your homework: know your reps, when the meeting is, and what its protocol and formats are
- tell your story
- if you found allies, plan a group attendance, possibly carrying signs or petitions and determine a focus: know the overall goal as well as your specific ask
- recognize partial victory
- thank and update allies
Working America is an established organization, 3 million strong, solely dedicated to canvassing, which will be working to turn the House and California in 2018!
Working America is a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO and is a non-partisan organization 501(c)(5) [union and PAC]. They do not engage in primaries, but pivot from issue canvassing to candidate persuasion after primaries. Working America:
- Engages in year-round canvassing, going door-to-door not just in election years.
- Has run only paid-canvasser programs, but will pilot volunteer programs in California
- Hires paid canvassers locally and also work with volunteers (this is where Bay Area volunteers are needed)
Working America is also considering launching a naturalization program, which could make citizenship training available in places where interested people would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to get to such classes.
Analysis of the results of the 2016 elections helped lead Working America to take on the challenge of flipping Congressional seats in 2018, with the initial focus on Congressional Districts 10 and 21. As a non-partisan group, their intent is to oust Representatives whose voting record doesn’t support the interests of working Americans.
Working America operates on three philosophies when canvassing:
- LEAD LOCALLY
- WA enlists and trains community action teams. Any volunteer who is not a local only serves to assist, not be the lead canvasser
- Longer conversations result in 1/3 of people spoken to reconsidering their position
- MULTIPLE POINTS OF CONTACT
- In 2014, Working America members canvassed twice (once early in the cycle and again during the election) turned out at a rate 3.5 points higher than those canvassed only once earlier in the year.
- In North Carolina, voters who were canvassed during the 2014 and 2016 cycles turned out at a rate of 3 points higher than those canvassed only in 2016
Working America is on the ground in the Central Valley, committed to building the resistance and building a majority for progressive change. The California districts which Working America will focus on to turn 2018:
Currently, the 10th district encompasses an area of the northern San Joaquin Valley.
is centered in the San Joaquin Valley, and includes areas of Fresno County, Kern County, Kings County, and Tulare County. Cities in it include: Coalinga, Delano, Hanford, and outer parts of Bakersfield.
The nation’s least-educated congressional district is California’s 21st Congressional District. This district covers most of the southern part of California’s San Joaquin Valley,
The 21st also tops several other “Most District” categories that are closely related: it’s the district with the highest percentage of workers employed in agriculture (28.5% of workers). It’s also the most male district, with 52.5% of the population being male, and the nation’s district with the highest percentage of families with children (46%).
The representative in the 21st, since redistricting in 2012, has been Republican David Valadao.
Help swing these states to Democrat so these counties, with some of the most needs in the country, have access to education, healthcare, good wages, homes, and a more fair justice and immigration system.