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I had read about the collaboration of AFL CIO and Move On in making GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts and rejoiced in the news.  Today I got a volunteer recruitment call to make calls at weekend phone banks.  I am already actively organizing in our county where we have daily phone banks (sometimes two a day) so I could not jump into that effort.

I asked where the caller was from and we exchanged a few pleasantries.  He volunteered that already more than 100 thousand phone calls have been made.  I thanked him  profusely and he said that he liked just talking to someone who cared in the way he did, another Democrat, for we found we were both in deeply red counties.

I struggle to find a way to express the kinship I feel with fellow volunteers and supporters but particularly volunteers.  The knowledge that someone else has taken time out from their lives, contributed time as well as money, fills my spirit up.

In the midst of all the dissembling and bullying that the GOP has decided to give in to is a movement of appreciation, inclusion, and collaboration that is like nothing I have ever experienced in trying to elect our Democratic candidates.

I have been working pretty much non stop since July of 2008 as an organizer in OFA and the people I have been able to work along side are amazing.  However, at this point I feel a network of organizations forming including our own that just goes beyond my wildest imaginings.

I hope many people will take the risk to get involved directly, to volunteer with whatever group they feel most comfortable, labor, Move On, Dem party local, state and national campaigns, civil rights groups, constituency groups, faith based groups, environmental activists.  Our Community (big C) is organizing and its absolutely breathtaking to be a part of.

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  •  I just had a call from Move-On also (3+ / 0-)
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    jennyp, nomandates, ms badger

    Very nice volunteer, engaged me in bit of conversation but not too much. Started to ask me about doing something next weekend but I stopped him as I work. Nice call though.

    •  I was trying to come up with a special something (7+ / 0-)

      (that I could afford) to give to our active 2012 volunteers when this election is complete.  I want them to know how much it means for them to have gotten directly involved.  Everyone doing something is a hero to me.  So much is resting on the outcome.

      •  This is one of the buttons we did four years ago (1+ / 0-)
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        and have updated it for this election year:
        Downrver for Obama

        The volunteers love them; they can't be bought, only earned. Not very expensive to have made. One of our more artistic volunteers created the design and our local union print shop makes them up for less than a dollar each. Tailor the design to your location - we live in a manufacturing area on the Detroit River, hence the freighter theme. We give our star workers the button, a lawn sign, bumper sticker, a custom poster (ie Downriver for Obama - cheap!) and maybe some other swag we happen to have on hand. You can parse it out over time to keep them coming back.

        For some reason these buttons are highly coveted and people are begging to put in the time to get one. Hope this helps.

        I agree with you - some pretty amazing people work on campaigns, and every two or four years it's like a big family reunion!

        "The answer to violence is even more democracy. Even more humanity." Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

        by poe on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:58:55 PM PDT

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        •  Thank you for this comment. Its a perfect idea. (1+ / 0-)
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          In 2008 my co-CO asked her husband to design a custom button that was unique to our area - full of covered bridges - and we created our own button and iron on tshirts with the logo.  Like yours it is a take on the Obama blue and red fields and sky.  I think if we can take it somewhere as you suggested and get an updated version with volunteer 2012 we will have it.

          Thanks for making we realize we were almost there.

          What I love about OFA is that the organizing never stops in between the elections.  We do book discussions, forums, meet ups, film nights, etc. and of course work on issues and legislative concerns.

          •  I would love to see your graphics (0+ / 0-)

            I'm always fascinated to see what other local organizers are doing.

            Thanks for all you do - it's good to remember that we are not alone in this!

            Carry on. ~:)

            "The answer to violence is even more democracy. Even more humanity." Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg

            by poe on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 05:56:31 AM PDT

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            •  Love being reminded of the Stoltenberg quote. Its (1+ / 0-)
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              got me thinking that the answer to mendacity is more truth, the answer to intimidation is more inclusiveness and empowerment, the answer to paranoia and hate speech is calm and focused problem solving.  The answer to anxiety is working to re-elect our President.

               I'll try and figure out how to send you our button design but it might be by message.

  •  MoveOn's new voter technique (2+ / 0-)
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    They sent a fundraising letter about 10 days ago saying they had found a new tested way of getting voters to vote and it would improve results by a zillion percent if only we donated.

    I chuckled to myself and said that their new technique was to come up with cool fundraising emails and raise more money, but I gave them points for creativity and sent them $50.  Ay ideas what their top secret method is? (I know, if you post it, it isn't top secret).  Is there even a secret new method of getting folks to the polls?

    -Fred

    Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

    by FredFred on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 05:36:53 PM PDT

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