Volunteer Opportunities through Election Day!

Democrats in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery County have joined together in organizing the Tri-County Democratic Coordinated Campaign, with an office at 260 E High Street, Pottstown, PA.  Everyone needs help with calls, door knocking…. feel free to reach out to them. Participating candidates are conducting canvassing, phone banking, fundraising, training, and other activities from this office. All are welcome to come by! For additional information, contact Marcia Longeway (484) 644-3986.
In Upper Perkiomen Valley, there will be one final GOTV (Get  Out The Vote) effort next weekend, November 3rd and 4th, 2018.  The Area 2 Democratic Committee will have door hangers for Red Hill, Pennsburg and E Greenville Voters-  1000 to be distributed!
One side will identify all our candidates in that area, Andy Lee to Gov.  Wolf. The other side will have a sample of the “goldenrod” – a copy of the sample ballot listing Democratic candidates, that are handed out at the polls by volunteers for the Democrats – with a request for the recipient to take it to the polls with them. Please email area2dems@gmail.com or updemclub@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.
ELECTION DAY!!!!    Folks are needed to help at the polls!   Most needed right now are volunteers for Green Lane Borough, and the three polling places in Upper Hanover Township. Volunteers will be handing out sample ballots and candidate information, and answering the occasional question about using the voting machines, voting in general (e.g. identification cards are NOT required to vote), and being present if anyone has trouble voting (and then calling Area2 or the county voting office). Volunteers can help outside any polling spot (not just where you vote), for a one or two or more hours. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Please email area2dems@gmail.com or updemclub@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.
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Campaign and Voter Registration Volunteers Needed!

Local democrats will be canvassing and dropping off door hangers for Linda Fields (the Democratic candidate running against Bob Mensch for PA State Senate) this week and weekend here in the Upper Perk Valley. If you would be interested in helping out the campaign for a few hours, please contact Colleen Dunlap at cdunlap20@gmail.com who is organizing this weekend’s effort on the campaign’s behalf.

And in nearby Lehigh Valley, on this last weekend before PA Voter Registration closes for the November 2018 election, the Future Coalition is organizing voter registration drives;
“We’ll be at together at street fairs, festivals, and farmers markets with clipboards, T-shirts, signs, a giant inflatable T-rex, a boombox and costumes (BYOC a.k.a. bring your own costume). We’re in this together! With you, we can make sure hundreds of young people can vote in this year’s once-in-a-lifetime midterm elections.”
Check out the details and signup to volunteer this weekend at https://fcregistrationweekend.splashthat.com/
 
If you know of any other campaign volunteer efforts locally, or are organizing any efforts, please let us know and we’ll happily help spread the word (and hopefully get you some volunteers!)

Joan R Update on Local Activism

I (Joan) urge everyone to attend any meeting that includes a speaker from Fair Districts PA. Their volunteer speakers explain gerrymandering in very understandable ways, with appropriate detail, and then the speaker outlines what Fair Districts PA  (FDPA) is proposing. This is an issue that must be dealt with in the near future (due to the 2020 census coming up), so there IS some urgency to this, as well as importance. (There will be a meeting in Collegeville at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main Street, on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. Fair Districts PA speaker Dr. Mark Schafer will discuss the history of gerrymandering in PA, its impacts on various communities, and Fair District PA’s proposed plan for redistricting reform. )
Huddles are grassroots groups, that, to my knowledge, were spawned by Indivisible.com (a good website to visit!). One huddle I’ve attended is in the outskirts of Phoenixville and they (FB private group is called “Mountain Movers of Chester and Montgomery Counties”) organized a FDPA speaker to speak at a Pottstown church. This was very successful 35 people were in attendance. They are planning other events, contacting politicians etc, and they have a bus hired for the 4/29/17Climate Change and Justice march in DC. –> Call me at 215 234 9138 ASAP if you want me to find out if there are any $40 seats left – there MAY still be room.
There IS another huddle I’ve heard of but  not yet attended any mtgs or any of their events. Their FB page is also private: “Indivisible Mid-Montgomery County”. They were meeting in Schwenksville I heard, but I have no confirmation of that. (One can also put in one’s zip code at Indivisible.com and discover public groups within 5, 20, 0r 50 miles.)
Also, I have my name on the primary ballot in Upper Frederick for the “Inspector of Elections” position. A small role, but, if any of our members lives in Upper Frederick, would you please ask them to vote for me (Joan Rosiak)?
guest blogger – Joan Rosiak

County Commissioners Arkoosh and Lawrence in Upper Perk – Monday, March 20th

Montgomery County Commissioners Arkoosh and Lawrence (both Democrats) will be attending the Area 2 Upper Perk Democratic Committee Meeting this evening, Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Upper Perk Education Center,  2229 E Buck Rd, Pennsburg, PA. Democratic candidates for local and county offices will also be in attendance, and speaking briefly. There will also be discussion about upcoming events including a training events for Getting Out the Vote, outreach, poll volunteers (and those considering volunteering at the polls), social action, and more.

The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is open to all Democrats!

Thank You

This has been a very hard day. But I have no regrets about the effort we put forth to try and win the election. Hillary Clinton did everything possible to win this race. The ground campaign; the local organizers and volunteers were amazing and couldn’t have worked harder or longer. All the candidates up and down the ballot spent endless hours making phone calls, knocking on doors, going to events large and small to meet the voters and make their case as to why they should be elected to office. That so many Democrats lost this election is no fault of ours or theirs. The majority of voters wanted something else, chose another direction. And now we take a deep breath, rest, gather our strength, and, after some time has passed, begin again.

Thank you to all who volunteered making phone calls and canvassing for Hillary Clinton for President. Thank you to the volunteers who put together an amazing Halloween float and donated bags and bags of candy for us to hand out the night of the parade. Thank you to those who stood at the polls and who went all around the area putting up signs. Thank you for your monetary donations and for moral support of our cause, of the candidates, of the Democratic Party, and of the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club. Thank you for voting.
We will continue to fight the good fight for our Democratic values and beliefs.

Sunday Campaign Events

Go outside and enjoy what looks to be another beautiful fall day. Take a walk, check out the leaves…

And maybe knock on a few doors reminding people when the polls open and where there polling place is – volunteers are still welcome for canvassing in our neighborhood and nearby.  Contact Ann Tiefenthaler (anntiefenthaler30@gmail.com) or field organizer Patrick Eddis (215-359-5773 OR peddis@pavictory2016.org) to volunteer, even if it’s only for an hour or two. We are only going to the homes of Democratic supporters! There are three shifts a day, 9 a.m. – noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 6p.m.

Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Biden are making the rounds in Pennsylvania today, Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Chelsea Clinton will be stopping by campaign offices kicking off canvassing efforts at the following locations;

  • Chelsea Clinton, 11:30 a.m. at 403 Avenue Of The States, Chester, Pennsylvania 19013
  • Chelsea Clinton, 12:30 p.m. at 2 Yale Ave, Morton, Pennsylvania 19070
  • Chelsea Clinton, 2 p.m. at 127 N Church St, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380
  • Chelsea Clinton, 4 p.m. at 9 S Forrest Ave, Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401
  • Chelsea Clinton, 4:30 p.m. at 170 Yorktown Plz, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027

Vice President Joe Biden starts his Sunday morning in Scranton, before heading to Harrisburg (Lincoln Administration Building, 1601 State St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17103) before a 2:30 p.m. event (doors open at 12:30). RSVP suggested but not required.

 

Thursday, Nov. 3rd – Final Local Phone Bank

Okay, baseball is done for the year (thanks for the amazing games; congrats Cubs!), and you know you can’t stand to watch one more night of MSNBC laying out doomsday scenarios (but it is so hard not to watch). With less than a week to go (yes, this election season will come to an end, one way or another), wouldn’t you sleep better knowing you had done all you could to help elect Hillary Clinton?!

Come out tonight to our local phone bank – 124 Washington Street, East Greenville. We’ll be calling up local democrats between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to Get Out the Vote for next Tuesday, November 8th. We will have cell phones if you don’t want to use your own phone, phone lists, the script, refreshments, stickers, and, maybe, balloons!

If you can’t come out tonight, volunteers are also needed for Saturday through Tuesday to knock on doors, reminding people to vote (and making sure they have a way to the polls). We are only going to the homes of Democratic supporters! There are three shifts a day, 9 a.m. – noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 6p.m. (possibly more next Monday and Tuesday). Contact Ann Tiefenthaler (anntiefenthaler30@gmail.com) or field organizer Patrick Eddis (215-359-5773 OR peddis@pavictory2016.org) to volunteer, even if it’s only for an hour or two.

If you have some time on Election Day to stand outside the polling place representing the Democrats and Democratic candidates, contact Elaine Hannock – area2dems@gmail.com