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Voter Registration Drive Overnight in Tulare/Visalia/Fresno 8/19-20: Tom Steyer Wants to Buy You a Beer!


Come with Indivisible: Conejo and our cosponsors on our second monthly canvass to help register voters in the 22nd California Congressional District - that's right, the district of the un-recusably awful Congressman Devin Nunes! 

Fresno, Tulare and Visalia are hot, the work is tough, and the drive is long: but the ground game is the only way to flip this district. Let's show Trump what #Resist # Indivisible really looks like!

For the 8/19-20 canvass, we'll be partnering with NextGen to help them gather voter feedback on the serious water pollution issues in the Central Valley while we also register voters. Our tentative schedule for this canvass weekend: Our carpools will meet in Tulare at 9am. After we arrive, we'll train for an hour, canvass in teams for three hours, then break for lunch and pool party.  We'll canvass again in the evening for another three hours. The evening canvass will launch from the Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company in Fresno, and features a free beer from NextGen, Tom Steyer's environmental PAC! We'll have locally sponsored supper there at the beer garden, then knock off for the night back to Tulare. You'll have the option of camping out at a local church for free or splitting a hotel room with another canvasser at a reduced fee. In the morning, we'll have a pancake breakfast, canvass from 10 to 1 in Tulare then head home. 

Here's the link for the NextGen canvass event at the beer garden: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029440357081454/

BACKGROUND

We are launching overnight voter registration trips once a month at the invitation of Fresno Indivisible, the San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club, Central Valley Democrats, and the Tulare County Democrats. Why CA22? First, it has the lowest voter registration in California - and therefore has the most potential for new, progressive voters; and, second - did we mention this is the only way to get rid of Devin Nunes? 

If you helped recruit for or attended a campaign canvassing trip this past Fall to Las Vegas, you know that when we put boots on the ground, we can to flip a whole state (Nevada went blue in the Presidential election, and elected a Senator we campaigned for all Fall).  Imagine what we can do for a district! If you didn't have a chance to go to Nevada during the Presidential campaign, the general idea is to leverage progressives from bluer areas of California to lend strength to progressives in red areas. Our teams will be guided by local activists as we register new voters door-to-door. These new voters then become a part of the relationships we nurture over the next year to bring progressives to the polls in the 2018 elections. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Week of August 14th: pre-canvass voter registration conference call training and in-person local trainings

Saturday, August 19

  • 9am Carpools from all over the state arrive in Tulare at a location TBD.
  • 9:00am Training
  • 10am Canvass Shift 1: Tulare
  • 1pm Break for lunch & pool party
  • 4pm Canvass Shift 2: Fresno
  • 7pm We'll be treated to a beer by our canvassing partner NextGen, with dinner sponsored by local groups;  then knock off for the night back to Tulare.

Sunday, August 20

  • 8:30am Pancake breakfast for volunteers
  • 10am Canvass Shift 3: Tulare
  • 1pm Debrief, then head home

GENERAL INFORMATION

Canvass Shifts
Your canvassing team will be driven to your turf by local volunteers, who will check in with cold water during your shift, and come back for you when you're finished with the three-hour shift. You'll work your side of the street in a team of two. You'll stay in touch with the team working the opposite side of the street.

Accommodations
A local church will provide a multi-purpose room for our volunteers to camp in. You should bring your sleeping bag, a mattress pad, and whatever you need to sleep comfortably. We will also have a block of rooms for two people to share for a reduced rate.

Meals
The hosts will provide the following meals: sandwich lunch and pizza dinner on Saturday; pancake breakfast on Sunday. The local groups are also providing water and granola bars.

Bring
Very comfortable, breathable clothes and walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, your own water, and any snacks or drinks you want to bring for yourself. Plan for 100+ temperatures each day.