Fall Voter Registration and Activism
Our current activism schedule contains a bunch of events, like festivals and voter registration. As is stands, our schedule looks like this:
|9/15||9/15||Festival Day 1||Saint Bernard Church||Tracy||Na’ama Firestone|
|9/15||9/15||Tracy Mexican Independence Celebration||Lincoln Park||Tracy||Na’ama Firestone|
|9/16||9/16||Festival Day 2||Saint Bernard Church||Tracy||Na’ama Firestone|
|9/22||9/22||Festival Day 1||Saint Stanislaus Church||Modesto||Na’ama Firestone|
|9/23||9/23||Festival Day 2||Saint Stanislaus Church||Modesto||Na’ama Firestone|
|9/22||9/23||Voter Reg||Holy Family||Modesto||Bill Roth|
|9/30||9/30||Festival||Saint Frances of Rome||Riverbank||Na’ama Firestone|
|10/6||10/6||Festival Day 1||Saint Jude’s||Ceres||Na’ama Firestone|
|10/7||10/7||Festival Day 2||Saint Jude’s||Ceres||Na’ama Firestone|
|10/22||Same||Deadline||Last day to Register to Vote|
|11/5||Same||Monday before elections day GOTV||D10||All||Bill Roth|
|11/6||Same||Election Day GOTV||D10||All||Bill Roth|
The festival program is being run by Na’ama Firestone. She writes:
Here is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage Latino voters in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties which comprise California’s Congressional District 10.
I am blessed to have made a connection with Father Misael, and through Father Misael, a connection to other Catholic priests who are committed to encouraging their congregants to vote and vote for candidates who will protect immigrants and their families, protect affordable health care to all, and support a tax code that works for working people.Through this connection, during the month of September and early October we will have the opportunity to engage thousands of Latino Catholics, registering them to vote and supporting them to cast their votes in the upcoming election.I am hoping that through you and the Grupo de Solidaridad community we will be able to recruit volunteers to engage voters in large community church festivals held by each of the churches in September and October.We need everybody, but Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed.Here is how it’ll work:Each of the Catholic churches holds a huge community festival in the Fall, drawing the majority of its congregants, neighbors and community members.These (mostly) weekend-long festivals each draw thousands of people.With the priests’ blessing (literally), festival-goers will be encouraged to register to vote and provide us with their contact info. It’s like canvassing, but better: our target population will all gather in one place and will be encouraged to connect with us…Dates:Sept. 15 and 16, St. Bernard Catholic Church, TracySept. 22 and 23, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, ModestoSept. 30, St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, RiverbankOct. 6, Oct. 7, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Ceres
Times: The festivals run all day, both Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.Volunteers can sign up for the whole day or opt for a half day shift:Option 1:All day; 9:30-5:00Option 2:Shift 1: 9:30am -1:30pm
Shift 2: 1:00pm – 5:00pmWhat we will do:— a brief training at the start of each shift— we will all wear vests or buttons identifying ourselves as voter registration volunteers— some of us will “person” a booth, helping potential voters fill out voter registration forms— others will mingle in the crowd, engaging people, getting their contact info to help them fill out their voter ballots in the coming weeks— for the events in late September and October, we will also have voter guides, helping people sort out the issues and candidates, to make voting easy
Please let me know if I can count you in. Volunteers can email me directly and let me know the following:– date and time(s) they want to volunteer– their cell phone number– whether they speak Spanish.Once we have our volunteer teams, we’ll figure out carpools and all of the other logistics.
I’ll be leading voter registration to churches. Let me know if you are interested. Email me here.