Why Get Out The Vote? What is Involved?
Turnout fof the 2008 Elections is very exciting, and breaking all records.
There are still many things we activists and concerned citizens can do, especially down
here on the ground, in each of our neighborhoods,
schools and workplaces.
Don't pay too much attention to the polls, even if
they're on our side at the moment. They change like the
The 'ground game' is what now matters most. So this is
a direct appeal to each an every one of you. Get fully
engaged. Everything counts in these final days.
Approach the election as an organizer, not just as a
Keep lists of names, make new friends, meet new groups.
We'll need them to bring pressure on the White House no
matter who is in it.
Here's the key tasks: GOTV, PTV, CTV
Bring out the new young voters in a big way. But don't
ignore our strong base areas among regular voters
either. Retirees are breaking our way because of the
Wall Street crisis, etc.
--> Get out the vote. Just because people registered, it
doesn't mean they go to the polls. This is especially
true with youth. Organize 'early voting' parties.
Organize a street march or caravan to the polls. Make a
list of your 'pluses' and 'run them'
all day, checking them off as they vote. Drag out the
--> Protect the vote. Yes, they do nasty things in some
polling places. Volunteer as a poll watcher, or
election-day judge. Take a training. Just Do It. Judges
even get paid for the day. Make sure the tally in your
precinct matches the tally actually turned in at the
election board. Raise a stink if it doesn't. Also, counter 'Depress the Vote' tactics which are
spreading false information and sending intimidation
teams to early voting sites, harassing people. Organize
a 'counter-intimidation team.' Face them down, non-
violently but resolutely. It works.
--> Claim the vote. If and when we win, let the local
incumbents know. If many cases, they didn't do that
much. Tell them you'll stay organized for the long
term, and not just on elections, but tell them they
better stop the damned war, and a lot more. Exercise
your newly gained 'clout.' You've earned it.
Change comes from below, and sprint all the way to the
line and through the ribbon.
If you can't or don't want to work independently, then
join local campaign or group. Talk with the
young people. Educate them, but learn new ideas from
them as well. Write it all down for later.
Our primary opposition base, The GOP, have themselves thrown down a uniquely dangerous challenge.
They're playing the proto-fascist, rightwing 'populist'
strategy, and in a big way.
They're using red-baiting,
terrorist-baiting, and anti-Muslim bigotry. They want
to demoralize our left and progressive base, deactivate
it, and split our base among center voters using false
anti-elite, racist and chauvinist demagogy, and so many
outright lies even the mainstream media is getting sick
Turn it around.
Unite all the progressives we can, win
over all the middle and moderate forces we can, divide
the right and then isolate and defeat the worst of
their efforts case by case.
We do best sticking to basics.
The economic crisis is
hurting Prohibition considerably. We need to oppose the
core issues head on, bringing the hard right out from
behind its faux populist hiding place and hit it
offensively, as against the interests of all workers,
all nationalities, and the majority of the people
Urge people to think clearly and hard about who they
are and their most pressing circumstances, to vote
their interests first, and set aside divisive notions
of 'identity' and other issues.
Just link Prohibition to the core
causes of the crises, and unmask their anti-people
rightism, point by point. Otherwise we have no high
ground to counterattack their 'Swiftboating' against
A Summary of Work, Ideas for the Future
--> countering the worse Prohibitionist attacks in the
mainstream media, working with reporters and editors.
Publish Op-Eds and work on backgrounds. Getting out the truth on the sham attacks on Cannabis as Medicine, Hemp for the Future, and the deliberately ignorant tirades against Law Reform from
rightwing "hate" radio. Network to put
out a terrific series of videos, helping with
positive coverage in as many areas as possible.
--> providing on-the-ground leadership in key
areas, planning direct interventions and mass
rallies. Make good use
of any better-known speakers in
critical swing areas.
--> add new readers to our sites. Utilize regular lists-
Yahoo, Facebook and Goodreads and get quoted and debated
If your friends aren't signed on to any lists, still
press them to do so. We will make good use of these in the future.
Forward this message to everyone appropriate in your e-
mail address books. Tell them they're missing out on
Stay resolute and keep organizing with a laser-like
focus on the prize: Ending Cannabis Prohbition!
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"Progressives for Obama; Summary Our Work & Our Urgent Tasks in the Final Days Before the Election", see
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