The energy and message of our Democratic Convention seems to have touched a lot of American voters over the past week. The President's numbers are looking good -- across the spectrum of registered voters, across the country, and even in swing states like Ohio and Virginia and are very own North Carolina. But we have to make them even stronger.
We need to register more Democratic leaning voters. We need to reach out to more undecided voters. And we need to get everyone who says they are planning on voting for our President to the polls -- during One Stop Early Voting or on Election Day.
That means we need your help -- and your friends too. If you haven't been out yet this year, you may have forgotten what fun it is to be out registering voters. Helen and I had a wonderful time registering new residents at Carolina House, one of the assisted living facilities in Durham. They were so excited that someone came to make sure that they were registered to vote this election. And just about everyone who has been out registering voters at shopping centers and events around Durham has come back with great stories of supporters they talked to who are not only going to vote for the President -- they are going to help out with the campaign.
We need everyone!
So here's my baker's dozen of how you can help this week…and in the upcoming weeks. We are looking for folks to work at our booth at PrideFest on September 29th and to help us feed Organizers and volunteers at the Durham OFA office on October 1.
- Help register voters. We only have four more weeks to register new voters. Stop by the OFA Office at Heritage Square Shopping Center (401 E. Lakewood Ave) anytime between 10 AM and 5PM to register voters. Or look for voter registration and canvassing events in your neighborhood at https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple
- Join the Broad Street Crew outside Broad St Café on Wednesday evenings at 5:30PM and all day Saturday and Sunday (10:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 4:00 PM) for voter registration and canvassing.
- Write letters to infrequent women voters with Durham Women Vote. Sign up at http://turningncblue.com/womenvote_register to get your list of 20 women voters who need encouragement to get to the polls this year.
- Come to Durham Democratic Women's Thursday Night Women Reach Out to Women Party to write letters, make phone calls, and talk with other women about their strategies for reaching out. Every Thursday evening through October, 6:00 to 8:30, Colony Hill Clubhouse, 3060 Colony Road, Durham. Bring a friend, a phone and your best energy. We’ll have snacks but feel free to bring your dinner! Contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join Durham PA's Move NC Forward Phonebank, making calls every Mon, Tues and Wed eve to swing districts across the state. Join them to help us win back the state General Assembly, seat by seat. Contact Theo at email@example.com to help or stop by the South Bank Building, Suite 201.
- Help up have a presence at Pridefest on September 29. We need folks for two hour shifts from 10 AM - 5 PM. If you can help out contact Sondra at Sondragstein@aol.com
- Cook a Meal to Feed our Field Organizers. They just don’t stop to eat right. So join Durham Democratic Women in feeding field organizers and volunteers at the OFA office on Monday nights. Contact Helen at Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join Durham for Obama’s Barack the Vote party at Central Park on September 23, 2012. This is a party for the whole family. Music by the HiddenKeys, Trosa and more. Poetry from Bull City Slam. Bounce house for the kids, face painting. Obama merchandise, too. Contact Lori at email@example.com
- Have a House Party. Invite folks from your neighborhood, your church group, or book club to talk about the election and to make phone calls or write letters to women. We are happy to help you get organized (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Have a neighborhood Democratic Party Sign Making Party. Invite your neighbors and their kids to make signs to put in their front yard. It is a great way to talk about issues and show the rest of the world how you feel. For more details, contact Helen atHelen.email@example.com.
- Host an Organizer. North Carolina is a swing state and a lot more volunteers and organizers are coming to town to help us win. Do you have an extra room or bed? Contact: https://my.barackobama.com/page/m/55c152c7/506dc09c/208ff498c/12bc4623/1916472962/VEsE/
- Playing Politics: Women in the 2012 Election. Join Ellen Moran, former Communications Director for the Obama Administration and previously Executive Director with Emily's List, Wednesday night at 7:00 PM at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke for a talk on the issues of women and politics in the run up to the 2012 election. Sponsored by the Duke Women's Center, Baldwin Scholars and Women's Studies Program.
- Oh yeah…and there's a special treat this week…On Wednesday Michele Obama will be in Durham and Greenville. Oh yes! Stop by the OFA office to find out how you can get tickets to see our wonderful First Lady in person.
And before I go…here's a little food for thought and for your outreach to others.
There were two very interesting articles in the New York Times Sunday Review section today. One is called…"Don't tell anyone but the Stimulus Worked…" and it lays out just how the stimulus worked and how the Republican rant against it keeps the administration from even talking about what they did. You can find it at
The second is on how cutting taxes doesn't fuel growth…that's right. In case you were starting to believe it, the Republican trickle down fantasy is just that. See http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/do-tax-cuts-lead-to-economic-growth.html?emc=eta1
Don't forget to follow Democratic Women of Durham County on Facebook. Or visit our web page at www.Durhamdemwomen.org for great talking points and other information to help you reach out to more voters this year
Time is getting short Democratic Women! And there's no time to waste. So please join us and come out this week. Remember, we're all in this together! We'll be looking for you.
Durham Democratic Women