With the Iowa Caucus less than two weeks away, the campaign continues to build momentum. A CNN Poll released this week shows Bernie in the lead over Biden. Endorsements continue to come in, including Tuesday’s endorsement from the University Professional and Technical Employees Union, the country’s largest chapter of the Communication Workers of America, representing over 17,000 employees across the University of California system. On Monday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced her endorsement at a rally in Des Moines, following last week’s endorsements from the Nevada County Black Caucus and Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin.
Here in Philly, the campaign had a great turnout Monday night at its Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm at the Ethical Society, with attendees setting up 22 canvassing events to collect signatures to get Bernie and his delegates on the ballot in PA. Despite our state’s somewhat onerous requirements for getting on the ballot, the turnout on Monday and follow up Barnstorm planned for this Sunday at U Penn sets us off to a great start, but we need your help!
Whatever pundits or establishment politicians say we know that ours is a unity candidate, because the things this campaign fights for brings together millions of people under a common interest, to make this country work for us, not the billionaires. So let’s take the few days we have left till the Iowa Caucus, focus our energies, and win this for Bernie.
Get Bernie on the Ballot in PA!
Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm at U Penn
Sunday, January 26
6pm – 8pm
Houston Hall – Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Want to make sure Bernie and his delegates appear on the Pennsylvania primary ballot on April 28? Join us at the campaign’s Bernie on the Ballot Barnstorm on Sunday to learn about the requirements for collecting signatures to get Bernie and his delegates on the ballot in PA. The campaign will also be setting up Bernie on the Ballot signature collection canvasses. Getting these signatures is a non-negotiable part of the election process, so it’s crucial that we put in the effort here in PA to make sure it happens!
To make sure this happens, the campaign has set a goal of 4,000 signatures for Bernie state-wide, twice the required number, and at least 400 for each delegate, up from the required 250. Some signatures may be invalidated, that’s why the campaign isn’t taking any chances and has set its goal significantly above the required minimum.
Signature collections begin on January 28 and end on February 14, so we have less than three weeks to do this.
So, let’s ensure we can vote for our candidate and his delegates on April 28. Come out to the Barnstorm on Sunday and check out upcoming Bernie on the Ballot canvassing events starting Tuesday, January 28!
Regional Meetups + Citywide Conference Call
Monday, January 27
6:30pm – 9pm
Join Philly for Bernie for our regional meetups this coming Monday in your area! We’ll be coming together to build support for Bernie in our respective neighborhoods, with a special focus on coordinating actions for Bernie on the Ballot canvasses.
Can’t make it to the meetup? Join us for our citywide conference call here starting at 8:30pm following regional meetups.
Gojjo Ethipoian Bar and Restaurant
4540 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bonnie’s Capistrano Bar
1503 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Stay tuned for locations of other regional meetups and join your local Philly for Bernie facebook group (see bottom of newsletter) for updates!
Phonebanking is the number one activity we can participate in here in PA to help Bernie win Iowa and the other early primary states. By calling in and identifying Bernie supporters we are providing an essential service to on-the-ground volunteers in these states. Winning the early primaries will give the campaign the momentum it needs to carry these victories through to California and other Super Tuesday States on March 3 and Pennsylvania on April 28.
Volunteer phonebankers broke through the campaign’s original goal of 5 million calls before the Iowa caucus. Now, we’ve got a new goal:10 million calls before February 3. So far, we’ve made over 6 million! But we can’t let up now, let’s get all hands-on-deck and hit that 10 million mark!
If you’ve never phonebanked before, don’t worry, you aren’t alone and it’s not as hard as it might seem. The campaign is here to help you. Sign up for an online training and join the Bernie Call Team Slack. It’s often easier making calls with other people, and Phonebank Parties are the perfect way to do that!
So head over to berniesanders.com and:
- Set up your own phonebank event.
- Sign up for a shift and phonebank on your own time, the campaign has resources to train you on how to use the Dialer!
- Or, attend an upcoming phonebank in your area.
You can also volunteer to send text messages with the campaign’s easy-to-use mass text platform. After a brief online training, you can join the campaign’s texting team Slack channel and receive texting assignments.
Reclaim Presidential Endorsement Voting Still Open!
There’s still time for vote for Reclaim Philadelphia’s presidential candidate endorsement. Voting ends right before midnight on Saturday, January 25, so get your vote in and win the endorsement for Bernie! To vote you must be a Reclaim member. All that is required for membership to Reclaim is a recurring $5 monthly contribution. Once you are a member you will be able to vote online!
Bernie Delegate Application
Time is running out to apply to be a delegate for Bernie, so if you want to apply, get it done ASAP! To apply to be a delegate for Bernie in PA, the first steps are to fill out the forms on the campaign’s website and at PA Dems. The deadline to apply to become a delegate in PA is January 27, 2020.
We have a Philly for Bernie working group for delegates. If you are applying to be a Bernie delegate, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the Slack channel #0-wg-delegates, and we can connect you with informational materials and support you in petition signature gathering and fundraising.
Bernie Craft Night
Saturday, January 25
3417 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Join us for a night of Bernie swag production! We’ll be making and making pin, sings, cards, etc. in preparation for future events. Pizza included!
Philly for Bernie Fundraiser
+ Last Day to Order Philly for Bernie T-Shirts!
Friday, January 31
Doors open 6pm
1150 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
This will be a festive and productive evening of art, music, and politics! We have put together a unique lineup including musical acts, improv, comedy, burlesque, belly dancing, poetry and literature readings, political speakers, visual arts and crafts, digital Bernie photo booth, and more!
We are still recruiting artists and speakers for this event. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with set up / clean up, check in table at the entrance, voter registration table, Bernie delegate petition signing table, merch sales, video slideshow, distributing flyers, etc. so please let us know if you would like to help out! Volunteers get a free drink ticket. Email us at email@example.com if you’d like to get involved.
In the meantime, pre-order a Philly for Bernie t-shirt here. TODAY is the last day to order to pick up at the fundraiser. We will have a limited number of additional shirts.
Take a Bernie Journey!
Phonebanking into early primary states is hugely important, but if you can, traveling to an early primary state and having face-to-face conversations is the most effective way to convince voters to support Bernie. The campaign is looking to bring 3,000 volunteers to canvass in Iowa by Feburary 3, so let’s do our part to help reach that goal!
To get started planning your Bernie Journey, check out the campaign’s guide to traveling to an early primary state to canvass here
Or, check out one of the campaign’s upcoming webinars here
The Philadelphia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has been holding some great canvasses these past months with yuge turnouts. Door-to-door canvassing is the most effective way to build support for Bernie here in Philly. We encourage anyone who is able to attend a DSA Canvass. They are regularly scheduled throughout the week. Check phillydsa.org/events for more info!
The campaign runs off of the small donations of working people like us. Even if you can only afford to donate a few dollars, it makes a difference, and it makes possible the groundwork being done in Iowa and other early primary states.
So head over to berniesanders.com/donate and chip in today!
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We’re almost there! Let’s keep pushing and win Iowa!
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