We hope you’re all keeping in touch with loved ones and reaching out and checking City, National and Mutual Aid resources if you need help.
More than ever, the campaign is relying on us to organize the people we know. We’re the best ones to convince our own friends and family members, making sure they commit to vote for Bernie, apply for mail-in-ballots and volunteer from home if they can.
Also, Pennsylvania’s primary election has now been moved to June 2, so everyone who can should register to vote (if you haven’t already) and apply for a mail-in ballot. Check below for more information.
If you missed our last newsletter and you’re new to things, check out the campaign’s Digital Organizing Parties and Volunteer Launch Calls. Below are a few more opportunities to connect with the campaign and your neighbors from the comfort of your own home.
Also, check out this video of Bernie’s stand against hardline GOP Senators who threatened to delay the stimulus bill because of its expansion of Unemployment Insurance. It’s just another example of why Bernie is the only candidate we can trust to fight for us.
PA Primary Moved to June 2!
Pennsylvania has moved it’s primary back to June 2. So, for your own safety and that of others, the campaign wants everyone to apply for a mail-in ballot. Registering to vote and applying for a mail-in ballot can easily be done online, and takes a couple of minutes at most.
As long as you register to vote first, you do not need to provide a reason when applying for a mail-in ballot. Check VotesPA.com for more information.
If you register to vote online, you can also apply on the same form to automatically receive mail-in ballots for the rest of the year.
The deadline for registering to vote is May 18. Register to vote here.
The deadline for applying for a mail-in ballot is Tuesday May 26 at 5pm. Mail-in ballots must be received by June 2 at 8pm. Apply for a mail-in ballot here.
*Please note, the pages for registration and mail-in ballot on the PA Voter services website may not have been updated yet and may still indicate April 28 as the PA primary date. This is incorrect. The new date for the PA primary is June 2.
Join The Campaign for a Teach-In Session
Reading the news right now can get overwhelming. That’s why the campaign has started its own Teach-In Sessions to get you oriented on everything that is happening right now and the campaign’s plan for the kind of mass state mobilization that we need to get out of this crisis. Check ‘em out.
Mondays 8:00-9:00 pm, Winning Racial Justice in a Time of Crisis
Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 pm, Winning Public Health: Organizing for Health Justice in Times of Crisis
Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm, Winning Worker Rights: Organizing for Worker Justice in Times of Crisis
Fridays 7:00-8:00 pm, Bernie 2020: Where do we go from here? Teach-In on Coronavirus and the Social Safety Net
Fridays 8:00-9:00 pm, Winning Corporate Accountability: Organizing for Economic Democracy in Times of Crisis
Saturday, 2:00-3:00pm, “China Virus”: A History of Racialization of Pandemics
Sunday at 2:00-3:00pm Immigration in the time of Coronavirus
Phonebank to ID Volunteers
While the campaign is putting increased stress on relational organizing, we need to continue to check in with people to see how they’re doing with things, let them know about important changes to primary dates and, when possible, encourage supporters to apply for and send in their mail-in ballots for Bernie ASAP. We also need to ID volunteers, so they can organize their own friends and family to support Bernie.
Remember, if you still need some guidance, don’t hesitate to sign up for a Volunteer Launch Call or a Digital Organizing Party, where you can get trained on the dialer and make calls while staying connected with other volunteers over a Zoom conference call.
Become a Bernie Victory Captain in Your Community
Bernie Victory Captains anchor the Bernie 2020 campaign. They are top tier volunteers who host strategic, weekly events to talk to voters and organize in their communities to take Bernie to the White House! If you are interested in becoming a Victory Captain, please fill out this interest form.
Let Us Know How You’re Organizing in Response to COVID 19
In light of the COVID-19 crisis we have seen many from Philly for Bernie coordinate with those from other communities and mutual-aid societies to protect the most vulnerable. We’d love to hear your story. As a part of a video project to inspire and motivate others, we’re requesting a 30 second video on what you’re doing to organize and effect change in this time of need. Send your video to John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join a Peer Support Check-in Zoom Call
Every Wednesday at 7 pm
While we’re all keeping physical distance from one another, we do not have to be alone. Philly for Bernie hosts group calls every Wednesday, as a time for people to get anxieties off their chests and provide mutual support. If you’re feeling isolated, join our call.
WE STILL GOT ‘PHILLY FOR BERNIE’ T SHIRTS!
Wish you had gotten a Philly for Bernie T Shirt before this all went down? You still can! We’ve got a bunch leftover and would be willing to do a contactless delivery to your door. We have available four graphics, as shown above.
Fill out this form with your contact info along with the graphic, size and color you’d like. Once we get your info, we’ll be in contact to figure out the best time for a delivery.
Join Us on Social Media
Join us on slack here!: bit.ly/join-ph4b
Twitter: Philly for Bernie
Also, check out our website phillyforbernie.org!