NOPE NEIGHBORS MEETING NOTES: March 18, 2019

NOPE Notes March 18, 2019

New Members - Introduction to NOPE

Kathy led the introduction to NOPE for six first-time attendees to NOPE. She gave a summary of NOPE’s history, our strategy for flipping seats from Republican to Democrat, our past activities, and what to expect in 2019. Attendees asked about the kitchen cabinet, our partnership with Swing-Left, and the beneficiaries of Neighbors Rising.

Welcome and Introduction

Joanna welcomed everyone, introduced the evening’s agenda and asked the crowd to identify themselves by where they live.

NOPE Priorities for 2019

Giving Circle - Voter Access and Empowerment

Debra summarized NOPE’s fundraising in 2017-2018 and spoke about our priorities in 2019. Hosts of the April gatherings stood and gave dates and a brief description of their planned events. Sign-up sheets were circulated. Debra emphasized that the gatherings were to learn from and share with each other. She also gave updates on fundraising for Fair Fight, our new target DC Vote and spoke about future activities for VA House of Delegates and Senate races. Finally, Debra introduced upcoming NOPE webinars to help other groups focus and expand efforts for political organizing. She encouraged everyone to let her know of anyone who may be interested.

Canvassing

Carol reviewed the results of a survey sent to 105 people who canvassed with NOPE in the weeks leading up to Election Day 2018. About a third responded, with nearly half having canvassed more than three times. A key question asked for suggestions about how canvassing arrangements could be improved to encourage individuals to canvass more. A theme emerging from the suggestions was that the campaigns could do a better job at launch sites, to include, for example: 1) streamlining the on-site orientation so experienced canvassers can get out to knock doors sooner and 2) providing NOPE with turf that maximizes our efficiency, given that we’re carpooling together from distances that are an hour or more away. A couple of people mentioned that campaigns should be encouraged to continue making paper walk packets an option for canvassers. A suggestion that NOPE expects to take up this year is to create a best practices list. Cathy Sunshine, Liz McNichol, and Dale Kaufman were introduced as members who will help train or lead canvassers in 2019.

Advancing Local Priorities

RJWG

Jean welcomed all to attend RJWG meetings and introduced the subject of the next meeting. The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless will present on the displacement of Brookland Manor residents in NE DC. She also invited everyone to sign up for emails even if they cannot attend all of the meetings.

Neighbors Rising

Jeannie introduced Neighbors Rising as a “simple operation with a big impact” and explained how it supports the Latin American Youth Center and Identity. She spoke about the upcoming LAYC gala and the ways to contribute.

Herd-on-the-Hill

Betty said that 9 attendees at the February NOPE meeting signed up to receive info on Herd events. While no new NOPEsters were available for the next event, Herd on the Hill had a good turnout to deliver letters to Senators midday on March 14. Kevin Mulshine and Betty delivered more than 110 letters and shamrock messages, the dominant issue in most was non-support of Trump’s Emergency Act. Later that afternoon, the Senate passed the resolution against his state of emergency. She explained how the group works and invited others to participate.

DC Vote – Barbara Helmick

Jacqui spoke about the importance of DC statehood, suggested that tactics used in Virginia campaigns might be applied to DC statehood, and then introduced Barbara Helmick.

Barbara first said that the strategy was to “win and not to get closer” to statehood. She gave a history of DC’s efforts from 1993 under the Clinton administration through the campaign in 2007 to get a vote in the House. She explained the fundraising effort in 2015 which comprised of canvassing house-to-house with paid staff and the change in strategy – the goal of statehood rather than a vote in the House and push-back on congressional overreach. She described coordination with the mayor’s office and the specific focus on meeting the criteria for statehood. To date, 201 House Democrats and 30 Senators have signed onto HR 51. DC Vote’s goal is to get co-sponsorship from 90% of the House and Senate.

Barbara closed her presentation by telling us that the way to talk about DC statehood is by talking about voter suppression and that the progressive candidates we support in 2019 should be clearly on board.


NOPE NEIGHBORS MONTHLY MEETING: March 18, 2019

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NOPE MEETING ON MARCH 18, 2019

AT DEBRA’S HOUSE IN CHEVY CHASE DC

RSVP HERE

LINKS TO MEETING HANDOUTS

Agenda  

NOPE Neighbors Monthly Meeting

March 18, 2019


6:30 - 7:00 Orientation for those new to NOPE and socializing time for others

7:00 - 7:05 Welcome  

7:05 - 7: 20 NOPE Priorities for 2019

  • Giving Circle focus on Voter Access and Empowerment

    • Stacey Abrams update (February/March)  

    • DC statehood/voting rights (March/April)   

    • Voter empowerment group to support in May (North Carolina special election, Latino voter empowerment, other?)

  • Virginia House of Delegates and Senate Races (June and July)

  • Canvassing survey results

  • Introducing the NOPE Network (replicating our model near and far)  

7:20 -7:45 Advancing DC Local Priorities and Other Actions

  • Racial Justice Working Group (Jean Simons)

  • Neighbors Rising (Jeannie Engel)

  • Herd on the Hill (Betty Hawks)

  • April Neighbor to Neighbor small gatherings (Debra)

7:45 - 8:30 DC Statehood  - Barbara Helmick, DC Vote


Write Postcards for Elissa Silverman

Monday October 29

We WIll write postcards to GOTV for Elissa Silverman for DC CIty Council on Monday, October 29. RSVP for either time:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Cleveland Park, The Broadmoor)

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 6:00-8:00 PM  (Chevy Chase, DC)

We’ve all been laser-focused on turning competitive races blue in states near and far, but never forgetting our own DC Council race.  If you’re committed to retaining Elissa Silverman – fierce independent and guardian of taxpayers’ money, who owes nothing to special interests – as one of our At-Large Council members, then please volunteer to help her campaign* in these remaining 11 days. 

NOPE will hold a GOTV postcard-writing party for Elissa on Monday, October 29. Postcard-writers will complete 20 cards on-site (@ $8/ to cover costs), so we can mail them the next day. If you prefer to pick up a batch of cards to write at home and mail yourself, it’s crucial to mail them Tuesday or no later than Wednesday – cards may convince recipients to vote early, which is possible prior to 7 pm Friday Nov 2, or on Election Day.

We’ll have the postcards, pens, sample message(s), even some decorative materials, as well as some light refreshments to keep up our energies – all we need is your RSVP by this Saturday to help us plan for adequate numbers of cards, etc.

Please RSVP by Saturday to bettyhawks@gmail.com for the time period you want to attend on Monday, October 29. (Please include your name, email address, and phone number.) You’ll receive an email confirmation with the address.

See you on Monday, Oct. 29!!

* for other volunteer opportunities for Elissa, go to:  www.elissa2018.com/volunteer

Monthly NOPE Meeting - Monday, October 22, 2018

Please join us at our October NOPE Meeting on October 22, 2018 at Debra’s House in Chevy Chase DC

RSVP HERE

Agenda

6:00 - 6:45 Postcards and text banking for congressional candidates

7:00 - 8:30 Meeting

  • NOPE's Flipping Fifteen competitive US House candidates - fundraising update

  • "Meet" via Skype one of the VA candidates for whom we will be canvassing and Getting Out the Vote

  • Canvassing update - the all out, final push through Election Day

  • Racial Justice Working Group and Neighbors Rising for immigrant families - updates

NOPE Meeting Notes - September 24, 2018

Here's a way to respond to the Kavanaugh hearings besides fuming: Be part of the Blue Wave.  We can flip House - in fact we just gotta flip the House and reclaim at least one lever of power.  There are now only 35 days until the midterm election, let's make them count.  We can't be complacent.  You don't have to have been at our meeting last week to take part in any or all of the action steps that follow.  Please give generously, canvass often, ask others to join you, and repeat.  

We hope you can join us at our next meeting on Monday, October 22, RSVP here. 

P.S. Here's a link to our meeting email "hand-outs" and the videos we saw about our candidates.   

TO-DO list from our meeting:

  1. NOPE's Give for Democracy 6 Candidates - Please give now

We are now focused on supporting 6 outstanding candidates who are running strong campaigns, in flippable districts, where our donations can make a difference now. Our candidates are: Lauren Underwood, IL4; Amy McGrath, KY6; Sean Casten, IL6; Antonio Delgado, NY19; Kara Eastman, NE2; and Gina Ortiz Jones, TX23.  Here's a link to a one-page description of the 6 candidates

Your next steps are: 

1) Donate now to our Give for Democracy candidates at this link.  Your single donation will be divided among the 6 candidates so please donate generously.

2)  Multiply your donation many times over by joining our crew of Fabulous Flipping Fundraisers who have so far raised $111,000 for 10 US House candidates How did they do it?  By emailing  friends and family. Rarely does anyone say no, they just ignore your email - and often they respond generously. Your friends and family are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, you are helping them be strategic and effective in their giving. Here's all you need to get it done: 

a)  This link is your email draft text. Adapt it freely, make it authentic, and get it out asap.  A list of helpful hints follow and here are a few do's and don'ts.   If you'd like a personal ActBlue link for this effort, request one from Debra  at dflevin15@gmail.com.  

Send a personal email (Dear NAME) to at least 5 people. You should get a 20-50% response. This is the best way to do email fundraising. The more you send, the better the response. 
Blast it to a larger list (Dear Family and Friends) but expect a 1-5% response.
Post a note and the ACTBlue link on social media.  Don't expect much of a response but follow up with an email to those who like it.  

b) If you like to join our Fabulous Flipping Fundraiser crew, please go to this link, answer a few questions and we'll send you everything you need to get started.  

c) If you have ANY questions, give me a holler, I'm here to help, Debra - dflevin15@gmail.com

2. Strategic Giving 

NOPE selects its candidates based on good data, candidate research, and strategic decision making on where our donations can have the greatest impact.  We encourage you to be an informed political donor to NOPE supported candidates and others too.  Please give now, give generously, and give wisely.   

NOPE's Flipping Fifteen -- These are all the candidate NOPE is supporting this election cycle.   

60+ Flippable US House Races  -  This is a spreadsheet of all the data that NOPE uses for strategic political giving.

Key Senate Races - NOPE is focused on flipping the US House. But some believe there's a glimmer of hope for flipping the Senate. We encourage you to support Swing Left 31st Street's Senate efforts.

3. Canvassing - Every vote will matter. Canvassing is effective.  Join us in making sure every one of our voters goes to the polls on November 6th.  

NOPE led and Other Selected Canvass Opportunities

Sign-up form for:

Saturday, October 6, Canvass for Leslie Cockburn and

Monday, October 8 Canvassing Training in Chevy Chase, DC

Persuasion Canvassing - A 22 min. Training video produced by Swing Left 31st Street

A Guide to Canvassing - Why and How To Do It

4. Postcards  

If you have completed your Get out The Vote for Spanberger postcards from the last meeting, please return them to Debra's back porch or let Joanna know so she can get them from you We still have 90 addresses left, so if you'd like to write postcards from home, please contact Joanna (prattsamuels@gmail.com)

If you want to host your own postcard party, go to Postcards4VA.com to get started. Joanna can also give you some guidance once you've decide to host a party.

 5. Neighbors Rising for our immigrant families  

Through Neighbors Rising, we remind our young neighbors and their families, that the DC-MD community cares about those who have been made more vulnerable by the increase in anti-immigrant and anti-“other" sentiments.  Please see this week’s Washington Post editorial for another fresh reminder of Neighbors Rising’s importance.  Help raise the volume of our message by:  

  • Joining the Neighbors Rising list serve.  Contact Jeannie Engel directly at  EngelAssociates@att.net with questions, ideas and your request to join. You can learn more at www.NeighborsRising.org.  

  • Helping right now by supporting the Latin American Youth Center's upcoming events: 

    • Breakfast for Heroes on October 18 - here's the link  and their  

    • 10K or Marine Corps Marathon team - Support a youth runner at this link    

6. Racial Justice Work Group

Meetings are held in Chevy Chase, DC. RSVP jeansimons@gmail.com for information on the next meeting. For information about the history and structure of this effort, check out this link to the Racial Justice Working Group Update. Our goal is to create a multi-racial group to fight against racial injustice locally.

7. Spread the Vote  

This is another way to help our voters vote. Spread The Vote obtains government-issued photo IDs for eligible voters. They help voters get the IDs they need for job, housing, voting, and more 365 days a year PLUS Election Day. There are currently active chapters in Northern Virginia. For more information go to: https://www.spreadthevote.org/about-us/

NOPE Monthly Meeting - MONDAY, September 24, 2018

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 AT 6:00 P.M. AT DEBRA'S HOUSE IN CHEVY CHASE, DC. 

Click here to RSVP

Agenda

6:00 Postcards for Abigail Spanberger (VA 07)

7:00 Welcome

7:10 NOPE Neighbors Fundraising

-- Fundraising update  

-- How we did it

-- October Give for Democracy candidates and process  

-- Giving and Raising for Give for Democracy

-- Flipping Fifteen:  the 15 NOPE Giving Circle candidates

-- Senate races

8:00 Canvassing update

8:10 Other updates

-- Share our Vote – voter registration in VA (Mark Zweig)

-- Racial Justice Working Group (Jean Simon)

-- Neighbors Rising (Jeannie Engel)

8:15 Skype with a Give for Democracy candidate

8:35 Wrap-up plus turn in and finish up postcards


Next Meeting:  Monday, October 22


NOPE Meeting Notes - August 27, 2018

More than 50 people attended our August meeting. Here are the meeting highlights:

FUNDRAISING 

Save Our Democracy

Please give now, here's the link. 

For September we are supporting four outstanding candidates who are running strong campaigns, in flippable districts, where our donation can make a difference now. We Skyped with one of those candidates - Aftab Puraval. He's a dynamic candidate and good on progressive issues. Our other candidates are Abby Finkenaur, IA1; Danny O'Connor, OH12; and Colin Allred, TX32.  Here's a link to a one-page description of the 4 candidates.  Please give now to our Save Our Democracy candidates at this link.  Your single donation will be divided among the 4 candidates so please donate generously.

Multiply Your Donation Many Times Over 

To date our crew of 20+ NOPE volunteers, most of whom are first time fundraisers, have raised $96,000 for 10 US House candidates running in flippable districts.  We do it all by emailing our friends and family,  very rarely does anyone say no, they just ignore your email,  and then often they respond generously.  If you have not yet signed up to be a member of our monthly Giving Circle and/or be a member of our crew of Fabulous Flipping Fundraisers, please go to this link, answer a few questions and we'll send you everything you need to get started.  We'll send you a personal ActBlue link for our current 4 candidates, sample email text, and helpful hints.  Your friends and family  are looking for an opportunity to make a difference, you are helping them be strategic and effective in their giving.    

Best House Races - 60+ flippable seats

NOPE selects its candidates based on good data, candidate research, and strategic decision making on where our donations can have the greatest impact.  We hope that you'll support NOPE's candidates and others too.  Our goal is to identify good candidates for you and help you be an informed political donor.  Here's the data we work with, compiled by Jim Shelton with  Swing Left 31st Street.  Democrats need to flip 23 seats.  The pollsters and pundits believe it's likely to happen, but you know how that went in 2016.  Let's have no regrets on Wed, November 7th. There are many really good candidates running strong races. Money will help put them over the top in what promise to be narrow margins of victory.  Please give now, give generously and give wisely.   

CANVASSING 

Here's a great article about the effectiveness of canvassing.  Carol Krafka is coordinating our canvassing calendar, crew, and training.  I dare you to say that 5 times fast.... Voter contact is the key to winning in what promise to be very close races. If you're new to canvassing, we'll get you up to speed, we're offering lots of training and team-up opportunities. If you have not already done so join our list of prospective canvassers.  Here's the link  to get updates for canvasses and training.  And here's the calendar of canvassing and training opportunities. If you need more information you can contact  Carol here:  ck.2018canvass@gmail.com. A few immediate opportunities follow, check the calendar for details: 

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 8-9,  Beach and Canvassing Weekend, Virginia Beach, VA2, for Elaine Luria Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30 Training and Pot Luck, Chevy Chase, DC  -  Delicious Dining and Delving into the Delights of Door Knocking 

POSTCARDS 

At our meeting we did postcards for Vangie Williams who is running to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district.  She's an African-American women running a strong campaign in a tough district.  But there's no telling what will happen on Election Day this year given all the upsets we've seen so far, most recently in the Massachusetts primary that elected Ayanna Pressley as their democratic nominee to Congress. So let's do our part to help Vangie win. At our meeting we completed 295 postcards, and we have handed out the other 200 cards to several postcard-writing volunteers (thank you!!).

DC AREA OPPORTUNITIES 

We welcome all participants in our national efforts, but we are DC-based, so we also focus on what we can do locally. Here are a few opportunities: 

Re-elect Elissa Silverman for DC Council At-large 

One of our active members, Ruby Carmen, is leading the charge for Elissa. Here's her note asking you to join her in supporting Elissa:  Please join me in supporting Elissa Silverman in her re-election bid as At-Large DC City Council member. There are several reasons why I am supporting Elissa in November. I had the opportunity to meet and hear Elissa at two recent gatherings. Her background in fiscal policy and her skill set in budget analysis give her an advantage we cannot afford to lose on our Council. Elissa is an important advocate for the people in this city who care about honest, fair, and equitable governance.  Elissa chairs the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and co-authored the Family Paid Leave Act.  She is very involved in the work of the Education Committee and is often referred to as the “sixth man.” Because Elissa is not taking any corporate or PAC money for her campaign, it is very important that we get behind her and support her in any way we can. Please click on the ActBlue link and give whatever you are able to give.  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/goelissa  .  To learn more about Elissa, the important work she is doing for all wards in our city, and how you can help please visit her website: http://www.elissasilverman.com/ .   And be sure to order a lawn sign here: https://www.elissa2018.com/yard-sign

Neighbors Rising In Support of Our Immigrants Families 

While we are committed to changing the political landscape our neighbors need help now.  Through Neighbors Rising lead by Jeannie Engel we are providing that help. Here's the link to an update on all their activities.  Most immediately they are doing a book drive for Identity’s after school program:  only 40 out of 275 books to go!  The gift of books reminds our young neighbors, their families and our full community that our community cares about our neighbors and that we stand with our neighbors made more vulnerable by anti-immigrant and anti-other sentiments. Go to the update link for details.

Racial Justice Working Group

The next meeting of the Racial Justice Working Group is Thursday September 13th at 6:30 at Jean's house. RSVP jeansimons@gmail.com for address. For information about the history and structure of this effort, check out this link to the Racial Justice Working Group Update. Our goal is to create a multi-racial group to fight against racial injustice locally.


NOPE Meeting - Monday, August 27, 2018

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING MONDAY, AUGUST 27 AT 6:30 P.M. AT DEBRA'S HOUSE IN CHEVY CHASE, DC. 

AGENDA

6:00 - 7:00  Postcards for  Vangie Williams, running to represent Virginia's 1st congressional district 

7:00 - 7:15   Canvassing mini training - how-tos for novices and helpful hints for veterans

7:15 - 7:45   NOPE Neighbors Giving Circle update 

7:45  - 7:50  Neighbors Rising &  Racial Justice 

7:50 - 8:10   Council member Elissa Silverman will tell us about her vision for DC & re-election campaign 

8:15 - 8:30   Skype with Aftab Pureval,  running to represent Ohio's flippable 1st congressional district and a NOPE Neighbors  supported candidate 

8:30 - 9:00   More postcards for Vangie

LInks to Meeting Handouts:  

ACTION ITEMS

Save Our Democracy Candidates - Please give now, here's the link.  

Our Nope Neighbors Kitchen Cabinet has selected 4 outstanding candidates for us to support now through the end of September: Abby Finkenaur, IA1; Aftab Pureval, OH1; Danny O'Connor, OH12; and Colin Allred, TX32.  We recommend these candidates because they are in flippable districts where our donations can make a difference now. The 4 candidates we are supporting met one or more of the following criteria:  they are running against a particularly notorious Freedom Caucus member or a notorious Republican leader; they are running in a district that overlaps with state legislative districts that if won, could help flip the state legislature; and they have shown a commitment to advancing science and truth.  Here's a link to a one-page description of the 4 candidates. Please give now to our Save Our Democracy candidates at this link.  Your single donation will be divided among the 4 candidates so please donate accordingly. 

NOPE Neighbors' Complete Slate of Candidates - $84,000 to 10 Candidates  

Here's the complete slate of candidates Nope Neighbors has supported to date - LINK All the candidates are running strong races and need your support.  If you have not given yet please consider giving now - donation links are included here  Mid-term elections are less than 75 days away.  The time to give generously is now. For our candidates, for our democracy.  

Best US House Races - Be An Informed Political Consumer

Here's the link to the complete list of US House seats that we believe are flippable. The list has been compiled by Jim Shelton whose data we worked with in our winning Virginia 2017 efforts. The strategy is to support candidates where additional money would be most helpful now. To date, NOPE has supported 10 candidate who are highlighted on the list including our 4 current Save Our Democracy candidates. We encourage you to support these NOPE candidates as well as make wise decisions in donating to the many other worthy candidates running this cycle. 

Canvassing - The Big Push, So Many Doors, So Little Time

Here's a list of upcoming canvasses that are being organized by J Walkers Action Group, Swing Left 31st Street, and Virginia Democrats Forward. What candidates want most from volunteers - canvassing and fundraising. And canvassing is not just hard work, you can still have fun in the sun at the Beach and Canvassing Weekend for Elaine Luria in Virginia Beach - Sept. 8 - 9. For details check see the attached flyer.             

Canvassing Training and Pot Luck -  Delicious Dining and Delving into the Delights of Door Knocking - Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30

For those considering canvassing, you can learn how to get over the fear of door knocking.  For veteran canvassers you'll learn how to fine-tune your knocks to be most effective. These are going to be close elections and every vote will matter.  Veteran and master canvasser, Laurie Welch with J Walkers Action Group, will lead our training.  To RSVP, let Carol Krafka, ck.2018canvass@gmail, know that you plan to attend.  Dinner at 6:30, training from 7:00 - 8:00.  Location - in Chevy Chase, DC. You will receive the address when you RSVP.  

Virginia Blue Wave 2019  

Virginia has elections every year - yes, every year - because their gubernatorial and state legislative races are in off years, 2017, 2019...  Our friends with Virginia Blue Wave 2019 have identified 20 Delegate   districts and six State Senate districts that Democrats need to hold or flip in 2019 to finally win a majority in the VA State legislature.  They have created an easy way for you to make a monthly contribution to help flip VA blue.  Here's the link where you can make a monthly donation of $16, $32, or more, starting today.  Please be a good neighbor and support our friends in Virginia.        

A Big Reach Senate Candidate Worth Supporting Now - Mike Espy for Mississippi  

NOPE is not involved in Senate races this year.  However, we work closely with 31st Street Swing Left, for advice on targeting candidates, and they have made a case for the importance supporting Mike Espy for Senate in Mississippi.  The Senate is so incredibly important and the current balance is 51-49 in favor of the Republicans.  There are good prospects to pick up 2-3 seats in AZ, NV, and TN, but several Democratic seats are highly vulnerable.  Winning Mississippi could make all the difference!  Here is the complete list of Senate races and the link to support Mike Espy's campaign through 31st Street Swing Left.    

Neighbors Rising - Helping our Immigrant Families -  Book Drive

This is the 1st anniversary book drive for Identity’s after school program for 3rd and 4th graders.  There's a Neighbors Rising book wish list online at Politics & Prose at https://www.politics-prose.com/wishlist/991.  The goal  is to collectively purchase 25 copies of each of 10 titles.  You can ship the books to Identity at 414 East Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or order them for store pickup and a Neighbors Rising representative will pick them up approximately once a week.  Neighbors Rising wants to expand its members so they can continue to send the message that people in our greater DC-metro area embrace and support our immigrant neighbors who are made more vulnerable by the increase in anti-"other" sentiments.  With that in mind, buy a few books AND get five others to buy books too!  

Racial Justice Working Group

Our Racial Justice Working Group has been involved in educating ourselves about the history and current issues facing our African American neighbors. Convened after one of our neighbors was arrested for partying-while-black, working group members continue to learn and develop an action plan. To join this group, email Jean Simons at jeansimons@gmail.com

Maryland Governor’s Race, Flip it Blue

Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, investor, educator, former investigative journalist and a Rhodes Scholar who has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done. 

Susie Turnbull has held leadership positions in government, business, non-profits and politics for over 40 years creating opportunities for everyday people to access their government. 

Ben and Susie are running against incumbent Ben Hogan to reclaim the Promise of Maryland, which includes once again making Maryland's public schools the best in the nation, building an economy that works for everyone, and making healthcare more affordable.  Their bold agenda includes creating tuition-free public college, creating a Medicare-for-all system, and ending mass incarceration. 

To learn more about Maryland Governor/ Lt. Gov. Candidates Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull and to contribute to their campaign go to: https://benjealous.com/.   

Fly Your Own Trump Baby Balloon

“Baby” versions of England’s Trump Baby Balloons are starting to appear for sale on Amazon. Let’s stock up on them so we’ll all have our own balloon to fly when the right moment arrives! Will that be the day the Blue Wave takes over the U.S. House? The day Mueller releases his report? Impeachment day? All three??? 

Here are two options on Amazon (although they are made by the same company). Both are made using Aluminum film and after inflation are about 19.6 inches (widest) x 23.6 inches (highest) or approximately 1/10 of the original.  It looks like bulk prices might be available. Let’s discuss this at our August meeting! 

1.  Presale Baby Trump Baby Party Balloons - $19.99 https://www.amazon.com/Trump-Balloons-PRESALE-Donald-20Inches/dp/B07FJL41MH/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531944512&sr=8-3&keywords=trump+balloons#customerReviews

2.  Trump Baby World Trip Party Balloon - $18.99https://www.amazon.com/Ballon-Balloon-inches-Inflatble-Presale/dp/B07FC5431N/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531944512&sr=8-5&keywords=trump+balloo

July 23, 2018 NOPE Meeting Notes

NOPE NEIGHBORS

July 23, 2018 MEETING NOTES

We had an inspiring meeting last week. The house was filled with over 45 people anxious to know what they could do to stop the madness.  And then we Skyped with two remarkable candidates who are running for Congress in flippable districts (more about them follows). The bottom line - the Blue Wave is real and it is us.  Here are our Nope meeting notes and information on what you can do to save our democracy. Our next meeting is on Monday, August 27th, hope you can join us, here's the link to RSVP.

Save Our Democracy Candidates

Our Nope Neighbors Kitchen Cabinet has selected 4 outstanding candidates for us to support now through the end of September: Abby Finkenaur, IA1; Aftab Pureval, OH1; Danny O'Connor, OH12; and Colin Allred, TX32.  We recommend these candidates because they are in flippable districts where our donations can make a difference now. They are running strong campaigns, and are well-positioned to be among the 23 congressional seats Democrats need to win majority in the US House and finally put a check and balance on the White House. 

At our July meeting, we Skyped with Colin Allred. A civil rights lawyer who worked in the Obama administration and is a former NFL player, Allred is running against Pete Sessions in the 32nd CD of Texas, a Dallas suburb. Allred was absolutely inspiring during our Skype conversation.  Leading political analysts consider the race a toss-up, it's just too close to know who will win this one.  The 4 candidates we are supporting met one or more of the following criteria:  they are running against a particularly notorious Freedom Caucus member or a notorious Republican leader; they are running in a district that overlaps with state legislative districts that if won, could help flip the state legislature; and they have shown a commitment to advancing science and truth.  Here's a link to a one-page description of the 4 candidates.  Please give now to our Save Our Democracy candidates.  Here's the link.  Your single donation will be divided among the 4 candidates so please give generously.

Virginia Is For Democracy Lovers

For the month of June and July NOPE supported 4 outstanding Virginia women running in flippable districts through our Virginia Is For Democracy Lovers fundraising campaign. We Skyped with one of those candidates during our meeting - Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA operations officer, who is running to represent VA's 7th CD. Another inspiring candidate who is working tirelessly to uphold our democracy. We have raised $39,245 for the 4 candidates to date, giving each about $10,000 to help win their congressional seats. If you have not yet given to them here's our Virginia Is for Democracy Lovers donation link. You can learn more about Elaine Luria, VA2, Leslie Cockburn, VA2, Abigail Spanberger, VA7 and Jennifer Wexton, VA 10 at this link.

Best US House Races - Be An Informed Political Consumer

Here's the link to the complete list of US House seats that we believe are flippable. The list has been compiled by Jim Shelton whose data we worked with in our winning Virginia 2017 efforts. The strategy is to support candidates where additional money would be most helpful now. To date, NOPE has supported 9 candidate who are highlighted on the list including our 4 current Save Our Democracy candidates. You are encouraged to support these NOPE candidates as well as make wise decisions in donating to the many other worthy candidates running this cycle.

Canvassing - Now and the Big Push after Labor Day

Carol Krafka, an active member of our NOPE crew, has generously agreed to take the lead on coordinating our canvassing with efforts. NOPE Neighbors will be managing canvassing launches that leave from upper NW, DC and near the Friendship Heights metro stop. Here's a list of upcoming canvasses being organized by NOPE, J Walkers, Swing Left 31st Street. and Virginia Democrats Forward. Most of these canvasses will occur after Labor Day. So rest up in August - we have a lot of work to do September through Election Day!

Virginia Blue Wave 2019

Virginia has elections every year - yes, every year - because their gubernatorial and state legislative races are in off years, 2017, 2019...  Our friends with Virginia Blue Wave 2019 have identified 20 Delegate districts and six State Senate districts that Democrats need to hold or flip in 2019 to finally win a majority in the VA State legislature.  They have created an easy way for you to make a monthly contribution to help flip VA blue.  Here's the link where you can make a monthly donation of $16, $32, or more, starting today.  And if you make your donation now you will be invited to a wonderful Boating Party in Falls Church on August 18th.  Here's the link to the invitation - it's quite funny and well worth taking a look.

A Big Reach Senate Candidate Worth Supporting Now - Mike Espy for Mississippi

NOPE is not involved in Senate races this year.  However, we work closely with Jim Shelton, of 31st Street Swing Left, for advice on targeting candidates, and he has made a case for the importance supporting Mike Espy for Senate in Mississippi.  The Senate is so incredibly important and the current balance is 51-49 in favor of the Republicans.  There are good prospects to pick up 2-3 seats in AZ, NV, and TN, but several Democratic seats are highly vulnerable.  Winning Mississippi could make all the difference!  Here is the complete list of Senate races and the link to support Mike Espy's campaign through 31st Street Swing Left.    

Neighbors Rising - Helping our Immigrant Families -  Book Drive

This is the 1st anniversary book drive for Identity’s after school program for 3rd and 4th graders.  There's a Neighbors Rising book wish list online at Politics & Prose at https://www.politics-prose.com/wishlist/991.  The goal is to collectively purchase 25 copies of each of 10 titles.  You can ship the books to Identity at 414 East Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or order them for store pickup and a Neighbors Rising representative will pick them up approximately once a week.  Neighbors Rising wants to expand its members so they can continue to send the message that people in our greater DC-metro area embrace and support our immigrant neighbors who are made more vulnerable by the increase in anti-"other" sentiments.  With that in mind, buy a few books AND get five others to buy books too!  

Racial Justice Working Group

Our Racial Justice Working Group has been involved in educating ourselves about the history and current issues facing our African American neighbors. Convened after one of our neighbors was arrested for partying-while-black, working group members continue to learn and develop an action plan. To join this group, email Jean Simons at jeansimons@gmail.com.

Maryland Governor’s Race, Flip it Blue

Ben Jealous is a civil rights leader, community organizer, investor, educator, former investigative journalist and a Rhodes Scholar who has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done.

Susie Turnbull has held leadership positions in government, business, non-profits and politics for over 40 years creating opportunities for everyday people to access their government.

Ben and Susie are running against incumbent Ben Hogan to reclaim the Promise of Maryland, which includes once again making Maryland's public schools the best in the nation, building an economy that works for everyone, and making healthcare more affordable.  Their bold agenda includes creating tuition-free public college, creating a Medicare-for-all system, and ending mass incarceration.

To learn more about Maryland Governor/ Lt. Gov. Candidates Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull and to contribute to their campaign go to:  https://benjealous.com/.  

Fly Your Own Trump Baby Balloon

“Baby” versions of England’s Trump Baby Balloons are starting to appear for sale on Amazon. Let’s stock up on them so we’ll all have our own balloon to fly when the right moment arrives! Will that be the day the Blue Wave takes over the U.S. House? The day Mueller releases his report? Impeachment day? All three???

Here are two options on Amazon (although they are made by the same company). Both are made using Aluminum film and after inflation are about 19.6 inches (widest) x 23.6 inches (highest) or approximately 1/10 of the original.  It looks like bulk prices might be available. Let’s discuss this at our August meeting!

1.  Presale Baby Trump Baby Party Balloons - $19.99

https://www.amazon.com/Trump-Balloons-PRESALE-Donald-20Inches/dp/B07FJL41MH/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531944512&sr=8-3&keywords=trump+balloons#customerReviews

2.  Trump Baby World Trip Party Balloon - $18.99

https://www.amazon.com/Ballon-Balloon-inches-Inflatble-Presale/dp/B07FC5431N/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531944512&sr=8-5&keywords=trump+balloons

Attend a Protest Rally at Lafayette Park

The blue wave is coming but it is also time to PROTEST Trump's actions.  People have been rallying at Lafayette Park (across from the White House at Pennsylvania Ave and 16th Street NW.  It looks as if the protests will continue August 9-12.  Keep posted about the plans on the Occupy Lafayette Park Face Book page. 

Also read:  https://www.newsweek.com/white-house-protests-set-continue-7th-day-after-organizers-raise-50k-1036214. 

 

NOPE Neighbors Meeting - July 23, 2018

PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR MEETING ON MONDAY, JUNE 23 AT 6:30 P.M. AT DEBRA'S HOUSE IN CHEVY CHASE, DC. 

With Justice Kennedy stepping down and the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as his replacement, some days it's just hard to keep up the good fight.  But despair is not an option. Reclaiming our democracy starts with flipping the US House in the midterm to restore decency to our national agenda.  The only option is to turn anxiety and frustration into action.  That's what we'll be doing, as always, at our next NOPE meeting, July 23, 6:30 - 8:30 in Chevy Chase, DC.  Here's the link to RSVP 

Draft Agenda

  • VA Is For Democracy Lovers - Our campaign to support 4 competitive women US House candidates in VA. Update & next steps
  • Giving Circle support for US House candidates: Progress to date, candidate(s) for this coming month,  discussion
  • Canvassing in PA10 for George Scott  (Northeast PA) and in VA 
  • Racial Justice Working Group 
  • Neighbors Rising for immigrant families 
  • NOPE in YOUR Neighborhood - Let's spread the word 

Updates Since the Last Meeting

Virginia Is For Democracy Lovers  -  4 Outstanding US House Women Candidates Need Your Support Now

For the month of June and July NOPE is supporting 4 outstanding Virginia women running in flippable districts through our Virginia Is For Democracy Lovers fundraising campaign.  Please give now at this link. This donation will be divided among 4 candidates so please give accordingly. If you are member of our Giving Circle, please make your July donation if you have not yet done so. We are dedicating 2 months of donations to VA Is for Democracy Lovers because we are supporting 4 candidates. Here's the donation link.

Background information: Of the 23 seats needed to flip the U.S. House from red to blue,  4 of the seats considered “flippable” seats are in Virginia. If Democrats Want to Retake the House They Need to Win Big in Virginia. As this analysis by Vox explains, Virginia ranks just a notch below California and Pennsylvania among the crucial states for Democrats to get a majority. Our candidates are:  Elaine Luria, a retired naval commander running in the 2nd Congressional District (CD), where she would represent the Norfolk-area naval establishment; Leslie Cockburn, an acclaimed journalist running in the  5th CD, which includes Charlottesville, the site of the white supremacy march; Abigail Spanberger, running in the 7th CD, a former CIA operations officer who is taking on David Brat, the ultra-conservative who upset Eric Cantor; and Jennifer Wexton, a well regarded VA state senator running against Barbara Comstock in Northern Virginia’s 10th  CD, where so many of our VA 2017 state candidates won.  More information can be found here.

Canvassing & Training July 22 and beyond

We have worked closely with Swing Left 31st Street and J Walkers Action Group on prior campaigns, now we are taking the next step and will be coordinating our canvassing with each other.  We are thrilled that Carol Krafka, an active member of our NOPE crew, has generously agreed to take the lead on coordinating our canvassing efforts.  NOPE Neighbors will be managing canvassing launches that leave from Upper NW, DC at and near the Friendship Heights metro stop.  Consider attending training if you have not canvassed before, even if you don't plan to canvass on Sat, July 22.  It will be a good way to see what's involved in canvassing and get yourself ready for our big push after Labor Day.  

Canvassing for George Scott, PA 10*  on Saturday, July 22

Training at 9:00 am, in Chevy Chase, DC.

Depart: 10:00 AM. Return by 6:00pm

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Sign-ups: Carol Krafka (ck.2018canvass@gmail.com) Email:  1) your name, 2) your cell #, 3) whether you can offer a ride OR need a ride, and 4) whether you would like to have a canvassing partner. A short training session will be offered near Friendship Heights metro before cars depart. New canvassers can be paired with an experienced partner

Here's a list of upcoming canvasses being organized by NOPE, J Walkers and Swing Left 31st Street. There's no calendar for August. So rest up, we're gonna be busy in September and October mostly for our VA candidates.

More Canvassing

No need to wait for NOPE or any other group to lead a canvassing effort. Canvassing is a great way put your frustration to good use and you'll be pleasantly surprised by how interesting the experience is. People are pleasant 99% of the time.  Google the VA candidate's office and sign up for a canvass -- Jennifer Wexton is the closest in N. Virginia, but Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, and Leslie Cockburn all have offices that can be reached within about a 2.5 hour drive. Every vote will matter in the midterm elections.