Happy 2018! Last year, we hit the ground running and we haven't wasted amoment in the effort to Flip the House in 2018. So far, so good.
Since September, we established a partnership with Get Organized BK, formed an Organizing Team, started developing partnerships with political activists throughout the NY area, and registered as an independent expenditure committee, or PAC.
Most importantly, we organized 3 trainings for 45 volunteers over the course of 4 canvasses.
During these canvasses, we have found that voters are open and interested in talking with us. Not every door knocked leads to a long conversation, but the conversations that do happen are often rich, meaningful, and transformative. Highlights include:
- One canvasser spoke to a politically uninvolved Asian woman who said: “Ever since Trump was elected, I feel like it’s been open season on Asian women. People say things to me like, ‘Why don’t you learn English.’ Yet I have a PhD in English!” As she reflected on this, the volunteer moved her to commit to vote Democratic.
- An Albanian immigrant who never voted due to political cynicism, described how much he hated Donald Trump. He then registered on the spot and said he would vote Democrat.
- A retiree who initially said he liked Trump because of his business credentials was swayed by the canvasser's concerns about the current lack of checks and balances. The conversation ended with the voter committing to vote for a Democrat for Congress in 2018.
It's an auspicious beginning and we hope you will join us. Check out our calendar of events and sign up!
Yours in Flipping,
The CTC Team