I'd like to invite you to become part of something special.
This election is a unique opportunity to elect an independent, progressive representative to the Minnesota House, and this campaign depends on nothing so much as the talented, passionate, and tireless volunteers who have come together to spread the message of respect throughout South Minneapolis. It will be won in the streets, house by house, block by block. Together, we'll hit the pavement, build new relationships, listen—really listen—to the community's needs, and show folks how Minnesota politics ought to work.
Unfortunately, we're up against the winter weather, voter fatigue, and feelings of disenfranchisement among the community.
We will win this campaign with a strategy of respect for all people. We will send volunteers to every home, apartment, and business in the district; knock of every door, regardless of its owners' past voting record or the language spoken inside; and engage every member of District 61B.
We choose a strategy of respect knowing full well the hundreds of mid-winter volunteer hours it will require. We choose a strategy of respect even though it will be neither efficient nor easy. We choose a strategy of respect because every man and woman, every worker and retiree, every lifelong resident and immigrant in this community deserves to be brought into the democratic process and have their voice heard.
Our Grassroots Strategy
Our goal is to have 1,000 votes committed by two weeks before the election. One vote means: name, address, phone number, and the name of the volunteer who will help them get to the poll on Election Day, Tuesday, January 10th, 2012.
The foundation of our campaign will be reaching out to folks in the community through door knocking.
I would love to meet every voter and person in this district, hear their concerns, share my vision, earn their vote, and know how to best represent them when elected. Since I won’t be able to meet everyone, the next best thing is for people who know me, can speak to my commitment for a better world, and are excited about my message of respect to be “Faces For Nate.”
By January 7th, we will have 1,000 potential voters who have expressed interest in Nate on our rolls.
We will then ask “Core Community Members for Nate” to earn ten votes in their neighborhoods.
From January 7th to 10th, Election Day, we will contact every one of these people to make sure they, their family members, and their neighbors vote.
We are now door knocking every weekday afternoon for a several hours and every weekend for many more. We have a great time, people love hearing this message of respect, and we would love your help and energy.
What Will Door Knocking Be Like?
It will be cold! It will be fun! Running a campaign of respect means that volunteers are encouraged to speak for themselves and be creative in how they win votes. The campaign will provide all door knocking resources—optional script, literature, district map, polling location, and vote counter sheet—but volunteers aren't just warm bodies and boots on the ground. Their goal is to develop real relationships with the men and women whose homes they visit. Although the majority of our door knocking will occur during organized events, volunteers can circle back to houses whenever they like, as long as they do so respectfully.
Running a campaign of respect also means that every engagement, every "touch," is a positive one. Volunteers aren't there to argue or cajole. They should always encourage constituents to vote for other candidates if they feel called to do so.
Are There Other Ways I Can Help?
While we mainly need volunteers to knock on doors and recruit voters, we need support in many other ways as well. We need people to donate, make phone calls, supply food, join us at public events, write editorials, volunteer at public service events, provide Spanish and Somali translation, organize fundraising events, advise on legislative issues, and write letters to elected officials.
Please don't hesitate to email or call (612) 709-4375 to let us know how you'd like to get involved.