[act-ma] Ranked Choice Voting! This Saturday!

Aria Littlhous aria at littlhous.net
Thu Mar 23 13:02:05 PDT 2017



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Friend --

We are in a crisis. A crisis of abundance. We've grown to 2,100 members, and over 600 of them want to volunteer. We have way more people to activate than we can possibly handle -- so we need to scale up! Can you help?

We're hosting two great events this Saturday at our downtown headquarters. For those who are new to Ranked Choice Voting [video (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=597953faf0&e=f260018a91) ] and our statewide movement, there is a new member orientation at 11AM. Afterward we will conduct a high-energy volunteer activation push to welcome in the remainder of our 600 volunteer-ready members and continue to feed the impressive growth spiral of RCV advocacy in Massachusetts. Yes, it's tough being the second most active statewide RCV movement in the nation. (First place goes to Maine and their historic statewide victory
(http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=39d82e0df8&e=f260018a91)  last year).

** Join us this Saturday

Volunteer Orientation. Saturday March 25, 11am-1pm, Voter Choice MA HQ, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. Contact abi at voterchoicema.org (mailto:abi at voterchoicema.org)  Facebook event: http://blogspot.us14.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=d93fba31d4&e=f260018a91 (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=51b52fe980&e=f260018a91)

Activate our Members! calling, texting, emailing, FB'ing. Saturday March 25, 1-5pm, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. RSVP to lead: Patrick Sadlon patrick at voterchoicema.org (mailto:patrick at voterchoicema.org)  or click here: http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=7fc7cd2503&e=f260018a91 (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=1391e9d74d&e=f260018a91)
Lots of help needed + bring your computer if you have one. Can also be done remotely, in your free time.

** Focus, Discipline, Work Ethic

We started this movement in November with 250 supporters. Our leaders and members -- all volunteer, mind you -- focused on three critical areas: people, money, and strategy. We are now seeing the fruits of this focus, discipline, and work ethic. Our membership has grown to nearly ten times in less than four months, thanks to YOUR outreach at events. We've reached our $20,000 fund-raising goal on our own, thanks to YOUR individual donations combined with FairVote (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=cd0f7a5c49&e=f260018a91) 's 1-to-1 match. We have an RCV local option bill in the state house with 31 co-sponsors, a very strong start. We are in active talks with potential coalition partners to ensure we cultivate a broad base of grassroots support. All thanks to our leaders and members.

** We need your help to feed the RCV growth spiral

Yes, we've accomplished so much in so little time. But we don't succeed by kicking back and being proud of ourselves. If we want to have a shot at instituting Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts, we need to continue to grow our capacity -- and that means bringing on more people and money.

If you, like thousands of us, see the transformative power of RCV, then there are a few key things you can do right now:
* Attend our events this Saturday (see above or click here (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=ab0e49ed03&e=f260018a91) ).
* Attend our next monthly strategy/work meeting (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=dfe7ca254a&e=f260018a91)  on Wednesday, April 12 at 7PM - at 50 Milk St, Boston, MA - 1st Floor "Anchor" room.
* Make a generous contribution of funds (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=a5332cbc23&e=f260018a91)  to enable the polling and staffing we need now.
* Join an action team (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=86b27349e7&e=f260018a91)  -- especially Event Outreach and Fundraising.
* Step up to leadership: we have urgent needs in our Social Media team and Allies team. (To apply, just reply to this email.)
* Read our New Members Guide (http://blogspot.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=baef7af1f422a68f8a7077f90&id=3f7948c523&e=f260018a91)  for more ways to help.

You are what makes this movement possible. Let's keep growing!

Adam Friedman
Executive Director
Voter Choice Massachusetts

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