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How To Help Progressive Candidates Ahead of the Midterms

Chelsey Sanchez Nov 3

This is the final weekend before Tuesday’s midterm elections and many organizations, hoping to edge out Republican incumbents and candidates, are holding canvassing and phone banking events throughout the New York City area. Here’s a guide.

The Big Blue Dial

Phone bank, text and make postcards to help flip the New York State Senate. Featured state Senate candidates include Andrew Gounardes (SD 22), Anna Kaplan (SD 7), James Skoufis (SD 39) and Jen Metzger (SD 42). The event is organized by True Blue NY, NO IDC NY, NYPAN and the Working Families Party.

Sunday, Nov. 4: from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, 11th Fl

Blue Wave Concerts & Action

Listen to live music while participating in get-out-the-vote efforts via text and Facebook. Musical performances will include: Cory Ironside, Pete Struman and Tym Moss. The event is organized by Food & Water Watch, Climate Action Mondays, Climate Hawks Vote, 350 NYC and New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN). (More on NYPAN below.)

Monday, Nov. 5: from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 144 W. 18th St., Manhattan

NYPAN EFFORTS

Canvas for Andrew Gounardes, who is running against Republican incumbent Marty Golden in state Senate District 22, which includes Brooklyn neighborhoods Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Marine Park. On Saturday and Sunday, NYPAN will be canvassing for Gounardes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from his office and campaign headquarters in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge.

Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7321 15th Ave., Brooklyn

Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 311 86th St., Brooklyn

Canvas for Antonio Delgado, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent John Faso to represent Hudson Valley in the House of Representatives.

On Saturday, volunteers will canvas for Delgado and Jen Metzger, the state Senate candidate for Senate District 42. On Sunday, volunteers will canvas for Delgado and Pat Strong, the state Senate candidate for Senate District 46. For both days, volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Flatbush Ave. side of the Barclay’s Center (near Atlantic Ave.). Canvassing is scheduled until 5 p.m., and volunteers will arrive back in New York City at approximately 7 p.m. Transportation will be provided. Contact George Albro (gwalbro@aol.com or 917-864-9443) to RSVP.

SWING LEFT EFFORTS

Swing Left has multiple volunteering opportunities to phone bank or canvas with the following candidates:

–       Perry Gershon, the Democratic candidate for New York’s Congressional District 1, which covers parts of Suffolk County.

–       Max Rose, the Democrat running for New York’s 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island. His opponent, Dan Donovan, is the former Staten Island DA who was elected to Congress in 2016 after shielding the NYPD police officer who choked Eric Garner to death.

–       Antonio Delgado, the Democrat running for New York’s 19th Congressional District in Hudson Valley.

–       Anthony Brindisi, the Democrat running for New York’s 22nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Utica, Cortland and Binghamton.

–       Dana Balter, the Democrat running for New York’s 24th Congressional District, which includes Cayuga, Onondaga and the Wayne counties.

MOVE ON EFFORTS

Find the full list of New York-based events from Move On here.

Phone bank for Long Island congressional candidates, Perry Gershon for District 1 and Tom Suozzi of District 3, in a joint effort with Show Up Long Island and Action Together LI.

Sunday, Nov. 4: from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 39 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731

Canvas for Max Rose for New York’s 11th Congressional District on Monday and Tuesday. There are multiple time slots for both days.

Monday, Nov. 5: at 11:15 a.m. at 9718 4th Ave., Brooklyn

Monday, Nov. 5: at 3:15 p.m. at 9718 4th Ave., Brooklyn

Tuesday, Nov. 6: at 11:45 a.m. at 9718 4th Ave., Brooklyn

Tuesday, Nov. 6: at 2:45 p.m. at 9718 4th Ave., Brooklyn

Tuesday, Nov. 6: at 5:45 p.m. at 9718 4th Ave., Brooklyn

PHONE BANK FOR JESS KING

Jess King has run a progressive, 100 percent grassroots campaign with zero corporate PAC funding against a Republican incumbent in a deeply conservative Pennsylvania district. See this article by The Intercept. A poll from a couple of days ago now shows her within four points of her opponent. To phone bank from your couch, click here.


Photo: Members of the Communications Workers of America phone banking on Thursday. Credit: Twitter/@CWADistrict1.