I used to be a lazy citizen. If people didn’t want to vote, I figured that the democracy would be just fine with those who cared participating. Now, of course, we have no choice but grab everyone we know and drag them to the polls.
It happened to me when Beto lost the Senate race against Ted Cruz. I couldn’t believe even the most rabid Texans could vote for someone hated by his colleagues as well as everyone I knew. I called some friends to see what we could do next time. They directed me to a group in South Austin, called Blue Action Dems who are fueled with smarts and walking shoes. Their mantra is #GSD (Get Shit Done), so not so many meetings and massive voter contacts. They have organized state-wide efforts like Flip the Texas House which we’re proud to support.
Throughout the past year, a group of us in San Antonio became Bexar Blue Action Dems — we’ve had a year of meetings and recruited 21 precinct chairs to be cluster leaders, each of whom is in charge of 8-12 precincts on the north side of town (which used to be bright red). We’ve been pounding the pavement to sign up voters in time for the March Primary. This week we’re sending out 37,000 postcards to “Tier 1” (low propensity) voters, and now following up door to door and phone to phone with ballot info. Oh, and we could sure use some more postcard stamp $$ if turning Texas Blue is on your wish list: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/marchbbad
What will be enough to #TurnTexasBlue? We don’t know, but we can’t stop now. When November comes, whether it brings a fierce winter or a new dawn, we will know we stood tall and fought till the bell rang.
Addendum: James Carville just said it best: “Falling into despair won’t help anyone, though. I mean, you can curse the darkness or you can light a candle. I’m getting a fucking welding torch. Okay?”
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