New Phase. G.O.T.V.! Huh?
The Trump minority election was a wake-up call. We have shown up at marches and protests, the Women's March, the March for Science, the protests over family separation. Many of us have taken a new interest in the people who represent (or pretend to represent) us in Washington, D.C., Olympia, and our local city and county offices. We spent a little time to orient ourselves in the political landscape. We understand the folks who claim to represent us in public office need to earn our deference, not assume it. Election alone does not justify an official as possessing special knowledge or even as being especially qualified for the role assumed. They are people more or less like the rest of us, people with backgrounds, education, values, and beliefs that bear on who they are and how they function. We understand physical stature and team labelling are not a substitute for in-depth understanding and ability to listen and to integrate what is heard.
Many of you have signed up as volunteers for one or several causes and political campaigns. Many of you have volunteered with Lisa Brown's campaign to unseat McMorris Rodgers. Many of you have engaged in post card writing and phone banking. Some of you have swallowed hard, gone canvassing, and learned you can knock on doors. You have learned it is fun, rewarding, and educational to have a conversation with the people who answer those doors.
Now we are entering that season when the rubber meet the road. Ballots for the Primary election in Washington State will appear in mailboxes late this week. The deadline for turning them in is Tuesday, August 7th. The number of ballots turned in for the Primaries are going to send a powerful message. Are the voters paying new attention to the local scene? Engagement in the political process, paying attention to the candidates on the ballot, orienting oneself in the political landscape, and keeping up the buzz have never been more important.
The effort moves into a new phase: "G.O.T.V." Huh? I had to ask... It means "Get Out the Vote." Not only are those letters confusing alphabet soup, but in Washington State, with our mail-in or drop-off ballots, they don't even accurately describe the process.
This Wednesday evening, July 18th, from 6-8PM at Lisa Brown's field office (1507 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202) join us for "Spokane G.O.T.V. canvassing training." Sign up here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/J9ZkdtwFqEmCwE4lJ9R4Kg2. Come on down. Join the effort. Meet nice people. See what you can do to help.
Keep to the high ground,
P.S. A joke on me: Anyone who has lived in Spokane for decades like I have has a slightly seedy image pop up in response to the words "east Sprague." It is time for a mind frame reset. The street and traffic have been pleasantly re-arranged and store fronts re-vamped. It's a welcoming place to visit. In fact, for me, one of the great things about this whole political experience I've had is that I have gotten out in my home town and reset a lot of old mental images. The mental image associated with east Sprague is one of them.