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Volunteering to make a difference in this election

10/13/2020
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WEA Ingrid phone bank
WEA phone banking for Ingrid Anderson

WEA members have always been great at supporting pro education, pro-labor candidates. Through our political action committee, WEA-PAC, we interview and recommend candidates who stand for strong public schools. That’s how we use our union strength to make sure students’ voices are heard in Olympia and beyond.

As election day draws near, WEA members are mobilizing to help get out the vote.  As educators, we’re trusted voices in our communities so when we call, voters listen.  Educators across the state are phone and text banking to make sure everyone knows how to vote pro-education.

“I feel my most impactful activism right now is ensuring that as many people vote as possible,” said Summer Stoner, a 7th grade teacher and member of Bellingham Education Association. “Phone banking is a great way to encourage voters to make their voices heard. Not only am I able to encourage voting, I am also able to remind voters about the pro-education and pro-labor candidates.”

Some WEA members are doing their first phone bank for a candidate, while others are seasoned veterans.  A recent phone bank for Ingrid Anderson had a wide mix of experience and an energetic group of educators.

Phone banking is easy, done from home, and each shift begins with a training.  The campaigns provide a script for volunteers to read from along with some background about the candidate.

“It is an easy way for me to be an active part of the upcoming elections,” remarked Stoner.

There is so much at stake this year, here in our Washington and in DC.  You can help out with three key races by signing up for phone or text banks this election. 

Here’s how you can sign up:

Washington state races- phone banks every Saturday in October

     Retain Chris Reykdal for OSPI 

     Elect Ingrid Anderson for Senate in LD 5 

Support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in battleground states 

     Biden campaign sponsored phone bank every Wednesday focused on a different battleground state each week. 

     Make a plan to vote calls to a different battleground state each Monday and Tuesday. 

Get your personalized voter guide with WEA-PAC endorsed candidates here.

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