Saturday, September 3, 2016


To the left is a picture of one of our volunteers, she's bundling literature for our canvassers to give away. 
What prompted this blogging is a post my friend Pam put up on facebook, "If each person concerned about the possibility of Donald Trump becoming the president of the United States gave only 3 hours of volunteer time in the next two months, this disaster could be avoided. All Iowans need to do their part. There are lots of ways to help. You don't have to call people or walk to their houses if that is uncomfortable for you. So many people want to volunteer but don't want to talk on the phone or walking & knocking on doors!" 
Entering Data

Super Volunteer Olivia getting her T-shirt signed.

Super phone banker, entering data & making calls
So what can you do if you don't feel comfortable doing one-on-ones with other people??
Supporter Housing - got an extra bed or room or a couch to let a volunteer from out of the area spend a night or more?
Driver - can you drive? Our canvassers can do the job quicker if they have a driver plus we have some young kids that don't drive that want to canvass!
Donate - food, water, surplus garden items - the volunteer army really does march on it stomach and they really do appreciate snacks and meals! (if you are in Cedar Falls you can drop this stuff off at 1304 Laverne Lane & we'll get it to the phone banks and canvass staging locations)
Office work - we need people to put together packets of literature, walk & phone packets, plus we need someone to put the paper in the shredder! 
Greeting - Saturdays, we have a lot of volunteers coming and going and we need someone to greet the volunteers and to make sure they sign in and out!
ABR gatherers - An ABR is an Absentee Ballot Request form: our canvassers have them with them but our phone callers don't, so when we call and someone says they can't get out to get an ABR we take on to them. 
AB gatherers - In October we call people to see if they want us to gather up and turn in their Absentee Ballots to the courthouse for them. This is a fun job and actually how I first got involve in Iowa Politics. 
Event Hosting - Everything we do is an event, by opening your home to a phone bank or a place to canvass from gives us more visibility in the community. What do you need to do to host? Just have a space for us to gather, I've been at phone banks where the host greets me at the door, showed me where to sit and then   watched TV. I've been to others where the host calls on the phone or enters data or goes around and makes sure we all have water and picks up the finished sheets. 

Any questions?  

As Pam said it up to you!
Call Adam [817] 944-0132
or email me at to sign up!

p.s. If you do want to phone bank or canvass, we have 4 phone banks during the week (5-8pm) and every Sat (9am, noon, & 3pm) and Sunday (noon & 3pm) we canvass and phone bank. See you there!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Political Beliefs

by Bill Murphy (1958) for The Los Angeles Times
Today I was asked what events formed my political beliefs. My father was a huge influence in forming my political beliefs. He was an outspoken Democrat in a mostly Republican (John Birch Society) city. I remember when I was 7 years old he talked about this great nominee for President of the United States - John F. Kennedy. I remember lawn signs and going to walk with him as he talked about this man.  Then a speech that changed my life: 
"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. *
— John F. Kennedy, inauguration address, January 1961. 
I have asked myself many times in different situations, what can I do to help others. 

On August 28, 1963 another man took the stage and delivered a speech that was to become famous:

 "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!" delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
I became a follower of MLK...what a great idea in 1963 in Southern California to think that one day all people would be judged by the content of character. I don't know if he was thinking of equality for women, but I was.

2 days after my 10th birthday, on November 22, 1963, I was sitting in my 5th grade class at 10:35 am when the phone rang and I looked up to see my teacher, crying! He put the phone down and announced to the class that our President had been shot during a parade in Dallas, Texas. He went and got a T.V. and turned it on in the classroom and we watched the events for the rest of the day.

Then on April 4, 1968 again my life was rocked with the news of the shooting of MLK. How could someone who spoke of peaceful solutions been shot?  I made the decision to wear a black arm band to school the next day. 

In 1968 I again helped my dad with the campaign of another Kennedy, simply known as Bobby or RFK.  We were so excited when he was declared the winner of the California primary on June 5, 1968 and we were still sitting in front of the T.V. at midnight when the announcement came that he had been shot!

So all these events & speeches are what shaped my view of the world.

*(The quote was originally cited by Gibran Khalil Gibran)"