By Amanda Litvinov
Election 2020 is just around the corner. If you’re determined to help NEA fire Betsy DeVos by electing pro-public education champion Joe Biden, here’s the one thing you should do right now: Download the OutreachCircle app and use it to help everyone in your networks get ready to vote.
Research shows that voters are more likely to participate in elections when they are encouraged to do so by someone they know. Using OutreachCircle makes it easy to reach out to the people who are already in your networks and make sure they’re prepared to cast a ballot.
“It’s a good platform, because people are hearing from you, not from some anonymous person or organization,” says newly retired educator Dave West, who first learned of the tool after signing up for Educators for Joe. “Using OutreachCircle, I felt some of the same excitement I feel when I organize face-to-face,” said West, an engaged union member who helped organize his worksite, Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.
“I like these 21st-century tools like texting and social media. I’m already active on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook—I can post something and I’m in enough groups, lots of people will see it,” says music teacher Annice M. Benamy, a National Board Certified Teacher from Elizabeth, N.J..
She also appreciates that her email inbox is not overwhelmed with volunteer opportunities. Just go to OutreachCircle.com or open the app, and you’ll find a list of actions you can take.
“I also feel like I can accomplish a lot in a short period of time. I can set aside a couple of hours and send over 1,000 text messages and respond to any replies I get.”
The 27-year teaching veteran says she will do whatever she can to get pro-public education candidates elected to the U.S. Senate and the White House. “We literally have a Secretary of Education who’s trying to take money away from public schools—that alone is reason to elect a new president, and there are so many other reasons,” she says.
As of now, Benamy has taken the most actions of any OutreachCircle user.
West, another OutreachCircle “super user,” thinks about the election this way: “Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have already appointed about 200 federal judges. Betsy DeVos and the radical right would love to use the courts to strip rights from organized educators and continue to chip away at public education,” says West.
“If Trump wins this election, and they get to put another couple of hundred anti-union, anti-public school judges in place, they could be stripping the rights of students and educators for the next 20 to 30 years.”
The only way to stop them is to win the election.
Here’s the easiest way to get involved: Download the OutreachCircle app or go to OutreachCircle.com/YXH825 to find simple actions you can take from home. You can engage people in your networks and fellow educators by sending texts and emails or posting social media.