Marching Orders

February 16, 2008

All right, that’s what I call a meeting! The Precinct Captain training was quite a success, with at least 200 people braving the rain and cold to get things moving along. Basically the staffers showed everyone where to go to get all the information they need to start calling people today. The staff explained that this is a campaign run by and for all of us, and it’s success ultimately depends on all the volunteers doing whatever it takes to get those around us on the Obama bus. In addition, they explained that we actually vote twice, once at the primary and once at the Precinct Caucus afterwards.

Yes, you read that right. We get to vote twice in Texas. And that is why it is so important for everyone to get in touch with the campaign so that you can get information explaining exactly what will be happening March 4th; we will all be walking in the door fully educated on how the caucusing works, directions in hand. We plan on making such a strong showing at the caucuses that we will overwhelm them. And we all need to understand exactly what should happen, what to do if it isn’t happening and who to contact if need be.

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If you missed today’s meeting, don’t fret. You can still sign up to become a Precinct Captain at any time. But just what is a Precinct Captain (PC) anyways? Well, short version is that the PC is responsible for contacting everyone and anyone in their voting precinct to find out who is on the bus, who wants to volunteer, making sure everyone gets to the polls, knows how to caucus, etc. Basically you are an extension of the campaign staff, helping them get to know your neighborhood better while at the same time educating your neighbors on how to caucus and motivating them to show up March 4th.

And don’t think you will have to do it all alone. Many precincts have multiple captains, which will be working as a team to cover their area. So getting in touch with the campaign is vital; the staff needs to know who is out where doing what. Come by one of the offices today and sign up. They will tell you what to do next, where to get the resources you need and answer all your questions. Unfortunately we don’t have phones yet, so I can’t give a number to call. Here are the addresses:

The East Side Office is at 6326 Brentwood Stair Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76112.

The North Side Office is at 2511a Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76106.

And if you don’t want to be a PC yourself but you want to help, that’s great too. Still come by and give us your information so we can pass it on to your PC and they will contact you themselves and ask for whatever you can give, be it time or resources.

But you can get to work as soon as you come by. I’m not going to give anything away here, but if you show up at one of the offices, you will be directed to what you need to get started right now. You can be calling people and organizing tonight. And of course, there is quite a bit of other things you can be doing right now. Start by wearing your Obama gear to the store, church, work, wherever you can. Make your own t-shirts and signs if need be. Be visible and approachable.

Mark your calendar; February 23rd will be house party night, so start planning now. Invite your friends over who are undecided and share with them why you support Barack Obama. You will be amazed at how effective personal testimony can be. Direct them to the main campaign site for specifics on policy issues if you are not comfortable talking about those things, but don’t be afraid to get real with them, it’s your passion that will win them over in the end. And don’t feel you have to do something huge. Even if you only have some folks over for a sit down dinner, just get them in a comfortable environment and share your thoughts about Obama, listen to their thoughts and concerns, and most importantly, just talk with each other. This is what grassroots politics is all about, people coming together, making it personal.

There are a couple of things the staff wants from us. First, don’t get negative when talking about other candidates, and avoid arguing with people. If they want to go there and get ugly about things just walk away. This campaign is about being positive. So don’t let people bait you. Second, focus on why you as an individual support Barack Obama. Like I said above, people will respond when they realize you are being honest and open with them. Don’t try to sell them anything, just be yourself. Sharing at the personal level will open up a conversation better then a sales pitch. And above all, be the change you want to see happen. Don’t be afraid to talk with people of different races, religion, or economic standing. We are all in this together. This is about the future of our nation. We must be united as citizens, and the only way we can do this is by remembering that everyone has a vested interest in this election.

I must say I was very impressed with the crowd this morning. What a wonderful bunch of people. It looked like America in that there was someone representing every walk of life there, all wanting to get out and start working. And the staff responded with a good deal of energy and information.

Get to work people because the primary is only 17 days away, and nothing is for certain. It’s up to us now, so be the person who leads the way.


2 Responses to “Marching Orders”

  1. Republicans for Obama Says:

    If we don’t have time to devote to caucusing, what materials are needed at the offices? Office supplies, coffee? Or would money be the best way to go.

    We are interested in donating directly to the offices, but cannot get an answer at the number listed on tarrant county for obama, and would love it if you could help us with how we can help.

    unfortunately– our work and home schedules prevent us from doing house parties and things of the like.. but we’d like to help in financial fashions if possible.

    Please advise.

  2. just another vet Says:

    we are all good at the office. what we really need people to do is make phone calls. we filled our office hours for now, and the staff has stressed that we need people on the phone, making calls, gathering information. it’s phone bank time. go to barack’s site, click action, then make phone calls. that is the best thing you could do for the campaign right now.

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