Hundreds of Students Demand Action Volunteers Play Major Role In Helping Over 23,000 Young Voters Register During National Voter Registration
With just over five weeks remaining until Election Day, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, the grassroots arms of Everytown for Gun Safety, are doubling down on their efforts to get out the vote for gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.
In the past week, grassroots volunteers attended over 450 virtual campaign actions, including a group of over 1,300 Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers who made more than 55,000 calls, sent 570,000 text messages, and completed 60 literature drops, delivering pamphlets, flyers and door hangers to residential areas across the country.
To date, more than 600,000 calls have been made, over 875,000 texts sent, and 300 literature drops have taken place in an effort to help voters create their Voter Action Plan and confirm their support for gun sense candidates up and down the ballot.
Young volunteers were also a major part of last week’s success, with over 300 Students Demand Action volunteers and survivors of gun violence hosting a national day of action to text and call young voters and highlight the importance of voting in the 2020 election. Volunteers completed 10,000 calls, sent over 120,000 texts and helped 23,000 young voters to register – all while juggling classes, work, and extracurricular activities.
A RECAP FROM LAST WEEK:
DEMANDING WOMEN 2.0 INSTAGRAM LIVE SERIES
- On Friday, September 25, a reboot of the Demanding Women Series launched with a focus on Moms Demand Action volunteers running for office. Friday’s conversation featured Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts and Georgia Congresswoman, Lucy McBath.
- Earlier this summer, Watts hosted a series of virtual conversations with 12 women leaders from across the country, including Sen. Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Rep. Val Demmings, Gov. Gretchen Witmer and more.
- Demanding Women 2.0 can be streamed on via Instagram Live @shannonrwatts
NEW DIGITAL AD & DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGNS — Last week, Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund together announced $10 million in new ad campaigns to elect gun sense candidates across the country, from the presidency to the state legislature. Spends and ads included:
- NEW IN FLORIDA & ARIZONA – WATCH “WARNING,” AND “CHECK”:
- Everytown for Gun Safety Victory fund unveiled new bilingual digital ads in support of Vice President Joe Biden, targeted to Latino voters in Florida and Arizona.
- Everytown is spending $1 million to run the ads in Spanish and English on digital platforms in both states. The ads were produced in partnership with Priorities USA Action, and represent Everytown’s first presidential ads in Spanish of 2020.
- ALSO NEW IN ARIZONA – WATCH “MY SPECIAL INTEREST,” AND “DREAM”:
- Everytown launched the first stage of $1.6 million in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority to the Arizona legislature.
- NEW IN PENNSYLVANIA – WATCH “SAFER”:
- Everytown launched $1.4 Million in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate.
- NEW IN IOWA – “BACKED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS”:
- Everytown launched the first stage of $800,000 in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority to the Iowa House.
- NEW IN NORTH CAROLINA – “WE EXPECTED ACTION,” AND “TWO CRISES”:
- Everytown launched more than $1.6 million in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority to the North Carolina General Assembly.
- NEW IN MINNESOTA – “SAFER,” AND “BACKED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS”:
- Everytown launched $1 million in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority to the Minnesota State Senate.
- NEW IN TEXAS – WATCH “SAFER,” “DREAM,” AND “TWO CRISES”:
- Everytown launched more than $2.2 million in digital ads and direct mail in order to elect a gun sense majority to the Texas House.
NEW MOMS DEMAND ACTION VOLUNTEER ENDORSEMENTS:
- Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed a second wave of nine Moms Demand Action volunteers who are running for office up and down the ballot in 2020. Everytown previously endorsed 40 Moms Demand Action volunteers running for office, including seven candidates who are gun violence survivors. Read here for more.
Students Demand Action Volunteer of the Week:
High school junior, Peren Tiemann, is a National Text-Team Captain, a leader in her high school Students Demand Action group, and a member of the Students Demand Action National Advisory Board. This week, Peren played an integral role in the success of Students Demand Action’s National Voter Registration Day work, kicking off her phone banking shift by helping to register voters in Florida starting 6:00 AM and closing out with a team icebreaker at 11:30 PM EDT. Registering voters is extremely important to Peren because she is not yet old enough to vote herself.
If you’re interested in learning more, or speaking with Moms Demand Action or Students Demand Action volunteers from around the country, don’t hesitate to reach out.