A Movement, Not a Moment, in Pinellas County, Florida

By the time our four days of canvassing in partnership with Organizing For Action and Local 1199 ended, we had collectively knocked on 8,000 doors!  The day after the election, Common Purpose General Manager David Domke wrote to our partners, “We were with you yesterday, and we’re with you today. And we’ll be with you tomorrow.”  The campaign was ending, but as our Team Florida member Bobbi Geiger continued to urge, we are not engaged for a moment, but rather in a movement.

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"It ain't over 'til the last vote is counted."

Florida swings on one percent of the vote.  A mere 250,000 votes make or break a campaign, and will determine if Andrew Gillum is the state’s first African-American governor or Bill Nelson remains a moderate Democratic voice in the Senate.  Team Florida was warned that first night (which seems like a lifetime ago), huddled in Andrew Gillum’s cramped, sparse strip mall campaign office.  Marcus, the campaign manager for Pinnellas County, gave us the lowdown: “It ain’t over ‘til the last vote is counted.” 

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"Now, you vote. You vote for me because I can't." Restoring Voting Rights in St. Petersburg

James is a lifelong resident of St. Pete, and has been my partner for the past two days in getting out the vote. James is adamant while talking to voters. “Now, you vote. You vote for me because I can’t vote. It ain’t right. I made a mistake and I’ve been paying for it all my life. I want to vote. That is why I am out here. You gotta vote for me.”

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