We are one week away from the most important election of our lifetime. But as a Bay Area resident, it can feel frustrating to know it will really be decided in a handful of states that are hundreds (or thousands) of miles away from us.
And with COVID-19, a lot of us miss the camaraderie of being around like-minded people. While there are many ways to volunteer from home, we don’t have campaign offices this year.
That’s why Manny’s—a politically themed restaurant at 16th & Valencia in San Francisco’s Mission District—has set up get-out-the-vote Victory Booths on their sidewalk as a safe, coronavirus-compliant way to do in-person volunteering to reach voters in swing states.
Click here to volunteer for a shift at Manny’s Victory Booths. When you show up, you will be given the choice to phonebank or textbank to Democratic voters in swing states. If you are phonebanking, please bring your personal laptop to make calls.
Manny’s has built a series of plexiglass booths on the sidewalk along Valencia Street where folks can make phone calls and send text messages while being around other volunteers. And because it’s a restaurant, the staff who help you set up your shift will also take your order.
I have been volunteering from the Victory Booths at Manny’s because as an extrovert I personally find the experience of phonebanking from home by myself to be a little isolating. It has been really nice to do this work at Manny’s, and I encourage you to join me.
The phonebanking and textbanking you will be doing is from some of the same get-out-the-vote programs we at Daily Kos have already been recruiting you to do via email. The difference is you will be doing it around other people. Personally, I find that it’s good motivation.
See you at Manny’s!