March 23, 2020/Blog, Media

Organizing in the time of the coronavirus

Following the launch of the 2020 Organizing Program, the Texas Democratic Party had plans to activate a range of voter registration and voter contact programs. However, in light of COVID-19 developments, we are shifting our Organizing Program into an online service organization. Texas Democrats will not sit on the sidelines while our communities are left feeling scared, confused and isolated. We believe it’s important to live our values and be part of the solution. We will win in November, but right now lives are at stake and we need to be there for everyone. 

Today, we are launching ConnectTexas, an online community where folks can connect with people locally and statewide to communicate their needs, share resources, and create a sense of unity despite the uncertainty. We will facilitate online community forums, implement virtual and tele-town halls and workshops, and provide credible and up to date information services that are accessible for all communities. By providing a community platform, we hope everyone can connect with the people around them, and hear their needs which have nothing to do with politics. 

We will assemble a diverse coalition of Community Captains. The Community Captain role is one of a connector, a communicator, and someone motivated to unify Texas. This is a role for those that know their community and constituency best. 

The Constituency Organizing team will launch a variety of constituency-focused online and phone-based workshops. Our sessions will be informative and expand networks within a constituency. For example, Constituency Organizers will put on discussion groups, communal brainstorming sessions, “Art Ins” and story sharing. Our team will also spotlight the work of partner organizations that can lead workshops or provide resources. Our Constituency Organizing team will also lead the charge in compiling resources that are accessible for all. 

The Field Organizing Team will launch Connect254, a robust community organizing check-in call series in every one of Texas’ 254 counties. We will work together with Community Captains to implement conference call-based community check-ins to hear directly from community members, build relationships, and foster a sense of connection. While traditional organizing meetings work to recruit volunteers to take action, these check-in calls hope to foster a sense of connection and build relationships in communities that may not have existed before. 

We are going to prioritize keeping everyone safe while laying the groundwork for an even more unified organizing program. Texans are not bystanders. We will come together with our diverse experiences and unique backgrounds to build a more connected Texas in 2020 and for years to come. 

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