Last Thursday (April 4th) was the San Antonio stop on the Battleground Texas statewide tour, and area code 210 turned out in force! I was excited to see lots of familiar smiles in the huge crowd.
Jenn Brown, Executive Director for Battleground Texas, kicked off the meeting by outlining the way she thinks Texas can become a battleground state. She pointed to changing demographics as evidence of an emerging Democratic majority, adding that increased excitement within Texas (plus additional nationwide attention) means Texas is finally ready to get off the bench and into the game.
To make that happen, Battleground will use the twice-proven Organizing for America grassroots model to engage more Texans in the political process. They’ll focus on registering new supporters, informing undecideds about important issues, and educating and empowering supporters to get them to vote.
After Jenn’s presentation everyone broke into small groups to discuss how this type of grassroots organizing can be effective in Texas. Each group shared their insights, then Jenn introduced the new Battleground Texas San Antonio point person to talk about how interested volunteers can get involved with the organization.
The first thing Battleground Texas wants volunteers to do is get deputized to register voters. (Click to learn more about volunteer deputy registrars here) Second, they are accepting applications for their fellowship program, which is meant for people who want to learn more about organizing and can volunteer 20+ hours per week this summer. If you have ideas about how Battleground Texas can help in your community specifically, then you can contribute to a document designed to tailor their strategies to the needs of each community called the Resource Roadmap. If you’re interested in getting involved, check out www.battlegroundtexas.com for more details.
The conversation in San Antonio continued even after the conclusion of the event. Judging from their blog, I’d say the Battleground Texas team was impressed by what you had to say.
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