(Second in a series detailing my experiences volunteering for Jim Neal's Senate campaign)
Yesterday, I got to the office and wow! It's coming together and starting to look like an office now. There's even a computer or two. Still no internet, though. But it does have phones, and that other most crucial piece of office equipment -- the microwave. ;)
After another excursion for supplies (manila envelopes, sticky notes, paper clips, etc.), we settled down for a morning of stuffing envelopes and talking about the issues: who's seen "Charlie Wilson's War," who was wearing orange yesterday in support of the ACLU's call for the closing of Guantanamo, that sort of thing. Sad to say, I don't actually own any orange clothes. :/
As an aside -- do y'all remember all that futuristic talk in the late '90s about "the paperless office"? Ha, I say, ha. My paid job is editor for a small press; while the publishing industry would seem to be inherently the opposite of paperless, we can still do things like receive purchase orders via email, and send cover proofs as PDFs, that sort of thing. But in my seven years of working for this organization, we are no more paperless now than we were in 2001.
Again, this also hearkens back to my experiences volunteering with and running science fiction conventions. People respond to actually having a piece of paper in their hands. You can send all the email reminders you want, but you get a better follow-through from the postcard. So the best you can do is use recycled products wherever possible...
Anyway, digression over. Later when I got back to my computer, I read and commented on Mr. Neal's diary on DailyKos, about grassroots participation and pulling in people who in the past have not traditionally come out and voted in large numbers (college students, for example).
Today I'm hooking up with Joe and trying to schedule some folks for next week. Looks like a pretty day for sitting outside at Bean Trader's and chatting on the phone, though email is more my strong suit these days.
Ads have just now started appearing for the governor's race, so I think the average voter here in NC is about ready to start paying attention to our local elections in addition to the big Presidential one. Here's to doing our part to help them choose wisely.