Unsolicited advice about having conversations voters who POC, LGBT, etc.

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(1) Listen and don’t down play our concerns about discrimination, entitlement, etc.

(2) Realize that intersectionality includes class struggle, but not only class struggle. It is the totally.

(3) Just because there are some black , Latino , etc in the media who ordained themselves as speakers for all people in the class, doesn’t mean we all are.

(4) if you see someone belittling or attacking a black , Latino etc , say something .

(5) Sanders advocates policies for LGBT, Latino, black , etc. not just economic ones. You should get to know some of them.

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Some math advice that may help all of you

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Hey everyone, I am leaning toward Bernie at the moment. I also hold a public office locally, and saw something interesting happen while I was running for office, and see the same thing happening now in regards to M4A, so I thought I'd drop some fairly obvious knowledge on you that may help you win and argument or sway a skeptical voter.

While percentages are generally the best way to represent numbers (because they normalize the scale) they are also hard for some people to understand, and easy for others to take advantage of.

What I'm specifically talking about is adding percentages. I don't know what the supposed added tax is for M4A, but I saw 14% on another thread, so I'm going to go with that here. The actual number is irrelevant.

As a scare tactic, people will say "You taxes will go up by 14%!!!" Now, what many, many people do in their heads is think "well shit, I already by 30% of my gross pay in taxes, so now I'll have to pay 44%!!! NO WAY!"

As I said, it should be obvious why this is wrong, but it's not to a lot of people. Of course, a 14% increase means 145 more than you're paying now. So, if you are paying 30% of your pay in taxes, a 14% increase is (30% + (14% of 30%) = (30% + 4.2%) = 34.2%

This seems stupid to some of you I'm sure, but it's real. I had a local town administrator tell the community at a public meeting that since a budget went up 7% each year, it had gone up 28%, when in reality it had gone up 31%. Using small numbers like 7% can mask the issue, because the difference really is small, but when you're talking larger numbers like 14% and 30%, as you can see above the difference in actual amounts and what people perceive can be large.

To put a finer point on it, take a person that makes $ 75k/year. @ 30% they are currently paying $ 22,500 in taxes. If they don't understand how adding percentages works, they could *think* they are going to pay 44% or $ 33,000, when in reality to would be 34.2% or $ 25,650.

Sorry if this was rambling, I"m having trouble getting my point across. I guess bottom line is, don't let numbers scare people.

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Advice for a shy homebody?

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TL;DR I’m a new Texan and super shy and would like to spread Bernie’s message further than just my car bumper stickers. What can I do to show him in a good light to them?

I just moved to Texas, from Oregon, at the beginning of this month. It’s a small town and everyone is so kind and polite and quick to offer help with anything.

While waiting to finish setting up to go to the first high school football game of the season, my teacher boyfriend introduced me to a colleague. My boyfriend has borrowed my car numerous times to drive to work, as I’ve elected to take some time off from finding a job here and enjoy relaxing.

My car has a rainbow BERNIE sticker on the bumper and a Bernie For President 2020 in the window.

He joked about the trailer my boyfriend was needing to haul for the game tonight and reminded him, “It ain’t like your girlfriend’s little car!” Then he says to me, “You know even Democrats in Texas are conservative! Your car ain’t gonna get keyed, it’ll be full of bullet holes!” It was a generally good natured tone, I knew he was joking. But I couldn’t help but feel torn, on the one hand everyone is so welcoming and with open arms, and on the other they vote pieces of shit into office that write bullshit legislation.

But I digress. I told the man the same thing I’ve said to many folks now, namely friends I left behind in Oregon: “I am nervous about it but I just hope people bother to ask me, Why? and I will be more than happy to tell them why Bernie’s great!”

He didn’t have anything more to say on the matter.

Now, I’m a major homebody, and I feel egregiously uncomfortable in situations where I have to introduce myself and talk about myself past the whole “how are ya, what do you do.” How on earth can I attempt to talk politics in this climate? They’re so passionate about the kids here, the sports and fine arts, and their churches. They have Fox News on constantly (although muted, thankfully) in our favorite cafe downtown. I am so far out of my comfort zone having moved here to begin with, I’m stuck worrying they will not hear any of the truth about Bernie if I tried.

Fellow Texans especially, how do you do it? What part of the state are you in? I’m in the dead center of the state, in Hill Country. I love it. And I want to better it, by doing what little I can and show my new community what there is to love about Bernie.

I fear they’re for Trump simply because they know no better and are comfortable right here right now with how everything is. It’s a great little town that isn’t quite feeling the ripple throughout the country just yet. We’re small but I want to do something, and be able to articulate it well. Lawn signs/posters with short info quips on his policies? I’m stuck.

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I need some advice (help)

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Both of my parents are liberal, so am I. The problem persists when my parents try to pick a candidate to elect in the primaries. My father is still deciding, my mother is leaning towards Beto O'Rourke (we live in Texas) but I want to tell her that he is not the same man, nor is he supporting the same policies back in 2018 midterms. I believe her main attraction to him is his "charisma" (which leans on a bigger problem, Identity Politics, but I digress).

Can anybody send me some information or any advice that might help my parents to at least consider Bernie as a potential candidate? Thank you.

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Campaign advice to expand media reach: Use Spanish subtitles.

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Guys Im sure some of you here can reach the communications team of the campaign. On most marketing videos you guys MUST include spanish subtitles. There are so many spanish speaking people in the US, plus the families outside the US that also influence voters.

With spanish subtitles people can get to understand Bernie and the campaigns message. So far I can hardly find any videos with subtitles in spanish.

What do you think?

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Hi everyone. Need some advice. I’ve had several conversations lately with Bernie supporters expressing defeat already now that Biden is in the game and “showing great lead” in the polls.

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I am nervous about this because these are all potential Bernie voters who really believe in his policies and yet are already assuming Biden will be the nominee and they will have to vote for him to defeat Trump. The biggest reason they give for this supposed eventuality is that Biden has a “very strong base” in Trump states. We need people to stay motivated and excited and jazzed up about Bernie and bring all of their energies and their friends energies to the polls in the primaries and beyond. How do I motivate them so they don’t lose faith? I also find it fucking annoying that defeating trump has become priority. Trump is a symptom of a very deep rooted problem of economic stagnation, social injustice and insecurity and inequity and making his removal a priority is overlooking the fundamental structures that brought him to the presidency in the first place. Thanks for all your thoughts!

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Advice for volunteering for Bernie or similar campaigns?

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I really want to get involved and make some sort effort to canvass, but there don't seem to be any volunteer events near me, and I'm equipped at all to organize my own community event thing. I've signed up to textbank for the Bernie campaign, and yes it probably helps, but it seems useless compared to getting out and actually talking to people. Anyone in the same boat? Advice?

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