Phonebanking VS Canvasing for Sanders. Do they work? Is one better?

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This is good reading for anyone wondering if these really help or are worth your time. We're bombarded on this subreddit with pleas to volunteer- phone bank, canvas, etc., and I know many of you (myself included) might have been wondering how much, if any good they do? I mean, no phone call or door knocker would ever persuade me one way or the other. But there much more to it than you think!

The upshot is- these things can move the needle. Door to door canvasing is said to be the most effective, but phonebanking also serves a larger purpose than you'd think.

https://whystatesmatter.sisterdistrict.com/phonebank-its-worth-it-411ca40dfc6b

And this one is interesting because the study (one of the more recent) shows that while canvasing and phonebanking usually won't persuade voters, it works well to target your voter who's already persuaded to actually turn up at the polls. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/campaigns-direct-mail-zero-effect/541485/

We already know that our base is "the working class" and the young voter, so anything you can do to reach out to these groups is well worth your time.

There's a lot of info out there. See for yourself if you're wondering. Just google "studies on effective forms of voter outreach" (stay away from the ones that are just get out the vote mills). Or nevermind, here's a link….

https://www.google.com/search?q=studies+on+effective+forms+of+voter+outreach&rlz=1CAHKDC_enUS803US803&oq=studies+on+effective+forms+of+voter+outreach&aqs=chrome..69i57.13464j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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Biden is leading amongst older African-Americans, particularly in the south. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain from a Sanders administration. We can win them over, and we do that by really committing ourselves to breaking down the race and age barriers.

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Outside of the internet, real world action- talking to folks face to face, regularly, passionately, is the big deal, and that doesnt necessarily mean talking politics. These kinds of conversations, tied to committed and genuine action, stick with people in way internet exchanges dont.

I recommend that each of us on here go out into the real world and start some conversations. Truth is, older black voters, particularly in the south, have a YUGE amount to gain from a Bernie administration, and are currently tagging along with biden because hes a name they recognise and associate with the first black president. These are the voters we need. These are the voters who propelled hillary to the nomination, and are keeping sleepy joe afloat.

Bernie is from their generation, fought side by side with them in the struggle for equal rights, and continues to fight to make their lives better. Black Berners, talk to your folks! Talk to their friends! Talk as much as you can! I know that sometimes older folks arent fond of getting lectured by young'uns, but this is a great chance to really connect with them, and older folk love and need that human contact in their lives as the list of old friends runs thinner. Talk to them, listen to them, ask their advice, and reinforce the idea that our revolution is the civil rights fight of our age, and that what they learned in the fight can be invaluable knowledge it the battle we face today.

White Berners, get out of your comfort zones and start taking the time to frequent black business, build friendships, take on some volunteering work with older citizens and in worthy causes in poorer neighbourhoods. If youre in the north or on the coast, take some time out to visit the south and spread some love. You dont need to go lecture people, god knows the last thing older black citizens want is a bunch of white folks telling them whats good for them, but commit your time and effort to actually getting to know people in the black community and to help those communities to tackle the challenges facing them. Show them that we are one people, fighting for a better life together. When they ask you why you do it, tell em Bernie sent you! Tell them in Bernies America, no one gets left behind.

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