Rights Brigade Helps AFP-NH in Hampton Special Election

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Over the last week, the Rights Brigade joined the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in conducting a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation for a special election in Hampton for state representative.

One of the candidates for state representative signed AFP’s pledge to, among other things, vote against tax and spending increases, and adhere to the Constitution of both the United States and New Hampshire. Because of this, AFP agreed to conduct a GOTV operation in his district to mobilize pro-liberty voters. AFP is a nonpartisan nonprofit, so voters are only encouraged generally to vote.

Rights Brigade activists participated in AFP-organized phone banks, one in Manchester on Tuesday and one in Dover on Thursday, calling Hampton voters to encourage them to vote. Then, activists went door-to-door on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to talk with voters in person and leave literature on doors.

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In total, Rights Brigade activists conducted 5-7 operations (Saturday and Sunday each had two teams going simultaneously). 5 activists participated (9 if you count accompanying children) for a total of 9-13 activist participation instances. In total, 573 doors were reached and 179 calls were made as part of this collaboration. As a whole, AFP New Hampshire and its volunteers reached 3221 doors and made 11,215 calls. That means that the Rights Brigade’s all-volunteer force of 5 activists made up about 18% of AFP-NH’s door output. Not bad when you consider they had 5 full-time and 7 part-time staff participating, all of whom were also tasked with recruiting volunteers to help.

Most political organizations need to do some major fundraising in order to acquire and pay enough professional talent to pull off an operation of this scale. The Rights Brigade made a strong showing in the New Hampshire political scene this last week despite being a volunteer-only activism organization with basically no budget.

We can always use more activists! Changing the world is a huge task, and the more that get involved, the better. If you’d like to help us out, please contact us and let us know you’re interested!

If you value our work but are unable to help out yourself, please donate some Bitcoin to the address below to help activists recoup some of their donated time and resources for the cause of liberty.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/7/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I assisted AFP field director Sarah Scott in hitting the last remaining doors before the special election tomorrow. Plenty of people were home, so we ended up talking with a lot of potential voters. Most were intent on voting.

155 doors were reached.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/6/16)

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I participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

I was joined by Kate Noble and AFP field director Sarah Scott. The neighborhoods were considerably better than those we reached the day before, so we had more opportunities to converse with voters. Yard signs littered the neighborhood, not just for candidates but also for spending and tax increases that will be voted on this coming Tuesday. We reached 117 doors over the course of the afternoon.

GOTV door knocking – Hampton (3/5/16)

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Myself and Joël Valenzuela participated in an Americans for Prosperity GOTV door knocking campaign in Hampton for a special election for state representative.

Special elections occur when a seat is vacated in between elections. They are typically very low turnout, and are therefore relatively easy to impact. Activists knock on doors of registered voters who have shown to be pro-liberty in the past and encourage them to go out and vote. This allows us to influence an election in the direction of liberty without throwing support behind a specific candidate or party, which may let us down and compromise their principles in time.

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We separated into two different teams. Joël teamed up with AFP field director Sarah Scott, and her field associate Bruno Parga came with me and my three kids. We canvassed Hampton getting voters out to vote and distributing literature encouraging the same. Very few people were home, as many homes in Hampton are summer rentals. Still, we managed to reach 279 homes over the course of the afternoon.

We will be hitting the last of the doors tomorrow, so if you’re available Sunday, please come join. And if you like what we’re doing, leave a Bitcoin tip!

Free State Project outreach – Hampton (8/4/15)

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Today I assisted in an outreach event to the Hampton Democrats regarding the Free State Project.

The Hampton Democrats, during their monthly meeting, invited Zandra Rice Hawkins from Granite State Progress (GSP) to give a presentation on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Free State Project (FSP). From the invite email:

“Zandra Rice Hawkins will provide an update on the Free State Project and ALEC. If you are not familiar with either of these “initiatives” you should plan to attend – you will surprised and concerned at the amount of influence these two groups are playing – and hope to play – in New Hampshire.

Each of these promises to be VERY educational — pleas (sic) plan to join us.”

There were 11 total (adult) activists, among them Marcus and Sarah Chamberlain (and child), Kyle Mohney and his three children, Don McCollough, Ellen Blanchard, Denis Goddard, and Nelson Lourenço (not pictured). [Read more…]