In the midst of election madness we need to stop worrying and start acting. Many of you have been spreading the word with our “I am a Voter for Peace” pledge and with Election Day around the corner now is the time to bring peace to the polls. Here are some effective and fun ways you can paint the polls pink:
Before the Election
If you haven't pledged to vote for peace yet, do it today (there are prizes!)
Vote early! Visit http://govote.org/ to see where you can vote early. With govote.org, you can avoid the lines on Election Day — just enter
your ZIP code and find out if, when and where you can vote early. It's
that easy! Not to mention, if you've already voted, you'll have that
much more time to spend on Election Day volunteering to get out the
Call the Ladies: Increase the peace vote by calling women around the country and encouraging them to vote. We're partnering with Women's Voices Women's Votes and we will send you a short script and 25 phone numbers to call this weekend! How inspiring is that? Email audreycodepink[at]gmail.com and we'll send you what you need to inspire those who need it (including phone numbers and a phone script)! Who knew you could yak on your cell phone while in your pink pjs all afternoon on the weekend and make such a difference?!
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4
Bring Peace to the Polls: When you vote next Tuesday, there are many ways you can carry the message of peace! The lines are sure to be long; here are some things you can do to engage with your neighbors, and turn Election Day into the celebration of democracy it deserves to be:
Election Night Parties: If you plan to watch the election results at a party, you can bring the Voter
Pledge Sheet (Click to download the PDF) with you to build interest in peace
voters acting for peace post election. You
can also bring our I'm a Voter for Peace hot pink stickers with you!
Email audreycodepink[at]gmail.com ASAP with your mailing address and we'll
stick a packet in the mail for you asap.
- Bring pink lemonade to make the wait easier, and other refreshments like hot tea/cocoa/coffee, cookies, and campaign trail mix (click here for Rachel Ray's recipe!)
- Bring crayons, markers, construction paper, coloring books, etc for kids (it's great for kids to see democracy in action!)
- Get more tips on how to be kind while voting at Rachel Bagby's Vote Kindly website: http://votekindly.org/
- Get your groove on by singing and doing a "poll dance" in line
- Download and bring copies of Greg Palast's Steal Back Your Vote comic book.
- Be sure to take note of or even bring a camera/video camera to document any instances of voter suppression, visit www.866ourvote.org or call the toll-free voter hotline, 1-877-523-2792. The
hotline will operate from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST. Make sure you not only go to the polls to vote, but that nothing
and nobody -- not lines, not broken machines, not ballot shortages, not
anything prevents you or your neighbors from exercising your voting rights.
- Twitter Vote Report! It's easy, it's useful, it's necessary. By Twitter: Post a tweet that includes the hashtag #votereport. By Text Message: Send a text message starting with #votereport to 66937 (MOZES). By Phone: Call the automated hotline at 567-258-VOTE (8683) or 208-272-9024 with any touch-tone phone. By iPhone/Android Phone: Download the iPhone App or find the "votereport" app in the Android marketplace. Get more details on how to participate.
- Be a pollworker. Pledge
to work the polls through CREDO Mobile here.
- Bring along a good read. The
weekly "Democracy & Elections" newsletter
from AlterNet is a wonderful resource for the latest
political stories. You can sign up here for
November 4th is a day to celebrate! Election Day is our day—it is the
day for all of us to stand up and be counted, to make our voices heard.
It is our day to exercise our voice.
Planning something creative and spectacular, or have a getting out the vote story to share with us? Email your stories to locals[at]codepinkalert.org
The day after the election, Wednesday, Nov. 5
We don't like negative thinking any more than you, but let's be real. We need a plan in case this election is stolen. For months we've been in conversation with our partners at the No Stolen Elections coalition and we encourage you to be out in the streets at 5pm, November 5th at your Federal Building or a central location in your town. Share this info with friends and neighbors in advance! You can also list your event on our national calendar. Click on the video at right to see why it's so important to prevent a stolen election! CODEPINK will send out an email alert with our verdict ~ fair or
stolen election ~ on Wednesday morning. You'll only get this email if you're signed up to get
our email alerts. We will give you the
best information available as to the level of voting rights violations
in this election. We will also make recommendations for action.
Alert the press. If you
need help contacting your local press about your action, email jean[at]codepinkalert.org and
she'll make it seem easier than toasting bread to get your local news
station to your rally.
Tell the Press: Write
your paper and express your opinion about where we, as a country, and
as a peace movement, should go from here. Keep the conversation about
ending war present! Stay tuned for our letter to the editor tool
coming soon--writing to your paper is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3! In
twenty minutes you can compose and send a letter that could be read by
And the days, weeks, months after that...
We know it will be US who end war and make the positive campaign promises come to life and become a reality. Together we can channel the excitement about the election into a real movement for change in the year to come, one that will really bring our soldiers home, remedy our economy for everyone (not just the rich!), and protect our health, earth, and children for generations to come. Renew your commitment to CODEPINK and peace coalition organizing in 2009 and let your heart and creativity guide your actions!
January 20, 2009: Inauguration Day
Save the date! Our future president will be sworn into office in DC January 20. Join CODEPINK in the nation's capitol to bring peace to the next administration and the 111th Congress. If you want more info about coming to DC, email locals[at]codepinkalert.org.
Thank you for giving peace a vote and a voice!