The final day to volunteer for Malik Rahim

Malik Rahim is running as a Green for Congress in Louisiana’s 2nd district, which encompasses much of New Orleans. He was previously a Black Panther and founded Common Ground in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was the first organization after the hurricane to help people get back on their feet, and eventually brought in over 13,000 volunteers to New Orleans.

Because of Hurricane Gustav, the congressional election was delayed until today. Polls are open until 8 PM, and nationwide phone-banking is going on until 7 PM. Anyone can volunteer here to make calls from their home to potential voters in New Orleans. Clear instructions, a script, FAQ, information about the campaign, and anything else you would need are provided.

The following is an email sent out by the Malik Rahim campaign earlier today:

It’s Election Day in New Orleans. It’s crucial that we make as many calls as we can today to get out the vote for Malik Rahim. If you haven’t made any calls yet, today is the time to start.

The Times Picayune is reporting that there is low turnout expected. http://network.greenchange.org/news/3509-low-turnout-expected-in-today-s-election

That means the outcome will be determined by a small number of votes. If we want to make history today, we need to get every one of Malik Rahim’s supporters to the polls.

Take a minute to think about what’s at stake. With your help, we can show America that people have the power to take government back from corrupt politicians.

Today we’re switching from voter ID calls to get-out-the-vote calls, meaning you’ll find a new script when you log in today. Your calls today will be shorter, easier and more fun – all you have to do is remind Malik Rahim’s supporters to vote.

We’ll be calling supporters until 7pm EST, 6pm CST, 5pm MST and 4pm PST.

If you run into any problems, just get in touch with me or one of our volunteer coordinators:

[Names and contact info provided in email]

Peace,

Marnie Glickman
Executive director
Green Change

19 thoughts on “The final day to volunteer for Malik Rahim

  1. Ross Levin Post author

    Overall our phone canvass team has worked 154 phone bank shifts, dialed 1821 phone numbers, spoken with 309 voters, left messages with 628 households, identified 18 supporters, added 12 subscribers to our campaign lists, placed 4 yard signs, scheduled 61 call backs, raised $unknown in contributions plus $unknown in pledges.

  2. Zeleni

    CNN had a story about the 2nd Congressional District that ignored Malik. It drove me to register for their iReport program and submit a story about the campaign and CNN’s lack of third party coverage. Has anyone else tried signing up for CNN and submitting stories? Maybe if we recruit a bunch of iReporters, it could help a story or two breakthrough. Not that I like the idea of contributing to CNN, but it might be useful.

    Here’s my iReport: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-158901

    Here’s the original CNN article:
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/06/house.races/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    Yeah, I was going to do the same thing for another candidate, but decided not to encourage CNN. Good article, although it probably won’t become too popular, just because it bashes CNN a bit.

  4. Ross Levin Post author

    Overall our phone canvass team has worked 165 phone bank shifts, dialed 1953 phone numbers, spoken with 315 voters, left messages with 683 households, identified 19 supporters, added 12 subscribers to our campaign lists, placed 4 yard signs, scheduled 61 call backs, raised $unknown in contributions plus $unknown in pledges.

    Just so you know, “supporter” means an active supporter of the Rahim campaign (I believe, I’m not 100% on this), not just a Rahim voter.

    I mean, I’ve talked to 3 Rahim voters just today, so definitely more than 19 have been called.

  5. G.E.

    Trent – Come on, now. The Green leadership touted this race as “winnable.” What a joke. They shouldn’t be able to just shrug this one off.

    paulie and Ross – I’m being flippant, of course. But not entirely inaccurate. I’m sure that Ross DID learn valuable skills — and he also learned that campaigns of this nature aren’t going to accomplish much. So that’s two things he learned and can put into practice; using his new skills and being more selective as to the types of campaigns he works on.

  6. paulie cannoli

    I would call knocking crook Dollar Bill Jefferson out of office a real accomplishment. I haven’t paid muchh attention to Cao. Maybe Ron Paul can make friends, who knows. But even if he is the most crappy kind of Republican, he is still doing something good for diversity – first Vietnamese American Congressman, probably the first Republican from that district in a long, long time and most likely for a long time to come.

    And, some good activists learned various campaign skills and how to apply them in the future. I’m sure the screwups can serve as a lesson as well.

  7. Ross Levin Post author

    I’ve known for a while that third party congressional campaigns are usually worthless for the most part. I thought this one was different, but I was wrong. I guess the conditions were just as ripe for the Republican as they were for the Green, and Republicans have the automatic advantage.

  8. paulie cannoli

    I think the big logjam was the local media blackout, which really smells fishy.

    I think a big mistake was made by not going over their heads to national media.

    Of course I have no idea what I am talking about, since I don’t know what effort was put into getting national media.

    But if they put a phonebanking team on calling newsrooms at all the news networks and news shows, that may have had results…dunno.

  9. Trent Hill

    “Trent – Come on, now. The Green leadership touted this race as “winnable.” What a joke. They shouldn’t be able to just shrug this one off.”

    Agreed. At least when the CP says a race in winnable,it is. The only Congressional race they’ve ever touted as winnable was Jim Gilchrist’s, who actually won the election-day votes.

  10. G.E.

    But even if he is the most crappy kind of Republican, he is still doing something good for diversity – first Vietnamese American Congressman

    Who gives a fuck?

  11. greenferret

    This race was theoretically winnable. Jesse Venture went from 10% in polls to winning with 37% after a game-changing debate swung the momentum. Without that swing, Jesse would have finished with 3%, Rahim-style.
    Analyzing this election, it seems that 49% of voters voted anti-Jefferson, and 46% voted anti-Republican. A campaign like Malik Rahim’s could appeal to both anti-Republican and anti-Jefferson voters, but it’s hard to convince voters that a candidate is “electable” when the media is deliberately ignoring him.

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