Servicing Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 teamed with People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) to phone bank regarding Proposition 47. This event took place October 29, in downtown Sacramento. With mid-term elections right around the corner on November 4, the goal was to get voters active and alert. With bad voter turn outs last year, PICO’s “Let My People Vote” campaign organized the event with a common goal shared by SEIU. Phone banking can be defined as a service in which voters receive election information on how to vote, where to vote, and why voting is important. This specific event was dedicated to Proposition 47 and the phone bankers ranged from state employees to local high school students.
“There are important races up and down the state where we have an opportunity to elect candidates who support working families and expanding the middle class,” said Joyce Wheeler-Owens, an Employment Development Department (EDD) employee from San Diego. Community members and some organizational leaders were able to give encouraging speeches before the phone banking began. The speakers spoke of why Proposition 47 is important to the communities and how it would affect people’s lives in the long run. They even gave personal testimonies as to why this proposition is so significant for them personally.
For two straight hours volunteers worked passionately and quickly to get as many calls out to their listed voters. The volunteers voices could be heard down the hallways of the SEIU building. Enthusiasm was served to voters on the other lines as food and drinks were served to the volunteers. The phone banking was so important to the volunteers some even stayed a little later after the event ended to finish their lists. With all the hustle and bustle that was in the atmosphere, all volunteers can do now is hope to see a better turnout election day.