NEWSLETTER — You Gonna Let Lindsey Just DO That?



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We're going to be quick and to-the-point this week:




In just one week, New Jersey county clerks will start sending mail-in ballots to voters who signed up for VBM, and in seven weeks, early in-person voting will begin.

We all know the brutal truth: We cannot afford to lose a single seat in Congress during this year's midterm elections. Because you know who's waiting for us to do just that? 



It's bad enough that's he's pitching a national abortion ban now, when his party doesn't control Congress. Graham is sending us a clear message: if and when he and his cronies DO take the House and the Senate, making abortion illegal from coast to coast will be their legislative priority. Forget their First Hundred Days; we bet Lindsey launches some new (worse!) iteration of this week's bombshell bill on Day 1 of a Republican-held congress. And it will pass.

That's what's at stake in these midterm elections. That, and climate change, and voting rights, and — and — you know — DEMOCRACY.

We never, ever want to feel that sinking Election Night 2016 feeling again. Not this year, and not in 2024 when the next Presidential election rolls around. So for the next seven weeks, we're going to work our tails off to make sure we don't leave any votes unclaimed, any voters unpersuaded. We're going to WIN every seat we can. We're going to protect the House and Senate like 



and give the Biden/Harris administration the best opportunity possible to pass the kind of pro-people, pro-Earth, pro-democracy legislation that will prevent a MAGA resurgence in 2024.

NJ 11th for Change has endorsed three fantastic House of Representatives candidates from NJ whose seats are worth defending: our own CD11's Mikie Sherrill, neighboring CD7's Tom Malinowski, and CD3's Rep. Andy Kim.


This weekend, next week, and every week after that till November 8, we'll be urging you to look at the many volunteer opportunities we've gathered to share with you.

There will be canvassing!

There will be phone banking!

There will be postcarding!


And there will be so much more. Every candidate and every way of volunteering is important, and we encourage you to GRAB A FRIEND who's never tried it before, and find a way to help.

WHILE YOU'RE AT IT: We are pleased to announce that NJ 11th for Change will be hosting some exciting (and fun!) Mikie Sherrill canvassing events in the weeks to come — starting this weekend! Here are the dates — please mark your calendars:

  • Sunday, September 18 at 12:00pm — Boonton (see below for details!)
  • Saturday, September 24 @ 12 pm — Morris Plains
  • Sunday, October 2 @ 12 pm — Randolph
  • Saturday, October 15 @ 12 pm — Parsippany
  • Saturday, November 5 @ 12 pm — Montclair

This Sunday! Hey, who doesn't like lemonade?

We hope you'll try canvassing; there is nothing like talking face-to-face to turn an unreliable voter into a enthusiastic supporter. At our launch events, there will be snacks and treats and camaraderie and lots of encouragement and moral support. It's GOOD to be surrounded with so much positive energy! 

Please join us at an event from the listings below. Getting out the vote is CRUCIAL this year, and we need your help.

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NOTE: Our new Volunteer Opportunities webpage will always be updated with the current week’s roster of actions you can take to support your favorite candidates. Please bookmark it, and check it regularly! 

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be sharing events and action/volunteer opportunities for two more [recently endorsed!] candidates: Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) and Andy Kim (NJ-03). We’re excited about helping these excellent candidates retain their hard-won seats! Our format will change a little, but you’ll still find everything easily.



  • Saturday, September 17, at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, & 3:00 pm
    Livingston Canvass for Mikie Sherrill — THREE big launches, hosted by our very own Stacey Abenstein and her sidepup Coconut. Expect bagels, coffee, and a sweet little pooch who will gladly take care of any leftovers for you.

  • Sunday, September 18 at 12:00 pm
    "Lemonade Social" Tri-Town Canvass for Mikie Sherrill, launching in Boontonhosted by NJ 11th for Change! Join us for coffee, lemonade, and pastries before grabbing your turf list and heading out for a lovely afternoon of door-knocking!




(Click the links for details, and to register)

Mikie’s seat is under threat from NATIONAL GOP fund raising! Help us make the “Hold the House” Weekend of Action a big success!






(Click the links for details, and to register)


  • Saturday, September 17, at 9:00 am
    Summit (Union County) Canvass

  • Sunday, September 18 at 4:00 pm (MONTHLY!)
    NJ07 NW Regional Canvass! — in Morris County (Roxbury, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Mine Hill, Wharton), Warren County (Hackettstown, Washington Boro), and Sussex County (Byram and Sparta)




Click here to find more opportunities to volunteer for Tom Malinowski!



(Click the links for details, and to register)



Click this link to find more opportunities to volunteer for Andy Kim!



  • COMING SOON: Postcarding!! Interested in joining our crack team of postcarders? Email NJ 11 Field Director Stacey Abenstein and put “NJ11 POSTCARDS” in the subject line. We'll be in touch VERY SOON(Can't write but want to donate stamps or stamp-money? Email Stacey!) 

  • Operation Diggin’ Up the Dirt: Mikie’s opponent, Paul DeGroot, is a hard-right Trumper. He is also keeping very quiet in the public sphere about his positions; suspiciously quiet, one might say. We’re building a team to gather intel about his positions — and anything else that voters need to know.

    To get involved, contact NJ 11th for Change Research Director Patricia Doherty, and put “DEGROOT RESEARCH” in the subject line.

  • Tabling at Events: Is your town planning any civic events, festivals, street fairs, or farmers markets? Let us know, so we can help your community get ready to vote! There's nothing more satisfying than setting up shop at a local community event and encouraging constituents to vote or learn about their candidates. If you're interested, please email Mara! We're looking for volunteers to:

    • tell us about events in their towns and counties, and 
    • come on out and staff the tables! 

  • Vote-By-Mail Letter Campaign: WHOA! We're up to 42,000 packets out and distributed, thanks to NJ 11th for Change Field Director Stacey Abenstein and a squad of nose-to-the-grindstone volunteers — who could use your help right about now! 

    Not all NJ voters know they have to actively request a mail-in ballot this year. But YOU can give them the information and the tools they need to make it happen. We’ll provide the official VBM request forms and a list of names and addresses; you provide postage, post-its, and envelopes. Write a quick personal note on the post-it encouraging the recipient to vote by mail, stick it to the request form, stuff it in the envelope, and send it off! We have a tight list of in-district voters who need this little push to significantly increase their turnout rates. Let’s make it easy for them to do the right thing!

    Here's a quick peek at a recent delivery: 

    Stacey writes: 

    "I’m making a special push for VBM writers who live in Nutley, Maplewood, or South Orange. We need help finishing all the target voters in these towns. Contact me and I will send you to the VBM leader in your town.

    All other volunteers, I still have lists for Belleville (only 670 voters) and Bloomfield (8231 voters).

    Thanks to the work of our friends at Wind of the Spirit, we added a Spanish how-to paragraph to our Bloomfield letter!

    We still have time to get these out so please do not hesitate to volunteer!!!"

    Interested in helping? Email Stacey Abenstein and put “VBM CAMPAIGN” in the subject line. (Can't write but want to donate stamps or stamp-money? Also email Stacey!)

  • Working America Letter-Writing Campaign: You know that NJ 11th for Change usually focuses close to home — no national campaigns that make us roam far afield. HOWEVER! We do make one exception! Our volunteers have been participating in Working America's national letter campaign for several years, with terrific success! Working America (the activism branch of AFL-CIO) is a data-driven organization with its finger on the pulse of their electorate, and they have a meticulously field-tested, proven strategy for swinging votes in tight races. They know exactly which voters to touch, and exactly what issues and messages will do the job.

    How does it work? You will be sent a document with the text of a carefully crafted letter, focused on one of three core issues that (research shows!) turns red voters blue. You'll also get a list of addresses. Type a few additional personal sentences into the document, print it out, sign it by hand, stuff it in an envelope and mail it off with a handwritten address. Print, sign, and stuff till you’ve completed your list! (You’ll need to provide stationery and stamps.) Our experienced volunteers say that it’s quicker and easier than writing postcards … and the vote-swing rate is the envy of grassroots groups from coast to coast!

    Interested in helping? Get on the list by emailing NJ 11’s Working America expert, Jim Price, and putting “WORKING AMERICA” in the subject line. (Can't write but want to donate stamps or stamp-money? Email Jim!)





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