CONVERSATIONS TO BUILD POWER

Arrive With 5 (AW5) is a revamped mobilization tool that supports organizers in having difficult conversations around participation in elections. You tell us 5 people in your community that you want to reach out to, and we’ll send you the talking points so that you can make the connections between the issues your community cares about and voting at every level of government.

BUILDING POWER TO WIN FOR THE LONG TERM

Build power with your community. We’ll help you with the talking points.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. Identify 5 people.

There are at least 5 people in your life that only you can reach. It’s up to you to reach out to them.

Step 2. PLEDGE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEM.

Fill out this pledge to hold yourself accountable to having a conversation with those 5 people.

Step 3. We’ll text you the talking points. 

We’ll send you a guide that includes talking points and tips for how to have these conversations. We’ll also be your accountability partner. We will check in with you via text a couple of times before Election Day to remind you.

Step 4. Start having conversations!

Use the talking points to have real conversations with the folks you’ve identified. Then, send them the pledge and ask them to have 5 more conversations!

The Problem

Young people ages 18 – 34 make up the largest voting bloc, yet we consistently turn out at lower rates than older generations. Why?

The number one reason young people gave for not participating in the 2016 presidential election was that they didn’t like the candidates.

For a long time, we have been taught that the issues that impact us every day are separate from the political process, which keeps us from participating.

This is a result of an intentional strategy that separates elections from the issues we face in our daily lives.

Traditional GOTV campaigns focus on messaging like “Vote, it’s your civic duty,” or “Vote for this candidate, they are someone you would like to have a beer with.”This touch and go communication doesn’t work for our communities. Why?

  1. It doesn’t connect elections to our immediate needs. Our communities are worried about things like paying rent, protecting themselves from police violence, or staying safe from COVID-19.
  2. It doesn’t name or acknowledge the reasons why we are skeptical of these institutions in the first place, as the system of US democracy has never worked for many folks in our communities.

The Solution

We need to reframe the conversation around participation in elections. To do so, we need to shift away from pushing our communities to vote for candidates that don’t inspire us or asking them to vote out of civic responsibility to a system of democracy that doesn’t include us in the first place.

Instead, we need to provide a clear picture of what’s at stake in the 2020 elections and beyond, break down how government functions at every level, and provide our communities with the necessary context so that they can make their own connections to how voting impacts the issues they care about.

This strategy allows our communities to see how participation in every election, and at all levels of government can be used as a tool to achieve their priorities.

As part of YP4’s Building Power to Win campaign, this summer we held a FREE Civic Engagment Training Series and Summit to do just that – equip our communities with the necessary context to completely shift the conversation. Check out the full Series here. 

Now, we want to help you bring this information back to your community. 

Arrive With 5 is a revamped mobilization tool that supports organizers in having these difficult conversations. You tell us 5 people in your community that you want to reach out to, and we’ll send you the talking points so that you can make the connections between the issues your community cares about and voting at every level of government.

The goal is to create a chain reaction of real conversations in our communities to truly build power and transform the way we’ve been taught to think about election.

We’re training communities to build power, not just for this election, but for the long term.

LET’S PARTNER!

 

We  want the Arrive With 5 tool to be available to organizers all across the country.

Want to incorporate Arrive With 5 into your mobilizing efforts? We can help!

If you’re interested in partnership or know someone who would be a good partner, email us at YP4Civics@pfaw.org.

Questions? Email us at YP4Civics@pfaw.org