Tag Archive | Georgia Runoff Elections

You can be a hero

You know the Hollywood formula, a group of charismatic and daring heroes take on a critical but impossible task, and backing them up is the somewhat geeky character who is controlling things remotely with their super hacker computer.  They open doors, removing critical barriers just at the last minute, enabling the heroes to bust in triumphant.  

Time to suit up, your nation needs you.

Today you can be that hero, not the one in the line of fire, but that computer savvy ally who rescues the heroes on the ground. You could be part of the Georgia runoff air team.  If you do social media, we need your help (especially tiktok), if you can do research, translations, messaging, graphics, or fundraising and you need minimal hand holding to be effective, our heroes have a place for you. 

The perilous path to elections

Right now voter turnout is running over 90% of the general election, which is very good.  The polls show this is going to be a very close election.  Biden won Georgia by only 12K votes and Republicans turned out more than Democrats for the general Senate election.    Which means everything anyone can contribute matters and might just make the difference and specifically you can be the feather that tilts the balance.  

And we have a second request; if you know who would most likely respond yes to this request that you please forward this on to them.

Here is some of what our heroes on the ground are doing and some of our early canvas work and street art installations. We have exciting translation projects, tamale give aways, lawn signs with lyft and uber free codes and much more. We have not even broken out the onesies yet.

This is where you can sign up to be part of Georgia air team. We can certainly use the help!

Help us in the air

And we are also always happy to take donations

Madness is not a Unifying Strategy

[A shorter version of this blog post first appeared on the Flip 2020 website]

The administration, which continues to assert that Mexico will pay for the border wall, may be finding the limitations of madness as a political strategy. 

Trump spoke to a good-sized crowd at a tiny airport in Georgia near the Florida border.  The purpose of the rally was to support the two Republican senators running to save their seats in the January 5th run-off election.  

Valdosta, GA airport with an estimated 10K person crowd

Trump spent much of his speech complaining about how the election had been stolen from him and how Gov Kemp had refused to overturn the election in Georgia for him. He played OANN tapes of detailed “vote stealing” activities in various states including Georgia.   He notably did not condemn the Republican operatives who were encouraging people not to vote in the runoff, calling them “his friends.”

Trump spoke for almost 2 hours.  He let the candidate speak for 2 minutes, while they were on the stage together, during which the crowd shouted “Fight for Trump” in the same cadence as their previous favorite “Lock her up.” The fans message is clear, take Georgia’s electoral votes for Trump, or suffer the consequences.

“You know, you’re angry because so many votes were stolen. It was taken away. And you say, ‘Well, we’re not going to do it.’ We can’t do that. We have to actually do just the opposite,” Trump said. 

The Oxford Dictionary defines Orwells term Doublethink as “the acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.”

If you attended this rally, you left with two messages.  The senators are not doing enough for Trump.  These senators deserve your vote.

Some Trump followers who believe these claims of massive voter fraud are advocating for boycotting the Georgia Senate runoffs.   Because this race is within just a couple of points – without Trump actively unifying his base, even a tiny boycott could sink the GOPs chances to hold either seat.

This is a photo of the Sidney Powell and Lin Wood “Stop the Steal” rally in Georgia where Republican participants were encouraged to boycott the upcoming runoff elections, unless they overturn the states electoral votes going to Biden.  Here the message from Trump’s friends is unequivocal “Don’t vote” and from the size of the crowd, if I were a GOP operative working in Georgia I would be worried.  And in case you have not seen the clips you should know this was an enthusiastic crowd.

This rally creates an impossible situation for Loeffler and Perdue.  If they demand the election results be overturned they spark a civil war inside the party where “conventional” Republicans like the Secretary of State Raphenperger and Gabriel Sterling (who famously demanded Trump to control the threats of his supporters) are disenfranchised.  Or they stop short of these demands and the enraged Trump supporters follow the advice of Wood and Powell and boycott the election because they have not earned their vote.  Either way, because of the razor tight margins the way incumbents are likely to lose.  Trump held this rally not to support these candidates, but to threaten them to do more for him or risk losing his full support.  For in the end this narcissist in chief cares only about his own king making capacity and not about who controls the Senate or anything else.

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The Flip Georgia project is the legitimate daughter of the Flip 2020 project which operated in Maine through the general election. Out of state activists, organizers and street performers are working with locals groups to register voters, canvass door to door and raise voter awareness of the critical runoff election on Jan 5th.

We still need financial assistance to do this timely work. Please support us as you can.

Georgia Air Team

You have likely seen people from across the country asking on social media what they can do to help the Georgia senate runoff elections.  The most frequent answer is “Phone Bank and Donate!”

The Flip 2020 project is dedicated to a more varied (and we believe more effective) set of responses to this question.  Specifically, we want you to join our Air Team.

The Air Team is currently supporting the clerical work, outreach, and analysis of the Georgia race.  

We need support with voter registration efforts, especially of high school and college students- One current push is to reach eligible student voters. We have created two graphics- one to reach people who will be turning 18 before election day, and one to reach Georgia college students who may still be registered out of state but live in Georgia and can change their voter registration to GA. Both groups must be reached before the fast-approaching registration deadline of Dec. 7th! 

Which schools will be in session in person after the Thanksgiving break? If they are not coming back, then putting up a physical poster is useless and then the question shifts to “which student group will distribute this to their members by email or social media?”  Who from those groups will help us?  There is research of social media trying to find influencers who might help promote these messages.

Much of the outreach for this is remote, and you could help in many ways including  finding contact info for high school administrators in dem-friendly towns and counties, finding contact info for aligned college groups like the Sunrise Movement, or writing op-eds for local Georgia newspapers. Check out our full list of possible air game tasks on our website at Flip2020.org/Georgia-Air-Game.

Air Team folks would also write back to locals who are writing us with questions and requests for posters.  This is the help we need today.

We need help navigating the social media landscape.  Are you a Tik Tokker or social media guru?  How do we build teams of people with similar interests on these giant facebook groups? How do we promote our art resources page on Facebook?  Are there outdoor venues where we can covid-compliantly reach out to people, public events or public spaces? Do you know how to do research on who is accessible as an influencer on a social media platform?

We are also keeping track of canvasses which are opening up in Georgia.  After several initial messages discouraging folks from out of state to come to Georgia, now both Democratic candidates and the voter registration and counter suppression group Fair Fight have decided that they want out of state folks to at least do a door to door canvass in Georgia.  

This is just the beginning of the things that an Air Team can do, as well as translating posters and other materials into Chinese, Vietnamese, and other languages (we have Spanish, Korean, and Japanese already).  If you want to help us flip the Senate here in Georgia and need to stay in your home state, send a message to flip2020project@gmail.com, leave a comment below, or through our website’s Contact Us form