Phonebanking is a political strategy to collect data and encourage political action. It’s one of the most effective strategies we can take. So we’re taking on 43,000 phone calls to end workplace bullying in Massachusetts. Here’s why it’s important to help make calls:
- You’ll put a human behind the cause. You’re not a robocaller. You’re a live person who cares about a cause, and you’ll make a human connection, even if you leave a message. Your live voice tells the person receiving the call “this cause is important to me, so I hope you’ll take action.”
- You’ll reach out to those most likely to have been bullied at work. We’re calling liberal voters who are most likely to identify as workplace bullying targets, women ages 30-54, and who’ve taken political action by voting.
- People are suffering now. Imagine if you leave a message for someone who doesn’t know what workplace bullying is and feels isolated. Your phone call will take her out of isolation and give her a sense of relief. She’ll be able to start the healing process because you’ll connect her with action she can take and a network of people she can connect with.
- If people say they’ll call. they will. If someone gives you their word they’ll call, there’s a high chance they’ll actually call.
- You’ll help make it easier to make workplace anti-bullying legislation in your state. If the bill passes in Massachusetts, it will be easier to pass it in other states. So helping pass it here by making phone calls will speed up the process for everyone.
Share this message with others so we can get this bill passed. The suffering needs to end.
Using voter data to reach out face-to-face or on the phone is the most effective way to get people to act. So we researched towns where sick leave passed most overwhelmingly in the 2014 gubernatorial election to identify those towns where voters would most likely contact their state legislators about workplace anti-bullying law (in yellow above). We’ll call voters in these areas so we can turn those yellow towns gray (where we currently have a state rep and/or state senator as a co-sponsor).
In this training, we’ll walk through:
- The why behind the strategy
- Who to call to urge to call their state legislators
- What to say using a script you can customize
The goal: to get those state legislators for those yellow towns to support the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill to get enough of a backing in the State House to pass the bill.
When: Wednesday, June 21, 7-8pm
Where: Community Room at Morse Institute Library, 14 E. Central Street, Natick, MA
(If you can’t make that night or if Natick is too far away for you, comment on the event with where and what weeknights might work for you in general. If we have enough interest, we’ll schedule either another location or an online training.)