You know how important the upcoming elections are! And you may already be supporting local candidates, or calling and writing letters for candidates around the country.
We want to share some great opportunities for volunteer work that will help elect two climate champions right here in the Philadelphia area: Kristin Seale and Danielle Friel Otten. Kristin and Danielle are running as the Democratic candidates to represent communities in Delaware County and Chester County in the Pennsylvania legislature. They are backed by a vibrant grassroots movement.
Kristin and Danielle are leaders in the movement to stop the Mariner East Pipeline project; they are strong advocates for rapid and just transition to 100% renewable energy and a halt to new fossil fuel infrastructure. At the same time, they are fighting for affordable health care for all, full funding for public schools, gun safety, women’s rights, and the rights of workers.
Over the next two weeks, there will be opportunities nearly every day to get out the vote for these candidates, organized by some of 350 Philly’s sister organizations: the Sunrise Movement, Food & Water Watch, and Philly DSA. You can participate by canvassing, phone banking, and offering rides.
Below you will find a calendar of activities, plus more detailed information about the candidates. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Let’s help make change from the ground up!
P.S. Danielle Friel Otten has just announced that a recent poll shows her race is tied! Her campaign has already knocked on more doors than any other campaign for State Representative in Pennsylvania, but they are stepping up their get-out-the-vote efforts even further. Paid canvassing positions are available for people who can commit 15 to 40 hours per week. Click here to learn more.
Canvassing with the Sunrise Movement
- Friday, October 26th, 3pm to 6pm: Kristin Seale in Media
- Friday, November 2nd, 3pm to 6pm: Kristin Seale in Media
- Saturday, November 3rd through Tuesday, November 6th — 12pm to 3pm and 3pm to 6pm: Danielle Friel Otten in Downingtown
Canvassers can meet at the candidates’ offices, or at the Sunrise Philly house near 50th and Walnut Street 30 minutes before the start of a shift. Rides are also available from SEPTA train stations. In addition, Sunrise is looking for more volunteers to offer rides for canvassers.
To sign up or find out more, email Sophia at email@example.com.
DSA Canvassing for Kristin Seale
- Saturday, October 27, 1-4 pm
- Saturday, November 3, 1-4 pm
- Sunday, November 4, 1-4 pm
- Monday, November 5, 1-4 pm
- Tuesday, November 6, 1-4 pm
Canvassers meet at Headroom, 24 Veterans Square, in Media, PA.
To RSVP or find out more, contact Marilyn Arwood: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canvassing and Phonebanking with Food and Water Watch
Saturday 10/27 (1-5 pm) and Sunday 10/28 (2 to 6pm): Canvassing for Danielle Friel Otten in Downingtown. Ride available from Exton/Paoli train stations. Email Sam Rubin for logistics or for meeting location in district: email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 24th and October 31st, 5:30 to 8:30pm: Phonebanking for Danielle Friel Otten in Center City. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry, Philadelphia. Bring a laptop and charged phone. Outlets available. Free pizza! Please RSVP, contact Sam Rubin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ABOUT THESE CANDIDATES
Kristin Seale – House District 168, Delaware County
Kristin is running a historic campaign to become the first female and first queer Representative to serve PA’s 168th House district, and has rejected all corporate PAC money. She has played an active part in the local, grassroots fight against the Mariner East II pipeline for years, staunchly opposing construction because of the dangers it poses to thousands of Pennsylvanians. She has worked to advance energy efficiency in our state through her work at the Keystone Energy Efficiency Association’s Energy Education Fund. Her platform includes a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, LGBTQ equality, ending cash bail, increased and full public funding for education, and ending fossil fuels.
Danielle Friel Otten – House District 155, Chester County
Danielle got involved in politics when she learned the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline was slated to go through her backyard. She sprang into action immediately, co-founding multiple citizen action organizations that support constituents to advocate with local and state legislators to close loopholes and pass legislation to protect the health, welfare, and safety of our community; work to educate neighbors on the realities of pipeline development while empowering them toward action in social change; and support victims of the pipeline by documenting and publicizing the destruction and dangers of its development. Danielle plans to prioritize education, healthcare, and good stewardship of our environment.
Thanks to Sunrise for the photos and bios.