18 of Austin's newest Volunteer Deputy Registrars covered the Texas Capitol Wednesday for the Ramon Ayala concert sponsored by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. The event, which drew thousands of fans, was a wonderful kickoff for our voter registration program.
Grassroots volunteer Bob Hendricks, supposing that the event might draw in people from neighboring counties, went to Hays and Williamson Counties this morning to get deputized to register voters from those counties. "I figured it would be helpful, and I got to register three people from Williamson County tonight," he said.
Deputies are fired up to register more voters this weekend. "That was great! When can I do this again?" asked Andrea Rose. "I stood at the entrance and got five people to register; a few change of addresses, and a few new voters. It was a lot of fun."
May 02 2013
Last night, we held our first official Battleground phone bank in Austin.
Since we'e relatively new and we were calling a good number of friend-referrals, beforehand, we prepped callers on how to explain what BGTX is. But it turns out we didn't need to explain much. "I've been waiting for your call!" "Oh, I know exactly who you are!" "Turn Texas blue!" "How can I help?" Volunteers were nearly jumping through the phone to find out how they could get involved.
In two short hours, we scheduled 40 people for upcoming deputization trainings. One college student told me he doesn't usually get up at 10 on the weekends, but he could make an exception this weekend to get deputized.
The most exciting thing of all was seeing the brand new volunteers, who had been so unsure about making calls, ask when they could come back to make more because they had so much fun. Game on, Texas.
April 25 2013
Our team in El Paso County is not taking a single day's break.
Today some of our volunteers marched down to the County Courthouse and completed their training to become Volunteer Deputy Registrars. "This is important. We must be equipped with the proper tools and being deputized is definitely a good way," said Karina Rocha as she marched during her lunch break.
El Pasoans are not letting any hurdle to register voters get in their way. The group had such an incredible variety of backgrounds. We had students, nurses, activists and a pastor -- this is what Texas is and they really embody our mission to include every single voter in the state.
"My Hispanic church community is apathetic about politics," expressed Pastor Lorena Silva, "and I want to show them to lose the fear and to get involved. We need to get involved!" With so much at stake in Texas government, our team in El Paso is doing everything necessary to gear up and fight for proper representation.
This is one of the very first steps to take in our organized efforts. Getting deputized is easy. Have you been deputized, yet? El Paso -- Game On!
April 18 2013
Our hearts go out to the residents of West after the devastating explosion on Wednesday. We will be keeping them and the first responders in our thoughts and prayers.
If you are in the central Texas area, please consider donating to the American Red Cross or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to help those affected by this horrible event.
Type O blood and platelets are desperately needed for the injured -- to find blood drives near you and to learn about the requirements to donate blood please click here.
Texans are a resilient bunch -- and we band together in times of struggle. Please help where you can.
April 13 2013
By Christina Gomez, Digital Director
78 days. In just 78 days our grassroots supporters have blown past the Texas GOP on Facebook. Just this morning we tipped the scales at 21,566. And we're not done yet.
We are building a movement around you and we're counting on your support. So tell your friends about Battleground, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We read every comment and every tweet -- and we take your feedback to heart.
This movement is about you -- and we're just getting warmed up.