Partner Update 8/6/18

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IN THIS EDITION
A webinar next week on Issue 1, our next table meeting will be 9/14/18 12-3pm, a reminder about the census public comment period, updates from OSA's Midwest Culture Lab and CAIR, and we're still hiring! 
 
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Please RSVP today for the webinar we are co-hosting on Wednesday, August 15th from 2-3pm about Issue 1, the ballot initiative that will be on November's ballot spearheaded by Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC), Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC), and more.  This will be a full update on the campaign and a chance to ask questions directly about the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Amendment.  Please RSVP now and here's where you can join the webinar and encourage others to do the same - this is open to any friends in the nonprofit, nonpartisan, progressive, civic engagement community.

And we're still hiring for the Digital Engagement Manager and Social Media Associate positions!  Check out and share the jobs here.
FROM THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Please update your calendars - our next table meeting will be Friday, September 14th, 12-3pm in Columbus. We will be coming together in person to gear up for a raucous fall. At the meeting, we will take a shallow dive into the concept of building a progressive ecosystem in Ohio. After the meeting, we will move over to a nearby bar for some drinks and snacks. We hope you can make it to the meeting and stay afterwards to hang out. 
OUTREACH UPDATES
The census comment period is coming to an end tomorrow - Tuesday, August 7th! Make sure your networks have a chance to voice their opinion! Can't find the words? No, problem, here is a template to help. 

If you have any updates or events you'd like to include in our email updates please send information to me!

I will be in Cleveland August 29th-September 1st!! Please email me so I can schedule time to see you! 


 
ELECTION NEWS
The election protection hotline is up and running for the special election on Tuesday, August 7th! If you have any questions or issues on Election Day please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) is almost here! Join us on September 25th as we promote and provide opportunities for Ohioans to register and update their voter registration. NVRD partners will receive training opportunities, voter registration resources, and organizing kits with posters and stickers. Sign up to partner today! 
DATA & DIGITAL CORNER
We're starting to kick into high gear for the fall! If you're planning a field program using VAN, you should start preparing scripts and survey questions soon. If you'd like to talk about how to plan that, please let me know. Also, a reminder that for compliance reasons, scripts and questions have to be sent to me to upload. Expect a 48 hour turnaround time.

Is your organization planning to use or interested in using text messages this year?  We are considering getting a contract with Hustle and it would be great to know if you'd use it (and if so, how much).  Shoot me a note if this is of interest. 

Need a refresher on VAN basics? State Voices is offering a Van 101 webinar on Friday, August 8 at noon. Register here. 
IN POLICY
Over the next week, we'll be hosting budget and tax policy briefings for state legislative candidates across Ohio.  One number we'll mention?

$650 million.

That is how much money the state deposited in July (the end of the fiscal year) into the Rainy Day Fund. This fund is like a savings account where the state can hold money collected to cover unexpected expenses or fill a budget hole during difficult economic times. With the recent deposit, the state has nearly $2.7 billion saved. While it is smart to have a healthy Rainy Day Fund, it is already raining in many parts of Ohio and for many of our neighbors.  Classrooms are going without adequate supplies, bridges are in disrepair, and we still need to invest in mental health and addiction treatment - not to mention the needed investments to address the long-standing issues of inequality that exist in Ohio.
 
NON PROFIT VOTE
Their webinar series continues on August 9th at 2pm with the Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits: Taking a Stand in 2018. Please RSVP today! 

MIDWEST CULTURE LAB
The Midwest Culture Lab - a project the Ohio Student Association (OSA) is deeply engaged with - is looking for artists to help with their upcoming project of telling one thousand stories to increase youth civic engagement and voter turnout. Applications are due August 20th! Register for the August 6th informational webinar and apply here! 
CAIR-COLUMBUS
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has done great work with the Franklin County Board of Elections to recruit poll workers who can serve as interpreters on Election Day! Please spread the word and contact Usjid Hameed for inquiries and details. 
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