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How to Deal With Clipboard-Carrying Charity Solicitors

Chris Mahr | Posted 07.31.2014 | New York
Chris Mahr

If you live in New York City, at some point you've been approached by a suspiciously friendly person carrying a clipboard, asking if you "have a minute for [insert name of charity here]."

Confessions of an HRC Canvasser

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

You're walking down the street (perhaps shopping, or on your lunch break), and up ahead you see one of those street activists with the binders. They're trying to make eye contact with you, but you've averted your gaze and pulled out your phone. "Hey! Do you have one minute for gay rights?"

Being Part of the American Story

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

When I was 12-years-old, I went door to door in my Lincoln, NE neighborhood for George McGovern. It didn't work, as Nixon won Nebraska that year with about 75 percent of the vote. But I was hooked and have been doing it in elections ever since.

Jacob Revers - Undecided Vote - Confessions of a Teenage Political Canvasser

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

What follows below is a guest post by a 17-year-old high school student who has been actively canvassing and doing precinct walking in his neighborhoo...

Canvassing South Philly: Silicon Valley Goes East

Geri Spieler | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Geri Spieler

An elderly man, white, lectured me on the degradation of our political system and predicted a revolution after this election. A woman heard why I was there and yelled at me to get off her stoop.

Blind Insight: Falling Down Never Felt So Good

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

We came home after five hours of canvassing our neighborhood tired and wet, but elated. Happy with the knowledge that I was able to break my own mental barrier from my still-new blindness and content with the assurance that I know I will be doing it again.

The Alignment Between Undecided and Base Voters

Mike Lux | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

This year, there is another reason to be a little more optimistic about the undecided: they look a lot like Democratic base voters.

It's a Tablet! It's a Computer! It's an Opportunity!

Alex Palombo | Posted 12.22.2012 | Technology
Alex Palombo

I love hearing about new gadgets and technology, so when Microsoft introduced its new tablets, with a detachable keyboard and the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, I was pretty excited about the new opportunities the tech would create.

Break Out of the Beltway

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

Many couples are getting ready for the last days of summer. For sure, unstructured beach time is a wonderful way to de-stress and recharge. However, in terms of building intimacy through shared experiences, lounging on a beach is not necessarily the answer.

"But The Real Thing Is the Supreme Court"

Jon (Bowzer) Bauman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Jon (Bowzer) Bauman

My favorite political activity by far is called canvassing, which means actually knocking on doors to get out the vote. Admittedly, being "Bowzer" is part of the fun of canvassing for me.

"Clipboard Zombies" Find Their Foe In Boulder Ad Agency

Boulder Daily Camera | Laura Snider | Posted 08.17.2011 | Denver

After Mighty Fudge Studios moved to the west end of the Pearl Street Mall last year, it didn't take long before the employees began to realize that wo...

Students for Hillary: No More Promises, We Want Proof

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
NYCity News Service

"The majority of my friends who are voting for Obama can't give me any substantive reason as to why they are voting for him," she said.

Fired Up for the Final Two Weeks

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

News coverage of the "Moving America Forward" rally at The Ohio State University this past Sunday has focused on the massive, energized crowd of 35,00...

Sam Stein

Democrats Working Ground Game As Conservative Groups Storm The Airwaves

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

From mid-August through mid-October, nearly every dime of independent expenditure money spent by the conservative group American Crossroads went to po...

The Job of Convincing: Organizing for America's Pledge Canvassing

Natasha Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natasha Chen

The nationwide canvassing event to obtain pledge signatures in support of Obama's plans lasted only a few hours, but a group of Bay Area volunteers pledged to do much more.

The Giving Garden

Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada

Judging by the almost 80 volunteers who came out to build a garden in Downtown Tacoma, I would have to say there are a lot of Americans out there just waiting for an opportunity to give back!

Will Obama's Presidency End the Progressive Movement?

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

Progressive billionaires, bloggers and grassroots activists mobilized less against a conservative president than a complicit mainstream media and a Bush-enabling Democratic establishment.

Doing it All, for Obama

Nancy Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Leo

Every day I checked the mail. No inaugural ball invitation. My anxiety rose. When were they going to send them out? Didn't they know that I needed time to shop for a gown, and really go on a diet?

What I Saw at the Revolution -- Obama Campaign

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Like many, I am sitting by the telephone waiting for Barack Obama to call me in recognition of all of my sweat equity over the last 16 months on this revolutionary campaign.

Canvassing in Colorado; Battleground Blues

Emily Cotler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Emily Cotler

"Hi, my name is Emily, and I'm a volunteer for Barack Obama's campaign for change..." I didn't really understand the term "Battleground State" until ...

"I Didn't Know I Could Vote"

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

I just came back from eight hours canvassing swing exurban neighborhoods 20 miles south of Seattle. It was easy to feel that my efforts were nice but redundant.

Virginia Fever: Easy To Catch

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Chalupa

An important job this year is doing election protection in the Richmond area, where African American voter turnout is expected in record numbers.

This Campaign Pulls Volunteer Into Politics

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jonah Lalas

It is early morning on August 28th at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. While thousands of delegates and enthusiastic supporters were rec...

Mamas For Obama Make Grass Roots Commercial Sports

Maria Burton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Maria Burton

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Channel This Election Fervor Into Helping the Country

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brian Ross

When the dust settles Tuesday, the lunatic fringe on both sides of the aisle will crawl back into their burrows, and the rest of us will be left to repair the damage done by the Bush Administration.