Dear Readers: I am phone-banking this weekend for the YES on PROPOSITION 23 campaign. Proposition 23, the initiative to suspend California’s costly global warming law. Prop 23 would save more than a million jobs and stop electricity and gasoline price increases for families. The website to do the phone-bank yourself is here: YES ON 23! VOLUNTEER CALL CENTER!
I figured it would be a good example to others if I live-blogged my experiences. Cold-calling is a challenge, so I hope I break-the-ice and inspire more citizen activists with my approach. WE CAN DO IT!
Think about it: What is a better use of our Tea Party passion — phone banking or attending a psedo-rally in Washington DC this weekend? I think we all know the answer.
Here is how I started: I signed in, and the site has a convenient script and answers to commonly asked questions. I will follow these, as well as mention that I am an environmental professional. Here is the sample of the script:
My name is _________ and I am a volunteer calling on behalf of Yes on Proposition 23, the initiative to suspend California’s costly global warming law. Prop 23 would save more than a million jobs and stop electricity and gasoline price increases for families.
PHONE CALL 1: I left a Voice Mail Message.
PHONE CALL 2: A very pleasant lady indicated she was a yes vote.
PHONE CALL 3: Number not in service. 😦
PHONE CALL 4-8: I left a Voice Mail Messages (MUT Note — it seems these people are out working; perhaps a good sign that they will support this effort).
Check back for updates. I will be phone-banking on and off all weekend. This has been more fun than I imagined. Interesting to note that if I were an SEIU employee, I would be paid for the campaigning that I am doing. But at least I have my dignity!