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Civic Sundays

Website:

civicsundays.us/

Type:

Other Group

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Founded:

2016

Civic Sundays is a left-of-center voter registration group that seeks to increase turnout of Democratic party voters. It partners with several pro-Democratic party nonprofit organizations to campaign for Democratic candidates. [1]

Civic Sundays began as an opposition group campaigning against then-President Donald Trump, and it provides resources for activists to participate. [2] Following President Trump’s defeat in the 2020 general election, Civic Sundays began to campaign against corporations and candidates that previously had endorsed Trump. [3]

Background

Civic Sundays was founded in 2016 by John Ballon and Elizabeth Vitanza, originally as a weekly meeting between friends to campaign for Democratic candidates. Eventually, it grew into an activist group that has continued to meet on Sundays in multiple people’s homes. It has its own website that serves as a guide for others to participate in the activism. [4] Its website contains information on how to campaign for Democratic candidates by increasing voter turnout among Democratic party voters, providing resources on canvassing, phone banking, text banking, voter registration, and postcard mailing. [5]

Civic Sundays stated goal is to campaign for progressive candidates. Prior to President Trump failing to win his reelection in 2020, Civic Sundays’ slogan was “The battle against the Trump agenda is a battle for a better America,” while campaigning for Democratic candidates. [6]

After the 2020 general election, Civic Sundays shifted its focus to include political attacks against corporations that supported members of Congress who did not certify the results of the 2020 general election. It began listing corporate donors of the members of Congress and campaigns for people to boycott those companies. [7]

Activities

Civic Sundays helps people and organizations use text banking services to send out mass texts and increase the number of Democratic voters. It refers people to ACLU People Power, Move on Text Team, NextGen America, Open Progress Text Troop, Rapid Resist, Red2Blue, Movement Labs, and its own events for people to use as resources to engage in text banking. [8]

Civic Sundays provides resources on how people and organizations can send out mass postcards to increase voter registration and voter turnout to help Democratic candidates win elections. It refers people to Postcards to Voters’ website and Amazon for the supplies and information necessary to increase voter turnout among Democratic voters. [9]

Civic Sundays provides resources on how people and organizations can set up phone banks to increase voter registration and voter turnout to help Democratic candidates win elections. It refers people to the Grassroots Dems HQ website and its own events for people to use as resources to find scripts, phone numbers, and instructions to engage in phone banking. [10]

Civic Sundays provides resources on how people and organizations can engage in canvassing to increase voter registration and voter turnout to help Democratic candidates win elections. It refers people to Swing Left, SoCal Blue, and its own events for people to use as resources to engage in canvassing. [11]

References

  1. Sundays, Civic. “Civic Sundays Election-Action Toolkit.” Flipsnack. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.flipsnack.com/civicsundays/civic-sundays-election-action-toolkit.html. ^
  2. Sundays, Civic. “Civic Sundays Election-Action Toolkit.” Flipsnack. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.flipsnack.com/civicsundays/civic-sundays-election-action-toolkit.html. ^
  3. “Civic Sundays–Corporate Accountability Project on Zoom! · Civic Sundays.” Mobilize. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.mobilize.us/civicsundays/event/443380/. ^
  4. “Civic Sundays Putting Grassroots Activism into Action.” spectrumnews1.com. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/news/2019/11/19/civic-sundays-putting-grassroots-activism-into-action. ^
  5. Civic Sundays. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://civicsundays.us/. ^
  6.  Sundays, Civic. “Civic Sundays Election-Action Toolkit.” Flipsnack. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.flipsnack.com/civicsundays/civic-sundays-election-action-toolkit.html. ^
  7. “Civic Sundays–Corporate Accountability Project on Zoom! · Civic Sundays.” Mobilize. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://www.mobilize.us/civicsundays/event/443380/. ^
  8. “Textbanking 101.” Civic Sundays. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://civicsundays.us/textbanking-101/. ^
  9. “Postcarding 101.” Civic Sundays. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://civicsundays.us/postcarding-101/. ^
  10. “Phonebanking 101.” Civic Sundays. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://civicsundays.us/phonebanking-101/. ^
  11. “Canvassing 101.” Civic Sundays. Accessed May 23, 2022. https://civicsundays.us/canvassing-101/. ^
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