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Messaging and MediaTraining Module: MessagingTraining designed by Manny Garcia for candidates running for office. It covers values based messaging, levels of engagement, and the message box.
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Training Module: Messaging Values - Stump Speech Training designed for candidates running for state house, covering values-based messaging, levels of engagement, the message box, and developing a stump speech.
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Guide: Texas Democrats ValuesTexas Democrats Values 1 pager
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Guide: Crafting a Strong Stump SpeechThis outlines the elements of a successful stump speech and provides a sample of a stump speech.
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Guide: Building Your Own Message BoxThis is a guide detailing the different segments of the message box and how they are used.
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Guide: Joining Texas VoicesOne pager on the Texas Voices program.
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Training Module: Press Skills and Media RelationsTraining covering the ins and outs of interacting with the media; how to prepare, what to say, and maintaining a relationship.
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Video: Texas Democratic Convention Speech, Project LIFT
This is a recording of the speeches delivered by Project LIFT candidaes at the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention
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2016 TDP Comms ReviewThis is a presentation covering the 2016 accomplishments of the Texas Democratic Party communications department for 2016.
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Training Module:Texas VoicesThis is a presentation delivered on the Texas Voices call covering the message of the state party for the month of March and moving into April.
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Training Module: Texas Voices and Canvassing for Community
This is a collaborative presentation covering the message of the state party for February as well as begninning local Canvass for Community programs.
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Digital Organizing Training: Project LIFT Digital TrainingTraining designed for candidates running for office. It covers the functionality and necessity of having an online presense, Guidew to set up social media pages and email programs, and a guide for successful posts.
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Training: Tweeters and MemersTraining designed as a general introduction to Twitter and it's functionality.
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Webinar: Texas Democrats Grassroots Twitter TrainingWebinar on Tweeters and Memers presentation.
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Guide: Using TexasDemocraticAds.comOne Pager on the functionality of TexasDemocraticAds.com one of our preferred vendors.
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Webinar: Using TexasDemocraticAds.comWebinar by TexasDemocraticAds wGuide is a vendor selling services to make setting up ads in high traffic areas like Facebook cheaper and easier. It also covers their use of VAN in targeting.
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TDP Digital ReviewOverview of the production and impact of the Digital office of the Texas Democratic Party in 2016.
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Voter Contact Guide: Example Call SheetThis is a generic example of what a call sheet will look like when printed from VAN.
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Guide: Example Walk SheetThis is a generic example of what a walk sheet will look like when printed from VAN.
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Grassroots Organizing ExplainerThis explains where to find election result history and defines some organizer terminology.
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House Meeting Planning ChecklistThis is a checklist to set-up, run, and wrap up a successful Guideuse meeting.
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House Meeting Sample AgendaThis is a sample agenda for what to do at a Guideuse meeting to have it be a campaign asset.
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Guide: Sign-In and Re-shifting VolunteersThis is a guide describing the functionality, distinction, and necessity of having sign-in or reshifting sheets at events.
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Project LIFT Field TrainingThis is a PDF of the Field Training for candidates runnning for local office. It covers volunteer recruitment, voter contact, events, and VAN.
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TDP Sign-In SheetSign-in for the Clipboard Brigade
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Event Sign-In SheetThis is a sample event sign-in sheet.
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Template: Re-Shifting SheetThis is a sample event reshifting sheet.
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Voter ID Guide: Voter ID basics This guide covers the basics of the current state of voter ID laws in Texas and how to be prepared when you go to vote.
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Training Module: Voter ID BasicsThis is more comprehensive for our party leaders including an FAQ for when they prepare locally for GOTV.
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Canvass for CommunityCanvas for Community Email TemplateThis is an e-mail template to recruit for Canvass for Community
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Canvass for Community ScriptThis is a script for Canvass for Community
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Training Module: Canvass for CommunityThis is a presentation on Canvass for Community training
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Guide: Hosting Your Community EventThis is a guide on how to host community events
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Webinar: Canvass for Community This is a webinar for Canvass for Community training
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What's in the Online Resource FoldersThis is a presentation on what's in the online resource folders
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Webinar: What's in the Online Resource FoldersThis is a webinar for what's in the online resource folders
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Webinar: How to set up your blockwalk Webinar on how to set up your own blockwalk including a canvass checklist and how to pull the target in van
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Webinar: Volunteer Recruitment Best Practices Webinar on how to recruit volunteers through the Hard Ask and how to set up a Virtual Phonebank and use the event scheduler in VAN.
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Webinar: How to host social events that people love Webinar on tips and tricks to host great social events, including how to start conversations, ideas for icebreakers and build relationships with new people
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Candidate Recruitment (Non-partisan)
Guide: How Project LIFT Helps Local CandidatesOverview of the available resources for candidates in non-partisan races broken down by whether they are the only Democrat in the race.
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Training Module: How Project LIFT Helps CandidatesPowerPoint on the origins of Project LIFT and the various value adds Project LIFT can make to local campaigns.
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Webinar: How Project LIFT Helps CandidatesWebinar on the origins of Project LIFT and the various value adds Project LIFT can make to local campaigns.
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Training Module: How to Recruit Candidates and Project LIFT
Powerpoint on how to identify and recruit candidates for local races.
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Webinar: How to Recruit CandidatesWebinar on how to identify and recruit candidates for local races.
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Guide: Timeline for Local Candidates May 2017This is a sample timeline for candidates running in local, non-partisan races. It is updated regularly ot reflect the current cycle.
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Guide: Running for/Serving on City CouncilThis is a one-pager on the steps to run for City Council.
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Guide: Running for/Serving on School BoardThis is a one-pager on the steps to run for School Board.
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Training Module: Project LIFT FundraisingPowerPoint on how to set up a campaign budget and getting started on fundraising.
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Candidate Recruitment (Partisan)
Guide for Texas House Candidates In depth beginning guide on how to run for Texas House for first time candidates
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African American OutreachSouls to the Polls FlyerTemplate of flyer to pass around containing polling location information
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Guide: Promoting Freedom Sunday In Your CommunityGuide to support the planning process for local activists to encourage local church leaders to register and mobilize their congregations
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Barber Shop and Beauty Salon ProgramTemplate on how to organize barbers and stylists to utilize their relationships in the community to produce voter registration program
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AFAM Congregation Captain ProgramHFA guidance on the Congregation Captian program for African American communities.
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AFAM Faith OutreachHFA guidance on reaching out to faith leaders in African American communities.
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Small Business PlanHFA guidance on doing voter registration at black businesses in African American communities.
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Latino OutreachLatino Faith ProgramGuide on how to create relationships with Latino Faith leaders to amplify the campaign’s message, empower church goers within the Latino community to engage with the campaign
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Latino Leaders Media TrainingTraining on media for latino leaders. It covers values based messaging, levels of engagement, and the message box.
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Mujeres in PoliticsTemplate on targeting Latinas to increase volunteer capacity, voter registration and turnout numbers. Includes script
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My Dream, Your VoteTemplate on how to empower DREAMers to organize their community
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Latino Small Business PlanTemplate on organizing Latino Small Business owners to help educate, engage, and mobilize Latino voters.
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Voter Registration for VolunteersTemplate for volunteers on how to register voters in the Latino community
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Latino Voter Registration HotspotsList of locations to go register Latinos
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GOTV Planning GuideTemplate of planning guide for field directors to incorporate Latino outreach in GOTV plans
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Millennial OutreachMillennial Events in a BoxThis is a presentation overview of what millenial voter registration events to plan
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Millennial ParentsThis is a template on how to craft message for millenial parents and how to engage them
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Black Girl Magic Meetup This is a template on how to organize a meeting for african american women to talk about their roles in social justice movement etc
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Millennial Campus Best PracticesOne page guide on how to best organize on campuses
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Millennial Issue BrunchThis is a template on how to plan a millennial brunch, including format, sample issues, and messaging
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My Issues Are Political Poetry SlamThis is a template on how to plan for a poetry slam, including rules and event format
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Millennial RoundtableThis is a template on how to organize a round table, including event details, format, and interdepartmental integration
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Sneaker Store Pop-Up PartyThis is a template on how to craft the message for and host a sneaker store pop-up party
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Handbook: Millennial Student Organizing This is a in-depth guide outlining how to structure an organization on campus and how to engage students
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Guide: Campus Registration Best PracticesOne page guide on how to register voters in classrooms
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Women OutreachWomen Leadership Team Best PracticesGuide on establishing statewide, regional, or local leadership teams for womens engagement
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Guide: Women RoundtableGuide on how to host a roundtable event for women
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Toolkit: Women's House PartyGuide on how to host a house party for women, including tips, suggested agenda, and explanation of each step
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GOTV Resources2014 DNC GOTV Resource GuideThis resource guide is targeted at field directors. It includes a checklist, tips on planning events, a list of important dates, a sample training agenda, and script templates.
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GOTV ScriptThis is a one page phone banking script for county parties.
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GOTV Shift Sign-Up TemplateTexas Democrats sign up sheet for canvasing and phone banking.
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GOTV Tick TockSample election day plan for county elections.
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GOTV Tools and TipsIntroduction for Texan Democrat's GOTV tools and tips folder
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Campus GOTVOne page hand out that provides strategies and practices for getting the vote out on a school campus.
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Rides to the Polls Volunteer FormSample Google Form for volunteers to sign up on to give other students rides to polls
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Turnout: Working in African American CommunitiesThis sample survey is targeted at field directors to plan African American outreach
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Turnout: Working in Latino CommunitiesThis sample survey is targeted at field directors to plan Latino outreach
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Texas VAN Guidance Webinar: Creating and Printing Lists in TexasVANA Webinar video on how to create and print lists in VAN
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