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Phone Banking

Purpose/

Communicate the demand for increased education funding to elected officials.

Outcome/

Move an elected official to take action on school funding by illustrating the high demand for it among constituents.

Process/

Generate calls to communicate demand for increased funding for schools to get an elected official to take action.

01/

Set up a phone bank

There's no wrong way to do a phone bank. They can be conducted in person, or organized over email or social media. They can involve two people or twenty. All that matters is that you pick up the phone!

Decide on a date, and invite people to join you as you make calls. If you opt for an in-person phone bank, you can provide snacks and drinks; if everyone is making calls from home, you can use a live chat or text to keep everyone motivated.

03/

Leave a message

Leave a voicemail if your target doesn't pick up — they will hear it when they return.

 

And remember to call back in when you're done, if there are additional targets!

02/

Share the script & call-in link

Keep the following script handy for reference:

Hi ___________ I'm a parent/ student/ educator & leader in [insert city], New York. I'm calling because our public schools are owed $4 billion in Foundation Aid from the state. It's time to tax the wealthy to fund our schools. Don't pass the budget until Foundation Aid is all paid up. Don't pass the budget until it all adds up. 

Call in link and number coming soon!