Gather your friends, break out the mimosas, and stock up on coffee. A weekend brunch is a great time to get together, catch up, and text to help get Democrats elected.

The Toolbox

Text Bank Event Request Form

Invitation Email Template

Hey there!

 

I recently found out about an awesome activist group called Resistance Labs. They’re working on a big initiative to Flip Congress this year, focusing on key races in the House and Senate and on registering voters.

 

They use peer-to-peer texting to contact voters and help turn them out for the election. Peer-to-peer texting is incredibly impactful (there’s a 90% open rate!), easy, and fast—you can message 300 people in just 15 minutes.

 

Midterms and taking back Congress is critical given our political climate, and I’ve been antsy to find a meaningful way to get involved. So, I’m hosting a brunch party where we can get together and volunteer for Resistance Labs by texting together!

 

Please join me {TIME OF EVENT} on {DATE OF EVENT} at {LOCATION OF EVENT}.

 

I’m really excited about this opportunity to get involved and hope you can join. I’ll share more information closer to the event with details about what we’ll need!

 

Best,

{YOUR NAME}

Pre-Event Email Template

Hey there,

 

Thanks for RSVPing to the texting party to help flip Congress! I’m excited to volunteer together for this important cause.

 

A few small asks before you arrive:

 

  • Sign up online to volunteer with Resistance Labs. You’re welcome to do the self-guided training that you’ll automatically be enrolled in before, but we’ll also go over it in person together.
  • Sign up for a texting campaign. Even if there is no campaign available at the time, doing this will set up your Hustle account (Hustle is the phone application we use to send texts) and you’ll receive an SMS link to download the app.
  • You can also use your computer to text if you want! If you’d like to try this out, make sure to bring your laptop and charger.

 

As a reminder, we’ll meet on {DATE OF EVENT} at {TIME OF EVENT} at {LOCATION OF EVENT}.

 

If you have any questions before, just let me know. Looking forward to seeing you and working together to help Flip Congress!

 

Best,

{YOUR NAME}

Post-Event Email Template

Hi friends,

 

Thanks so much for coming out this week to join our texting party to help Resistance Labs flip Congress! You made a great impact texting for {WORKFLOW YOU TEXTED}, and I hope that you had fun.

 

As a quick reminder, some folks may still be replying to texts over the next week so keep an eye on your Hustle app to follow up with any new messages.

 

If you’re interested in continuing to volunteer, please keep it up! You can text whenever you want (like when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store), or do your own texting party.

 

Also make sure to like the Resistance Labs Facebook page and join the Facebook and Slack communities if you haven’t yet.

 

Thanks again for joining to help make a difference this election season, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Best,
{YOUR NAME}

Troubleshooting Tips

Ask your texters to fill out the workflow signup form.

  • The workflow signup form is the same for brand new texters AND people who have texted before.
  • Remind your texters to go slow to get the info correct—DOUBLE CHECK for typos in email and phone!
  • After you fill out the form, here’s what happens:
    • Existing texters:
      • Should see the workflow in their Hustle App or in their account on the web.
    • New texters:
      • Should get a text from Hustle
      • Click the link in the text to set up their Hustle account.
      • Download Hustle app from your phone’s app store, sign in with the new password and email
      • They should see the workflow when they log in. If they don’t, ask them to fill out the signup form again and see if that helps. If not, reach out to RL team, either the assigned staff member for your event or: hello@resistancelabs.com

The Playbook

Get going!

  1. Pick a date, time, and location for your text bank. Hosting a potluck brunch at home or booking a private room in a restaurant are great options.
  2. Head to our text event request form (also in the Toolbox on the this page) and let us know you’re interested in hosting a text bank! In the future, just head directly to resistancelabs.com/text-bank to sign up to host a new text bank.
  3. Invite your friends! Shoot them an email or send them a Facebook invite.

Before the event

  1. Send a reminder to your guests! Ask them to fill out the Resistance Labs signup form as well as the workflow signup form before they arrive and download the Hustle app for their phone.
  2. Tell your guests that if they want to text via the web at https://web.hustle.life/, make sure to bring a computer! Hustle works best on the Chrome browser.
  3. Look for an email from us the day before or the morning of your event. In it, we’ll include the workflow: signup link, link to any special instructions the campaign has, and the contact information for an RL staff member who can help you out if anyone has any trouble.
  4. Depending on where you’re hosting, you may need to reserve space at the venue! Make sure wherever you’re meeting has good WiFi, and that you know the WiFi password to share with guests if needed.

During the event

  1. Remind folks not to edit the initial text! This script was carefully crafted in collaboration with the campaign or organizing partner. The other scripts can (and should!) be modified to sound natural and fit the exact response you get.
  2. Make sure folks know how to apply tags and mark their results. This is the most important part of the work that we do! Please read through the workflow instructions before your event so you know the question we are asking and what tags we are using.
  3. Need support? Check out our Help Center (www.resistancelabs.com/help) or drop your questions in Slack for real-time assistance!

After the event

  1. Send out a short thank you and let your guests know what an awesome impact they had!
  2. Remind your guests to check in to Hustle frequently—at least daily—for a week after the texting event. Responses trickle in over time so it’s important they check Hustle to respond to replies ASAP.
  3. Ask folks to join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/resistancelabs/  and Slack communities: http://bit.ly/RR-Slack-Invite to find out when new workflows go live.