i deeply believe that “heal yourself, heal the world”— energetically, psychologically, and sociologically; so by extension, i also believe that healing our relationships and our communities is inextricably and symbiotically linked with self-healing and collective/global healing.
this month i canvassed for the first time ever; it was for a swing seat in the house for ny-11, the only congress seat from nyc filled by a republican.
tuesday night, max rose became the first democrat to fill this seat since 1994. last i checked, he lead at 52% — just four points. the very republican staten island reported back nearly tied results for the race.
this district comprises staten island, bay ridge, bensonhurst, and a few other areas in south brooklyn. it is diverse: filled with italians, polish, south asians, chinese, middle easterners and on.
witnessing disenfranchisement and disconnection due to language barriers, cultural gaps, blind allegiance to party, and misinformation was sobering— it was an incredibly humbling district to canvass; by opting out, people had effectively been allowing an incumbent who could give two shits about them to remain.
i worked on more traditional canvassing directly with the max rose campaign via the brilliantly organized swing left effort. here, the strategy targeted registered democrats and/or people potentially open to vote for a democratic candidate (per data). here, short convos are best (~5 min) and numbers are key.
mobilizing a candidate’s base and making sure they are informed about the candidate and why they’ll make a difference— and about registering, their polling place, voting times, etc— AND holding them accountable to vote on election day (making calls, going to their house to see if they’ve voted yet— yup!), are critical to success.
through these efforts, the largely arab neighborhood of bay ridge saw record turnouts, amongst other notable gains.
by contrast, i also conducted deep canvassing with a newer organization called changing the conversation. here, we sought out communities traditionally unlikely to vote for a democratic candidate— staten island was a big focus.
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- my self-hate
- my self-criticism
- my self-blame
- my self-abuse
- my sadness
- my internalized rage
- my anxiety about the past and future
- my need for approval
- unhealthy relationships and toxic ways of relating
- fear of my own power and potential
- the escape of non-presence and disembodiment
- the stories and judgments i make up about myself, everyone, and everything
taking testimonies; how about you <3