Throughout the fall, MEA and AFT Michigan are holding a series of #RedForEd Action Saturdays when educators will unite together and hit the streets in support of pro-public education candidates. We’ll gather to hear from our candidates and get trained on the best way to talk with voters, and then we’ll head out to knock on doors and make calls to share why voters need to support public education at the ballot box. Events will be held every Saturday in locations across Metro Detroit and the rest of the state:
#RedForEd isn’t just about wearing the same color. It’s about standing together for the change we need – and in our state, we have the chance to make that change in this election. Join us and together we can win for our profession and our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Action Saturday?
Action Saturday’s are Saturdays leading up to the election where members of MEA and AFT Michigan will come together to talk to voters about what is at stake in this election, and ask them to commit to vote on November 6 for candidates like Gretchen Whitmer who will stand up for public education. We will gather, learn, rally, and talk to voters about electing pro-education candidates at all levels.
Where are the Action Saturdays being held?
Each Action Saturday is at a different location across the state – for specifics on locations and times, click on the RSVP links above.
What if I have never canvassed or phone banked before?
No problem! We will have a brief training in the morning before we talk to voters about the best ways to do it. And we’ll be going out in teams, so you can be confident in doing the work.
What are we saying to voters?
Our goal is to have a conversation with voters. You’ll share why you’re out supporting public education and candidates like Gretchen Whitmer, and you’ll find out from them what issues they care about and encourage them to commit to voting for Whitmer and others in November.
How long will the event last?
While each Action Saturday might be a little different, in general, we’ll come together, get organized and trained, get fired up hearing from some candidates, and then hit the streets and the phones by about an hour after the listed start time. Plan to spend about 2 hours knocking doors. So, if the listed start time is 9a, we’ll be on the doors a little after 10a and done between noon and 1p.
What should I wear?
Make sure you are dressed for the weather with comfortable walking shoes. We will be providing a #RedForEd T-shirt (if you don’t already have one from Labor Day), but you may want to bring layers.
Can I invite my friends and family to come?
Yes! We would encourage you to bring along at least one friend or family member to help spread the word about these pro-education candidates. Again, we’ll be working in teams, so the more the merrier!
What if I can’t walk to do door knocking?
We completely understand and appreciate your willingness to help. We’ll have phone calls to make to voters and/or MEA members at Action Saturday’s for those who’d prefer to do phone banking instead of door knocking. If you’re going to be phone banking, it’s very helpful if you’re willing to use your own cell phone to make calls (bring your charger along too!).
Do I need to bring anything?
For both canvassing and phone banking, we’re going to be using smartphones and tablets to gather information, so please bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet if you have one. We’ll be using an app called the MiniVan – you can download it to your phone or tablet from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can follow the directions in the app to create an ActionID. If you have any trouble, we’ll be happy to help you get set up when you arrive for your shift.
Will there be refreshments?
It’s MEA – OF COURSE we’ll have food and beverages! We will have coffee, donuts, and water available.