Current Phonebanking Opportunities

Scroll down for phone banking tips and to learn about our candidates!

Join A Virtual Phonebanking Event

Join Sister District MA-RI Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sign up to join on the SDP MA-RI Mobilize page.

Each virtual phonebank over Zoom includes training for new phonebankers (returning callers can jump right in). We share successes and address questions throughout and veteran phonebank leaders will help you get comfortable, increase your effectiveness, and make sure you have a great experience. You can stay muted and connected the whole time, or disconnect and join us when we break. Come one, come all!

What You Need To Make Calls

  • a comfortable spot with your computer/tablet and phone. You'll probably call from your own phone - these are down-ballot, underfunded candidates, so no frills;

  • Zoom login information to join the event (you'll receive connection details after you sign up through our Mobilize page);

  • information about the candidates folks might ask (see below, we've got the highlights!);

  • a pen and paper to keep a call tally (we'll ask you to report your calls to help us track our effort and impact);

  • earbuds or headphones. Optional, but useful for hands-free dialing;

  • and an ActionID account to access VPB (the virtual phone bank system we use to make calls). Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information about ActionID accounts and password reset shortcuts.

To Begin, Get to Know our Candidates:

Knowing a bit about the candidates and/or having their website and dossier easily accessible will make your life easier as you make calls and voters have questions! We suggest choosing a couple of key issues to learn about and highlight.

Dan Williams has represented his neighbors in the 74th District since 2018. A resident of Chester County for over three decades, he attributes his hard-fought victory to a commitment to his community, where he is a Senior Pastor at the Christ Fellowship Church in Coatesville, and cares for his family as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. As a former UPS supervisor and Teamster, Dan knows the important role of unions to ensure a living wage, access to affordable healthcare, and proper protections on the job. Dan delivers for his community, and has supported over 300 bills to improve lives in real ways, fighting to raise the minimum wage, protect workers, and fund public schools. He also treats neighbors like family and works tirelessly to serve those he represents.

Website: https://dan4pa74.com/

Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz (joe-HAH-nee suh-PAY-duh FRAY-tis) found a calling in connecting with others, obtaining a Master of Science in Education degree from Long Island University and becoming a bilingual Guidance Counselor before moving to Reading in 2007. She sees great potential for the City of Reading, PA and is an active community member, engaging herself and her restaurant - Mi Casa Su Casa Café - to promote the diverse culture, history, and art of the city. She serves as City Councilwoman, on the board of directors of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, the board of Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, and on the Reading Muhlenberg CTC Occupational Advisory Committee. Her motto is “Querer Es Poder” (when there is a will, there is a way), and everything you do, do with Love!

Website: https://johannycepeda-freytizforpa.com

District

An hour west of Philadelphia, the 74th State House District is largely white, suburban, and working-class. It incluses the municipalities of Caln, East Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury, and Valley.The district narrowly favored Biden in 2020 and is home to three congressional seats, one of which leans Republican.


Opponent

Dale Hensel has vowed to fight for 2nd amendment gun rights and against any infringements of those rights, for the unborn, and for secure elections by eliminating no-excuse mail in voting


Key Issues

  • Protecting public welfare by safeguarding civil and women's health rights, preventing gun violence and combating the opioid epidimic.

  • Supporting workers’ rights to unionize and negotiate contracts.

  • Cover the costs of certification, medical care, and training for volunteer first responders.

  • Redirecting state funds to revitalize schools and cut taxes for the elderly to reducing the burden on seniors.


Why This Race Matters

Reelecting Dan Williams is crucial if we hope to take control of the Pennsylvania state legislature and protect the gains we’ve made since 2020– there is no path to victory without him. In a state with narrow margins, an open governor’s seat, and continued attacks on election administration, we need to ensure that there is a democratically appointed Secretary of State, and to do this, we must protect incumbents like Dan Williams.

District

The NEW District 129 is situated in Berks County and includes the city of Reading, Spring Township, Sinking Spring, West Reading, and Wyomissing. The redistricting processing shifted district boundaries quite a bit in the Reading area due to notable population increases, particularly among the LatinX population.


Opponent

Barry Llewellyn is a retired schoool teacher who embraces the MAGA movement. He perpetuates election lies, supports diverting public school funding to parochial/private schools, and opposes any kind of gun control


Key Issues

  • Equal access to education, opportunities, and resources in order to succeed and thrive regardless of zip code.

  • Property tax reform for the elderly.

  • Increasing the minimum wage

  • Voting rights and increasing civic engagement

  • Gun safety legislation to keep illegal guns off the streets and institute background checks


Why This Race Matters

Redistricting impacted Pennsylvania’s House District 129 quite a bit, providing a NEW District 129 whose partisan alignment shifted to favor Democrats. The District has seen sustained increases in the LatinX population, opening the door for a LatinX candidate like Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz to win the District and help Democrats take the majority in the state House this year!

Pennsylvania Calendar

  • Monday, May 2, 2022: Voter Registration Deadline (Primary)

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022: Deadline to request absentee ballot (Primary)

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022: Primary

  • Monday, October 24, 2022: Voter Registration Deadline (General)

  • Tuesday, November 1: 2022: Deadline to request absentee ballot (General)

  • November 8, 2022: Election Day


Other Useful Information and Resources

Need Help Logging Into Your ActionID Account?

Sister District Project uses OpenVPB, an interactive phonebanking system. Before making calls or joining a virtual phonebanking session, you'll need to set up your ActionID account. If you've made calls with other organizations, you may already have an account.

  • Already have an account, but forgot your login information? Reset your password.

  • Need to create an account? Sign up for an ActionID account. You'll need that account to log into OpenVPB and make calls.