Our first time taking our message to the streets yesterday [Nov 14th] was an enormous success! The Watertown Public Library location and the rain, which forced us indoors, provided the perfect combination to attract interested voters.
RESULTS: Drumroll, please...
- 128 total signatures!!
- 104 signatures from Watertown !!!
Overall response was quite positive. Those who signed the petition took a few minutes with us to understand the issue. Many who were less aware of the legislation learned about it and then signed. Some took materials on their way in and then came back later to sign the petition.
It wasn't a slam-dunk, though -- some people engaged us about their opposition to the bill or simply walked away when they heard what we were petitioning for.
Here's what one of our volunteer activists has to say after their morning shift:
The morning session was great! Susan and I established our table near the back door--thank you Richard!--and were soon joined by Jim from PHENOM and Watertown resident. More than a handful of Watertown residents signed the petition and we got a few people from Newton and Arlington too.
One immediate triumph was a part-time staff person at the library who is an immigrant and connected to a Boston College faith community and Brighton neighborhood group who wants to help us organize.
Keep it up team.