Biden Victory Fund Calendar: Sept 2020

Below are events happening in September and early October to support the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The DVC is NOT the organizer for these events; we a listing them for the convenience of our volunteers.

Sunday, September 13

with Yoga Instructor Erin Jacques,
Jane Sibbett, & Jessica Hecht
Contact: Alia Schechter at

Monday, September 14

Lawyers for Biden Virtual Event
Elect Biden: Restore Justice
with VP Joe Biden
along with Eric H. Holder, Jr & Sally Yates
Contact: Malik Haughton at

Grassroots Fundraiser
with Sen. Kamala Harris & Hillary Clinton
Contact: Midwest Finance Team at

Minnesota Virtual Reception
with Sen. Kamala Harris
Contact: Brandon Hynes at

LGBTQ+ for Biden, Women for Biden,
and the Women’s Leadership Forum
Virtual Conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg,
Rep. Sharice Davids, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot,
& Jim Obergefell,
with special guest Cyndi Lauper
Contact: Alex Boyar at

South Carolina Virtual Reception
with Karine Jean-Pierre,
Chief of Staff to Sen. Kamala Harris &
Senior Advisor to the Biden-Harris Campaign
Contact: Sarah Eskra at

Tuesday, September 15

Virtual Discussion
with Sen. Kamala Harris & Rep. Cedric Richmond
Contact: Georgette Brammer at
or Atissa Ladjevardian at

Biden Action Fund Virtual Conversation
with Sarah Bloom Raskin
Moderated by Amb. Mark Gilbert
Contact: Blanca Andrei at

Virtual Discussion on Principled Foreign Policy
in the Middle East & Arab World
with Jake Sullivan, Rep. Tom Malinowski,
Tamara Wittes & Hady Amr
Contact: Sanam Rastegar at

Mississippi Virtual Conversation
with Steve Ricchetti, BFP Campaign Chairman
Contact: Alicia Pardo at

Virtual Conversation
on Building Back Better for the 21st Century
with Anthony Foxx, Former Secretary of Transportation
& Lisa. P. Jackson, Former EPA Administrator
Contact: John Tuttle at

Wednesday, September 16

Virtual Reception with Doug Emhoff
Moderated by Rich Eisen
Contact: Hailey Sasse at

Virtual Conversation with Rep. Don Beyer,
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, & Amb. Nicholas Burns
Moderated by Former Rep. Glenn Nye
Contact: Elijah Nishiura at

Thursday, September 17

Colorado Virtual Conversation
With VP Joe Biden,
Sen. Michael Bennet, Gov. Jared Polis,
Rep. Jason Crow,
& Former US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Contact: Naaz Tung at

Innovators for Biden
Virtual Conversation with Sen. Kamala Harris
Contact: Guicela Sandoval-Lopez at

Idaho Virtual Conversation
with Valerie Biden Owens
& Tony Blinken, BFP Senior Advisor
Contact: Luke Branscum at

Virtual Conversation with Hillary Jordan & Virgil Williams
Moderated by Lynn Sherr
Contact: Alia Schechter at

Virtual Conversation on U.S. Global Leadership for Refugees:
Priorities for a Biden Administration
with Tony Blinken, BFP Senior Foreign Policy Advisor,
Rep. Filemon Vela, & Yasir Dhannoon
Contact: Blanca Andrei at

Friday, September 18

Caribbean American Leaders Reception
with Rep. Yvette Clarke & Karine Jean-Pierre
Contact: Joelle Sherman at

Saturday, September 19

Virtual Conversation on Food, Agriculture, & Rural America
with Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary of Agriculture,
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), DCCC Chairwoman,
Will McIntee, BFP Rural Engagement Director,
& José Andrés, Chef and Humanitarian
Contact: John Tuttle at

Monday, September 21

Virtual Conversation with Jake Sullivan,
BFP Senior Policy Advisor
Contact: Alia Schechter at

Tuesday, September 22

Virtual Conversation
on Rebuilding the Transatlantic Partnership:
Discussing U.S. Priorities for Europe
with Samantha Power,
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
Amb. Nicholas Burns,
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs,
& Rep. Greg Meeks
Contact: Alia Schechter at

Battleground Polling Briefing
with John Anzalone
Contact: Hailey Sasse at

Virtual Conversation on the Future of
Inclusive Capitalism and Sustainability
with Rufus Gifford, BFP Deputy Campaign Manager,
& Ben Harris, Former Chief Economist for VP Joe Biden
Contact: Rebecca Kasper at

Virtual Voter Protection & Election Strategy Conversation
Greg Schultz, BFP Senior Advisor & General Election Strategist
moderated by Isaac Mizrahi
with special guest Edie Falco
Contact: Joelle Sherman at

Wednesday, September 23

Spokane Virtual Conversation with Doug Emhoff,
Hon. Lisa Brown, Sen. Andy Billig,
Rep. Marcus Riccelli, & Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson
Contact: Naaz Tung at

Virtual Conversation on Foreign Policy
With Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester,
Tony Blinken, & Gov. Howard Dean
Contact: Sanam Rastegar at

Climate Voters for Biden Finance Council
Virtual Discussion on the Green Economy
with Kerry C. Duggan, Valerie Rockefeller,
& Cathy Zoi
Moderated by Adi Ignatius
Contact: Rebecca Kasper at

Thursday, September 24

Virtual Conversation on Emerging Technologies
and the Democratic Order
with Sen. Mark Warner
Contact: Guicela Sandoval-Lopez at

Friday, September 25

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with Jill Biden
Contact: Augusto Goncalves at

Tuesday, September 29

Virtual Health Care Discussion
with Dr. Thomas Lee, Dr. Zeke Emanuel,
& Jeffrey Sachs
Contact: Joelle Sherman at

Virtual Reception
with Gov. Andy Beshear,
James Taylor, & Yo-Yo Ma
Contact: Alicia Pardo at

Wednesday, September 30

Big Sky Virtual Reception
with Doug Emhoff,
James Taylor, & Yo-Yo Ma
Contact: Naaz Tung at

Virtual Conversation
about National Security and Foreign Policy
with Tony Blinken, BFP Senior Foreign Policy Advisor,
& Rep. Steve Israel
Contact: Joelle Sherman at

Virtual Conversation on
Gun Violence Prevention & Social Justice
with Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Robin Kelly,
Kris Brown, President of Brady,
& Dr. Joseph Sakra, Co-Founder of @ThisIsOurLane
Contact: Sanam Rastegar at

Virtual Conversation on our Climate Future
with Sec. John Kerry
& Stef Feldman, BFP Policy Director
Contact: Rebecca Kasper at

Virtual Conversation on Emerging Technologies
with Andrew Yang
Contact: Diana Saxon at

Thursday, October 1

Virtual Conversation
with Sen. Ted Kaufman & Amb. Mark Gitenstein
Contact: Kevin Geiger at

Wednesday, October 7

Virtual Conversation on Making Americans Safer
at Home and Abroad
with Amb. Susan Rice,
Former U.S. National Security Advisor,
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
Contact: Sanam Rastegar at

Contributions or gifts to Biden for President are not tax deductible.

Why we love Rep. Katie Porter

The DVC is thrilled to have Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) headlining our July 15 virtual fundraiser, alongside Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. See the event page here for more details.

Read about Katie Porter and her work for the people:

Representative Katie Porter has taken Congress by storm since she became the first Democrat ever elected to represent California’s 45th Congressional District. Her smart, no-nonsense style has exposed how little some people know about how the real world works; more importantly, it’s gotten real results for American families.

Here are some clips of Rep. Porter showing off her singular style on the House floor:

Hear Katie Porter and Joe Simitian’s conversation for DVC supporters

Securing free COVID testing for all Americans, live and in real time

Asking Jamie Dimon to explain how to live on $16.50 per hour

Explaining real estate terms to HUD Secretary Ben Carson

Become an at-home phonebanker

On March 24 we hosted our first ever online phonebank training webinar, with more than 50 participants joining us. If you missed it, we’ll have more live events in the future; you can also access a recording of our webinar here (just provide your name and email to access it). We’re also providing the webinar slides here for easy reference.

To join our at-home phonebankers, go to our volunteer form here and:

  1. Fill in your name and email
  2. Make sure Phonebanking and From my home are checked
  3. Click Volunteer Now

Both new and current volunteers should follow these steps to join our at-home phonebanking list and get information on how to join our upcoming phonebanks.

How to Volunteer from Home

For the most up-to-date version of this information, please see our new Ways to Volunteer from Home page here.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the responsibility of all of us to protect vulnerable populations and make sure our hospitals, doctors, and nurses are not overwhelmed. Here are some ways you can volunteer while helping your community stay safe:

Phonebank from home

The DVC is going virtual! We will teach you to phonebank from home with new online training, and we will schedule times for us to phonebank together with DVC volunteers available to assist you remotely.

Click here to learn how to become an at-home phonebanker.

You can also email to get trained for Reclaim Our Vote phonebanking from home.

Textbank from home

Write postcards and letters from home

And more

  • See our calendar for online meetings and events you can join. You can still make a difference during this challenging time!

OFFICE CLOSED: New office to open later

Out of respect for the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are cancelling all currently scheduled events at the DVC Headquarters effective immediately. Our current location was a temporary office, so we are effectively shutting down our Winter/Spring office a few weeks early. We still plan to open a larger office later in the spring or summer, when it is safe to do so.

Many organizations are still holding small events for phone banking and letter/postcard writing, and we’ll continue to list those events on our calendar. We urge you to always check the calendar for updates shortly before any event, since cancellations or changes are still possible.

The presence of this virus in our community does not diminish the importance of our work; electing a government of responsible, competent public servants who will put the interests of the American people first is more important than ever. The DVC is developing plans for remote training sessions that you can do from home, so you can learn to phonebank or textbank from the comfort of your living room. Please keep an eye on your email and on the DVC calendar for updates about that and other ways to continue to work for democracy during this difficult time.

We thank you for your understanding. Onward!

Campaign Forums: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

The DVC hosted back-to-back campaign forums this week. Marcus Ismael, the Norcal field organizer for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign spoke on Thursday; Jane Kim, the California state political director for Bernie Sanders spoke on Friday.

Marcus Ismael of the Warren campaign speaking at the DVC.
Marcus Ismael addressing the DVC on Thursday.
Jane Kim speaking at the DVC
Jane Kim speaking at the DVC on Friday.

Coming up next week: Hira Kayani for the Andrew Yang campaign; and Robin Sternberg and Bettina Cohen for Amy Klobuchar. Reservations are required so please click those links and RSVP today!

DVC Campaign Forums: Joe Biden & Pete Buttigieg

Lucia Nunez at the DVC
Lucia Nunez, Nevada field director for Joe Biden, addresses the DVC on January 19.

The DVC is hosting representatives from major Democratic presidential campaigns all this month at our headquarters in Los Altos. So far, we’ve hosted Lucia Nunez, Nevada deputy organizing director for Joe Biden, and Gail Slocum, former mayor of Menlo Park, on behalf of Pete Buttigieg. These free forums provide a chance for DVC supporters to hear directly from people involved in the campaigns in an intimate setting, with a chance to ask question of the speakers.

Coming soon: Warren, Sanders, Yang, and Klobuchar campaigns

Coming up this month, we’ll be hosting representatives for Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and Amy Klobuchar. Please check our calendar listings for more details and RSVP links. Please note that these special events have limited seats available, and reservations are required.

Meet representatives of leading Presidential candidates at the DVC

The Democratic Volunteer Center is pleased to announce that we will host representatives from several leading Democratic Presidential candidates at a series of campaign forums over the next two weeks. We have staff and volunteers from the following candidates scheduled:

  • Joe Biden: Nevada Deputy Organizing Director Lucia Nunez on January 19
  • Pete Buttigieg: Volunteer and former Menlo Park mayor Gail Slocum on January 21
  • Elizabeth Warren: NorCal Field Organizer Marcus Ismael on January 23
  • Bernie Sanders: Details still TBD; tentative date January 24
  • Andrew Yang: Hira Kiyani of the Humanity Forward Fund on January 28
  • Amy Klobuchar: Staffers Robin Sternberg and Bettina Cohen on January 30

Please see our event calendar for details on these events. (Note: only events which are open for RSVPs are listed; events not listed will open RSVPs in the near future.)

Our 2020 Winter/Spring headquarters is open for business!

Many thanks to the hundreds of people who RSVP’d and attended the grand opening of our temporary headquarters. Representative Anna Eshoo (CA-18) gave a stirring call to action, and emphasized how important the activism of 2018 had been in bringing a Democratic majority to the House, and with is, accountability to the government.

We plan to have a much larger space later in the year, but there is no time to waste. So please check out our events, and let’s pack the house with volunteers from now until election day!

A video of Anna’s remarks, with introduction by DVC Chair Pam Salvatierra and Tech lead Lawrence Byrd:

Our inaugural Straw Poll results

Last night at our Debate Watch Party, we debuted the DVC Straw Poll so everyone in attendance could show their support for their favorite candidates. And the results are in!

  • Klobuchar: 20
  • Warren: 19
  • Buttigieg: 15
  • Harris: 8
  • Biden: 6
  • Sanders: 4
  • Booker: 4
  • Castro: 1
  • Bullock: 1
  • Steyer: 1

Many thanks to everyone who came, everyone who voted, and to Mary Hughes and Joe Simitian for leading a very interesting and thought-provoking post-debate discussion.