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Advocacy Made Easy. Your Monthly Advocacy “Call to Action”: September 2020 View this email in your browser
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One thing you can do this month…


Sign the Put Creative Workers to Work Proposal. 
According to surveying by Arts Action Fund, “As of September 14, 2020, the Coronavirus has had a devastating $13.1 billion economic impact on America’s arts sector with a 63% unemployment rate among artists and gig workers. “

At this point, it is unlikely that Congress will pass additional needed COVID-19 relief prior to the November elections.

Previous administration faced with crises and high unemployment have launched audacious workforce development programs that included creative workers in recovery efforts. It is time for a similar effort to stimulate economic growth and recovery nationwide.

To this end, a collective of over 100 cultural organizations has drafted To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work, a new collaborative Creative Workforce proposal. The group is calling for other creative workers to sign on to the proposal and also offer input on each section of the proposal. 

This policy proposal is all about activating the creative economy within a comprehensive national and local recovery strategy. Creative workers are an essential component of getting communities back on their feet financially, socially, and emotionally. They now have over 700 endorsements from all across the country, and are hoping to show strong, unified support for a creative workforce program to both of the Presidential campaigns and to the current Administration and Congressional officials.

The document compiles 15 different, specific proposals for action, centered on efforts that will:

1)drive direct federal employment of creative workers;
2)encourage local, state, private sector, and tribal activation of creative workers;
3)adjust existing federal policies to treat creative workers as workers;
4)integrate creative interventions into response, recovery, and resilience programs; and
5)support cultural organizations and access to arts, culture, and arts education for all.

 We are asking you to sign the proposal to support arts workers. To read and sign the proposal CLICK HERE

Please review the proposal and consider adding your endorsement to the growing list. And please also share this email with anyone you work with who you think shares in the believe that there is no recovery without creativity including other cultural groups, creative workers, funders, and patrons.
 
If you have any questions, please email Clay Lord at Americans for the Arts at clord@artsusa.org 
With Love,
C4 Atlanta Team


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Last month we asked you to…. 

Make Your Voting Plan
With an ongoing pandemic and delays to the U.S. Mail, it’s more important than ever that you plan to VOTE EARLY, if possible, especially if you plan to vote by mail. We are big fans of Vote.org, which can help you with everything you need to make your voting plan. Whether it’s requesting an absentee ballot, checking your voter registration status, getting election reminders or finding your polling place, you can do it all at Vote.org

Black text on a white background. My Voting Plan Checklist. I am registered to Vote. I have the identification if I need it. I researched my local races and ballot initiatives. I encouraged my friends to register to vote. I saved the Election Protection Hotline number (1-866-OUR-VOTE). I required my mail-in ballot OR I found my polling place. I mailed in my ballot OR made a plan to vote in person. ACLU


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This month our updates are focused on helping you find out more about absentee voting and early voting in Georgia!




Buck the System: Pledge to Vote
C4 Atlanta is currently working on a Get out the Vote project with Power Haus Creative to encourage creative workers to assert their power as voters this November. Be on the lookout for upcoming content! 

Pledge to vote this November! Take our pledge to vote now
.CLICK HERE TO PLEDGE TO VOTE



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Absentee Vote by Mail

In Georgia, you do not need a reason to vote absentee. Anyone may request and absentee ballot for any reason. Under some circumstances, some voters may be able to request that an absentee ballot be sent to them for every election. 

How to Vote Absentee by Mail in Georgia:
1)Request an absentee ballot by submitting an absentee ballot application. You can download an absentee ballot application here that is fillable using Adobe Acrobat and either mail or email it to your county elections office. Or you can use VoteAmerica’s online service to submit your absentee ballot application electronically. Technically, you must submit your absentee ballot application no later than October 30, 2020, in order to receive a ballot. However, we recommend submitting it as early as possible because of mailing delays in order to make sure you receive it in time to return it before Election Day (November 3, 2020).
2) Check that your Absentee Ballot Application has been received. You can do this at My Voter Page by signing in and clicking on “Absentee Ballot Status”.
3)Receive your ballot and fill it out. Beginning September 15, 2020, county elections offices will begin mailing out absentee ballots. They will continue to mail these on a rolling basis as new applications are received. Once you have received your ballot in the mail, fill it out with blue or black ink by filling in the bubble next to your selected candidates. Place your fully filled out ballot inside the white safety envelope that accompanied your ballot. Then place the white envelope inside the yellow mailing envelope that also accompanied your ballot. Important: Sign the back of your yellow envelope to complete your ballot. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can call your county elections office to request that a new one be sent to you.
5) Return your ballot by November 3, 2020. You can return your ballot either in-person to your county elections office, by mail or to an authorized ballot drop box. To mail, place your envelope in the mail box in plenty of time for it to be returned. To use a ballot drop box, find the location of a ballot box in your county and return your ballot there. You can also bring your ballot to your county elections office directly. All ballots must be received by 7:00pm on November 3, 2020 in order to be counted.
6) Check that your ballot has been received. You can do this at My Voter Page by signing in and clicking on “Absentee Ballot Status”. The date your ballot is received will show, and if your ballot was rejected, the reason why will also be displayed.


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Early Voting

In Georgia, voters may choose to vote in-person early for any reason. Georgia allows early voting before election day from October 12, 2020 to October 30, 2020. Dates, times, and locations vary by county, but all counties are required to have at least one Saturday early voting day on October 24, 2020. You must vote within the county in which you are registered, but there are typically fewer polling places open than for election day. You can vote at any early voting location in your county.

How to vote early in Georgia:
1) Check your voter registration and the county in which you are registered to vote. You can do this at My Voter Page by signing in. If you are not registered in the county which you used to sign in, you will receive a message that says “Registration not found” with information about how to register to vote.
2) Check early voting locations in your county. At My Voter Page, click on “Early Voting Locations”. These locations may not be available until closer to October 12, 2020. Times and dates available should also be listed.
3) Pick a date and time to vote early, based on the times and dates listed in your county. Show up on the time and date you’ve selected, and cast your vote in person. You may need to bring a copy of your ID with you if you are a new registrant and did not submit your ID when submitting your voter registration.


National Voter Protection Hotline 

The National Voter Protection Hotline is a phone number voters can call for voter information or if they experience any issues while voting. The hotline is a project of the Election Protection coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 100 organizations dedicated to ensuring that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Election Protection also has great state by state voting resources on their webpage.
 To report a problem or for general elections/voting questions call:  
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) Check out Election Protection’s voting resources


Upcoming Elections and Votes:
2020 Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2020 State Runoff Election
December 1, 2020

2020 Federal Runoff Election
January 5, 2021:

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It is not just artists who are starving: how the US can rebuild its creative industry post-Covid

“Our arts and culture sector contributes $877bn to the economy. We’re 4.5% of the GDP and we comprise 5.1 million American workers,” Be an Arts Hero organiser Jenny Grace Makholm told CBS news in a live TV report, adding that the federal relief that has come through amounts to a “Band-Aid over a bullet wound.”

By Margaret Carpenter | Released September 10, 2020 | The Arts Newspaper

 Read the full article here


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Trying to become more civicly involved?
Check out these opportunities to get connected in neighborhoods across Atlanta.
October – November

Oct 5 Last Day to Register to Vote for the 2020 November Elections
Oct 12 Early Voting Begins in Georgia

Oct 24 Mandatory Saturday Early Voting in Georgia
Oct 30 Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot or Vote Early
Nov 3 Election Day
Nov 12-13 C4 Atlanta: Civic Art(ists) Advocacy Summit

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