Starting a Chapter

Help build a national movement to mobilize the South Asian community in 2020.

They See Blue is looking to engage the South Asian American community to contribute towards saving our Democracy in both small ways (e.g. spreading the word to friends and relatives and getting them to pledge to vote, phone banking, writing postcards, donating small amounts of time or money, etc.), and large ways (e.g. starting They See Blue (TSB) chapters in their city, hosting candidates fundraisers in their backyards, becoming more engaged with the core team activities, etc.). We encourage young folks, millennials, retirees and others with roots in the Indian subcontinent -- or any others who support these goals -- to get involved at any level they can. No contribution is too small. Every individual contribution results in a bigger impact when they are coordinated as part of a focused group activity. And it will be much more fun!

How to Build a TSB Chapter

  1. Identify a couple of motivated Desis in your region who want to be Organizers to found a chapter

  2. Find 2-6 Volunteers to serve on the Chapter’s Core Team

  3. Grow the Chapter with Friends of TSB in local region

TSB Chapters are welcome to self-select their own activities but the next page offers some general guidelines for 2019 and 2020:​​

What Should a TSB Chapter Do in 2019?

  • Organizers and Volunteers should establish a means for chapter communication (e.g. Facebook, Google Group, WhatsApp, etc.)

  •  Create an email address for the group

    •  Suggested syntax: tsb.<state>.<OptionalCity>

  • Leverage usage of the Chapter pages of the website and the common Action Network link “Join-They-See-Blue” to show national cohesion of purpose.

  • Grow the TSB chapter by leveraging your friend networks

  • Teach the mechanics of activism to novice members by collaborating on grassroots activities sponsored by other local orgs such as Swing Left, etc.

  • Voter registration drives in targeted areas

  •  Couple of phone banking/postcarding events (e.g., for Virginia or other suitable races)

  • Work with TSB-Core on procuring filtered voter registration lists in preparation for 2020 outreach to Desi voters

What Should a TSB Chapter Do in 2020?

  • Organize Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) activities targeted at Desis

    • Door-to-door canvassing events

    • Phone banking events

    • Postcarding events

    • Fundraisers directly to campaigns (e.g. via ActBlue link)

    • Voter registration drives

    • Vote-by-mail registration (if applicable in your state)

    • Advertisements in Desi media

    • Continue to grow TSB network through 2020

    • Continue to collaborate with other grassroots groups



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