Saturday, October 6, 2018

10/21/18 Twitter Chat on Voter Mobilization


Graphic with aqua blue background and an illustration of a checkmark in a box on the left and on the right is a box with the word 'VOTE' with a ballot inserted at the top. Text in black reads: #CripTheVote Twitter Chat, Voter Mobilization, October 21, 2018, 4 pm Pacific/ 5 pm Mountain/ 6 pm Central/ 7 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @Sblahov and @SarahFunes, Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com
Graphic with aqua blue background and an illustration of a checkmark in a box on the left and on the right is a box with the word 'VOTE' with a ballot inserted at the top. Text in black reads: #CripTheVote Twitter Chat, Voter Mobilization, October 21, 2018, 4 pm Pacific/ 5 pm Mountain/ 6 pm Central/ 7 pm Eastern, Guest hosts: @Sblahov and @SarahFunes, Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com

#CripTheVote Chat: Voter Mobilization
October 21, 2018
4 pm Pacific, 5 pm Mountain, 6 pm Central, 7 pm Eastern
Guest hosts: Sarah Blahovec and Sarah Funes

Election Day is in 2 weeks away and #CripTheVote is thrilled to have guest hosts Sarah Blahovec and Sarah Funes, two disability activists involved with community organizing and get-out-the-vote efforts for the disability community, join us for a discussion on voter outreach and mobilization.

How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @SarahFunes. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on voter mobilization and outreach with guest hosts @Sblahov & @SarahFunes! We look forward to hearing about what is happening your community.

Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Q1 Please introduce yourself and share any thoughts about #Midterms2018 as Election Day approaches in 2 weeks. #CripTheVote

Q2 There are many different campaigns focused on getting out the vote. Why is voter participation important, especially for the disability community? If you are a student on campus, what’s your experience like registering to vote? #CripTheVote

Q3 What have you seen regarding voter outreach and engagement that is particularly good in terms of accessibility & being inclusive of people with disabilities (PWDs)? How can voter outreach of PWDs improve?  #CripTheVote

Q4 What are some unique policy, structural, and social barriers people in the disability community face when it comes to voter turnout? What changes need to happen at the local and state level to improve the situation? Are you aware there are Voter Advisory Committees at the state and county level? If not will you consider applying for yours? #CripTheVote

Q5 What are some other strategies or ideas on how to mobilize reluctant, uninterested, apolitical, or cynical people from voting, especially from the disability community? #CripTheVote

Q6 Slowly, the public is realizing that the disability vote is a significant voting bloc. What are some current issues that you think will mobilize voters with disabilities during #Midterms2018? #CripTheVote 

Q7 What are the risks and rewards of seeing the disability community, an incredibly diverse population, as a single voting bloc? How can we effectively ‘flex’ our power? #CripTheVote

Q8 What are you going to do to encourage people to vote? What are some opportunities available for you to volunteer or participate in your county and state or online? #CripTheVote

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on voter mobilization and outreach! Thank you to everyone for joining us today, especially our guest hosts @Sblahov & @SarahFunes. 

Live Tweet Election Day results with us on 11/6: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-cripthevote-events_12.html

Keep the conversation going! A recap of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. Check out our blog for the latest: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 1, 2018

10/7/18 #CripTheVote Chat - Midterms 2018: What’s At Stake


#CripTheVote Chat - Midterms 2018: What’s At Stake
October 7, 2018
4 pm Pacific, 5 pm Mountain, 6 pm Central, 7 pm Eastern

The 2018 Midterm Elections are just about a month away. In this chat, we will take a look at what is at stake for the disability community this year.

Background Links

“In recent elections, about 60% of the voting eligible population votes during presidential election years, and about 40% votes during midterm elections.” -- Voter Turnout, FairVote.com https://www.fairvote.org/voter_turnout#voter_turnout_101

Ballotpedia’s Election Analysis Hub, 2018 https://ballotpedia.org/Ballotpedia%27s_Election_Analysis_Hub,_2018



How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on what’s at stake in the 2018 Midterm Elections. We look forward to finding out what’s important to you, and exploring different possible futures in a post-Midterms world.

Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”


Q1: Sooooooo, it’s been some week. Before we start talking about the midterms, how are you doing since yesterday’s confirmation of Kavanaugh? How are you processing everything and taking care of yourself? #CripTheVote

Q2: How much have you followed and / or participated in past midterm elections? #CripTheVote

Q3: Why do you think voter participation tends to be lower in midterm elections? Have you been more, or less active this year? #CripTheVote

Q4: Name three disability-related issues that are at the top of your mind right now. #CripTheVote

Q5: What are some disability issues in your state and local area that could be affected by the outcome of #Midterms2018? #CripTheVote

Q6: What specific, pressing disability issues nationally “hang in the balance” based on what happens in the Midterm Elections? #CripTheVote

Q7: How do you think disability policy and activism would change if the House and / or the Senate flipped from Republican to Democratic control? #CripTheVote

Q8: What will happen in the next two years or so if control in the House and Senate stay basically the same after #Midterms2018? #CripTheVote

Q9: What can we do to better inform candidates and disabled voters of what’s at stake in the 2018 Midterm Election? #CripTheVote

This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on Midterm Elections! Join us 10/21/18 for our next chat on voter mobilization w/ guest hosts @Sblahov & @SarahFunes: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-cripthevote-events_12.html

Keep the conversation going! A recap of this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. Check out our blog for the latest: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

9/23/18 #CripTheVote Chat: State & Local Disability Issues

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - State & Local Disability Issues - Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific

Over the last two years, for good reasons, #CripTheVote has mostly focused on disability issues at the national level on the U.S. Presidency and Congress as have similar efforts in other countries like #CripTheVoteUK. But a lot happens in states, counties, cities, and towns that directly and immediately affect disabled people’s lives. Tomorrow’s members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, and presidents often start out as today’s village board members, city councilors, state legislators, and governors. In this chat we will explore state and local government, and how the growing disability  community is doing in these important but often overlooked arenas.

How to Participate

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation. 

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here: http://twubs.com/CripTheVote

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Another way to participate in the chat is to use this app that allows you to pause the chat if the Tweets are coming at you too fast: http://www.tchat.io/

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat: https://www.adweek.com/digital/how-to-join-a-twitter-hashtag-chat/

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc https://www.facebook.com/HEARDDC/videos/1181213075257528/

Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on state and local disability issues. We look forward to learning about what’s happening in your community. Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

Q1 Which state, county, city, town, or village do you live in and how would you describe the disability community in your area? #CripTheVote

Q2 Who is active in disability issues in your state and local area? What advocacy organizations or groups are you familiar with on disability issues? #CripTheVote

Q3 How well do your state and local elected officials understand disability issues? Are they generally supportive, resistant, or indifferent? What form does their resistance or support take? #CripTheVote

Q4 What are some of the highest priority disability issues in your state? Are there specific budget issues? Critical pieces of legislation? Long term problems that still need to be addressed? #CripTheVote

Q5 What are some of the highest priority disability issues in your village, town, city, or county? #CripTheVote

Q6 How do your local governments address accessibility in your community, including public buildings and spaces, businesses, and transportation? #CripTheVote

Q7 How are you involved in disability activism in your state and local area? Share some of your experiences, good or bad. #CripTheVote

Q8 With so much focus on the national political scene, how can we ensure that local disability issues get the attention they deserve? #CripTheVote