Overview + 2018 Signup

Project Pilgrimage will launch a civic-participation program in March 2018, titled Common Purpose. This program will provide an on-ramp to citizen education, voting, and elections, with people making commitments to engage in voter registration and electoral campaigns. 

Goals
We have two goals. The first is to support and catalyze a public who takes action in support of our democracy. The second is to build a community of people who learn from, support, laugh and grow with, and care about one another. Through community gatherings, collective learning, and concentrated political action together we will create and share a common purpose. Our program will move through four steps.

Step One, Civics foundation. We will identify and discuss foundational nuts and bolts of the American democratic process, in particular political parties, issue agendas, campaigns, and voting rights. We seek to both educate and catalyze.

Step Two, Focused engagement. We will focus on voter registration and key campaigns in Washington state and across the nation in “swing states” and “swing districts” — locations where citizen engagement can have great impact in tipping national policies in one direction or another.

Step Three, Political boot camp. We will provide a boot-camp introduction to basic types of volunteer work for U.S. voter registration and campaigns, and people will team up to undertake trial runs as first steps.

Step Four, Action. People will do on-the-ground work focused on regions/elections of their choice both in Washington state — including the 8th and 5th CDs here in WA — and across America for voter registration and electoral campaigns, directed by organizations that are in place.

Open to all
This program is non-partisan, free, and open to all. We will provide education, preparation, community, and support as people engage in voter registration and electoral campaigns. People can participate from their homes or by traveling to regions and states. 

2018 + 2019 + 2020
We will run the program in two waves each of the next three years: twice in 2018, twice in 2019, and twice in 2020. Each year participants will commit to providing at least one week of hands-on action in (a) a late-spring early period focused on voter registration and/or (b) in an autumn period focused on distribution of election material, door-knocking and phone calls, or get-out-the-vote support. Participants will choose their dates. .

Dates for 2018
Common Purpose leadership will provide guidance and will ask all participants to contribute in important ways to what we build. Many things will be figured out as we go. This is how we build a common purpose. People can participate in either Wave 1 or Wave 2 or both, whatever works.

2018 Wave 1: This will launch on Saturday, March 3 with an introduction 9 am to 2 pm at Washington Hall. We will then meet in that same time slot and location on four Saturdays every other week: March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28. Participants will work in teams on regions/states of their choice in May or June.

2018 Wave 2: This will launch on Saturday, August 4 with an introduction 9 am to 2 pm at Washington Hall. We will then meet in that same time slot and location on four Saturdays every other week: Aug 18, Sept 1, Sept 15, and Sept 29. Participants will work in teams on regions/states of their choice in October.

Report a problem

T