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GOTV Champion Roles and Responsibilities




GOTV Champion Role and Responsibilities

So you want to do more? Be a GOTV Champion and sign up other people to vote with the AIM Agenda. Below are the roles and responsibilities of a Champion

Download a PDF of the script here: GOTV Champion in English or Campión de GOTV en Español

GOTV Champion Role and Responsibilities

  • Sign up 20+ people to Vote AIM by signing a yellow commitment card to vote in the June Primary and on AIM issues.
  • Let the GOTV Captain from your organization know you are a “GOTV Champion,” and share your progress with them. Give your signed cards to them by May 30 if possible, after you write down the names, phone numbers and emails of the people who signed your cards.
  • Between June 12 and June 26, remind each person you signed up to vote in Early Voting (June 14-21) or on June 26. Confirm they will be voting.
  • Sign up other people to be GOTV Champions.

Who, Where and When to Sign People Up to Vote

  • Sign up anyone who is both a resident of Montgomery County and a US Citizen.
  • Sign up people you have some connection to in your life, people you know or recognize.
  • Think about all of the gatherings you will go to before May 30 (preferred) or June 26. Sign people up:
    • At PTA nights, school activity nights or parent events, sports events, etc.
    • Family events.
    • Sign up your neighbors. If you don’t know them, use this as an excuse to get to know them by going door-to-door to sign them up and introduce yourself.
    • At your house of worship.
    • At a party.
    • At any group you’re part of–a book group, regular coffee hour, prayer or text study group, etc.
    • Be creative and thoughtful about who you sign up and all the possibilities. You’re giving people an opportunity to act on issues they care about, and make their vote more meaningful.
    • If someone you want to sign up isn’t able to vote, would they be willing to join you in the GOTV efforts and sign up voters they know?
    • If you find someone excited about what you’re doing, ask them to join you in your efforts, and sign up to be a GOTV Champion too, or to commit to signing up ____ (5, 10, 25, 50) people themselves!
    • See if they are will commit to come to the AIM County Executive Candidates’ Action on May 31 to see them in person, or to the County Council Candidates’ Actions on April 19, 22, and/or 25.


El rol y las responsabilidades del(a) campión de GOTV

  • Registrar a los menos 20 personas a la campaña de ¨Vote AIM¨ a traves de firmar la tarjeta de compromiso (de color amarilla) para votar en la elección primaria en junio y en los asuntos de AIM.
  • Avisar al Capitán de GOTV quien pertenece a su institución que usted es un(a) “GOTV Champion,”/Campión de GOTV. Compartir sus logros con él/ella. Entregarle a las tarjetas amarillas firmadas antes del 30 de Mayo después de que usted haya copiado los nombres, números de teléfono y correos electrónicos de las personas que firmaron las tarjetas.
  • Entre 12 de junio y 26 de junio, acordarle a cada persona que ellos hicieron el compromiso de votar en Early Voting/Votar Temprano (14-21 de junio) o el 26 de junio. Confirmar con ellos de que si van a votar.
  • Registrar a otras personas para ser GOTV Champions/campiones de GOTV.


Quién, Dónde, y Cuando Debe Registrar La Gente Para Votar

  • Registrar a cualquier persona que es residente del condado de Montgomery y ciudadano de los Estados Unidos.
  • Registrar personas que usted conoce.
  • Hay que ser creativo/a sobre quien va a registrar. Usted está dándoles una oportunidad de tomar acción en asuntos que les importan, una oportunidad de valorar a su voto.
  • Pensar en todas las reuniones que va a asistir antes del 30 de mayo (preferido) o 26 de junio. Por ejemplo:
    • reuniones de PTA, actividades en la escuela, reuniones deportivos, etc.
    • Eventos con familiares
    • Reuniones con vecinos. Si no los conocen, sería una oportunidad para conocerlos.
    • En el lugar dónde ora y reza.
    • en fiestas.
    • en cualquier grupo en que usted participa- clubes, comunidades, etc.
    • Si usted conoce a alguién que no puede votar, pregúntele si está dispuesta a participar en los esfuerzos de GOTV, o sea registrar a las personas que ellos conocen para votar.
    • Igual si usted encuentra a alguién que es super emocionado en lo que usted está haciendo, pregúntele si él o ella quiere ayudarle en registrar unos (5, 10, 25, 50) personas!
    • Pregúntele si ellos pueden hacer el compromiso de venir a la acción grande de AIM con los candidatos del condado el día 31 de Mayo o a las acciones con los candidatos para el consejo el 19, 22 y el 25 de Abril.

Sample Script for Get Out The Vote




Sample Script for Get Out The Vote.

You can use this script below while talking with voters. Download a PDF of the script here:

GOTV script in English>> AIM GOTV Script El Guión en Español>> AIM GOTV Script Español

I am part of Action In Montgomery, a group that ____________________________ (your congregation/school/etc.) is involved with, and I’m doing Get Out The Vote for the primary election.

Are you planning to vote in the primary in June?

Is there an issue you want to vote on in the election? Why? Does it affect you personally?

I’m getting involved in this election because . . . (speak personally about why voting is important to you, or an issue from the AIM agenda that is particularly important to you in this election).

We’re working to make the candidates accountable to us and the issues we think are most important in this election. We’re signing up 10,000 people to vote in the primary and to send a message to our elected officials that this election is about protecting immigrant families, making housing affordable for young adults, families and seniors, and quality education for all students. Are any of these issues important to you? Why?

Will you commit to voting in the primary, and to signing up to vote with the AIM issues? This means that when you choose who to vote for, these are some of the issues you will consider before you vote.

Would you like to come see the candidates for County Executive answer to the AIM agenda on May 31?

[If they seem very interested, ask them if they want to make this election more meaningful by signing up people to vote like you are].

Thank them for their time and interest.


Maryland IAF Marches on Homeland Security’s Baltimore Office

Chanting “Clarity! Compassion! No Confusion!” a group of about 50 Maryland immigration advocates marched from Baltimore City Hall to the local office of the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to demand a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The group of community advocates and local clergy called on the agency to clarify its policies on detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. They also asked for information on where those who are arrested are held and requested that immigration officers remove the word ‘POLICE’ from their uniforms, to better distinguish them from Baltimore Police.


Dream Academy Video

See this fun and inspiring video of the Dream Academy at South Lake Elementary School!


AIM 5k Walk to Support Dream Academy Expansion

Join us for a fun afternoon to raise money for AIM to expand the Dream Academy–affordable after school programming to Montgomery County’s highest needs schools. It’s a fun afternoon and a pretty walk along Sligo Creek with plenty of friends from AIM and our congregations and schools. Get friends, family and neighbors to sponsor you to have even more impact!

REGISTER ONLINE HERE–once you register, friends and family can sponsor you online!

Click Here for a form you can use to sign up sponsors in person


AIM Seniors Fight for Pensions for WMATA Workers–Montgomery Sentinel

“No matter what field you’re in, an employee with a good salary [and] benefits is a better employee and able to deliver better services,” Madaleno said. “Do you want a happy, focused bus driver driving 35 people around, or do you want an unhappy, distracted bus driver?”

About 75 people, many of them seniors, attended the news conference, which was hosted by local community organization Action in Montgomery at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg. AIM spokesperson Cynthia Marshall said the seniors traveled from retirement communities in the county to support their local bus drivers.


WAMU–It Takes A Village: Silver Spring Community Effort Helps Rid Apartments Of Mold

More than a year after joining forces and eliciting help from community groups and the Montgomery County Council, the mostly immigrant tenants of Northwest Park Apartments are celebrating a small victory. This summer, Kay Apartment Communities began the process of replacing all of the windows in the 75-building complex on Ames Road, a move that will hopefully eliminate the mold and mildew that has plagued the complex.

Katie Ashmore, an organizer with Action in Montgomery (AIM), who helped the tenants organize, said the $2 million project is a key step in preventing the high levels of humidity in the apartments that caused the mold to grow to return after the treatment.


“New Windows Symbolize New Hope for Silver Spring Apartment Tenants” Bethesda Magazine

“Many of us were afraid to speak up, ask for better service, or push back against unjust policies,” Velasquez said to a group of neighbors and reporters. “We feared coming home, seeing the eviction notice stuck to our door.

Now, tenants say they’re seeing results thanks to their persistence, their decision to form a tenants association and the help of allies at Action in Montgomery and St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring. Kay replaced all the washers and dryers in the complex, established a new policy for treating mold and agreed to install new windows in Northwest Park. The project to install more than 4,100 new windows will take four years and cost about $2 million, according to AIM organizer Katie Ashmore, but residents expressed a sense of victory this week after work began on the first seven buildings.


Read Adeline and Chislon’s Testimony about the Dream Academy

Adeline Akoforngwe, Testimony to the Montgomery County Council, April 5, 2017

Good evening and thank you for the opportunity to testify, my name is Adeline Akoforngwe, and I am a parent of a fifth grade student at South Lake Elementary School where my son is a part of the Dream Academy.

First, I would like to sincerely thank the County Council for funding the Dream Academy it is an incredible program. And second, I’d like to thank the Recreation Department, they have done a wonderful job in starting and operating the program at our school.

The program has really been of great help to my son Chislon and I know to other kids. The extra hour of academic support gives my son and the other students the opportunity to fully learn concepts from the normal school day.

In particular, the program has helped my son a great deal with some behavioral issues. When we first moved from Cameroon he was having some challenges adapting to the new environment. I was getting a call once a week or once every two weeks from the principal’s office because he had gotten in trouble. It got so bad, that when I would see South Lake come up on my cell phone my heart would start to skip. But since the Dream Academy started in February I haven’t gotten a single call. In fact, I received a phone call from his teacher, she called to let me know how much Chislon had improved and how well he was behaving in class.

I really do appreciate his teacher and the administration’s support for my son, but the Dream Academy is something special.

The academic support Chislon receives is also very impactful. The teachers at the Dream Academy has created extra time and space to support him with math. He is getting to do some of it by himself now and you don’t have to help him do it step by step. Sometimes he comes home from school and he’s already done his math homework, if I don’t search, I won’t even know that he had math homework.

He really really loves Dream Academy so much, there’s no day he doesn’t tell me he’s looking forward to it. Tomorrow, April 6th, the current school quarter will end and we’ll find out about his grades. I am just so sure there will be improvement.

Thank you.


Chislon Njang, Testimony to the Montgomery County Council, April 5, 2017

Good evening, my name is Chislon Njang, and I fifth grade student at South Lake Elementary School.

When I first moved here last winter I didn’t understand the rules in my school so I was getting in trouble a lot – it was so different from the rules in Cameroon.

Before the Dream Academy started, I was getting trouble every single day, but now I don’t get in trouble anymore.

The staff and teachers at the Dream Academy help me focus and calm down when I want to act out. They remind me to be nice and let me know it’s ok to take a break outside of the classroom, and take deep breaths.

My favorite subjects are math and science. I like math because I’m good at it. It makes sense to me. And I feel confident when I’m doing something I know I’m good at. The teachers at the Dream Academy have helped me do better in the regular school classes.

Thank you for funding this program, I’ll be in middle school next year, but I hope you put more money in the budget for the program next year. I know it will help other kids. Also, I’d like to come back and visit.

Thank you.



Over 600 Gather for AIM Action



On February 9th, over 600 people packed the sanctuary of Silver Spring United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland to stake a claim on the future of Montgomery County. Leaders from across the county gathered to take part in the event put on by Action in Montgomery (AIM) and the Montgomery Housing Alliance (MHA). The pews where full of leaders from elementary schools and the Amalgamated Transit Union, local churches and Islamic community centers, synagogues and retirement communities; a diverse group brought together to stand up for the constitutional and human rights of all people in Montgomery County and to launch AIM’s 2017 Listening Campaign.

AIM began the action by thanking the County Executive, County Council, Superintendent, and Police Chief for their bold leadership in making sure that Montgomery County residents are welcomed and treated fairly, regardless of faith or immigration status. Clergy assembled on stage to commit to stand in support of county officials in their continuing work to welcome, serve, educate and protect the safety of all residents regardless of changes to policy at the federal level, and promised to hold those officials accountable should that change.

As a part of this effort, 130 attendees committed to being a part of AIM’s Rapid Response Team, a group that will be trained and prepared for powerful action and resistance to counter Anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and racist incidents and actions.

The action was a time of celebration. Leaders came forward and provided news of AIM’s recent victories while also clearly laying out AIM’s Agenda for 2017.

Residents of Northwest Park shared the story of their victory seeking redress for deplorable conditions in their apartments. After a year of organizing to hold Kay Management accountable for the reoccurring mold and persistent problems with rodents, bed bugs, and cockroaches, tenants and AIM have won a number of improvements, the latest of which is a commitment from Kay Management to replace all 1,950 windows in the 800-unit complex over the next four years and overhaul their policy for preventing and remediating mold.

Principal Celeste King and student Dave Sob spoke about Dream Academy, the free, quality afterschool programming with parent organizing that AIM won for 240 students at two elementary schools with high poverty rates. Ms. King spoke of the program’s impact on her student body and shared AIM’s intention to expand Dream Academy to 4 new schools in FY18.

Shane Rock of Interfaith Works updated the assembly on AIM’s victories in affordable housing. AIM won an additional $51 million for the Housing Initiative Fund (HIF) for the 2017 budget, and in 2016, the HIF produced new 983 units and preserved 2,646 affordable units. Furthermore, AIM fought for 275 affordable housing units in the Westward redevelopment in Bethesda, MD. AIM reiterated its commitment to making Montgomery County welcoming to all by pushing for more affordable housing in 2017, calling for an increase in the HIF and a commitment to put affordable housing first on County Land.

Finally, AIM committed to working along side the Amalgamated Transit Union to fight for a Metro bus and rail system that works and is fair to riders and workers.

The action closed with leaders from each present institution coming forward to make a bold commitment to be part of AIM’s 2017 Listening Campaign. When the night was through, AIM leaders had committed to listening to over 3000 people, in conversations focused around the immediate needs of new executive orders surrounding immigration, as well as pertaining to AIM’s other long-term agenda issues.

The Listening Campaign will be kicked off by intercultural listening sessions at member institutions around the county with significant immigrant populations. These sessions will bring together a diverse group to have an inter-cultural conversation about the most pressing issues in their lives. The issues and leaders identified by these conversations will build AIM’s People’s Agenda for the 2018 election and identify our top campaign issues. It is the first step to build power and work for justice together in Montgomery County, and will put AIM and AIM’s agenda front and center in the 2018 election.

St. Camillus Catholic Church put together a video of the event, linked here.



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