• Advocacy, Director Dispatches

“Open-source” organizing takes hold

Last year, Freelancers Union made its first endorsements, for candidates running in the New York City elections, and supported those candidates with all the traditional tactics: calling members to get out to vote and handing out campaign literature at strategic locations. But this year, for the New York State elections, we wanted to take our organizing one step further—and see if we could make it a better fit for the creative, not-so-traditional style of so many of our members. We put out a call to action to our members, who gathered at Freelancers Union headquarters on September 1. Members met for one common goal: to use their individual talents to get out the vote for Velmanette Montgomery for New York State Senate. Senator Montgomery has been a long-time supporter of freelancer issues and will be a vital part of passing our unpaid wages bill next legislative session. She has thousands of freelancers in her Brooklyn district, but she’s facing a tough primary race. Members brainstormed creative ideas and strategized with our staff advocacy team to decide how they could best use their skills to bring the candidate to the attention of all the other freelancers in their district. You can see the fruits of some of our members’ efforts right here, including flyers by Vanessa Pyne (left) and Sebastian Ebarb (right), which we’re circulating through Facebook and our other social media accounts. Please feel free to “steal” these images and do the same! You can also view a short video here that shows some clips from the meeting as well as Senator Montgomery speaking on freelancer issues. And, there’s still time for you to get involved. On September 14, vote and volunteer for Freelancers Union’s endorsed candidates. montgomery-poster-3.JPG    montgomery-poster.JPG