Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to political activism. I'm concerned and want to help but I'm not sure what I want to do. Is there content on the site to orient me to the types of electoral activity?

Yes! Scroll down the home page until you see “Learn about the Electoral Work — Volunteer.” Click on “Phone Banking,” “Text Banking,” “Canvassing,” and/or “Postcards” and you’ll be taken to a page with brief background material about each of these activities. You’ll be able to link from these pages to the searchable calendar of electoral events.

Exactly what is the NorCal BlueWave Alliance? Is the Alliance affiliated with a political campaign? Does the Alliance endorse candidates?

The NorCal BlueWave (NCBW) Alliance is an unincorporated volunteer group of progressive grassroots group leaders in northern California, representing over 50 activist organizations. The aim of the NCBW Alliance is to support collaboration among local progressive grassroots organizations, with the near-term objective to win 2018 elections in California Congressional districts targeted to flip from red to blue, or to remain blue. The NCBW Alliance is not a Political Action Committee (PAC); it does not endorse candidates, raise money for or receive money from campaigns. Nor does the Alliance affiliate with any political campaigns, although member groups and individuals within member groups are free to assist campaigns as they wish. For more detail about the NCBW Alliance, please click on “About Us.”

How do I sign up to volunteer for a calendar event (e.g. canvassing, voter registration, phone banking)?

There are a couple of ways:

  1. Click on “Action/Event Calendar” on the horizontal menu to the right of the NorCal Blue Wave logo. Search the calendar by date, keyword, or zipcode for an event that interests you. Hover over the event for more details. Some events will have a registration link, some may ask you to email the organizer, some simply provide the logistics, no sign up required.
  2. Click on “Sign Up Yourself.” You’ll be taken to a page with a brief form requesting information about you. Please click on “Subscribe” at the bottom of the form. Your completed form will be forwarded to our tactical team and one of the team members will email you to offer some suggested activities based on your interests and preferences.