What was Team Bernie NY?
Team Bernie NY was a coalition of grassroots groups and individual organizers, all working to elect Bernie Sanders in New York.
The group was not affiliated with the official campaign, did not fundraise and was run purely by volunteers. Our focus was fieldwork and voter contact through canvassing, voter registration and flyering. We went out rain or shine to talk to voters, gather data and spread the word. When it came time to gather signatures to put Bernie on the ballot, we mobilized and got it done!
The admin team supported the fieldwork with this website, a weekly newsletter and bi-weekly general meetings. We also managed the data entry for tens of thousands of data points and matching of these entries to official NY voter records.
Purely through voter contact and fieldwork, and without money or material support, we identified more than 35,000 registered pro-Bernie voters and registered over 6000 new voters. This information was then turned over to the official campaign for Get Out The Vote.
The data we collected illustrates the work done by many dedicated grassroots volunteers yet still represents only a fraction of the work done by volunteers in New York.
What are we doing now?
After the election, TBNY worked on various electoral projects and issue-based campaigns. However, after much deliberation we decided to dismantle the TBNY support structure that had served us during the Bernie campaign.
Many TBNYers are active in other progressive groups and some are even running for office!