Midstate residents learn how to get involved in the midterm elections, talk politics


Midstate residents learned how to talk politics with strangers at a training run by Pennsylvania Together Saturday.

The organization is a statewide coalition of grassroots resistance groups that have become active since the last election. 

The goal was to help community members figure out which roles they can play in the upcoming midterm elections. 

Pennsylvania Together is an independent organization that says it welcomes members of all political parties to its trainings. 

Instructors gave tips on how to canvass, how to talk to voters door to door and how to discuss important issues, like healthcare and education. 

“We think that the conversation about politics needs to move beyond talking about Democrats and Republicans, and really talk to people about the issues that matter,” said Hannah Laurison, who is Pennsylvania Together’s lead organizer. 

“We get caught up in our daily lives, and we’re going from point A to point B, and we kind of forget that there’s a bigger world out there,” said Helen Michener, the campaign manager for Karen Anderson. “Things like this, workshops, help us to engage more and get a better, broader perspective.”

About 50 people attended the all-day event in Harrisburg. 

The session is part of a series of trainings happening across the state this summer.

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