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Putting AI to Work for Progressive Causes

Can artificial intelligence take on some of your writing work? Yes, says Stefanie Rafes, a member of the social media team with Lehigh County Democrats and head of the Lehigh County Chapter of Our Schools USA, which is fighting the far-right group Moms for Liberty.

Some examples of ChatGPT-generated text Stephanie and her group are using:

Sample organization description:  Our Schools Lehigh County

As a passionate advocate for accessible and quality public education, Our Schools USA has taken the lead in founding and nurturing a national grassroots organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of our schools. With a mission to empower parents, students, and community members, Our Schools USA's commitment to protecting the cornerstone of our society—public education—has never been stronger. Our Schools Lehigh County chapter has recently joined the fight.

Fueled by the belief that every student deserves a fair chance at a bright future, Our Schools USA launched this initiative as a direct response to the challenges posed by extremist groups that threatened the very foundation of inclusive learning environments. This dynamic organization stands as a united front against divisive forces and a beacon of hope for those who believe in the power of public education.

As a community outreach leader, we have diligently engaged with parents, students, and local stakeholders, fostering a sense of unity and collective responsibility. With a keen eye on school board elections, Our Schools Lehigh County has been instrumental in ensuring that the voices of the community are heard in shaping the educational landscape. Through tireless efforts to encourage voter participation, we champion the essential role that every individual plays in upholding our public education system.

Sample outreach letter: Why Rural Residents Should Register and Vote

Calling All Rural Community Members: Your Vote Matters!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We hope this message finds you well in our tight-knit rural community. We are excited to reach out to you with an important reminder and an invitation that has the power to shape our future - the opportunity to register and vote.

Why Vote? Voting is not just a right; it's a fundamental way to have your voice heard and influence decisions that impact our lives and the future of our community. Here's why your vote matters:

  1. Community Development: Your vote helps determine how resources are allocated for essential services like schools, healthcare, roads, and local businesses.

  2. Representation: By voting, you help elect leaders who understand our unique rural needs and will advocate for our interests on a larger stage.

  3. Policy Decisions: Elected officials make decisions that affect everything from agricultural policies to environmental regulations. Your vote helps shape these policies.

  4. Change Initiatives: Voting can lead to positive changes that reflect your values, whether it's about sustainability, infrastructure, or rural employment opportunities.


How to Register: Registering to vote is simple and empowers you to make a difference. Here's how you can get started:

  1. Check Eligibility: Ensure you meet the age and citizenship requirements to vote in our region.

  2. Collect Documents: Gather any necessary identification documents and proof of residence.

  3. Register Online: In many areas, online voter registration is available. Visit [your state's official voter registration website] to begin the process.

  4. Mail or In-Person Registration: If online registration isn't available, you can usually register by mail or in person. Find details on how and where to do this on the [state election office] website.

  5. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on upcoming elections and deadlines. These are often posted on the state election office website and can also be found in local newspapers or community bulletin boards.


Remember, your vote is your chance to shape the future of our community. Each voice matters, and your input can truly make a difference. Let's come together as a strong rural community and exercise our right to vote!

If you have any questions or need assistance with the registration process, don't hesitate to reach out to [community contact information].

Let's make our voices heard and build a better future for our beloved rural community!


[Your Name] [Contact Information]

P.S. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to register as well. Sharing this message could be the first step towards positive change!

"Give me a list of impactful, positive community projects my group can sponsor."

Among the activities ChatGPT recommended:

Women’s empowerment workshops, support for immigrants and refugees, veterans’ support, and youth and engagement programs. Chat GPT also provided specific suggestions for each activity. For example, under “veteran’s support” it listed “Partner with organizations to provide assistance and resources to veterans, including job training, housing support, and mental health services. Advocate for improved veterans' benefits and services.”

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