Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Join the grassroots campaign for Wine in Grocery stores

If you think it is high time that we stand up to the coalition of Baptist and Liquor lobbyist and be allowed to purchase wine in the grocery store like civilized people, then lend your support to the effort.

Support wine sales in Tennessee retail food stores

Dear Rod,

You’re receiving this e-mail because you live in the district of a legislator who sits on the influential State & Local Committee. This committee is key to deciding the fate of wine in retail food stores. And we need your help.

25,000 members strong

In the August member e-mail earlier this week, we shared the news that more than 25,000 Tennesseans have shown their support by becoming campaign members.

Experts who run campaigns say they are amazed at the outpouring of unanimous support from consumers for wine in food stores. In case you are wondering, there are very few consumers clamoring to keep the system the same.

And yet?

Despite our success, we haven’t made nearly the progress in the General Assembly that we hoped. That’s very frustrating to everyone involved.

The process of passing legislation is complicated even before you add alcohol into the mix. The foe is very formidable and well financed – and that’s an understatement.

Our legislative sponsor believes the legislation is nearing the peak of ripeness. But it needs one more thing to be just right.

There’s one thing we haven’t done

So far, legislators have heard (loudly!) from you and other members while they are in session in Nashville. But most of them haven’t heard from many constituents while they are campaigning in their districts and away from the legislature.

We are forming a grassroots organization is key legislative districts. You live in one of those key districts.

Representative Mary Pruitt is a member of the influential House State & Local Committee. (Some members will receive a second e-mail because both your Senator and Representative are S&L committee members.) This legislation needs the support of a majority of that committee. The campaign needs your help to get there.

Wine in food stores needs volunteers

What we need are volunteers to be a grassroots team. We would love for you to be part of this effort.

The team’s mission, should you accept, is very simple: Make sure candidates hear from as many their constituents as possible before the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Red White and Food will be there to help every step of the way, however you need us. We’ve created a playbook for the team to use. We have some good swag, like fliers and bumper stickers. And we can easily e-mail all the Red White and Food members in your district.

We’re so close to making wine in food stores a reality. And elections are the perfect time to get candidates’ attention.

Are you ready?

Click here to join the grassroots team in your district. The link will automatically put your district in the subject line. Let us know if you are interested in being the team leader for your district. It’s not going to be a hard job, and we’ll give you tons of support.

Thanks for supporting Red White and Food.

A toast to success,

The Red White and Food Team


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