Manny’s Opens Nation’s First Outdoor Socially-Distant “Victory Booths”
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Manny’s Opens Nation’s First Outdoor Socially-Distant “Victory Booths” to Phone Bank / Text / Write Letters to Spur Voter Turnout and Defeat Donald Trump
21 September 2020 – San Francisco, CA: In the final days before 2020 election Manny’s at 3092 16th Street at Valencia (www.welcometomannys.com)has stepped up its work to defeat Donald Trump this November by building the Victory Booths. Manny’s has built the country’s first outdoor socially distanced set of booths where community members have already begun to come to phone bank, text bank, and write letters to swing state voters.
“It’s crucial in these final weeks that everyone in California spend as much time talking to voters in swing states as possible,” said Manny Yekutiel, 31, who founded and runs the eponymous community engagement space and café dubbed “the New Hampshire of California” (KCBS Radio) for its hosting of myriad political events including hosting 17 Democratic presidential candidates. “That’s what these first-in -the nation victory booths are here for.”
Over the next 7 weeks (or 50 days), Manny’s “Victory Booths” will be sending over 10,000 letters to swing state voters in Florida, making thousands of calls and sending tens of thousands of text messages with one goal in mind: elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and defeat Donald Trump. The link to sign up for a shift is tinyurl.com/victoryboothshifts
“Manny’s was created to be a space for political discourse, activism and advocacy for social justice,” says Yekutiel, who expects to announce some “significant VIP attendance” later this week for the effort. “Until we can once again gather for political action inside Manny’s we’re inviting people to gather outside, socially distant but politically active, at 16th and Valencia.”
Since opening its doors on Election Night 2018, Manny’s has become an epicenter of community involvement, dialogue and civic engagement having served over 50,000 people, staged over 500 events, donated space to more than 150 area nonprofits and charities, and hosted 17 presidential candidates in his first year alone. Also, in addition to receiving much media and public attention, Manny’s was recognized for his above-and-beyond achievements by the California State Senate as “Small Business of the Year.”
Manny’s is a people powered, community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events space. Manny’s goal: to create a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. Manny’s offers its events space to nonprofits, activists and civic organizations to spread their message and do their work as well as hosting its own civic and arts related programming. Manny’s kitchen is run by the non-profit, Farming Hope, which hires formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and trains them in the food skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.