VOLUNTEER

Decriminalize California’s top priority is collecting 623,212 valid signatures that are required to qualify the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative for the November 2022 ballot. 

With over 3,00+ volunteers across all 58 counties, Decriminalize California is positioned to change California history with solid drug reform language. 

Our volunteers are some of the smartest, most creative, wild people you will ever meet in your life and you might just stay friends with them for the rest of your life.

With such a large number of active volunteers, a philosophy of open-source debate, built within a vast community of like-minded individuals to end the drug war means that every single volunteer has the opportunity to make a real difference.

You don’t even have to be located in California to join this campaign as we have tons of volunteers working remotely across the world to help make this a reality.

The time commitments grow as the campaign progresses and the only reward you will get for doing a good job is more tasks. 

But remember, in order to learn how to do great things you must actually do great things.

See you in the trenches.

-Ryan Munevar – Campaign Director

THE FIVE TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Circulators

Down for the cause and like to work local farmers markets and other events. They need to be outgoing, positive, and knowledgeable about the language of the initiative in order to answer questions in the field. 

Start by printing out signature sheets and then get signatures from friends, family, significant others, co-workers(if they are cool), and after you have burned through your network then go after farmers markets, music festivals, film festivals, cool grocery stores, whatever is clever… Just get those signatures.

Join: Volunteer Team 

Trello Board: 58 County Strategy 

Maps: Farmers Markets Map, Signature Canvasing Spots Maps

Runners

Must have reliable transportation and enjoy driving around to pick up and drop off community packets of stickers, buttons, and t-shirts at brick and mortar locations such as cafes, yoga studios, health food stores, dispensaries, bookstores, whatever is clever. These spots eventually upgrade to signing locations for the petition when we hit Phase 3 starting in early September of 2021.

Join: Outreach TeamFundraising TeamEvents Team

Trello Boards: Outreach Team

Map: Allies Map of Brick & Mortar Locations

Educators

Teach classes on mushroom cultivation, work on the PsychedelicWiki, and learn as much as possible in the process. 

Join Groups: Education TeamMycology TeamResearch Team

Trello Board: Education Team & Research Teams

Psychedelic Wiki: Mycology

Influencers

Always on their phones pushing social media. They are focused on making their own topical and relevant content to help promote the campaign.

Join Groups: Social Media TeamGraphic Design Team

Trello Board: Social Media Team

#decrimca #decriminalizecalifornia #cpi2022

Organizers

These are the brains of our operation. They can be county organizers, directors for specific teams, even partners on event projects or fundraising drives. It’s the rarest of all the volunteer types.

Join: The Board(INVITE ONLY) When a volunteer is formally upgraded to a County Organizer, City Organizer, College Organizer, or Team Director role they will be granted access to this group and the corresponding Trello Board.

VOLUNTEER PATH

Step 1 - Sign Up at DecrimUSA.org

We built out a private campaign management system to help organize all the volunteers with an activity feed similar to Facebook, a section for groups to organize the counties and teams even a Psychedelic Wiki. It’s still in the Beta testing phase and when we are done with this we will roll out the Web App. Sign up now to help us finish building it out.

Step 2 - Schedule 15 Minute Zoom Interview

After signing up you will get an email from info@decrimusa.org with an invite to Calendly to pick a 15-minute time block for your zoom interview. Make sure to download zoom and test it out before the interview.

NOTE: These interviews are automatically recorded so if that’s a problem let us know if want us to turn it off before the meeting.

Be prepared to answer the following volunteer interview questions:

How did you hear about us?

What county and city are you in?

Where are you registered to vote?

What kind of volunteer type(s) are you?

What teams are you most interested in joining?

What’s your favorite psychedelic?

Step 3 - Build Out Your Profile & Join Your Teams

After passing your interview your account will be activated. Then you can build out your Volunteer profile by adding a picture, background, and any other information you want. Most importantly join your local county teams on Signal and any online teams you want to be a part of on DecrimUSA. 

Although more than a third of the volunteers are based in Los Angeles County, Decriminalize California has teams in every county in California. The campaign is actively seeking to fill County Organizer positions in many of California’s rural and less-populated counties.

California's 58 County Teams on Signal

Online Teams Only:

Logistics Teams

The Board – PRIVATE for Board Members, County Organizers, City Organizers, and Legal Advisors.

Volunteer Team – If you would like to help guide new volunteers through the orientation process or handle volunteer interviews join this group.

Events Team – Create and run our own events, or partner and table at friends’ events. All events are online using Zoom right now but when we get back into the swing of things we will have small private events, medium-sized volunteer events, and large public tabling events.

Fundraising Team – Campaigns aren’t cheap and when it comes to drug reform they are off the charts. Fortunately, there are very rich donors out there.

Merchandise Team – We actually make our own in-house t-shirts and buttons for the campaign. Stickers we buy but we get them at a great price. If you like arts, crafts and maybe a little fashion design this if for you.

Initiative Language Team – This is for lawyers, political wonks, and people read and write initiatives.

California Psilocybin Initiative 2022 – This is the most important document we work on for the campaign.

Guides & Counselors – If you are a guide and or run an integration circle this group is for you.

Damage Control– If and when something crazy goes down we need to deal with it immediately so put it in here.

Communication Teams

Website Team – This team focuses on updating DecrimUSA.org as well as the mobile app. 

Social Media Team – Create and post original content to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Graphic Design Team – Logo Design, Stickers, Posters, Buttons, and T-Shirt Design. Must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

 

Newsletter Team – Draft and critique the newsletter. Must be familiar with MailChimp.

Press Team
 – Handles the Press Releases, Letters to the Editor, and Reporters.

Documentary Team – If you are a shooter with gear, edit with Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and a good ear for audio then sign up.  

Education & Research Teams

Education Team – Focuses on building out the psychedelic wiki, creating info packets, and teaching classes.

Research Team – If you have a scientific background then help us by adding research papers and writing takeaways about them.

Botany Team – From Ayahuasca to Cannabis. Learn to cultivate, manufacture, and properly distribute.

Mycology Team – If you actually know how to grow gourmet, medicinal, or psychedelic mushrooms and want to help teach the classes or develop tutorials then this is for you.

Synthetic Analogues Team – LSD, MDMA, Ketamine…

Zoology Preservation Team – The Toad

College Outreach Teams

College Outreach Team – This team is the parent team for all the college teams and helps to contact friends at other schools to set up teams.

CSUMB – California State University Monterey Bay – Student Population 7,540

Monterey Peninsula College Team – Student Population 12,170

SDSU – San Diego State University – Student Population 33,778 

Step 4 - Start Collecting Signatures at Farmers Markers or Setup Brick & Mortars

Farmers Markets Are Color Coded by the Days of the Week

Monday – RED

Tuesday – Orange

Wednesday – Yellow

Thursday – Green

Friday – Teal

Saturday – Blue

Sunday – Purple

Every Day – Black 

Multiple Days – Gray

Allies Map of Brick & Mortar Signing Spots

Add Our Social Media Accounts

You can find us @decrimca and use our #decrimca to tag us in topical and relevant posts to help promote the campaign. Also if you want to list in your profile that you are a volunteer for a specific county or team go for it.