WHY HAVE A GROUP MEETING?
We can best become the Change we seek by working with our friends and neighbors who have the same passion for justice and fairness that we do!
Email, Facebook and call your friends and neighbors and let them know that you are forming a Group to
- Help each other work on fun and creative projects to protect the Middle Class
- Make our voices heard in Washington and with our Democratic Leaders
- Support each other in Standing Up together for Social Justice
1. When you Meet Face To Face you create a support network of friends and allies! Meet real people with stories like yours who you can share the work with.
2. You can work together to Get Involved with and influence YOUR Political Party Locally by attending it's Meetings and TownHalls etc and Stand Up for our Progressive Values!
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! If you are frustrated that your Congress person is not speaking up for your views and issues you can work with your friends and neighbors to "Lobby" them to represent you or you can work to elect someone more Progressive to their office! Maybe you!
CREATE A WEBSITE FOR YOUR GROUP
It is Very helpful to have a website where your local group can get updates on your meeting schedule and projects.
Here are a couple places to start.
1. FaceBook.com You can Create a Facebook Event Page and use it to post important updates and track discussions on projects.
2. Meetup.com This is a Very Powerful Free Website you can use to create a Meeting or what they call a "MeetUp". Just go throuogh the step by step signup process.
3. When you create your Group Web Page whether it's on Meetup.com or Facebook be sure to write your goals and the objectives for the meeting.
People need to understand what inspired you to create the group and Most Importantly What They Will Get Out Of It!
CREATE THE GROUP MEETING
1. Create the group's name so that people will Instantly understand your goals and purpose!
2. Write and describe at most 3 Main Goals for your Group in a short inspired paragraph.
3. Set a Time and Place for your Meeting.
It is important to Meet at the same time and place each week or month as best as you can so people will be able to depend on it and know how to find you.
WHERE CAN WE MEET?
Your Home if you are comfortable with it! This option is not for everyone!
A Quiet Coffee Shop. Be sure to ask the Manager about setting up your meeting and get their help and approval first.
A Union Hall. Often Union Halls will make space available for Blue Leaning Organizations and Groups that support Organized Labor. Contact your Local AFLCIO or other Unions.
A Church or Synagoge or other place of Worship. They too often make their meeting halls available for good causes that support helping the community.
A Community Center. Book time for your Condo Complex or Apartment Community Space.
A Library. Libraries often have meeting rooms you can book time in.
Always call the venue to confirm, and make sure they have all the equipment you need (microphones, speakers, screens, paper, sharpies, name tags, sign-in sheets). If you’re bringing your own supplies, make sure the venue knows that ahead of time and confirm that you’ll be their early to set up.
Show up Early and prepare! Get a friend or two to help you.
1. Email All your friends and family with an announcement about your new group inviting them.
2. Tap into your Facebook Network! Message people you know are local to you.
3. Us Facebook Ads to buy advertising to advertise your meeting. You can do so very inexpensively because you only pay for the "clicks" you get and you can narrow the focus of who sees your ads to only people who are for example let's say "Democrats" and who live in your particular city. It lets you create a very focused and narrow group of potential people who will see your Ad for your meeting so people who are not around you or not in alignment with you will not see them! This is a GREAT way to build a strong local group!
1. The first meeting should be informal. Have Coffee, Tea, punch and some goodies for people.
2. Welcome everyone when they get to the meeting.
3. Make sure everyone meets everyone else. Have people stand up and say their Name and the reason they came to the meeting or their most important Progressive Cause.
4. Get everyone to sign in and leave their email address, name and phone number.
5. Prepare and handout a Flyer to everyone that outlines the Groups Name and Purpose and Website and other important contact information.
6. Ask for a volunteer to be a Group Secretary to take informal notes you can use to update your members by email and on your website.
7. Ask for a Contribution. It can be $2.00 or $10 but keep it small. This is important because Politics takes money and everyone needs to understand this and make their commitment clear. You can decide as a group what your contributions will go towards.