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Look, I hate political action with a white hot passion. I also think maybe I should do some. There are a bunch of Indivisible groups listed, locally, but I have no experience and no talent in this area, and I was wondering if anyone knew enough to recommend a group to get involved with. I would prefer some smart, politically savvy, practical people who have clear ideas of useful, bite-sized actions that I could get involved in. I am especially interested in groups that work to make sure that it's not just us white, middle-class people who are doing all the talking. I am not interested in long meetings that wrangle or rage, although I realize that I may not be able to avoid them.

Any suggestions?

Date: 2017-02-11 04:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] guppiecat
This is a reminder to talk to me about this topic at the party this afternoon.

Date: 2017-02-11 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would be interested in this type of info too.

Date: 2017-02-11 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't hate meetings and all that, but my physical state won't allow me evening activities at the moment (kind of pissed off about this--I was doing better before I started the new cancer drugs). So I'm just takingguidance on phone calls, emails, & demonstrations from social media now. It's only necessary to go to meetings if you're going to them in order to help work out organizational strategies. This is generally important work and someone has to do it but for myself I'm content to be a foot soldier at this point in my life.

Date: 2017-02-12 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not a meeting person, so I've been collecting websites with action items instead. Here's what I've found so far, in case this is of any use:

This is SF Bay Area specific, don't know if there's a TC equivalent:

Date: 2017-02-13 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Do you want your activity to specificly include face time and/or socializing? i.e., local groups vs. online
Have you decided what level (city, state, national) you want to concentrate on?
Do you have a favorite issue area?
Whatever answer is right for you is right, but it will help focus on your alternatives. For instance, there are lists which will email you four action points a week, or 5calls.
Personally, I've gone national and electronic. I'm in one of the most (the most? haven't double checked) wards in Chicago. It went for Sanders in the primary, Clinton in the general, and 7.8% T. Otoh, our alderman sucks, I call our mayor The Lizard King, and he and the governor are business partners. [e.t.a. My federal representation is totally the best: Durbin & Duckworth and Schakowsky. apologies for leaving them out, but they're already going to do what I want, so paradoxically, I have negligible leverage] But I'm on enough lists that I have all the prompts to write or be part of a crowd without having to seek out any more info.
So one of my activities is encouraging people to effectively pressure congresscritters, and explaining how. I'm refining my mailing list to a state sort, so when something is in the Senate I can alert actual constituents to speak up.

And don't worry about all those other things you're NOT doing, or neglect to take care of yourself.
R. Tarphon said . . . It is not for thee to finish the work, nor art thou free to desist therefrom.
Edited Date: 2017-02-13 09:23 pm (UTC)


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