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Today We Organize
On Friday, Trump was sworn in as president. On Saturday, millions of women and their allies marched, around the world and right here in Yucca Valley, in opposition to what he stands for.
Today, we organize.
We’re not going to win with just one march. The effort must be sustained and committed. Already, there are small nodes of organizing starting in the Morongo Basin. We want to help them grow and find one another. If you feel something must be done, think about inviting people you know to start working together, or look for other efforts that have started. We will support these efforts however we can. Below, we’ve pasted an organizing toolkit sent out by the folks at indivisible.org, to follow up on their Indivisible Guide. You can do it! WE can do it!
Some of you may be busy planning for your first group meeting, while others are trying to fit a discussion of the Indivisible guide into a packed agenda for your hundredth meeting. But regardless of how long you’ve been doing this or how many people are in your group, you’re not just a leader in that group – you’re an organizer.
So: what is an organizer? An organizer is someone who brings people together and inspires them to take action. Organizers motivate and mobilize people; they build relationships with the people around them and they build a plan to act. They are leaders who lead from behind, always thinking about how they can get other people to do more.
The most important thing you can do right now is spread the word: talk to people about your group, invite them to your meeting, ask them to commit to join you, and follow up beforehand to make sure they are there. Then what? This toolkit includes materials to help you take the next step in your organizing journey, whether it’s your first step or just the most recent one:
1. A sample agenda for your first organizing meeting to help your group divide up the work, make a bold plan, and put it into action.
2. Ideas for keeping your meeting on track, so that you can make a great plan and help your group mobilize to execute it.
3. A sign-in sheet for your meeting: organizing is all about relationships, and relationships are all about communication.
4. A potential first action plan so you and your group can start talking to your Members of Congress about standing up to Trump right away.
5. Tricks of the trade for getting press coverage and spreading the word about your actions on social media, so that what your group does has as big an impact as possible.