by Pachacutec, Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 06:52:12 AM EST
I've gone to one State Convention about twenty years ago. That was my entire political involvement until this election. All I did this time was comment here and at Dkos and make a few contributions.
Since the election I've signed up for a Meet Up on Jan. 5th, written five letters to California DNC members about the chair position, written a few letters to the editor and found out the address of my county Dem headquarters, but haven't stopped by yet.
I'm interested in doing more, but I need to be pragmatic about the time requirement before I commit.
That way, what you do actually dovetails with your social life.
And then, when it starts to eat too much of your time, say "no," and maybe find another person to recruit to your group.
That's it. That's grass roots organizing.
It's all about doing the little things as part and parcel of your social life.
That's what the right wing moral extremists do. There's no reason we can't do it.
If anything you learn from the diary helps you be more effective in any of this, great. Most "leaders" don't have titles. In fact, getting some kind of title or heirarchical post foten stymies the expression of leadership, which is really just influence based on credibility, intelligence, empathy and trust.
I'm your basic liberal godless heathen, so I don't attend church. I was thinking that wherever it is, we could switch to a nearby UCC church. Perhaps get some cross pollination.
We'll see how it goes.
Build relationships, first and foremeost. Don't wait to be assigned a task.
You want a task? Build up your contact list. Use Outlook or whatever you want. Get people's names, phone numbers, addresses, birthdays, find out their goals and interests, whatever you can.
People are interesting, and plenty crazy enough for fun, if you keep a sense of humor. We need them all. The name of the game is relationships, relationships, relationships.
The religious right took over the Westminister school board a couple of years ago and created a big stink for one election cycle. I have absolutely no idea what the eventual resolution was.
I saw a comment on one blog that you can get more information from the internet about events in China then you can about what going on at your City Council meeting. City Councils in California are notorious for violating open meetings requirement of the Brown Act.
This could be interesting.
Many thanks, and quite unexpected.
As you may see from my other comments here at mydd recently, I'm open to any suggestions as to how I might target content that may be of use, based on my business background. If you have suggestions, I'm all ears.
A. J. (aka "Pachacutec" after an Inca warrior of legend)
But if you feel stymied with your Meetup group, start your own group. Or get two friends together and take your local Dem party representatve to dinner. Have a drink. be a pagan goddess. Have fun. And get to know him/her. Find out about the party's needs.
I generally emphasize making social contacts over volunteering for specific tasks. tasks will emerge, and there will always be more than you can handle alone. But relationships - ah, relationships! - that's where the political gold is, and also the fun.