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You Can Be The Group Leader

Of Your Own Local Protest Group….

It’s Simple:

  1. Invite your friends to join your group
  2. Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers, tweeter addresses of the governor and the Members of Congress who represent you
  3. Decide what you want to do to protest (your tactics)
  4. Decide which issues you want your representative to address and how you want them to address the issues
  5. Go DO IT

Forming Your Group:

  1. Determine the type of group you want.
    • is the group to be limited to your friends and your family members?
    • is it to be an open group that others will be allowed to join?
  2. Use Defend Democracy or a similar name as the Group Name, so others can “find” your group
  3. Search the Indivisible website, Indivisible.org/groups and the Meetup website meetup.com to determine if a Defend Democracy group already exists in your area.
  4. Register your group in the “Movements” section of Meetup.com and Indivisible.org/groups
  5. Congratulations. You now have your own Local Protest Group

Next Obtain Information About The Politicians Representing You

  1. Initially, begin by voicing your protests to your two US Senators, your one US Representative and your Governor. Later you can decide if you wish to expand your activities to include state and local politicians
  2. Find their contact information including their phone numbers, addresses, email and tweeter addresses. The following links contain useful information.

The Tactics

Prior to contacting your politicians, be clear on your issue, know what your seeking to accomplish from the interaction, have your questions thought out well in advance, and record or video tape the event.

There are six advocacy tactics that can be effective even if undertaken by a small group. They are listed in order of the ease of implementation;

  • Tweets. If you are on tweeter, copy your Members of Congress and Governor on your tweets. While most tweets are ignored, the subjects are monitored. If there is an avalanche of tweets on the same subject, they will be noticed. So it doesn’t hurt to copy the politicians. And it only takes a few seconds.
  • Emails or Comment Contact Forms. Most politicians websites have a place for you to leave comments. The comments are typically scanned by staff and major topics brought to the attention of the politician
  • Phone Calls. If the politicians receives a huge number of phone calls about the same subject, the politician will take notice. And like tweeting, making calls doesn’t take much time.
  • Letters. The protocol had been, if a politician receives a letter, the politician would respond by letter. This requires the politician to focus on the issue.
  • Office visits. Visit the office and demand a meeting, ask if you can record it, and report the outcome on social media or on to the main street and local media.
  • Town halls. Politicians pitch town hall meeting as the vehicle to hear the desires of their constituents. Have your questions prepared in advance.
  • Public events. Follow the politician to their local public events such as ribbon cuttings. The media frequently attends these events. Confronting the politician at these events can bring media attention to your issue. Don’t be shy about calling out questions to the politician.

Sample Demands

  1. Congress must immediately sanction Trump for:
    • attacking the “Free Press”, endangering reporters
    • preventing the IRS from releasing his tax returns
    • for telling his subordinates to break the law
    • ignoring subpoenas
  2. Begin the Impeachment Process
  3. Jail or fine witness who refuse to testify
  4. Barr must release of the entire Mueller report to Congress
  5. Congress must investigate and sanction both Trump and William Barr, the AG, for:
    • using the Justice Department as Trump’s personal attorney
    • using the Judiciary Department to attack Trump’s political opponents
  6. Barr must resign or be fired
  7. All governors must do whatever is necessary to assure “free and fair elections” take place in the State including:
    • #HandMarkedPaperBallots in all elections.
    • No Gerrymandering
    • Adequate voting locations in ALL voting districts
    • Polls are open at hours that are convenient for voters
    • Declaring a State Holiday on election day
  8. Do Whatever is necessary to #FreeRealityWinner
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