2009 Political Organizing Handout

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Guide sheet by Jennifer Rodriguez for the Texas Democratic Women State Convention, 2009

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2009 Political Organizing Handout

  1. 1. ORGANIZING FOR SUCCESS Types of organizing POLITICAL: Activating members to turn out the largest possible vote among members to elect endorsed candidates LEGISLATIVE: Engaging an increasing number of members, their families, and community, to influence decision-makers ISSUES: Equip an increasing number of members, their families and their community with knowledge, info and strategies for advocating effectively on your issues. MEMBERSHIP: Mobilization serves all the above, but also is how we transform potential members into members, members into activists, activists into leaders. Organizing plan Clear objective Strategies and structure to accomplish objective o Hot topics among members o Interactive elements Timeline Ideas for organizing  Make it easy to sign up – Include an application everywhere you can – on every newsletter, on Web site  Increase coalition/outreach participation  Consistent communication  Identify issues  Get to know your members – What organizations do they belong to?  Increase coalition/outreach participation  Use existing events to activate members (lawmaker town hall meetings, community events)  Engage your members – Survey and poll by email, poll, flier (publish results) – ASK members to participate frequently – Orient new members – Bring long-time members together with new members via mentoring – Provide easy ways for members to advocate chapter issues: letter/email campaigns Recommendations  Establish an organizing committee  Develop a written plan  Design each activity to expand activist pool  Ask members to participate, people to join  Find out what makes members tick – identify chapter issues  Keep good records  Maintain lots of one-on-one contact, mentoring  Provide training, orientation  Make your activities interactive  Make it easy to join  Publicize events everywhere
  2. 2. ORGANIZING FOR SUCCESS Assess your readiness  Does your chapter have leadership and committee positions filled and active? (PAC committee, communications committee, recruitment/membership committee, social/ solidarity building committee, data coordinator)  Written plan with a clear objective?  Leaders and activists who are trained on your objective, messaging and how to accomplish goals?  Accurate membership and target list?  Regular communications? Updated Web site? External communications?  Outreach to community and political allies, and participation in community groups? Ideas for organizing your chapter Your goal for your chapter Political Legislative Issues Membership

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