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I would have appreciated more actual meeting (start earlier rather than waiting for an hour after the posted "start time" to begin) - I anticipated more actual information sharing, more directive, more data and facts on Dean and his positions. I also anticipated covering all posted topics, which we did not do. I will, however, consider attending again!
0 · December 3, 2003
I am very enthused about Governor Dean's chance of winning the primary and about winning the White House.
Gene W. DeVauxGreenwood, MO
We had an enthusiastic group. It was the first Wyandotte County, KS meetup. We had two Kucinich people and an undecided person. We made them comfortable and had an energetic conversation about the differences between the to candidates.
We will be working on Letters and the Petition Drive. And planning for the next Meetup. We've already reserved the room here at the library!!
Lauren Lessing hosted this Meetup, and did a wonderful job. Her speaking style is very clear, warm, and encouraging.
I was surprised by the number of "first timers"! It's a good thing to have so many of the group attending for the first time - or for the first time at this location. Personally, I think it would be helpful to have sign-up sheets where people can commit to certain local activities, if they want to; it will help to bolster involvement and develop the feeling that people "belong." We could also have more brainstorming about the kinds of activities that could be done, so that they can be acted upon; the Dean campaign has been thriving on this in other locations.
This is my second meet-up and I will continue to attend, but I think there has been a serious lack of attention paid to Dean's policies, stands, etc. Each time I've gone to a meetup the person in charge has promised we'd discuss Dean's stand on issues, but it hasn't happened. Also, I think the discussion could be better aimed at the political beginner (which I am) rather than at the people who already are familiar with the political process (for instance, caucus vs primary). The meetings are great pep rallies and they make me feel good, but the two I've attended have been short on substance. Having said that, I still say, Go get 'em Dean!
The loose format allowed the group to express itself freely and not be intimidated. I ennjoyed listening to the others speak and also be able to voice an opinion and not be shouted down or attacked. I felt included, and that the group had a purpose for being there, which is to get Howard Dean elected president. I can't wait to get to the next one.
This MeetUp (12/3/2003) was the best ever! Great location. Good attendance (including a local Democratic candidate, a representative from "Out For Dean", several disgruntled Republicans, several *former* disgruntled AARP members, a voter registration drive leader, a person gathering signatures to get Dean on the ballot in Kansas, etc.!!) The outstanding agenda included a Dean video, a conference call from Iowa, Dean songs, a video on the Iraq war,and distribution of an AFSCME t-shirt. Dean t-shirts, flyers, bumper stickers, letter writing materials and Dean buttons were available. In short, it was a rip-rousing, rip-roaring, enthusiastic, inspirational event!
The room was full, but I am not good at estimating the size of a crowd, so please do not quote me on the number I submitted above re: "how many people showed up"
A member of the group received a reply to one of the letters sent to Iowa. It was read aloud and touched all of us with its sincerity. The story of a retired farmer who had left his farm to his son, who consequently was having to work at a factory to keep the farm. He complained of prices controlled by the corporate grain buyers and their attempts to destroy the Conservation Reserve Program. Thanks to all who are making this campaign possible.
The discussions were very inspiring because we talked about taking this country back from the right wing. I think a few people got fired up.
I could use a little more info and a little less religion/revival about how we have to make people feel hopeful, and how evil the Bush adm is. But I thought it was good that we got to write letters to Iowa if we wanted to, and the suggestion to have someone come speak to us about how the primary/caucus process works was a good idea. I am glad I came, but there was not much available fact wise on Dean's Iraq position.
I enjoyed the meetup and knew one person there, a gal I know from church. Everyone introduced themselves and said a little about themselves and why they were there. There was perhaps a little too much off the issue talking by some of the folks. We broke about 8:50. I wish we could organize something in Platte County, Missouri, were I live. There was one other person there from Platte County. Platte County is north east of Johnson County, Kansas. I work in Johnson county so the meeting place was on my way home. Ed Casey
The flu is going around and I think that caused some people to stay home. I know of one woman who was going to attend but had to stay home with a sick child.
Our leader did a nice job.
Good information. Glad to have more venues to choose from in the KC area.
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