Oakland Democracy for America June Meetup

  • June 4, 2003 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    ***This comment is for Cafe Mars in SF. Last minute attendance change*****

    The meeting was outside (remember, Mark Twain said the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco?). Well, it was cold. There was also noise from the bar, loud bar patrons crashing the meeting and low attendance.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there were a way to contact people who signed up re:changes--for instance, this time we really needed people to arrive on time--it would be great. People who sign up don't check back on the meet-up page so the little message box doesn't really work. What might work is if when you send out the last reminder messages to the entire list you could include a link back to the page and remind people to check the message box for last minute messages. (and let us know if you're going to do that.)

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting, could use more chairs.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so much better meeting in a non-commercial place. There was no noise from clanking dishes and we didn't irritate any waitresses! It was GREAT!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup was great to work with us to get this venue. We REALLY appreciate it. I think it was the perfect place for the event. THANKS!!!!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Announcements should be a little shorter and more to the point. I think newcomers would appreciate seeing more of the Dean videos... maybe having them going all the time so everyone gets a chance to see what they want to. Networking was great. Tabling and houseparty sign up was very well planned and thought out as well as the merchandising. I'll be at the next one and the next one and the next one. I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really excellent meeting, a lot of enthusiasm for the campaign was generated and things really seem to be rolling now!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    we missed out on the Dean phone call, so i feel that was a big disappointment. but otherwise, it was a good, productive meeting.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall, it was a good experince. During the Q&A it got a little chaotic. Maybe next time questions can be written on scratch paper and passed to the volunteer coordinators, who then would read the question and respond. For questions that come up during the meeting process, there could be 10-15 minutes at the end of the meeting to address these.

    Good job for volunteer/grassroots organizing.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great kick off for Contra Costa. We need to set up the room to fit more people in,wider aisles at the back (the place was standing room only!) and buy stuff from the Cafe.

    Dave Smith

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because of time, I had to leave early, would have liked to learn more about Dean on specific issues. Will probably attend another.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    well organized & good enthusiasm

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I tried to contribute by VISA, but I could not successfully manipulate your software. Keep it simple?

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    had a migriane and could not make it. woild still like to help. i am poor but i have a truck and i am also disabled presently. i thought i might be able to distribute signs, etc.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to be critical. I thought it was going to be a circle type format where people would share ideas, conscerns, etc. I understand that is hard to do with so many people. I commend you for all your donated hard work, hopefully more people (i'm moving to vermont next week) will take on leadership roles. I did think the "rally" did have a strange ending. People seemed to fizzle out and others were busy chatting which added to disorientation. It would be great if smaller groups could have been established to increase discussion.
    thanks for your hard work.
    I'll spread the word.
    j

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Try sometime to break into smaller groups to discuss some issues/questions, then report back to the whole group. Unfortunate re the telephone call from Dr. Dean...we heard about a minute snippet. The Dean campaign needs position papers, geared to particular groups. There are lots of seniors not on the web, but with lots of time and energy to promote a good candidate. Use these folks.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Important that Gov. Dean respond to article in The Nation particularly with respect to quote attributed to him concerning nature of welfare recipients and alleged failure to back election reform.

    Tom Miller

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unbelievable that Howard Dean called. Unbelievable that the only technology required was a cell phone and a microphone. Walnut Creek will require a larger venue next time. Great job.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    the sound system for gov dean's call wasn't very good, but the place and the hospitality was a pleasant surprise (food, drinks, stuff to buy at good prices).
    the people were nice -- passionate but not pushy

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's not play that same Calif. democratic convention speech video again next time. Can we have a house party at Jerry Brown's house? The phone call was disappointing. That system needs to be refined. Overall, though, the energy in the place was good and the Q&A was good. Maybe next time we could break up into groups assigned by number or letter randomly and talk about how to organize together and attract more people to Dean's candidacy. Then people would be more likely to follow through if they've made a commitment to other people in the group. Otherwise, the audience is just a passive recipient of information.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Our meeting waited 45 minutes for Dean to call in and there was some kind of snafu. It was very disappointing.

    September 3, 2004

  • thelipperts

    We need a larger venue - it was standing room only at Cafe La Scala!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Addition to my original SWOT analysis and minority support:
    Get support from Gov. Gary Locke of Washington and Leon Panetta former Clinton staff
    Set up internet audio web cam so people at these big meets can see him deliver the message

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was crowded - a good problem to have!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    GOOD:
    Warm and welcoming hostesses, effective speakers and AV presentation. Hearing Dr. Dean call in was a pleasant surprise.
    ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT:
    Larger venue to accommodate group would have been better.
    ALso, it would have been nice to be able to pick up info at the beginning of the meeting(voter registration, volunteer sign up sheet, etc.)

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have it a La Sala again next month.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please note that I was not in Oakland for this Meetup, but rather Ventura, so I am commenting on the Ventura, CA, Meetup at the library. In comparison, it was bad to the Oakland one, but it was actually a really good Meetup. Ventura County is conservative so for size and venue it was good. I would suggest a bigger venue in the future.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to make it easier to make a contribution. The required forms for donors were hard to locate, and too many people left without making contributions (we almost did, out of frustration).

    Overall, the meeting was excellent - very motivasting! Terry, the facilitator, was outstanding. We enjoyed the meet-up, and

    September 3, 2004

  • ahfugyou

    Despite some minor technical difficulties with the conference call from Dean, it went quite well. There seemed to be a lack of persons of color in the audience though- this was probably due to the early nature of the campaign so far, (i.e. news spread by the internet and the demographics of home computer ownership.) Another minor problem I noticed was that the tabling efforts seem to be centered too much around Berkeley, a center of well educated liberals. I suggest spending some time in East and West Oakland, the Mission, etc, and in poorer neighborhoods generally. I think we need some volunteers for a door to door voter registration drive with basic info about why this Primary is so important. Thanks

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're actually in Berkeley, and this was quite a ways to drive, but we were a bit skeptical about the location of the Oakland venue (seemed *way* down on the waterfront in what might be a rather iffy neighborhood). Cafe la Scala was wonderful, but next time we want to stay on our own side of the hills if we can.

    One thing: There were a couple of noisy kids who made it very difficult to hear Dr. Dean's phone call or the video. This really wasn't a good venue for kids--maybe this type of political meet-up really isn't good for kids.Speeches, after all, necessity for adults to pay attention, etc.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I heard some (white) people muttering that, for all the talk of inclusiveness, the crowd was mostly white. I'm white, too, and I agree with them. I do not believe there was a single black person at the gathering. It would be great, especially in the Bay Area's very own Oakland, if we could do some active outreach to people of color, FAST.

    Secondly, the people talking at the meet-ups (I am avoiding calling them our "leaders") need to repeat the same thing every time: get registered to vote, switch back to Democrat NOW. Just like Dean repeats the same lines over and over at each venue he addresses, we must do that, too. Every meet-up, there will be some newbie who will need to be told, again, out loud, with the whole crowd, to do some basic things: bumper stickers, vote registration, etc.

    Thank you so much.

    AND, I would like to pay for the next meet-up venue ($75), so please contact me.

    Thank you,

    Celia Joyce de Mello
    [masked]

    September 3, 2004

  • Mehrdad M.

    It was great to see so many people there. It was also encouraging to see how the entire logistics, etc. of this Meetup had come out of volunteers alone.

    However, the drawback of not having the Dean for America campaign team involvement is that it communicates LACK OF ORGANIZATION in this campaign. If such lack of organization continues for much longer, a lot of people will view that as a strong sign of weakness of this campaign.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was kind of bored because I hadn't learned anything I didn't already know about Dean. The telephone communication did not fly, although I know your intentions were good. Handing out the cards was a great idea! We need more things like that, which we can pass onto our friends and neighbors.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oakland, CA
    Food looked great wish I could have eaten it. The attempt to hear the Governor's phone call was disapointing but these things happen. The tape was fabulous. I can't wait to get one.

    September 3, 2004

  • geoff l.

    We need to find ways to attract more minorities!! If our agenda is all inclusive, we need to find ways to reach out to everyone. (Otherwise, I thought everyone did a great job.)

    September 3, 2004

  • Peter C.

    Get the sound system people to set up and correct problems *before* event begins. The repeated piercing wails of electronic feedback really turned me off as I arrived on time.
    The phone connection with Dean was unintelligible and blessedly brief.
    I was also turned off by Dean's shouting the last paragraph of (the video of) a speech to a California organization; it sounded like a dictator's rant. I left after that, feeling rather disheartened and disappointed.
    I had hoped for a smaller event where I could talk about how I feel about national issues with possibly like-minded people. Instead, I found a setting in which convinced believers controlled everything and left the uncertain, "still thinking" folks to wither. I will retreat sadly to the margins and watch what happens. Maybe reading online is a better way for me to keep in touch, but it sure feels isolated, low-energy and likely to be pretty fruitless.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much more organized than one I sttended in March. While clearly there is a lot of energy, I was unsure of who to go to for some information. My sole criticism is that opportunites to be involved in the organization and execution of the meet-ups seem to be already in place, and volunteer opportunities presented are to talk to friends, work a table at the Farmer's Market. There seems to be no committees with which to get involved on planning, comunications, organization, etc. Is there any way to be involved in a less cursory way for those of us who are really driven to "take our country back"? (I am happy to man the tables, etc, as well, but as a teacher have limited financial resources, and live in a small bungalow so cannot offer much for house parties...) Thank you, Cathy Challacombe

    September 3, 2004

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