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very nice to hear about what's going on politically in my area. Chance to sign up for tabling.
0 · September 3, 2004
I tghink we missed an oppourtunity in that the Recall debate was happening in a venune just 1 block from the meetup. There were hundred of press people there and at least 50 press,tv etc vehicles and tons of cops and hundreds of staff and tech people. Yet no effoirt was made to make them aware that the Dean Meetup was happening right around the corner.
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I felt that it was a little long that mabye it should be kept to an hour and a half.
I got there as it was ending--I had a work conflict. Sounded like they just talked among themselves. Not sure how that went, as I didn't participate.
But I hung out and schmoozed with someone who is working with me on problems of touch-screen voting.
What is Dean's position on this? Does he care if the votes are counted properly?
Please contact me--I can give you good information on this matter.
Judy Bertelsen, M.D., Ph.D.[masked]
Vicki was awesome and the response was overwhelming.
I hosted this meetup and had great help. It was so smooth and easy and warm and receptive it was unbelievable. I was a little scared that too many people might show up (we flyered ALOT and had ads in 3 papers), but 55 was a great crowd for my first hosting. I am looking forward to having 100 next month. I had a city councilman who wants to endorse. I had a political action chair for the AFSCME who has been lobbying his union to endorse Dean. He testified ALOT. Everyone was friendly and OH SO COOL!!! I'm so energized and excited by tonite... and I've been doing ALOT of volunteering for Dean and have attended MeetUP since March!! It was a totally GREAT experience!!!!
Our small group of about 10 people included two or three young adults in their early to mid 20s. The older, more veteran politicos completely dominated the conversation until one group member specifically invited the people who had not spoken yet to speak. The younger people had some good things to say, specifically that they were less interested in politics and more interested in Dean as a leader and his plans for America, but once they'd spoken, the conversation quickly swung back to politics. The three youngest people present were the first to leave from our small group, perhaps because of this.
Those of us who were left, having noticed this, talked about ways to draw younger people into participating more. The idea to sponsor youth-specific meetups was proposed, and several people thought it was a good one. My wife hooked up with our meetup host, and hopes to facilitate such an event for local youth and young adults.
This was my first meetup. Enjoyed talking with like minded people. I wish there had been more time spent on the small focus group at the end. I wanted to talk more about specific things each of us can do. Otherwise, great meetup and I'm looking forward to next month. Hopefully I'll be accompanied by several friend and family members
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Well moderated, full of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers.
There was a lack of purpose at this meetup, if you regularly followed the campaign. My suggestion is that whoever is sending directives to the field should encourage groups of 15 or more to be divided up. Who's here to learn more about Dean and Who here is a hard core supporter? Then, put the hard cores to a specific task like you did with letters to NH, Iowa...why not write letters to South Carolina...if current polls hold up that will be the real test? Anyway, the idea of splitting up into groups and talking about why you supported Dean, etc. was a waste of time for someone like myself who made their mind up a long time ago and wants to spend an hour or two being productive for the campaign. Thanks.
I've never been politically vocal or active. I wondered what kind of people (fringe oddball activists?) I'd meet there. Happily, the people were great, I was re-energized just to interact with people who feel the same way I do, there was no pressure and no debate. A perfectly enjoyable evening. I'm more committed than before, not just for my own vote, but to get friends and neighbors involved, too.
I would have preferred less time spent talking about (1) why we're there, (2) why we support Dean, (3) what Dean stands for. We all knew that already. Those "talking points" were a total waste of time, since we were all there for the same reasons, anyway. It would have been much more productive (and efficient!) to (1) hand out a donor form & volunteer signup form to each new person immediately, (2) list ways we can support the effort (volunteering, donating, etc.), (3) ASK DIRECTLY for volunteers and for contributions - don't be shy about it, campaigns need money!, then (4) conclude with a recap of who was going to do which volunteer events when, and (5) when/where the next meetup would be. The meeting hostess was very nice, but (I say this respectfully) could have managed the meeting better, in a more organized fashion.
I didn't see anyone talking about the Dean candidacy. It would have been nice to talk about issues and the campaign, as well as signing up to volunteer.
we must do more latino and black community outreach. adds in spanish, black leaders supporting howard dean. please make this a topic of action. thank you and GO DEAN!
Norm did a good job keeping it on track. My only comment would be that we seem to be getting 'issue-itis', over studying small details about the dean position. Its the war stupid. Its the economy stupid.
This is a great idea to empower people who would normally feel like they cannot really help.Thank you.
It was a good meetup, but I was disappointed there was not more to DO. We listened a lot and spoke a lot, but there needs to be some action we can all take AT THE MEETUP each month.
Its great to see other people interested in Howard Dean and other people of conviction.
Too bad we couldn't buy signs etc at the library. I need a new one!
I would suggest that for Dean to succeed, he must be well organized, effective, and passionate. So far, I am convinced that he will win the democratic nomination. I will fully support him and wish him the best of luck.
About 50 people came to the Bk. library. We broke up into groups and talked about issues. Laura Deal ran the meeting very well. I needed practice in discussing issues & I got it. Two men from Ivory Coast attended, one will take his citizenship test next week. Their views were interesting.
Overall, I thought that the meetup was fine. The organizers seemed somewhat disorganized but the attendees spoke with passion about their committment to the Dean campaign.
A suggestion for improving feedback to the campaign would be to have a separate link on the Blog or Homepage that would be a 'suggestion box' that would allow people to submit ideas and would allow others to comment on the ideas. I realize that people can add their ideas to the blog comments but the comment threads can become very long and the ideas get buried.
Last month there were only about 6 of us at the Library (until we received overflow from the other Berkeley location). It was truly a thrill to arrive at 7 last night to find the room full, 2/3rds attending a meetup for the first time! Where are our pictures??
It was great to see people charged up about politics and Dean in particular.
We had a really great group of people -- of all ages and from many different parts of the country originally. The meeting was really positive and adulatory towards Dean (of course) but we also had a frank discussion about concerns people had about his position on some issues and his electability. On the issues - we came to a general consensus that whether or not we agreed with him on everything, we are so supportive of his candor and authenticity that disagreement is fine (and natural.) On the electability, we think teaming up with Wesley Clark (as VP) would be great for the foreign policy/military side of things and because Clark's forthrightness and sincerity would be an awesome partnership with dean's.
It seemed that what people really wanted was more chance to talk together about their political passions. The structure i thought was good and fair and did result in people committing to some actions-excellent!-but people did NOT get to know each other, unless they happened to be pushy types like myself.
Good leadership by Laura (I think her name was). A bit long on announcements or questions from the crowd, so that we did not have time to finish the small group discussions before we had to vacate the room. The discussion in sm. groups was terrific for me. A real chance to talk about the feelings and issues involved in the campaign. People I hope to see again. A real pleasure. This is the happy campaign, not the angry campaign. Summary: Loved it.
These Meetups are outstanding idea and very, very well run. The attendees at this meet-up were broad range -- Democrats but also Independents and even some ex-Republicans. People were very active in discussion sessions. The people in my discussion group who were on the fence between Dean and other Democratic candidates seemed to genuinely become enthusiastically in Dean's corner by the end of the Meetup.
It it very, very impressive that no money is involved in the Meetups. I cannot emphasize that point enough. So many of the politicians make it all about getting money to the point that their wanting real input from constituency ring false. These Meetups give participants a feeling of being part of the policy and action and that you are valued beyond what you can pay. It makes the agressive donation push elsewhere completely acceptable. Money is important -- we need to get Dean all the money we can to be able to effectively go against Bush. But keeping finances out of the Meetups are one of the many details that make Dean feel so real. And the people Dean is winning through these Meetups and website involvement will be loyal and not be swayed by Bush advertisements, so they are not only free for him but achieve a higher quality conversion! My husband came just to go to the first one with me (likes Dean but he's not political activitist) and came away so impressed he wants to be involved too.
Our Meetup Coordinator, Paul Horvath, did an outstanding job.
Oh, and please tell Dean to not let pressure from news media or adversaries change what (or how) he is doing -- he's got it right!
I liked the sense of community at the two Meet Ups I have attended. The woman who hosted the meeting does a great job.
It was great to meet other like-minded people re. next year's election, and it was great to see a variety of ages among the attendees. It was also helpful to get more info. about the candidate.
The small group discussion was a big hit. Everyone was eager to talk about why they were there and many interesting digressions enriched the conversation.
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