Oakland Democracy for America November Meetup

  • November 5, 2003 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    We wrote some letters but not enough and a few people agreed to another "Victory Day" event where we finish up the ones in our packet. We probably won't wait till the 18th.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I arrived late because I went to the wrong Rolling Dunes -- my bad.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the first meet-up with letter writing, I loved the idea. Now I think the letters can be given as homework so we can interact more, plan local activities. I want to talk about local outreach to churches, unions, parent groups, neighborhood groups, etc. My wife suggests that each meet-up make a ranked list of top issues and concerns to be fed back to headquarters. Also, this would allow people to assign themselves to the topics that interest them for further action. Anyone have a great family oriented meet-up? I'd love to hear about activities that involve children / extra outreach to seniors. Did any meet-ups involve musicians or other artists? Each person should leave the meet-up with specific things in mind that they are going to do in their community to help Dean. Each person should leave the meet-up with contact information of at least one other Dean supporter. What do you think about a news-story exchange? Cut out / print the most interesting / relevant articles you see each month, exchange them at the meet-ups.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The content was good and position papers were available for new Dean supporters.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early:
    Wrote 2 letters:
    Lisa Williams
    Eric Nation, both from Baxter, IA

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were awed by the high levels of commitment and interest in doing more volunteer work for Howard Dean beyond the Meetup itself.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not enough unifying stuff...I did love writing the letters to Iowa. That felt as if we were actually DOING something. It was okay for my first meeting.

    September 3, 2004

  • lucy

    I was hoping for more of a meeting of ideas rather than just a list of events and tasks ahead. I wanted to talk about Dean and hear other's opinions. I am not completely on board, and I wanted to be convinced.

    September 3, 2004

  • Jon B.

    Lots of interest but there is no "fire" yet for the presidential campaign. Hopefully things will catch fire in feb. Also, I think having Dean come to the area and speak at a large *public* rally would be a great way to generate interest and enthusiasm that paid events cannot achieve.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hosts are great! Cindy & Jim work well together and generate the enthusiasm essential to sustaining the motivation to outreach to those unfamiliar with the people-powered Dean campaign.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think we should find a way to remunerate Cafe La Scala. I suggest we allow the staff to come by and take orders. The space is tight, so if you are sitting down you might not want to loose your sit to get something. They have been very generous, month after month.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of good work (letter writing to Iowa voters, etc.) got done, but a brief report on what OTHER candidates are similarly (or otherwise) doing would be most encouraging--and helpful--to hear.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wrote 2 letters to Iowa voters, and I learned some interesting dteails about how the campaign is organized & run; I volunteered for more involvement on the signup sheet.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good to have hands on efforts (letter writing) available and well organized. Keep basic information about Deans views on topics available and visable for newcomers- printouts or video of key points good.

    thanks alot

    dave

    September 3, 2004

  • Anne T.

    no organizer, no agenda, just 4 people bitching about Bush. Not productive.

    September 3, 2004

  • dwight62

    Leader was well organized. I liked the idea of writing letters to potential Iowa voters, where our help can have an early impact on the future of Dean's campaign.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my 4th meet-up and this was by far the best. All others seemed a bit disorganized and confused, but not this one -- very focused and I actually felt comfortable spouting why I love Howard Dean in front of people I've never met!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love the energy of everyone working together

    September 3, 2004

  • rosaliefg

    It was a good opportunity to make a hands-on contribution by writing letters to Democrats in Iowa.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's a large separate room at Au Coquelet that is good for our purposes. There were 8 or 10 first-time attendees.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The sound wasn't working well on the video presentation.

    September 3, 2004

  • Meghan

    lots of great energy, lots of letters written, overall really fun! I'll be posting pics soon.
    Meghan

    September 3, 2004

  • chrisO

    Well organized and very welcoming for newbies. They let people know about opportunities to help without exerting too much pressure. Letter writing let everyone get involved in an easy way.

    September 3, 2004

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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