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I was not sure of the exact number of people attending last night's Meet-up so I put 30? However when I submitted, it brought me back to this screen and erased my message in the comment section. As a result I had to resumit my feedback.
0 · September 3, 2004
We got to meet a Bay Area candidate Jim McNeerny who is taking on Pombo, the only regressive Congressman in the Bay Area (with no help from the Democratic party).
Would like to have some discussion of issues, etc. in addition to announcements and letter-writing--a chance to hear one another's (changing?) views, a chance to air feelings, etc. as we move towards the Fall.
The meet-up was helpful with regard to providing information about ways to get involved in the campaign. It was my first meeting, and I am anxious to get off the whining sidelines and get involved, so I appreciated that I came away with specific things to do.
I have to say that it wasn't the most welcoming of environments initially, however. I sort of dragged a friend along, and neither of us knew what the drill was. No one greeted us when we came in or talked generally about the meeting format, so there was a clear sense that it was mainly oriented to people who had already been involved and made connections, especially, in this case, Deaniacs. That was disappointing, especially because I recognize that such grass roots organizing efforts really are essential to turning over the white house in the fall.
We need new ideas about how Blue States can help in swing states.
I didn't count the people at the meetup and there is no way I can indicate that this is my guess.
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