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San Francisco Democracy for America August Meetup

  • Aug 6, 2003 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Letter writing is very motivating and fun!

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the enthusiasm and really feel as if this is a "grass-roots" effort.

    August 6, 2003

  • Michael S.

    Great venue. Long tables really helped with the communal feeling. Could handle upwards of 100 here.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved writing the letters to voters in New Hampshire.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall, well organized and encouraging. However, there were about 300 people there and I think it is a bad idea to allow random questions from the audience, interrupting the flow of the agenda, and often wasting everyone's time. Of course the volunteer coordinators should speak, as they did, but even they should reduce their time a little more (Richard the web designer had the most to say and was gracious enough to say the least), and that no one be allowed to ask questions from the floor at all - unless it is WHILE we are writing letters. Our time is precious, and we need to focus on being productive while we are there, before people lose their motivation for the evening. Thanks for considering this opinion. -Lillian Crist

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic job by the volunteers; the host was not that bright though and I thought gave a bad impression to those who were on the fence.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was impressed with the amount of show up but would have liked to hear more about where Dean stands on variety of issues

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    really great fired-up bunch of go-getters! Good bye George Bush!

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Large room with chairs conducive to having "speakers" and presentation of multimedia stuff, but lose some of the interactive, get to know other people element of a bar, smaller venue. Maybe include "social part" of evening, 10 minutes to talk to your neighbor (someone you don't know) about why you are there, kind of thing. Come up with activities to encourage interaction to accompany the listening to what is going on stuff.

    August 6, 2003

  • Avery M.

    Lively, energizing, friendly, hopeful.

    August 6, 2003

  • Stephanie

    lots of new people, Dean's cousin joined us, wonderful energy, it is amazing what volunteers can do, let's get ready for next month...

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    very well organized, great crowd ... lots of new people ... even one Republican

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    They need to start on time!

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Highly professional and well run meeting, allowing for up to date information and opportunities to participate in campaign. If the meeting is any example of the enthusiasm for Dean and the political process, Dean and the American people will WIN!. Thanks again for making my participation at this grass roots level possible. Vala Cliffton

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    More up-to-date video, policy/campaign announcements are needed.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Start closer to on time...

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Speakers should have had their names and contact info up on screen.
    Is there a "Meetup" committee? Why shouldn't the attendees decide at the meeting where/how to hold the next one?
    We really deserve at least one Dean Campaign staffer showing up and presenting.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great energy, agenda to-the-point. Would definitely attend again, and at the same venue.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, not really a "Meetup." Agenda wasn't followed. Instead, made to watch a video and write letters. Still no discussion about bringing in minority and/or underrepresented Democrat votes -- especially those who do not use the internet.

    August 6, 2003

  • srwhitney

    While some of the presenters were less than engaging, and people's attention drifted off, overall the audience was attentive and the presentations short & to the point. There was a great energy there. The folks that are supporting Dean early, like me, are extremely excited and enthusiastic; let's hope that doesn't fade, and that new supporters post-primary (fingers crossed) will be enthusiastic as well.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where was the political message??? These meetings need to convey Dean's message to fire up people. We spent almost the entire time talking about logistics - important, but painfully dry. People want to get excited - and the way to do this is to turn the meeting into a pep rally. This gets people excited and gets them to spread the word and get more people involved. I left the meeting yawning...

    August 6, 2003

  • Kriss

    I almost considered going to the bar (alternate location) but it was harder for me to get to - after the fact, I'm quite glad I chose this location. Hopefully it can be held there again. (Also good was the Gay and Lesbian center where the July MeetUp was held).

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's make sure we have these meetups in large, public venues like this where there is no competition from music or bar or restaurant patrons. (We can eat earlier and drink later if we so choose.)

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this event was very well organized for such a large turnout. The leaders answered questions patiently and effectively.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a first time attendee, I was very inspired. The presentations were good, informative and concise. After viewing videos of some of Dean's most recent speeches, I was more convinced than ever he should be our candidate. I also felt good because by letter-writing I felt involved and I was given really good info for contacts to get morre involved in the future. The people who helped put this meeting together deserve a lot of credit.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    We ended up leaving before we could write the letters because of the sort of free for all feeling with people asking questions and making comments. The previous meet up was better because we had the option of doing the action part without having to listen to people complain that Dean wasn't there, or listening to their confusion about the meet up process.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my second meetup, and again I am amazed at the organizational skills of the volunteers and the campaign in general. I loved the letter-writing packet! I think harnessing the Internet for grass-roots organizing has been wonderful, but I also love the fact that the Dean campaign has used the Internet to get people off their computers and out of the house to the closest thing to a town meeting I've ever attended. Just participating in this process has given me hope that we might be able to "take our country back." Thanks so much for that.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since I still need to do research, could there a board/chart at the Meetups that compare Dean's views with the other candidates still in the running? That way people like me could learn more at the Meetup w/o having to wait to hit the Internet, library, etc. the next day.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to the Plough and Stars instead. It was a well organized and energized meetup. I like the feel of smaller venues. It is a little noisy, hot with all of the people in there, somewhat dark for writing and access and exit was a little difficult. All in all, I thought it was successful and would go there again.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first one...went fine.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to see handouts formatted in such a way that they use less paper. Formatting handouts to be half-sheets (and double sided). Let's try to make our meet-ups as enviro friendly as possible! : )

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    1. Sell cold drinks and bottled water.
    2. Sell Howard Dean t-shirts.
    3. It's more comfortable for people to write letters at tables, so try to have a place where people can sit at tables. (The LGBT Center on Market Street worked very well for this.)

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Local bars are great because other people show up too and then they start asking questions and there is additional exposure that way.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    The group was enthusiastic as were the presenters and the program. I borught food-- only aobut then other bags there.
    Also--onlyt two blacks present In this morning's news Sharpton was livid about Dean's seeming to be annointed in Iowa.
    Need to inform Blacks of Dean's ability to benefit their interests. Vital.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    There were many excited people at the Meetup. It would be better if there was time for people to get into small groups and have discussions, say about 10 people or less.

    August 6, 2003

  • Jennifer K

    I really appreciated the enthusiasm of the volunteers. They are very inspiring. I felt really good about writing the letters. It was nice to feel like you are accomplishing something, not just listening to people talk.

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Meetup was inspirational. It's a wonderful way to get people fired up, involved, and committed to getting Dean elected President. And the venue was great - let's keep that venue. It was perfect for the number of people who come and for folks who rely on public transportation.
    Sally Pina

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wrote my first two letters to voters in New Hampshire and took home 4 more addresses. Very interesting exercise!

    August 6, 2003

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was definitely impressed with the energy from true believers and that there were all sorts of people there that I could relate to. I am glad to see that it was organised and had clear-headed intelligent people - not just shouting and complaining and pulling me left. But am still a bit conservative when it comes to giving money and signing up for committees when I haven't done enough research myself. My concern is how crafty Dr. Dean will be in the political arena - will he hold up against the media and Bush campaign and be a truly credible viable candidate instead of an easy target for the Republicans? Is he all talk and no action? Will he stand true to his positions but be able to play his cards right? Does he have enough critical contacts or support in Washington?

    August 6, 2003

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