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Oakland Democracy for America April Meetup

  • Apr 2, 2003 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the meeting was a bit disorganized - it would be better to meet in a quieter setting, and to encourage members to wait until the agenda has been finished before voicing off-topic concerns. But overall, it was a great experience and I loved having the chance to meet other Dean supporters in the Bay Area.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    room was too small

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    There should have been more organizing into Workgroups. Specific Tasks to carry out to prepare for the Next Meetup.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    A Dean facilitator led most of the meeting and was excellent. He was non-judgmental on the ideas offered and let everyone speak. Flyers would help spread the word locally.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    too crowded -- not as organized as i would have liked --need bigger venue

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative, upbeat, creative, energitic, but a little hard to hear because of the loud music next door in the bar.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need a bigger space to meet. The music in the bar was pretty loud too. Great group of people. It will be growing so we definitely need more space if possible.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need a much bigger and quieter venue next time. The group is growing exponentially every day.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too much noise and difficulty hearing people. I will try to bring a portable microphone to the next meeting.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We needed more space--There were people there who might have contributed, but nobody passed a hat

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was actually quite organised. I got a lot of good ideas and am feeling really motivated to work for Dean.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first step in supporting Dean. Meeting was totally unorganized. Started 30 minutes late. No clear leader/agenda. Jammed in really small space where it was difficult to hear. But: Impressed by people's passion about Dean. Interesting mix of people - age, income level, race. Felt their enthusiasm and was inspired by it. Am going to check Dean out further and likely to volunteer my time/skills.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent response. Much enthusiasm. Probably need more professional leadership and a more informative agenda (up-to-date news, including upcoming appearance by Gov. Dean). The room was (glad to say) a bit too small. I'll be interested to see whether good ideas that surfaced will be follwed up for next meetup (production of CDs, DVDs or videos of the Calif Dem Conv speech; candidate scheduling info; volunteer info). It is increasingly clear that no one knows who is in charge of Dean for America in California. This needs to be remedied now.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Venue was too small.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, big crowd & enthusiastic. We broke into small groups, which was good but some of us weren't sure where to go so a separate strategy or "new groups" groups would be good for next time. I like having a beer at the meeting.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The group seemed too unweildy for either the space or general productivity. Maybe it could be broken into smaller subgroups who meet at different locations? Maybe just one or two hosts so there is more organizaiton?

    September 3, 2004

  • janet

    Need to assure a place where people can hear others. This was impossible for many attendees, as the bar (when asked) could not turn down the competing music.

    It may be time (now, or soon) to break this group into sub-meetups, either by geography or interest. Seems like we should have a Bay Area steering committee with reps from many groups.

    Call me if you want help organizing a regional structure.

    Janet Cox
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    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Space not large enough and too loud to hear people. We love meetup but have out grown most of the venues. Need to either split up the group or find bigger and more appropriate venue.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't like how at the end one person suggested we break in speciality groups which I didn't fit into any so I left. They wanted people who were members of unions to work in a group, then people who were "computer geeks", then people who were attending an anti-war rally and then women. I felt that there should have been groups that I could have worked in to help with the campagin and perhaps groups should not have been decided so hastily that left people out.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    TOO LOUD! It was impossible for our huge group to hear eachother!

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    need more structure. eventually leadership will emerge, i'm sure. should set some ambitious goals.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Althought the brewery staff was very nice, the brewery set-up is not suited to a serious political group. Our area was an alcove off the main bar; music played throughout. We had to shout.
    Plus, the turnout was way larger than anyone expected a month ago.
    But future sites need to be quiet.

    September 3, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The venue was too noisy and it was difficult to hear people. In general, people need to really yell when they are trying to address a crowd, especially in a venue with high background noise - I don't think most folks understand that. I liked the diversity of the crowd and that so many people had enthusiasm to share. The organization was generally good, but next time the meetup should take place in a quieter environment and conducted with meeting-like direction to help keep comments clear and concise and to keep the pace at an interesting level.

    September 3, 2004

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