Starting Groups/Events ¶
By: FreeGamer00 on Sept. 9, 2020, 9:34 p.m.
On the stream ‘This is Why We Fight’ Jo asked if anyone had experience organizing and would like to share. I was involved in activities with the Republican Party in the United States for a few years and successfully coordinated some events as well as political outreach. This post is to share some of what I learned.
Effective outreach comes not from debate or even from educating with talking points. Effective outreach comes from making positive impressions. When I sent out teams of people to distribute literature it wasn’t important that the teams were especially knowledgeable. What was important is that they were friendly, respectful and presentable. Effective outreach makes your cause look attractive. Sharing the knowledge comes after you’ve convinced people to listen.
Political vs. Social events
Political events are for mobilizing the community on behalf of a campaign or a candidate. Social events are for attracting new members and strengthening bonds between existing members. Overtly political events serve an important role too, but they are most effective after the community has been built and strengthened with regular social events.
Our most successful social events focused on outreach. Cookouts, beach parties, pub crawls, etc. These types of events were great because people could bring friends and family who were not (yet) political. Even neighbors or complete strangers would feel welcome at these events because politics are mostly kept below the surface.
A cookout is the model for an effective outreach event. Find a location such as a public park. Set a date at least one month in advance and create social media listings for the event. You will need at least 2 or 3 people to join you as the event crew. Your shared duties will be to help with setup and takedown/cleanup. During the event the crew will serve in primary roles such as master of ceremonies, cook, and greeter (who stands near the parking and directs people to the seating area). Assign at least one of you to each role.
Equipment necessary includes: a bullhorn or a PA system (microphone and amp/speaker), a stereo or a music player to connect to the PA system; a grill, a cooler; tables and chairs (preferably picnic tables under a covered pavilion will already be available at the event location); plates, cups, napkins, forks; and literature to distribute.
The event itself should be light hearted. Avoid black pill subjects and play inoffensive pop music or oldies.
Have activities like a trivia contest or party games. Don’t let people get bored.
Keep alcohol to a minimum. It only takes one drunk to spoil the image of your event.
Be sure that the food is fresh and durable. If people become ill the next day the event will be a failure no matter how successful it seemed at the time.
Serve food that is simple to prepare and inexpensive. Time and money are finite resources and keeping costs low means that more events can be organized with the same amount of resources.
Finally, make available literature. It should be no more than a pamphlet or two given out at the end of the event or left somewhere conspicuous.
I hope this primer is useful. God Speed friends.