Lets do it GRASSROOTS stylie
I have thought about it long and hard, what was the main problem last year with getting Sensible Washington’s initiative on the ballot.
I have wondered what stopped us, and since I was on the front lines I think I have formed an educated opinion.
I also have an educated solution. Mind you, I am only giving MY opinion, and I only represent myself.
Here is what I think over all. Is that there were as my dad said “too many chiefs, and not enough indians”.
Last year, similar to this year we had some changes in leadership, and when we spoke to several volunteers they didn’t know how to get their signed petitions back to people. There were a lot of folks getting signatures. But about midway through the coordinator situation changed, and the weekly meetings stopped happening, leaving volunteers and would-be volunteers in the cold.
I don’t blame a single person, or a single issue. I just think that there was a lot of confusion.
There was also an issue with the second run of petitions that invalidated a lot of signatures, because it was printed with the wrong lingo on it.
So here is my assessment of how to make it better:
First for the volunteers that are already do go. If you are having trouble getting petitions; please do not wait to get petitions from someone.
Do not wait for the coordinator(s) to get it for you. You have a few options.
1. You can sign up at; http://sensiblewashington.org/hq and you can get the petitions yourself in the “tools” section.
They are 11×17 sheets and you can get them printed at kinkos. We paid around $18 to print 40 of them.
Make sure that they are double sided and on 11×17 sheets
2. You can contact Jared Allaway, whos contact info you can get from signing up at: http://sensiblewashington.org/hq
3. You can contact myself or my wife and we’ll do our best to get them to you. We have set up a meeting place and a toll free number to help facilitate this. (we are not SW, just fans)
Our contact numbers:
Myself (Ryan): 888-694-8737 ext 707
My wife (Kimberly) 888-694-8737 ext 708
Our meeting location is at:
1312 North Monroe St.
We have weekly meetings at the same location, except that I will be out of town on 3/25/11 so the meeting will not take place, however you can still call us and we can still have someone get petitions your way that day and any other day.
Regular meetings at:
WHEN: Friday March 18th 2011, 7pm – 9pm (every Friday)
WHO: Concerned Citizens
WHERE: 1312 North Monroe St. Spokane
CALL: 888-694-8737 ext 707 Ryan
888-694-8737 ext 708 Kimberly
Next meeting is Saturday 3/26/11
The meeting after that will be 4/1/11
Now like I said, do not be afraid of just getting the petitions yourself. Do not depend on one coordinator or another, as the coordinator position is an UNPAID position, meaning there is a lot of turnover.
We need to get this done Washington, before the government takes the plant away from us and secures it in a new prohibition type system.
A grassroots movement (often referenced in the context of a political movement) is one driven by the politics of a community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties.
Grassroots movements organize and lobby through procedures including:
- hosting house meetings or parties
- having larger meetings—AGMs
- putting up posters
- talking with pedestrians on the street (often involving informational clipboards)
- gathering signatures for petitions
- mobilizing letter-writing, phone-calling, and emailing campaigns
- setting up information tables
- raising money from many small donors for political advertising or campaigns
- organizing large demonstrations
- asking individuals to submit opinions to media outlets and government officials
- holding get out the vote activities, which include the practices of reminding people to vote and transporting them to polling places.
- using online social networks to organize virtual communities