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Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:32 AM Jun 2015

WE have to be Bernie's 50-State Strategy

The Sanders campaign is overwhelmed by the enormous response they've received from a public tired of the same old bought-and-paid-for politicians. They're so overwhelmed they've had no time to contact volunteers or have enough t-shirts made to meet the demands. These are actually outstanding developments, if unforeseen. So, if the campaign doesn't have the time, the money, or the staff to organize us, WE need to organize ourselves. This won't be news to Bernie supporters who already have feet on the ground for Bernie via groups such as Progressive Democrats of America, Meet Ups, blogs, message boards, social media, etc. But what do you say we carry this further, literally? While we're organizing locally how about we ensure we're in contact and coordinate with other groups within our respective states? Effectively implemented, we could establish intra- and inter-state networks equal to anything the Big Boys can buy. So WHEN the primaries come to our respective states, we're ready with the army Bernie is going to need to defeat the Masters of the Universe.

Anyone else interested in brainstorming on this?

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TBF

(32,558 posts)
1. TX primary is not until 3/1/2016
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:34 AM
Jun 2015

but I've been sharing on social media etc. I noticed Bernie is talking in Madison Wisconsin on July 1st so I sent that notice to peeps I know in the area. Social Media is a way any of us can help spread the word.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
2. California's isn't until June 2016
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 08:53 AM
Jun 2015

so I feel your pain. Social media is a great resource but remember, not everyone has the ability, the resources, or the desire to be on social media. I think we have to use everything available to us; feet on the ground, telephone, e-mail, snail mail, blogs, social media, message boards, everything.

AllyCat

(16,496 posts)
4. I've sent that one to FB and some friends I know are interested in good candidates
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:29 AM
Jun 2015

Many of us going to this one.

retrowire

(10,345 posts)
3. I'm doing the word of mouth strategy.
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:26 AM
Jun 2015

I talk about current events frequently with family and coworkers.

I've also been doing my part on social media.

when we get some campaign signs, I'll start walking!

hootinholler

(26,449 posts)
5. Yes, we are Bernie's 50 State strategy
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:06 AM
Jun 2015

He's told us so.

I've been trying to figure out how to do exactly what you're talking about here in Md.

Le Taz Hot

(22,271 posts)
6. Ah, something I didn't know he had already advocated.
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 10:39 AM
Jun 2015

Of course he would. Well, then, this thread can just serve as a reminder of that.

And thanks to all of you who resisted posting a, "Duh, Taz!" response. LOL!

hootinholler

(26,449 posts)
8. Well not in so many words
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:12 AM
Jun 2015

It's more implied in his I can't do this without you statements that he includes in every stump speech.

This is certainly not a DUH moment, Taz. It's always good to make the implicit explicit.

 

think

(11,641 posts)
7. Hope to do what I can. My first action was to send an email to Rick Weiland
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:11 AM
Jun 2015

and encourage him to run for either the US Senate seat or the US House seat for SD. I also encouraged him to be active in Bernie's campaign. (I currently reside in Florida but spent most of my life in South Dakota.)

Rick Weiland ran for the US Senate but like Bernie he was considered too liberal by Harry Reid and the DC Democrats so they refused to help him. Rick did pretty well without their support and I believe if Bernie is in the running his progressive platform will be more widely accepted.

If Bernie Sanders were to be elected the only way he'll be effective is if he can get progressive politicians elected to congress.

I also plan to contact many of my friend in South Dakota and encourage them to get involved with Bernie's campaign.

Here in a deep red part of Florida I am still deciding what I have time to commit to to help with Bernie's campaign.
My thoughts are on voter registration drives and helping with local sponsored events. I'm fairly unfamiliar with the area and may not even be here come the elections as I move around a lot. So at this point I really need to give it thought as to what I can best do to help.

I am open to ideas and suggestions and will try to dedicate time to pitch in where I can.

sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)
9. I think that's a great idea. People are not waiting to hear from the campaign, it is amazing
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:19 AM
Jun 2015

how much work people are doing on their own.

Eg, on twitter there is now a group for every state, all of which I am following, NY, my state, was among the latest. And there are groups for cities, towns, colleges, ethnic groups for Bernie etc.

They are spreading the word and doing stuff like letting people know where and when he will be speaking. Right now they are promoting his CA event where the campaign has rented a big venue, and they want to fill it up (holds 10,000 people)

But I like your idea and am going to see someone who I know is interested in Bernie and she knows a lot of people here, to see if she could help arrange a house party or meeting in one of the great little inns we have her.

We could make flyers etc and get them out so people will learn about him.

It's as if the campaign just took off on its own. There is so much enthusiasm it's catching.

Thanks for the suggestion, I like it a lot.

 

swilton

(5,069 posts)
10. Thanks for posting this - totally agree
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 11:58 AM
Jun 2015

that his staff is already overwhelmed and we can't depend upon them to come and guide us....

I'm in a town of about 25,000 and have started my sub-group...posted in an earlier thread...My group now has 20+ members and is growing...I'm getting people in the group that I don't even know and from all different socio-economic groups...Success, imho...

At a minimum, the f/b group keeps people informed. But members are asking, 'What can we do as a community?' and that's the question I'm throwing out.

Setting up booths are kind of hard as most community events do not allow politicking....

So walking down the street to pass out flyers is an idea - except as yet we don't have any flyers.

I've heard that there is/are downloads available so that groups can make their own flyers.....Do any of you (dear readers) have a link....??? Thanks.

PS - I'm book-marking this thread so it can be a 'living' and on-going discussion....I know you out there have better ideas than I do and I have rarely if ever organized or been in charge of any groups. Thanks in advance.

sadoldgirl

(3,431 posts)
12. PDA is organizing for Bernie
Fri Jun 26, 2015, 06:59 PM
Jun 2015

in all 50 states, as far as I know.
They just asked me to come to a meeting here
in Denver. So I think they are looking for volunteers
in most states. Google them.

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