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Wed May 6, 2015, 02:42 AM

Grassroots gatherings for Bernie Sanders

Be kind, I've been here since 2011 and this is my first OP!

One of the Bernie pages I like on Facebook sent me a link to the meet-ups and I see that there is no meeting in my city, Columbus, Ohio. It's like the 15th biggest city in the US and there's no meeting even close by. Should I host one or should I wait until a 'professional' hosts one? I am not a public speaker AT ALL and I don't have any political campaign experience aside from a single Dean meet-up a million years ago. I am a gardener who generally has the appearance of a bag lady. I imagine at this point everyone is waiting for someone else to start and I don't mind getting the ball rolling and then passing the baton to someone more competent. Or should I just be patient and wait for someone else to do it? Or should I start one for my closest suburb (Grove City) and hope other meet-ups pop up in surrounding areas?

If I do host an event, will someone provide an itinerary of what we should be doing? Does anyone have suggestions for locations? I will have a million questions, where can I find answers?

As you can probably tell the idea of hosting an event makes me very nervous but I'd rather host an event than not participate at all. Thanks for any and all help.

If you'd like to join or host a meet-up, do so here: http://www.peopleforbernie.com/99meetups

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Reply Grassroots gatherings for Bernie Sanders (Original post)
MelungeonWoman May 2015 OP
marym625 May 2015 #1
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #2
marym625 May 2015 #3
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #10
TM99 May 2015 #4
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #12
monmouth4 May 2015 #5
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #13
L0oniX May 2015 #6
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #14
sabrina 1 May 2015 #7
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #15
Vincardog May 2015 #8
Enthusiast May 2015 #9
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #16
MelungeonWoman May 2015 #11
sabrina 1 May 2015 #17

Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 02:54 AM

1. Go for it!

I am sure once you make the offer, the campaign will help.

Great first post! You should do more!

GO BERNIE!

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Response to marym625 (Reply #1)

Wed May 6, 2015, 02:57 AM

2. Thanks, Mary!

If no one has started one here by the morning, I will sign up to host one.

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Reply #2)

Wed May 6, 2015, 03:01 AM

3. Awesome!

We'll need video, pictures, play by play

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Response to marym625 (Reply #3)

Wed May 6, 2015, 03:38 PM

10. Those are great suggestions! n/t

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 03:32 AM

4. Definitely go for it!

 

If someone from the campaign does not step in to assist, there may be someone here on DU who is local and can help. There may also be others who could assist via PM's to get you going if this is a first time kind of thing.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #4)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:06 PM

12. That's a good idea.

I'm going to PM some of the other hosts and see if they have an itinerary I can borrow/follow or other ideas/advice. Thanks!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 07:27 AM

5. Your heart and head are all in the right place. I am positive you will receive whatever help you

may need down the road, just give it all a go!

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #5)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:07 PM

13. Thank you!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 10:56 AM

6. K & R

 

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #6)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:09 PM

14. Thank you!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 11:44 AM

7. It's a great first OP. If you really don't mind 'getting the ball rolling' then go for it.

I'm sure once you start it rolling, others will be more than willing to help.

And keep us posted, there might be other members here who are in your area so post a notice if you do decide to do it.

Thanks for the OP

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #7)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:10 PM

15. The ball is rolling!

I've got the details listed in #11. Thanks for your support!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 02:12 PM

8. itinerary: List Bernie's positions. Ask people for their feedback and personal experience. Fund

Raiser (Bake sale in MM state).

collect everyone's contact info for future events/GOTV efforts.f

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 03:21 PM

9. Thank you, MelungeonWoman.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #9)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:11 PM

16. Aww...thanks!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 04:09 PM

11. Thank you all for your encouragement and support!

I'm sure I will continue to need it! Here is my meet-up in case anybody is close and wants to drop by!

http://www.peopleforbernie.com/jeannem/grove_city_for_bernie_sanders?recruiter_id=14895

The Panera in Grove City is pretty small so if there is much interest we may have to move it to a larger venue. Happy at this moment, will probably be worried sick tomorrow, lol!

Wish me luck!

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Response to MelungeonWoman (Reply #11)

Wed May 6, 2015, 05:19 PM

17. Wow, fantastic! I think you should make another OP in case it gets lost her. Maybe cross post it

to the State Group also.

Also if you do make another OP, you can keep us informed there.

Congratulations on taking the step, I know it's a bit nerve racking, but good for you!

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