KTA: Election Planning: What We Know (and What We Don’t)

TẠI SAO CÓ HOẠT ĐỘNG NÀY?

We knew the stakes were high this election, and the news from the last few weeks has confirmed that. In Oregon, at least 66 members of People’s Rights, a far-right paramilitary group, coordinated to run for office this May. Nationally, we’ve got a former president and current presidential candidate convicted of 34 felony counts and threatening to throw student protestors out of the country.

Rural Oregonians are not going to sit by and allow blatant attempts to dismantle our democracy. Now is the time to plan for how you and your group will show up for your community through November and beyond!

HOẠT ĐỘNG LÀ GÌ?

This month’s Kitchen Table Activity is to bring your leadership team together and make a plan for how you’re organizing during this election season. What we know: the stakes are high this election. What we don’t know: what the days and weeks following the election will look like. Before things heat up even more, let’s talk about what our local organizing needs to look like to account for what we know is coming, and what we don’t.

This summer will be a critical time to build community and bring people into the movement for the long haul. Taking the time to look ahead will help us make the most of this opportunity and build our power to influence the outcomes of the 2024 elections and make lasting changes on the issues we care about in our communities!

HOW TO COMPLETE THE ACTIVITY

  1. Reach out to your leadership team or core members of your group to schedule a meeting. Is there someone who’s been rocking it that you want to invite into a larger planning role? Invite them too! 
  2. Set the agenda. Here’s a starting point for the agenda. Need help setting the agenda? Reach out to ROP to talk through how to adjust it for your group! Email Sidra at sidra@rop.org.
    1. Start by reviewing how your group is already working to build an inclusive democracy. Take a moment to celebrate any victories won! 
    2. Next, discuss how your group is using this moment to draw connections between the issues people are facing in their daily lives and the elected positions that have the power to improve those conditions. 
    3. How are we sharing information about what’s at stake in this election and supporting people in voting all the way down the ballot on key ballot measures and local candidates?
    4. We don’t know what will happen on November 5th and we don’t know what will happen after. What do we need to have in place to be prepared for whatever may come? 
    5. How are we using our election organizing to strengthen our community, build our group, and bring people in?
  3. Have the conversation. As always, have a sign-in sheet for any new folks, and take good notes. Get clear with the group what your next moves are: when is your next meeting? What else are you moving forward?
  4. Help ROP show up for you as you show up for your community: follow up with us to share your notes and what came out of the conversation! Email Sidra at sidra@rop.org.
    1. Let us know how we can support your local organizing. Do you have an idea for what should go in this year’s STAND election guide (check out the 2022 STAND Guide here) that will help you have conversations with your neighbors about the issues that matter most? Do you need help planning an event for this summer to bring more people into your group?

Lý lịch: Kitchen Table Activism (KTA) is a monthly activity by the Rural Organizing Project. The idea is that small actions can lead to powerful collective results when groups of people gather to complete the same action across the state of Oregon. ROP works to keep each KTA easily achievable so that groups with other projects or groups with limited immediate energy can still manage to complete the KTA each month.

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