A friend recently shared this interview of Marshall Ganz. You need to read it all (ACTION OF THE DAY!), but I want to highlight this point:
I really want to underscore the significance of Indivisible… You create a plausible pathway to action and all kinds of people come out of the woodwork. The problem is that there haven’t been many plausible pathways to action. And that’s a strategic responsibility, and it requires creating enough structure so that that kind of strategy can be developed and articulated.
Because this is what I think a lot of us are struggling with. I am thrilled and honored to be a member of several amazing groups in my community that are organizing a town hall, a satellite March for Science, and a PAC. Not too shabby. How to we have the energy? How do we know what to do?
I’m not offering answers. For that, you should read more by Ganz or Saul Alinsky (obvs). But I want to remind all of us new organizers that we need to be working together and to be coordinating. We need to figure out how we can have phone calls, facebook groups, email chains (ugh), and slack feeds that don’t drive us nuts. Because this is important, folks. The Muslim ban goes into effect in two days. Trump just forced scores of US attorneys to resign. The AHCA… The list goes on. It’s bad.
A representative from Indivisible reached out to learn what we’re doing in our local groups. He is also reaching out across WV. We need to take the calls. We have the energy and passion. But we need people to stick with it. That’s what keeps me up at night. (Right now anyway. I’m sure that will change again soon.)
A friend of mine also keeps reminding us that we must have fun. Recreate. Enjoy each others company and the new friends we’ve made. If we don’t like this — WE WON’T STICK WITH IT!
And so, I leave you with this.