March On Colorado Community Groups

March On Colorado Group Structure
The following document outlines how we see your different community groups forming...these are, of course, only suggestions and should be adjusted as you see necessary. Click HERE to see the various types of groups you can form.
The General Shape of Things:
The Basics:
  1. This stuff takes time - and between work, family and life, there is not a lot left-over. Groups are the best way to distribute the load of work that needs to be done in the coming years. Set-up a group and meet as much as you can. Meeting once a week for the first few months is probably a good idea, but most importantly, keep dialed-in and be active whenever you can!
  2. While we were planning walking routes and ordering toilets, you all were busy organizing groups and getting real work done. The ideas laid out below are in no way intended to overwrite any such work - it is an idea, suggestion, living document, that could be overlaid onto any group.
  3. Identifying a problem is easy (and fun!) but pitching a solution is hard. Finding a solution that is applicable and favorable is much harder. Discussions are helpful. Throw an idea out there. Criticism is only helpful to the extent that it identifies a problem. Constant criticism without sincere effort to seek solutions will invalidate a person's opinion.
  4. Should you seek to help a specific community, demographic, or special interest group, check with them first. Help without direction can be wasted and unwanted or unneeded help can be harmful.
  5. Research and rhetoric are basically superpowers.
The Strategies:
  1. Immediate, daily, action: “blocking from harm” - being on the defense in regard to legislative meddling
  2. Mid-to-long-term: researching and suggesting policy alternative to pass ‘upward’ to elected officials
  3. Long-term: Changing the face of the Democratic party - training women and minorities to go into politics
  4. Very long term: Establishing new entities in which to shop, bank, seek insurance coverage, etc.
The Roles:
More than one person can fill a given role. In fact, the more the better. Or you can assign a role for each policy, action item, or social injustice.
The Researcher - The increasing deluge of information is not only becoming a hindrance of progress, but the sensationalization of news makes information gathering that much more difficult. The Researcher's role is to ingest information, verify sources, and blast out bullet-pointed summaries when needed. This is helpful when there is a topic which is new to the group or a last minute rally at a town hall meeting. This position is also partially responsible for keeping an eye on ‘action tasks’ from other organizations, such as WMW, SURJ, Colorado One, Wall of Us, etc.
At the get-go this role will be a little tricky, but as the group grows, so will legitimate and shared resources. Additionally, the Librarian Committee will be a major resource for guidance and passing down verified information.
To start: Websites to track and news sources can be found on the ‘Resource’ page.
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The Reader
We’re not trying to start a book club here, but it is very important to read up on, and be informed to a greater detail, the many issues we are dealing with. The role of this person is to read 1 book every 1-2 months and offer a Cliff Notes to the group, thus fleshing in the group's understanding of complex and extensive social issues.
See ‘Books’ heading on the Resources list.
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The Scribe/Archivist
This person will not only take notes of the meetings, but will be responsible for record keeping as well. If the group sits in on a town hall meeting, the scribe will be tasked with recording the event. They will be responsible for keeping track of any documents the group may want to keep, in addition to saving important email communications.
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The Delegate
It would be good to have several people in this role. These individuals go to various meetings and report back to the group. There are many, many, nonprofits out there that host regular meetings. Each group could pick 1-2 organizations they wish to follow/help. For ideas, see ‘Organizations’ under the resources page.
I personally think that nearly every group should have a SURJ (showing up for racial justice) delegate. SURJ is an organization that discusses and addresses the deep and malignant history of America and race. We all seek social and racial justice, but must acknowledge that, although we are ready to fight now, this fight has been raging since America’s founding. At the most basic level, putting in the time to self-educate about the experiences of people of color is a very big step toward healing the damage. This is a long-term process, very long term, but we must begin somewhere.
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The Watcher
This lovely idea is perfect for those who want to stay involved and make a statement with their presence. Anyone in the group can show up to Watcher events, but the role of watcher in the group is to form the calendar of attendance around specific issues, notify the group on the events and issues, and work with the researcher to simply the pros and cons of specific policy issues, laws, events, etc.
Please see attached information.
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The Mentor
This person acts as the welcome committee or outreach for new members. As this administration continues to alienate voters, citizens, and humanity in general, we need to be gathering these disaffected individuals into the fold.
The Mentor is someone to whom more politically sensitive questions can be directed. Such as the difference between Black Live Matter and All Lives Matter. Why it can be damaging for bathrooms to be a defining force in one’s identity. How not all Muslims are terrorists and not all terrorists are Muslim. Refugees v. immigrants. Science. Republican’s history on voter rights and gerrymandering.
There are people who legitimately do not understand much of the above, but will begin to seek clarification. We should take this opportunity to educate patiently. Only through respectful discussion, and not villainizing ignorance, can we add to our numbers.
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The Adviser
This person is typically the facilitator of the meetings, establishes meeting time and place, and keeps the group on track and connected. Additionally, they are primarily responsible for addressing the action item issues coming from WMW, SURJ, Colorado One, Wall of Us, etc.
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