As a platform that specializes in grassroots organizing, Meetup is a natural fit for political campaign supporters.
Every election season sees new Meetups popping up all over the country (and world) for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.
Photo from The Democratic Socialists of America Meetup
Some Meetup veterans may remember back in 2004, when people around the country self-organized through Meetup to help Howard Dean’s campaign grow as the first presidential candidate to mobilize through a major internet presence.
Dean’s rise from a small-state governor to a serious contender for the Democratic candidacy showed how powerful individual supporters can be when they gather face to face to support their candidate.
During a primary season especially dominated by interest groups and super PACs, it can be easy to feel individual voices aren’t being heard.
Campaign supporter Meetups are helping individuals to launch local communities that amplify their message and build momentum for the candidates they feel represent them the best.
Here are some ways a local campaign supporter Meetup can mobilize behind their candidates:
- Debate and caucus/primary watch parties: Gather at a bar or a home to watch results roll in or discuss the debates
- Canvassing: Partner with your local campaign office or make your own flyers, then hit the streets
- Fundraisers: Host a bake sale or plan a lavish gala — whatever it takes to raise funds for your team
- Rally!: Make posters and bring your community to a local rally or travel to a major convention to make an impact
Find a Meetup for a movement or campaign that means something to you and your community, or start your own.
In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”