Updates on our 2015 issue teams
In November, we asked if you remembered what first motivated you to get into politics: the issues, tactics or public policies, that spurred you to action. Whether getting back to these basics or branching out, this year when we don't have campaign, we're forming issue teams where we can have an impact. Issue teams are an adaptation of the neighborhood teams used in recent campaigns. The issue teams will take the same idea, only working on an issue rather than a candidate. The teams will form around their issue, pick their strategy, and develop whatever structure works for them.
Here are updates on what our issue teams have been up to. If you want to join one of these, or start your own, contact the chair at
The DFL book club.
We have to admire right-wing media for their skill at messaging. They have sharp, concise, and emotionally appealing arguments for some of the most reprehensible ideas! This issue team will put together a reading for a book club dedicated to honing our messages, and raising our skills when discussing and defending our positions. Meetings will be on the third Monday of the month, at 6:30pm at Fireroast Mountain Cafe (38th Street and 37th Avenue). We've scheduled the first three books so far:
- The first meeting will be Monday, April 20, discussing Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff. This book specifically addresses rebutting conservative talking points with more powerful, more punchy messages.
- Our second meeting will be on May 18, for Thank the Liberals by Alan Colmes.
- And the third meeting will be on June 15, for What It Means to be a Democrat by George McGovern.
Review of use of new technology by SD63.
We make heavy use of technology for our work in SD63, but are we doing the right things? What are we missing, and are we wasting some of our effort? In December we conducted a survey about our use of technology. After a pause for the holidays and for the Spaghetti Dinner, we're now ready to have a good look at the responses, and plan our year. Please join us at 7pm on Thursday, March 12th, at the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe (3822 E Lake St) for a first discussion of where we are, and where we should go.
This team is has been discussing experience with solar panels, planning to raise awareness of its availability and affordability for ordinary homeowners. Once the weather warms up, we're hoping to have a tour of local solar installations.
City communities outreach.
This team is looking into a forum on how the DFL organization can better build relationships with the different communities within and around SD63.
Early voting proposals.
There are a number of early voting proposals now in front of the legislature. It's too soon to know when any of them might kick in, but it's not too late to start thinking about how they might change our strategy. What will it mean for our campaigning when voting takes place over weeks or months?
This team has just started! Please join us to help decide on what educational issues we should focus, and how we can best advocate for good solutions.