Last Thursday’s meeting was interesting. Thank you, Collin from FUSE, for explaining the coalition support and legislative advocacy that FUSE WA is busy with year round, and the progressive voters guide and mobilization we see from you around election time. Thanks, Aaron from the Economic Opportunity Institute, for explaining the think tank work you do on behalf of the people who need it most, providing research and support to FUSE and others. Thanks, Craig from Washington Public Campaigns, for discussing your organization’s mission in the current political climate and where we might be headed. Some ideas that we batted around include:
- Create a web based marketplace of ideas
- Form sub groups chartered with addressing narrower topics
- Utilize examples that illustrate the human cost of corrupt politics
- Focus on how people in the past have organized to help themselves (in contrast to reflexively looking to politicians and media, I think)
- Develop a system for outreach to the dozens of other progressive groups in the area
- Bond with other progressives through social events–Inside Job, anyone?
Did I miss anything? Thank you to everyone who was there and thanks for contributing great ideas. If you have an urge to spearhead one of the above, please contact me so we can talk about how you might go about it.
Sunday through Tuesday MO is offering up a chance to regroup with our progressive neighbors. If you haven’t gotten an invitation from MO and would like to attend a potluck, please email or call me and I will put you in touch with a host.
Also, I just received an invitation from FUSE to do organizer training in Federal Way Saturday November 20. If this is something you would like to do, please email me and I’ll hook you up.