|Organizing Plan - 12/20/05 Draft|
Once formed as described in the Proposal for a Million Member Monthly Mobilization, the Organizing Committee will develop organizing materials, including a description of the project's long-term goals. They might use the following materials as a starting point:
- Proposal for a Million Member Monthly Mobilization
- Declaration for a New America
- Application for Membership
- Articles for publication and circulation
- This organizing plan.
The Organizing Committee will:
- establish a manner for the proper handling of funds;
- adopt written policies to guide staff, including a financial plan;
- select and evaluate staff.
The written policies might include a threshold for the number of members required before undertaking monthly actions. This threshold, perhaps 200,000, will be based on a determination of how many members will be needed in order to have an impact sufficient to motivate members to participate in the action.
If there is a delay in undertaking monthly actions, members will still be encouraged to organize social, cultural, educational, recreational, and other enriching activities with other members in their Congressional district in order to foster self-improvement, supportive friendships, cultural celebration, and a sense of community, including some events open to the public.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, the staff will coordinate:
- establishing a website;
- publicizing the project;
- recruiting members;
- enabling members to connect with other members in their Congressional district;
- gathering and posting on the website suggestions for enriching activities that members might organize in their Congressional district.
The membership drive will rely heavily on person-to-person recruitment.
To help assure the ability to act quickly on a broad range of issues, applicants for membership will be asked to generally endorse Founding Documents that will articulate a comprehensive program.
To help assure the endurance of the project, the Founding Documents will articulate a long-term program.
To help build momentum by winning concrete victories that improve people's lives, the Monthly Mobilization will prioritize demands already supported by a majority of the American people.
The sponsoring organization will initiate the formation of the initial organizing committee.
Early on, nationally prominent progressive leaders will be invited to endorse the Founding Documents.
Special attention will be devoted to contacting organizations with local affiliates, such as NAACP, AFL-CIO, NOW, National Council of La Raza, Sierra Club, Tikkun Community, Sojo Circles, Cities for Progress, IPPN, and Progressive Democrats of America.
These organizations will be invited to endorse the Founding Documents. Both local chapters and national bodies will be approached.