RISE UP UP DATE

February 8, 2017

 

Sue Mitchell

February 5 at 6:51pm

 

RISE UP UPDATE…it has been only two weeks since the Inauguration and the Women’s March…feels like two years!

 

As mentioned after our first large meeting at All Saints on Jan 26, we were thrilled but overwhelmed with the huge turnout. The numbers don’t lie…the apathy on the Democratic side of the political spectrum has ended!! (FB at 5900 likes/ over 5000 attended the MARCH and double the expected at our first meeting) This incredible response has helped us clarify our role and reinforced our need to make sure RISE UP is manageable and sustainable. Taking into account that we have no staff, money or office space it became exceptionally clear WHAT RISE UP IS/ WHAT RISE UP ISN’T. (posted at bottom)

RISE UP’S OVERALL MISSION IS TO HELP LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE FIND EACH OTHER SO THEY CAN MINIMIZE THE DAMAGE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION (through reactive efforts) UNTIL WE CAN WIN BACK THE MAJORITY IN 2018 & 2020 ELECTIONS. (through proactive actions)

 

ACTION ORIENTED activities include calling, texting, e-mails, postcard, marching in big gatherings, and pop-up protests, gatherings to show support, voter registration, fundraising and getting out the vote. Some of these actions are reactive but the pivot we need to take soon is to be proactive about the elections….THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL CHANGE THIS NIGHTMARE.

 

Some of your actions will be done through joining up with official local organization like the Democratic Club, Sierra Club or NAACP …others of you will organically start something by seeing a cause and posting on Facebook that you need help. RISE UP will have some volunteer needs but since we are a virtual support system we are going to try to keep the RISE UP operation as simple as possible. As we are trying to figure out RISE UP’s needs…we don’t want to slow down anyone’s involvement. 

 

Here are examples of individual not waiting…just stepping up.
~ RISE UP came from two women, Chani Beeman and Linda Sherman, who live across town from each other in Riverside CA, putting out a fb event/ newsletter calling for a meeting to decide what to do about the devastating election loss. Over 50 people showed up at each gathering…they heard of each other and merged into RISE UP…. now 5900 strong. 
~ The WOMEN’S MARCH in Riverside came from a dozen women from RISE UP creating a committee and the march was organized in three weeks…RISE UP helped get the word out and over 5000 attended
~ The large Ontario airport protest turnout was enhanced by RISE UP
~ one person in RISE UP created an event to show support to the Muslim community and over 100 people show up with signs of support at their weekly service
~ large postcard writing events have occurred
~ the local Temple is starting a series..."Engaging in Difficult Conversations" to try to help us with the polarization and partisanship
~ Indivisible groups are starting up and once again RISE UP is helping people find each other

 

So, there is no waiting while RISE UP works to improve our communication capabilities and figures out our volunteer needs. We have two meetings plan over the next week and we will report back soon after. 

 

These first three months have been about finding each other and venting. Showing up at protests and marches is important to show the House and Senate that their votes matter and will be remember at election time… so let’s do the reactive efforts… calling and protesting for the next few months but election activities will be introduced soon.

 

Thank you for everything you are doing…it all really matters.

RISE UP’S OVERALL MISSION IS TO HELP LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE FIND EACH OTHER SO THEY CAN MINIMIZE THE DAMAGE OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION (through reactive efforts) UNTIL WE CAN WIN BACK THE MAJORITY IN 2018 & 2020 ELECTIONS. (through proactive actions)

 

RISE UP IS a fb/website clearinghouse of factual information. 
RISE UP IS a fb/website referral network on how and where to be action oriented.
RISE UP IS a fb/website cheerleading site to help keep us motivated on this long, hard journey.

RISE UP ISN’T an official organization…remember, NO staff, office space or money 
RISE UP ISN’T going to do anything that can be done through other organizations

We are Riverside CA based so our events will be held in the Inland Empire. To the 100’s of people on board from around the USA….we hope we can help motivate you to ACTION in your part of the world.

 

 

 

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