10 Actions in the first 100 Days - Action 2
FIRST WE MARCHED, NOW WE HUDDLE
Next Up Huddles are part of the 10 Actions for the First 100 Days campaign, which launched at the Women’s March, and will mobilize millions to win back the country and world we want.
We’ll visualize what a more equitable, just, safer and freer world could look like four years from now -- and we’ll work backwards to figure out what we need to do, starting today, to get there. Huddles are meant to be positive, inclusive, action-oriented and grounded in the tradition of nonviolent resistance. Host a huddle, or find the closest one below:
NUMBER OF HUDDLES:
You don’t need to have done anything like this before to host a huddle. All you need is a small group of friends, family, neighbors and fellow marchers, this guide, and a space to meet. Your role as a host is a critical part of how we keep the Women’s March spirit alive, build the movement beyond those who marched, and set a concrete plan of action.
Most importantly: Lead with Love!
THE NEXT UP HUDDLE GUIDE
We’ve pulled together this guide, an agenda, and some basic tools for you to use at your huddle, but this is flexible! If you already know your group’s next actions, or you’re already planning on hosting a larger planning meeting, feel free to use, change or discard as much of this as you want.
(a printable version of this guide is available here)
the AGENDA & THE GOALS
Your Huddle doesn’t need to last longer than 90 minutes, but can be as long as you want! Here’s a quick overview of the agenda, with detailed facilitator notes below. Feel free to adjust the time that you allot to each activity or modify individual activities to fit your unique Huddle. In case you want to print it out, you can find the full guide print-ready here. Click on activity headlines to jump to more information:
|1. Welcome everybody
Introduce yourself, describe the Huddle goals and go over the agenda.
|2. Watch Video
Watch the video together with your group.
|3. What We Did Next
The group envisions what winning in 4 years looks like.
|4. Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.
This is the part of the agenda where we discuss upcoming action opportunities.
|5. Form your Team
Here’s where we decide on our next steps, and agree to take on roles.
|6. Closing with Action
If you have extra time, write postcards to send to your senators. Have a stack ready for people to fill out at your Huddle and have one person offer to mail them.
Activity one - 10 minutes
1. Welcome everybody and share goals
Introduce yourself, and share one sentence about what brought you to the meeting.
Go around the room and have each person introduce themselves and share one sentence about what brought them to the meeting.
Then have each person turn to the person next to them and answer the following questions (5 mins):
- The Women’s March was incredibly inspiring, but given the actions of the administration since, we’ve all felt a lot of outrage and frustration. What is one moment or thought in the past few days that has given you some hope?
- What is something that most concerns you about this moment?
- Is there something you are willing to do to help to prevent your concerns from happening?
- What is a strength that you could bring to that fight?
Take a few minutes to explain the agenda (above) and goals of this huddle:
- To get to know each other and build a community of support for action in our area.
- To envision what it will take to mobilize our community to win back the country and world we want.
- To define a set of actions and strategies that our group will pursue in the coming weeks and months.
Activity Two - 5 minutes
2. WATCH VIDEO
Executive Producer: Moore+Associates / Producer: BFD Productions / Special thanks: Warrior Poets
Activity Three - 20 minutes
3. What We Did Next
What We Did Next is a way to envision the world we want 4 years from now, one in which freedom, justice, human rights and democracy are held sacred rather than threatened.
Make sure each person has a pen and a piece of paper for this exercise.
Say to your huddle: “Close your eyes -- take a minute to imagine a world four years in the future -- in 2021 -- one in which our movement has won. What does that world look like? Who might be elected to office at the local, state and national level? Which parts of our population and our land might be safe from harm? How might we interact with each other? What new alliances have been built? What does that world feel like to live in, to you?”
Pause for a minute, then ask people to open their eyes and describe that world to the group.
Say: “Ok, now I want you to close your eyes again, and put yourself in that future world: It’s the year 2021. New leaders have been elected, our neighbors have been protected, our constitution defended. How did we get here? What’s the story we tell our kids and grandkids about how we saved our country and world, starting with one march?”
Ask your huddle participants to open their eyes, grab a piece of paper and pen.
Say: “Imagine you’re a reporter in 2021 and you’re writing the front-page story of how the Women’s March of 2017 turned into a global movement for justice and freedom. Take 5 minutes to write a headline, a few sentences of an article, and illustrate your front page story about how we won, community by community, state by state, country by country. What actions did we take together? What strategies did we pursue? How did we practically transform our communities?”
Wait for 5 mins as people--and you--complete their headlines, stories and illustrations. If people want to express their vision in some other way, that’s fine too!
After 5 mins, pull the group back together and have anybody who wants to share their What We Did Next article with the group share it and discuss. What themes are similar among all of them? What actions and strategies are consistent? What might that tell you about how your group might want to take action over the next few months?
Before you move on, make sure to take a group photo with everybody holding their What We Did Next visions, and share it on social media using the hashtag #HUDDLE
Activity Four - 30 minutes
4. Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.
Create a timeline of strategies and actions for your group for the first 100 Days. It’s time to take our What We Did Next vision and surface some practical actions steps our group can take together.
Post a timeline on the wall (you will want to draw/tape it in advance) — label your timeline Jan.. 21 on one end and April 30 on the other, the last day of the first 100 days.
Say: “I’d like you to think about the different actions and work that you’ve been involved with--or interested in--in the past week since the Women’s March that relate to our What We Did Next vision. What are some of the big activities or events that have happened in the last two or three weeks or soweektwo or three weeks or so since the Women’s March? What are some of the upcoming activities we know about? The goal is not to get every detail, but to get a good sense of key moments so we can get a sense of upcoming actions we can take togetherthe overall flow of the workupcoming actions we can take together. Then, when you’re ready, post those along the timeline, so we can see the big picture of our collective work.”
Give people some way to record each activity separately so they can be posted approximately along the timeline. You can use scraps of paper with tape, post-it notes, or a flipchart at the front of the wall and people write on it directly with markers.
Give people no more than 5 minutes to do this. The longer you give people, the more things they will come up with and the longer the debrief. Many groups can do this without being too rushed in about 7 minutes.
Ask: “Looking at this timeline, what do you feel?” For some people who move constantly, it can be rewarding to see that they have indeed done a lot (“Ah! That’s why I’m so tired!”). For other people, they might Invite people to share reflections.
Some upcoming actions and strategies that you may want to discuss and plug into at your Huddle include:
#NoBanNoWall: Pushing back on Donald Trump’s Executive Orders.
Sloppy, dangerous executive orders signed by Trump last week blocked Muslims, permanent residents, refugees and visa-holders from various countries from entering the United States. After hundreds of thousands took to the streets over the weekend, court orders eased restrictions temporarily. Dozens of U.S. Senate and Congressional leaders have expressed opposition, and bills blocking the orders will be introduced in the House and Senate in the coming days. If we continue to show our opposition to these Executive Orders, we may be able to win.
One easy way to show your opposition is to get together with your Huddle, hold up a #NoBanNoWall sign, take a group photo and Tweet it to your Senators and Members of Congress. You can find your Senators' twitter handles here: http://womensmarch.com/call
If you want to take further action, have your Huddle launch or join ongoing actions at a local airport or other location to mobilize your community for #NoBanNoWall
Other Action Ideas
- Attend a Town Hall meeting near you that a Member of Congress is holding the week of Feb. 20. Click here for a current list.
- Joining or hosting a Tax Day March on April 15 calling on Donald Trump to release his taxes or driving local legislation to force presidential candidates to disclose their taxes to qualify to be on your state’s ballot. See attached story from Massachusetts as an example.
- Joining the March for Jobs, Justice and Climate on April 29 in Washington, DC
- Getting involved with electoral politics in your town, city or state. A couple good places to start are Working Families Party and SwingLeft.
- Hosting workshops relevant to your community, such as a Know Your Rights Workshops or How to Run for Local Office workshop.
- Calling, emailing, or circulating a petition to your mayor demanding that your city either become or remain a sanctuary city.
- Thinking about longer term local actions like Forming and recruiting a rapid response team. Opt-in to our rapid-response team and we’ll help you set up a text system to alert your entire group to an immediate and pressing action i.e. a protest, a sit-in, organizing against an immigration raid/deportation, etc.
- Initiating a voter registration drive. Consider tabling in high-traffic areas around your community.
- Anything else?
Take a few minutes to read out and discuss the actions and strategies you’ve listed on the timeline. Which ones have the most energy behind them? Which ones feel like they have some actionable steps that your huddle can take on in the next few weeks?
Action Five / 15 Minutes
5. FORM Your TEAM
Now that you’ve picked your actions and strategies, it’s time to form your team. As a facilitator, part of your job is to assess what people’s skills and passions are, and help them find ways to use them most effectively.
What will it take for you to achieve the actions and strategies you identified? What responsibilities and tasks need to be accomplished, and by when? Build a timeline together as a group, and work together to decide who will commit to taking on key roles in the followup and planning.
- Who’s going to facilitate the next planning meeting? That person will be responsible for finding a place/time for your next meeting and facilitating it.
- Who can take care of digital pieces like creating a facebook event for your action, building and managing your internal and external email lists, and setting up any other digital communication tools?
- Who might be able to liaise with the press, and do external communications like drafting press releases?
- Who will reach out to other organizations, communities and individuals, leading partnerships and outreach to build your group larger so that all voices in your community are heard?
- Who will keep an eye on upcoming action opportunities and/or plan specific actions that your group can engage with?
- Who will keep tabs on the voting records of local/federal elected officials, research policy and report back to the group with updates?
Action Six / 5 Minutes
6. CLOSING WITH ACTION
Once you’ve made sure all these (and any other necessary roles) are filled, have each person announce to the group any work they’re committing to do, and by when it’ll be done. As facilitator, note these down so you can send a follow-up. Lastly, be sure to schedule your next Huddle and a commitment to meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly (depending on the size and scale of future actions and strategies) on a specific day of the week and at a set time that works well for the group.
Be sure to follow up either the night of the Huddle or the morning after thanking the participants for attending, providing a meeting recap, goals and an action plan for achieving those goals, roles, and information about the next Huddle.
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