Grassroots Reboot Breakout Session 1

Grassroots Reboot: Breakout 1

Grassroots Reboot Breakout Session 1

11:00 am to 11:25 am Breakout 1

Attendees will have the opportunity to move into a Breakout Room in the Zoom meeting to select their session.

Session A:  Starting an Organizing Hub

Session B: Combating Disinformation on Social Media

Session C: Strengthening Our Democracy via Legislative District Teams

Session D: State of the State Next Door: How you can help flip NH Blue…for good

Breakout A: Starting an Organizing Hub

Session Description: The Mass Dems played a critical role “punching above our weight class” outside Massachusetts for the Presidential election. Now our state’s Democratic party is rolling out innovative programs to conserve volunteer momentum and help foster grassroots leadership. In this session, you’ll learn how three Mass Dems volunteers created a successful weekly virtual space for activists and volunteers to work for Democratic candidates and causes. There will be a discussion of how you can create a similar activity with your network, utilizing the ground work already in place. You’ll also get a first look at Blueprint to 2022, the Mass Dems’ unique relational organizing program that helps volunteers build skills and durable relationships while working on the issues that matter most.

Headshot of Kate DonaghueKate Donaghue of Massachusetts has been on the DNC since 2012. Ms. Donaghue has been active on campaigns for most of her life. A member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee she is active in training volunteers for Democratic organizations, including Emerge Mass. Ms. Donaghue serves on the Adult Advisory Board of the High School Democrats of America. A retired software engineer, she spends most of her free time volunteering for the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. Her canvassing activities have been profiled in the Boston Globe here.

Breakout B: Combating Disinformation on Social Media

Session Description: Speaking the truth and uncovering the lies – combating disinformation on social media.
Local Indivisible groups are working with national advocacy organizations to combat disinformation on social media.  Christine Brown and Debbie Hart-Klein will demonstrate how to speak the truth and uncover the lies on social media for the health of our democracy.

  • The Indivisible Truth Brigade, which uses the Truth Sandwich technique.
  • Common Cause’s social media monitoring program, whose volunteers detect and report disinformation.

Christine Brown is a founding member of Indivisible Acton Area, and has served on the steering committee since 2017. There she has worked on her passions of Democracy, Immigration, Racial Justice, Climate Change and Women’s rights. This year she became a founding member of News-MAGIC, which serves to strengthen the grassroots groups of Massachusetts.  Her latest passion is converting her lawn to a meadow and planting all natives.

Headshot of Debbie Hart-KleinDebbie Hart-Klein is on the 3-person Core Team of Indivisible-RISE Newburyport. She has been involved with I-RISE since moving to the area in 2019, continuing the tireless election efforts that she began when working for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Since leaving the practice of law in mid-2017, Debbie has devoted nearly full time to social and political activism. For sanity, Debbie does find time to ski and hike in Vermont and take long beach walks on Plum Island.

Breakout C: Strengthen Our Democracy One Legislator at a Time via District Teams

Session Description: A robust democracy is when constituents are engaged with their elected officials.  Shaw Yang and Hewon Hang will guide you through a kit that you can implement with your team members to increase member engagement and strengthen our democracy.  The kit includes:

  •  Summary information on some 50+ MA priority bills for your members to learn and choose from
  •  A process for having regular coffee & conversations with their state legislators for an open and honest dialog that can support their legislators as well as to make them accountable

Headshot of Shaw YangShaw Yang is a Steering Committee member of Indivisible Acton Area and MA Grassroots Information Center (News-Magic).  His passion is to save democracy by reaching out to new members and enabling current members to take action.  Shaw lives in Concord MA.  When not working as a grassroots organizer, he helps families with their personal finance as a Registered Investment Advisor.

Hewon Hwang came to grassroots activism after the 2016 election. She has worked with Mothers Out Front and is currently a Steering Committee member of the Indivisible Acton Area. She believes that we all need to get engaged with our democracy to address the most challenging problems we face and to have a functioning democracy. Before deciding to stay at home with her kids, Hewon has worked in the high-tech industry. She still has two teens at home, and they keep her busy.

Breakout D: State of the State Next Door: How you can help flip NH Blue…for good

New Hampshire has traditionally been a conservative state, but over the last decade, the Granite state has become the home of increasing numbers of Democratic voters. In 2016, NH voters elected Senator Maggie Hassan by 1,100 votes and went for Clinton by 2,700 votes. With the control of the US Senate and the House in the balance, and a state government with Republicans in full control, New Hampshire is poised to be a top battleground state in the 2022 midterm elections.

Lucas Meyer is a senior advisor for the New Hampshire Coalition for Voting Rights. He served as President of the New Hampshire Young Democrats for a record 5 years and is currently Chair of 603 Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to educating, engaging, and recruiting next generation leaders across the state. He serves on the NH Advisory Board for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a Leadership New Hampshire alumni, and is high school lacrosse coach in Concord.