“President-elect Obama was clear throughout the campaign that elected officials in Washington alone aren’t going to bring change. And whether it’s by working to expand the Democratic majority or building grass-roots support for the administration’s agenda, the power to bring the change we need lies in the hands of Americans who are engaging their communities.” - Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt
Two weeks ago, campaign manager David Plouffe announced plans for a series of coordinated house meetings, to be held on December 13th and 14th, in which supporters could meet and help plan the future of this grassroots movement. Since then, over 4,000 events have been planned in communities across the country.
In Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun recently reported:
Nearly two dozen gatherings are scheduled throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and the postelection enthusiasm is still hot.
Yvette Williams, who hosted candidate Obama at a house party in August 2007 and became a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, had to cut off her Sunday party at 75 activists.
Likewise, Fred and Suzie McKay, who held more than 40 events for Obama throughout the course of the campaign, will host 22 people, a full house.
...“He can’t do it by himself. He’s always said that. He’s gonna need our help. That means working with members of Congress, including Republicans,” Williams said.
The article also explained that grassroots supporters are focusing their attention on local as well as national issues:
... Nevadans should pay particular attention to this fact: The Obama organization is also creating a state and local agenda. As Williams put it: “It’s not enough to change politics in Washington if we’re not changing them here locally. It’s good and great if it’s changing in D.C, but if it’s not affecting us in our local community, it’s not doing us any good at all.”
At the weekend events, volunteer leaders will poll participants on chief priorities and find out who among them has particular expertise or relationships with legislators and other key players. And, they’ll strategize about a plan for the coming months.
Along with the recent postelection surveys, these house meetings are a way for supporters to share their input and help determine what comes next for this movement, both locally and nationally.
As David Plouffe explained in a video message yesterday:
This grassroots organization has always been about more than an election. It's about transforming our country -- and we've only just begun.
There is still time to find a house meeting near you, or sign up to host your own. If you've already made plans to host or attend a meeting, let us know in the comments below where you'll be and what your goals are moving forward.