This weekend marks the kick-off for the Change is Coming house meetings, the next step in what has become an unprecedented grassroots movement.
Over 4200 events have been planned in communities across America, and the response has been incredible. We've spoken to hundreds of hosts over the last few days, and the message is clear: they are still fired up, and ready to get back to work.
Caroline Greenwood was a volunteer Team Leader in Miami, Florida. On Saturday she's hosting a house party for over 60 guests, nearly a quarter of which are first time attendees who are new to the group. Like many supporters, Caroline's group has remained active -- Saturday's meeting will be their fifth meeting since Election Day.
In Johnstown, Pennsylvania Dave Casker had to move his meeting to a new location, after the initial sign-ups overwhelmed the original venue. Dave explained:
I have invited everyone I can think of... the volunteers from the campaign, from the primary, and even back to the petition drive phase. I have invited every local politician I can.
I'm in the process of inviting reps from community service groups like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, the Women's Help Center, the Veterans Center, the local senior center so on, to send someone to briefly tell us what their needs are and how we might help them... I even invited the city council woman, who was the county chair of McCain's campaign, because she really IS an advocate for community involvement.
In El Paso, Texas former Obama field organizer John Paladino is hosting a meeting at a local restaurant, where he's expecting as many as 100 guests:
Many of our core group got involved in politics because of Barack Obama and his message of hope and change. We worked in many poor areas in the election and realize that change has to come from the bottom up. We have to get involved in the local politics because the day to day issues are most often handled by our school boards and city councils.
There is still time to find a house meeting near you and join local supporters in your community this weekend. These meetings will help lay the groundwork for local grassroots efforts across the country, and your ideas and feedback will help guide this movement in the months and years ahead. For people like Caroline, Dave, John and thousands of others, this grassroots movement was about more than just an election, and they are still fired up.
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