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How to Host a Save the Environment Party

So you want to Save the Environment but don’t know where to start?

Lately, the reports on the state of our environment have not been good. The recently released National Climate Assessment  painted a bleak picture, coming to the conclusion that Global warming is affecting the United States more  severely than ever before, and that the risks of future  coastal flooding, crop failure, forest fires, droughts and more— could cost the United States billions and deeply effect our health and well being.  But don’t despair!  You can make a difference by hosting a Save the Environment party with your friends and neighbors to help raise funds or awareness (or both) around the environment.

Here are downloadable materials and specific suggestions you can use to host your own Save the Environment Party, to get you and your community psyched and ready to take action to (literally) save the world.

What’s a Save the Environment Party?

Saving the Environment means a lot of things:  addressing global warming, light and sound pollution, ocean and air pollution, endangered species, protected lands, sustainability, and so much more.  Whichever aspect of saving the environment you choose to focus on, this kit will give you the tools you need to host a party with lasting impact.

Choose Your Focus

Like we said, Saving the Environment is a big job.  There are many ways to approach making a difference through your Feed our Democracy event.  You can:

  • Raise funds for environmentally sound candidates. The League of Conservation Voters has a scorecard to help you know which candidates are most likely to support environmentally sound policies. (the midterms may be over, but the elections of 2020 are sooner than you think)
  • Write Postcards or Call either your local or federal officials about environmental issues that matter to you. You can use our Postcard and Calling party Tool Kits as a guide.  Citizens Climate Lobby helps you find the names and numbers of your local elected officials and provides scripts to guide you in making calls or writing cards.  
  • Do a Craft – Kids care an awful lot about the environment.  So if you’re including them in your event, consider making crafts using upcycled materials.  You can find some great ideas here, from our friends at AlphaMom.

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Postcard Party to END THE SHUTDOWN

Wondering what you can do to help end the partial government shutdown?  You can make yourself heard in a big way by sending postcards to your representatives telling them to refund the government and END THE SHUTDOWN.

 This Activation Kit contains everything you need to host a Pot Luck and Postcards Party,  making it easy for you, your friends and neighbors to write to your lawmakers, give them a piece of your mind, and be heard.  Right now, we’re focused on how we can help END THE SHUTDOWN, but you can host a postcard writing party to contact your representative about any cause that matters to you.

 

What’s a Potluck & Postcard Writing Party?

The name of this party says it all: gather people together to write postcards to their lawmakers about a cause or upcoming vote that’s important to them. In this case, you’re telling your representatives that you’re tired of  this shutdown and want them to end it now. 

Your representatives represents YOU, and sending them postcards is a great way to make sure they know what you think.  Postcards have been shown to be more effective than emails  or even phone calls to let representatives know their constituents are paying attention.

Why the Potluck?  Well, it’s supposed to be easy!  And what’s easier than having friends bring food and drink to share?

Inviting Guests

You can right click to copy and use the graphic here for your invitation.  Add your own customization – date, place, etc – to make it yours.  Or sometimes we like to use Paperless Post’s free invitation flier, simply add your own date/time/place for the party to the invitation.  Make sure your invite is set to private and share the invitation link with your guests.  READ MORE

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Action Plan for LGBTQ Rights

Feed Our Democracy believes that each of our small actions can add up to big change.

This Action Plan for supporting LGBTQ Causes & Rights gives you some simple steps you can take to make a difference.

 

Don’t just vent on social media:  Do something.  We’re here to make it easy to make a difference and #FeedOurDemocracy.

So what’s at stake?  Here’s some BACKGROUND INFO on the issues

 

  • It’s 2018. Most people oppose discrimination against LGBT people, but it’s still commonplace. We need to update our federal laws to ensure comprehensive protections.
  • 31 states still lack clear, fully-inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, meaning that LGBTQ people are at risk of being fired, denied housing, and denied services for who they are or whom they love.
  • Our country’s current anti-discrimination laws are full of holes. There are laws protecting people based on race, sex, disability, and religion – but there are no explicit protections for people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas of public life.
  • In 2015, 85% of LGBTQ students reported being verbally harassed at school. Of the students who chose to report these incidents of bullying, over 60% said that school staff did nothing in response.

ACTIONS.

Here are a few actions you can take now.READ MORE

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10-Steps to Hosting a #FeedOurDemocracy Event

Your #FeedOurDemocracy event can build community, build awareness, advocate or fundraise for something that matters to you. A candidate, a cause, new playground equipment for your neighborhood…whatever mobilizes and energizes you to be involved. Meet, eat, activate.

Like democracy itself, a #FeedOurDemocracy gathering is what you make of it. But here are some guidelines to get you started.

1. GET HOST-Y Decide if you want to host alone or with a friend, family member or colleague

2. GET  ACTIVE Pick a cause, issue or candidate you want to focus on during your gathering.

3. GET THOSE INVITES OUT –  Invite up to 10 people (ideally who don’t all know one another) to join you for an evening of conversation, organization, and action. If you’re co-hosting, you can each invite 3-5 people. If you’re hosting alone, invite 3-5 friends and ask them each to bring a friend you don’t know

4. GET ORGANIZED Plan your gathering like you would any other party: pick a menu, plan a potluck, bake cupcakes, have postcards ready to be written…whatever it is you’ll need to make your event a success.

Check out our ToolKit for links to downloadable, customizable post card templates,  recipe and menu ideas from The Mom 100, even sample invitation language for your new friends.

5 GET SOME INFO OUT. Send your #FeedOurDemocracy guests some information before they arrive so they know what to expect.  Hosting your event to fundraise for a candidate?  Send your guests a link to her website?  Is your event about a advocating for a particular group?  Find some great articles that got you interested and share those. You get the idea!

Guests should know ahead of time if you’ll be raising funds, writing letters, or simply having meaningful discussions around a cause.

6. GET  YOUR GOALS SET- Your event can raise cash, raise awareness, give people a chance to write some postcards…but it should do SOMETHING.  Choose a goal,  tell people what it is, and figure out how to get there.

If you are raising funds, a good benchmark for how much to solicit from your guests could be to ask your guests to contribute what they would normally spend on a night out for dinner. For example, you could have a suggested minimum donation of $25 or $30, or even $5.  Ultimately, you know your friend group and social circle and what would be acceptable and make sense.

Check out our tool kit for many more resources to help your event be a success.

7. GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED Not sure what to talk about?  The ToolKit has got everything you need to ensure you break the ice and keep the conversation flowing. We’ve also got information on how to find and contact your local representatives, techniques for talking about difficult issues and more.

Check out our TOOL KIT and RESOURCE PAGE for everything you need to make your party a success.

8. GET ONLINE – What’s a movement these days without a Hashtag?  Encourage your guests to share photos and more on social media using the #FeedOurDemocracy hashtag, so even people who can’t be with you and get in on the excitement.

9. GET ONLINE AGAIN – Once your event is over, we’ll ask you to fill out a survey so we know  how it went.  What worked, what didn’t?  What did you accomplish?  Evetually, the site will feature a running tally of the numbers:  funds raised, letters written, conversations enjoyed and more so we can all see how our small events are having a big impact.

10. GET HAPPY – You’re part of a movement!  Have fun.  Our goals are serious, but you’re having a party.  Enjoy making change happen while you #FeedOurDemocracy.

 

 

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