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Indivisible: Conejo's 3rd General Meeting

  • Lundring Activities Center California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (map)


Our next general meeting will focus on small-group training in three sets of skills that will become important for us as we get ready for the upcoming special elections in several states, as well as the 2018 campaign: Phone Banking, Persuasive Canvassing, and Old & New Media. You will choose one main session; then the entire group will reconvene for a short training on how to register voters, including persuasive contact and how to correctly complete and submit voter registration forms. 

Donations: Our Immigrant's Rights Team asks that we bring donations for the food bank at Cal State Channel Islands that serves undocumented students: the most popular items are the ready-to-eat options such as, Cup O Noodles, Maruchan, nutrition bars, fruit, but the rice, pasta and beans are popular items, as well. Also welcome are grocery store gift card donations from Vons or Ralph’s in amounts of $5, $10 or more.


PHONE BANKING: Jennifer Eis, Indivisible: Conejo's Field Director (and the former Central Coast Field Organizer for the Clinton campaign), will leverage our stellar team of Conejo Valley phone bank captains to teach you how to make the calls that flip a district!

  • Using your own cellphone (please bring one!);
  • Engaging with the person at the other end of the line;
  • Familiarizing yourself with, and then getting through a script;
  • Overcoming your fear of making the first call;
  • Working your way through a "call sheet" (a list of people to call, with space to tally their responses), and completing it efficiently.

PERSUASIVE CANVASSING: Dillon Iwu -- a veteran canvassing director for multiple campaigns across the country, and currently Field Staffer for L.A. Congresswoman Karen Bass and her SeaChange PAC -- will teach you how to get comfortable going door to door with an issue-based agenda more meaningful than simply supporting a candidate.

  • Engaging in effective, opinion-shifting conversations with strangers;
  • Asking general questions about an issue, then getting personal;
  • Practicing active listening;
  • Telling personal stories that help the listener re-evaluate an issue and confront his own attitudes.

PUBLIC EDUCATION VIA OLD & NEW MEDIA: Jon Cummings, Indivisible: Conejo's communications guru and a longtime journalist/PR professional, will offer a practical and philosophical guide to sharing your knowledge and perspectives via Letters to the Editor (old media) and Facebook/Twitter (new/social media). 

  • Using the knowledge gained in your Action Team research to influence others, in print and online;
  • Creating the appearance of consensus via a coordinated campaign of letters and social-media hits;
  • Using personal stories -- yours and others' -- to leverage opinion effectively
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of public position-taking ... including fake news!

The afternoon will begin with an informal meet-and-greet with the leaders of our Issue Action Teams, where you can chat with leaders & members of teams that interest you. It will end with social time.

Please let us know if you plan to attend, so we can plan our space and resources appropriately!