Worried about democracy? Overwhelmed by alarming news headlines?
Change in 2020 can start with you & a few friends. And snacks. Start a Democracy Club!
We started a Democracy Club and you can too.
Our Democracy Club is a group of friends who gather regularly to help each other stand up for democracy and civil rights in ways that add up. It’s a place to talk, figure things out, and take action together.
It’s like a book club, but for democracy!
It’s people like your friends and ours who are going to change the course of this democracy story. We're at a pivotal time in America's history. When we look back we'll know we didn't just watch -- we stood up for democracy.
Our group has been so meaningful for us that we decided to put together a guide for others. Download our free printable guide, How to Start a Democracy Club, and start yours now!
Why a Democracy Club?
Worrying and following news headlines doesn't change anything. Democracy Clubs focus on impact.
Experience the deep satisfaction of participation. When you look back, you'll know you helped create historic change.
Our Democracy Club meets once a month and takes action between meetings. Your Democracy Club can be whatever you make it. You decide on your priorities, guidelines, and time commitment.
Let’s face it, these are trying times. We need to bring joy to each others’ lives. Meaningful community. Friendship based on shared values. Being a part of something bigger. And SNACKS.
Download our free printable guide, How to Start a Democracy Club, for ideas, instructions, and links to resources.
What kinds of things can a Democracy Club do?
You decide! Democracy Club can be for everyone regardless of political experience, work status, or educational background.
Here are just a few things a Democracy Club can do together:
Write postcards or letters to encourage people to vote
Attend a rally or town hall together
Discuss books or articles
Volunteer for a local, state, or national candidate’s campaign
Help register voters
Volunteer for an organization that supports voters or community members who face discrimination
Write letters to the editor
Host a fundraiser for a candidate or cause
Watch debates together
Call or text each other when things are hard
Celebrate victories together!
Download our printable guide, How to Start a Democracy Club, for more ideas, detailed instructions, and links to resources.
Who we are
We're not a company, organization, or political campaign. We're a group of friends from Portland, Oregon who came together after the 2016 US election. We had no idea what to do, but we wanted to do something. We decided the best way to strengthen our democracy was to participate in it. To our amazement, we discovered that people all across the country were doing the same thing.
Thanks in part to the work of people like us, the 2018 midterm elections were a sweeping victory for Democratic candidates. As we turned our attention to 2020, we wanted to create a way to stay engaged while living joyful, well-rounded lives. The idea for Democracy Club was born, and we've been meeting at each others' houses ever since.
Get started now
Our downloadable guide, How to Start a Democracy Club, contains step-by-step instructions, ideas for activities and links to resources.
Let's make democratic participation as easy and fun as joining a book club. Imagine what we can accomplish together! Download the free printable guide and start a Democracy Club today!
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