Change in 2020 starts with you & some friends. And snacks.
If you're like us, alarming news headlines and the state of our democracy have left you feeling worried and overwhelmed. You want to do something, but it’s hard to know where to begin.
For us, the answer was to begin with friends. We started a Democracy Club, and you can, too.
What is a Democracy Club?
A 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, support each other, and take action together.
Like a book club, but for democracy!
We've discovered a way to stay politically involved that leaves us feeling energized, connected and productive.
We're at a pivotal time in America's history, and it's people like your friends and ours who are going to change the course of this democracy story.
When we look back on this time, we'll be proud to know we didn't just watch -- we stood up for democracy.
We want you and your friends to feel proud, too.
We've written a guide so you can start your own Democracy Club. It begins with gathering a few friends. Download How to Start a Democracy Club to learn more.
Why a Democracy Club?
Worrying and following news headlines doesn't change anything. Democracy Clubs focus on action and impact.
Experience the deep satisfaction of participation -- knowing you're making a difference.
Our Democracy Club meets once a month and takes action between meetings. You decide on your priorities, guidelines, and time commitment. Your Democracy Club can be whatever you make it.
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 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 Clubs are meant to be flexible and effective no matter what your 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 for ongoing support
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 out of concern 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 the 2020 election, we wanted to create a way to stay politically active while living busy, 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 printable guide, How to Start a Democracy Club, contains step-by-step instructions, ideas for activities and links to resources.
Imagine what we can accomplish together. Download the free guide and start a Democracy Club today!
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