How to Have House Meetings
- Find a friend with a computer who knows how to access the Internet, and ask that person to host a House Meeting. You can also meet at a public library, club room, or any place that makes Internet access available.
- Set a time and place. Telephone friends and neighbors until you get 6 to 15 people to commit to attend. Tell them which of the subjects you will be discussing.
- Prepare materials ahead of time by printing out the Suggestions for Discussion, the one-page articles on the left side of the page, and the entire page showing additional sources for those who want more information.
- At the appointed time, serve coffee or a soft drink and a bagel or cookie while people are arriving, introduce them to each other, and pass out the one-page articles.
- Start promptly at 15 minutes after the time set for the House Meeting.
- Pass out the Suggested Questions and start the Discussion. Make sure everybody participates.
- Invite all to the next House Meeting and tell them what subject you will be discussing.
- Adjourn the House Meeting one hour after the appointed arrival time, and pass out the page of additional sources.
Obama Built Support for his Spending Bill by "House Meetings" |
On the weekend of Feb. 6, his people held 3,587 House Meetings, covering all 50 states and 429 congressional districts. Attendees watched a 4-minute YouTube clip of Obama urging his supporters to "come together, organize, and stay involved in the task of remaking this nation." They watched a 10-minute sales talk promoting the Stimulus package, downloaded talking points from the Internet, and were guided by a list of questions. Then,
they were instructed "it is now our mission" to get the word out about the stimulus by talking, emailing and texting to friends and neighbors.
Obama has learned how to organize the grassroots, get them together in small groups (in the old-fashioned way), and then urge them to "spread the word and build support" (with 21st-century Internet tools).
Eagle Forum is ready to meet this new challenge. America needs you to host a House Meeting for a small number of your friends and neighbors. Eagle Forum provides everything you need for House Meetings on vital issues that will all be "up for grabs" during the Obama presidency.