Through our annual strategy meeting in January and ongoing conversations, we have determined to focus on building our base through achieving clear financial and membership goals, developing activist and leadership skills in current members, and forming strategic partnerships with groups in our local community. The Labor Party has formed five “SMART” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals for 2012:
- Partner with two organizations in each of these five categories:
- Host a labor or health care film screening once a quarter.
- Organize a large community event for the fall.
- Recruit one hundred new members.
- Reach one hundred Committee of 100 donors (only 16 to go!).
Tools for Building our Base
We are developing several tools to reach our goals, including a “membership drive thermometer” like the one on the left, which Lynn Chacko created to motivate and help us record each new member as a “degree” until we finally reach 100. Chad Hood is working on a “pledge of support” for developing partnerships with local groups. As we brainstormed how best to connect with individuals, several members wanted to develop a resource to offer folks having trouble at work or needing affordable health care in the absence of a single-payer system. Accordingly, Gaby Gross has gathered an extensive list of free and greatly subsidized community health care services, which will soon be posted on our website. David Hennig, Jason Fults, and Sheila Payne are working to create a list of referral services and possibly a labor review board for workers who call our office searching for just solutions to wage theft and other job abuses. Also to be finished this spring are an updated brochure on HR 676—the Improved & Expanded Medicare for All bill—and a brand new brochure explaining why and how we identify as the “Labor Party.” Finally, for members seeking a deeper understanding of how different health care systems compare to the single-payer one we seek, Marilyn Eisenberg continues to host a reading and discussion group one Sunday afternoon each month.
A Prescription for Progress: Share your talents, time, and gifts!
We are achieving slow but steady progress with our goals: Jeremiah Cleghorn joined as our first new 2012 member, Scott Billings and Stephanie Ridgeway have joined the Committee of 100, and Marilyn Eisenberg, Dan Harmeling, and Jeremiah Cleghorn are organizing a public forum on single-payer health care at Santa Fe College—our first potential student partnership! But to reach our goals, we need everyone’s support. Please consider helping us build our base and reach these goals by: