Thank you to the 57 attendees of the Strategy Summit, held Saturday, Oct 20th, for your dedication, creativity and care when thinking about our statewide direction for the next couple of years. Of our 18 community teams, 13 were represented at the Summit. The decision making was expertly facilitated by Edith Buhs and Anne Wright. We thank all the proposers for the time and thought they put into their proposals.
We are pleased to announce that, in response to strong support from participating community teams, the 2019-2020 statewide strategy for Massachusetts Mothers Out Front will focus on a campaign based on the Beyond Gas and Pipeline proposals. We are indebted to the Gas Leaks and Pipelines Task Forces for the tremendous accomplishments they have achieved over the past 3 years, which we will be building on for our next two year strategy.
As a key next step, the MA Leadership, Statewide Strategy, and Structure Teams will convene a conversation(s) that will include representatives from the Gas Leaks and Pipelines Task Forces, as well as from across MA Mothers Out Front to focus the selected statewide campaign further regarding:
- Impact & people goals of the campaign
- Creation and design of a campaign committee and decision-making guidelines
- Charge for the campaign committee
This conversation will also begin the process of shaping this campaign to ensure it meets our three main criteria for meaningful impact, building power, and providing a meaningful role for mothers and mothers' voices.
Continuing Work and Volunteer Opportunities
Legislative Team Opportunity: The carbon pricing proposal had strong support from the community teams at the Summit and several bills were included in the original Gas Leaks and Pipelines proposals. However, given the need to consider all legislative possibilities in greater detail, Summit participants decided to create a MOF Mass Legislative Team that is empowered to select a maximum of 3 bills to champion in the upcoming state legislative session.
If you're interested in being a part of this new legislative team, please let Andra Rose, email@example.com, know.
Structure Committee Opportunity: The Structure Committee is developing a new governance and committee structure that brings the power of our grassroots organization together to make key decisions and monitor statewide strategy. To learn more, please contact Anne Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Group Opportunities: There are also various study group opportunities.
- Regenerating Earth’s Carbon Sponge; for more information contact Melissa Ludtke, email@example.com.
- Transportation; for more information contact Andee Krasner, Andee.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reducing food waste; for more information contact Carolyn Weaver, email@example.com.
Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the successes of the Strategy Summit. There were moments of levity and laughter too throughout the day, which is a testament to the supportive and entertaining vibe in the air. The MA Leadership Team has created this feedback form about the strategy process so far, so that we can learn what everyone found helpful, inspiring, challenging and what could be done differently as we continue.
Do You Have an Idea for a Statewide Campaign?
You don’t need to be an expert on an idea to suggest it. Some of the best work grows organically out of people’s interests or as offshoots of ideas that are tested at the community level.
We’re inviting preliminary ideas for statewide campaigns right now to get our strategic juices flowing and to see what members feel passionate about. After the evaluation stage is over we may be ready for more detailed development of the ideas.
Please see below for the timeline and guidelines for contributing an idea.
Please feel free to contact any of the planning team members or Janet Groat, our staff Organizing Manager, with any questions, comments, and ideas.
Andra Rose, Anne Goodwin, Claire Humphrey, Sue Stafford
Guidelines for Statewide Campaign Ideas
STAGE 1 (Aug. 20 - Oct. 1): Generating and Sharing Ideas
- Let us know that you want to be on the email list of people thinking about contributing a campaign idea. Email Andra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read “What Is a Campaign?” for background to help you think about your idea in the context of MA Mothers Out Front.
- Talk about your idea with others. In September, our staff and the Mass Leadership Team will offer opportunities to share ideas, and learn more about campaigns and thinking strategically. This will be the focus of the September campaign call, at noon on Wednesday, September 12, and at one or two other times to be announced.
Describe the basic idea on one page. It’s ok if your description is incomplete at this stage. We don’t want you to spend the time to make a complete proposal at this point in our process. Here are some questions you might think about, but don’t feel you have to have the answers and include all of them in your description:
- What is the concrete change you are trying to achieve?
- How does it resonate with the Mother’s voice?
- Who are you trying to influence?
- What possibilities are there for community teams to use and expand their power?
- Are you building on work Mothers Out Front MA has done already or are you challenging us to take new paths toward our vision?
- Send your description to Andra Rose at email@example.com by October 1. The MA Leadership Team will summarize all ideas and share them in a simple list to facilitate conversation and connection among members.
- We will assess how to proceed with new proposals after a meeting of task force leaders and others in late September, where we will get a sense of what current work will be ongoing and how we might structure our campaigns going forward.
STAGE 2 (Oct. 1 - Oct 12) Preparing to Decide
Caution: Construction Ahead
We anticipate some work will be needed on descriptions before the October 20th gathering. This will be influenced by the conclusion of the evaluation of our current campaigns at the end of September.
We may realize that to compare ideas, we need proposals in a common format or a similar level of detail. Or we may realize that we won’t be able to decide everything at one gathering: the priorities for our continuing work, our leadership structure, as well as proposed new campaigns. So please evolve with us as our decision making process emerges.
- Be open to doing some revision or additions to your idea description.
- Be ready to describe your idea in a video-call with other Mothers Out Front members in early October and at the gathering on Oct. 20.
- It will be helpful to read “Campaign Strategy & Tactics -- Getting Ready for a Winning Campaign.” (This document will be available shortly and is a great resource from the National organizing handbook.)