Dear MoveOn member,
We are almost six months into the new presidency. We have marched, protested, called, written, and resisted the alarming acts of the Trump administration and the complicit Republican Party. The work to defend of our democracy has aroused a deeper passion for political activism among newcomers and longtime organizers alike.
However, we know the Resistance is a marathon, not a sprint. And we must take time to recharge regularly if we're going to remain effective in the long campaigns ahead. That means connecting with each other—over food, fellowship, and even having a little fun. It's time to take a moment to celebrate what we’ve achieved—and recharge for the work ahead—with a summer social gathering: a Resistance Summer Community Cookout!
Click here to search for a Resistance Summer Community Cookout near you on the weekends of June 24–25 or July 1–3! Or create your own if there isn't a cookout near you. The MoveOn team makes it easy for you to do, and we'll support you every step of the way.
On June 24–25 and July 1–3, MoveOn and partner organizations will launch Resistance Summer Community Cookouts all across the U.S. These cookouts are an opportunity to
- come together with friends old and new,
- build relationships,
- build momentum for the campaigns in the months ahead,
- recharge our self-care batteries, and
- celebrate the diversity that makes the Resistance strong and resilient.
Excitement for these cookouts is palpable. There are hundreds already scheduled around the country. Just click here to find the one closest to you.
We’ll provide everything you need to plan a successful cookout—including a Host Guide, Checklist, Sample Agenda, and more—and we'll be with you every step of the way, coaching, answering questions, and helping to recruit fellow MoveOn members to attend your event. (We may even give you a recipe for a refreshing and timely beverage. Mmmm...peach-mint tea!)
Hosts are responsible for finding a venue—at a home, park, or community space—and arranging the food and refreshments. We offer you ideas on how to do this in ways that are easy, cost-effective, convenient, and communal. And while we have plenty of suggestions for making this fun, you know your community and your neighbors better than we do! So we encourage you to bring your own ideas to make your cookout great!
These events will also be a kickoff to Resistance Summer, during which we'll host monthly national events to rebuild progressive power and fight the Trump Republican agenda. Through this program, we will train and support 1,000 mobilizers across the country, gear up for the big August congressional recess, and lay the groundwork to bring Resistance energy to next year's midterm elections. It's a lot of work! And we'll do that work if we take a moment to get to know each other, take a step back to relax, and enjoy a Community Cookout as summer heats up.
Thanks for all you do.
—Chris, Anna, Gabby, Michael, and the rest of the team
Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?
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