Local Organizing

August Recess Organizing Toolkit


Table of Contents

Overview

Download Resources: Canvassing Packet and Flyers

Legislative Updates and Goals

August Recess Planning for Groups

Strategy

Tactics


Overview

It’s been six months and the Trump Administration Agenda has been slowed to a crawl, in large part because of the high volume of unrelenting constituent pressure.  That’s a tremendous accomplishment; every day that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains in place translates into literal lives saved. But we can’t rest on our laurels.

Over the course of August, Members of Congress (MoCs) will be on recess for more than four weeks. This is a tremendous opportunity for Indivisible groups across the country to keep up the pressure on their MoCs.

Because of your constituent pressure, the ACA remains in place. Right now it’s difficult to say when the vote will happen or what the result will be. Either way, TrumpCare will continue to be a key focus. MoCs need to know that their constituents will hold them accountable for their vote. But the fact that Republicans have been unable to pass this day-one priority, and that the rest of their agenda is now in question at best or off the table is a testament to your constituent power.

This recess, we’re going to be everywhere. Whether at festivals, town halls, parades or even knocking on neighbors’ doors—this is a huge moment for our movement and your group to demonstrate your strength and reach. Your MoC wants to create a narrative that the resistance is losing steam. Let’s show them we’re continuing to grow and build power.

We’re continuing to build a movement and we’re here to stay. The number one thing on the mind of every MoC is their reelection. It’s time for us to let them know that if they don’t start listening to their constituents and resisting the Trump agenda, you’re going to replace them.

The tactics for this recess are a combination of some old favorites from previous recesses and a few exciting new things. These tactics, all outlined in detail below, are Canvassing (both door to door and high traffic), Public Appearances (also called bird-dogging), and all types of Town Halls.

By the end of recess, your MoCs will know that your group is there to hold them accountable for their votes. Now, let’s start planning!

Download Resources: Canvassing Packet and Flyers

We prepared a canvassing packet and flyers to help you make the most out of August recess. Click on one of the images below to download the resources made just for your state!

Legislative Update and August Recess Goals

There is a lot to talk about during August recess, and you should talk to your MoCs about whatever matters most to you. With Republicans in Congress ready to rubberstamp every one of Trump’s priorities, make sure you let your Member of Congress know that you expect him or her to continue to resist the Trump agenda. Here are the issues that we suggest you focus on during August. (Note that the political landscape is changing on a daily basis so stay tuned for specific resources once we know more. New policy briefs are in the works for each of these.)

TrumpCare Accountability

Win or lose on TrumpCare, your MoCs need to continue to hear from you. If they voted for this bill—and against your interests—you need to make sure they take heat over it. Ask them to justify their vote. If they vote against TrumpCare, make sure you thank them for it, especially if you have a Republican senator.

The Economy

Trump will try to push a regressive economic agenda—one that benefits the rich at the expense of working and middle-class families. These are the things to watch:

  • Tax Reform - The next big priority for Trump and Republicans is taking away Medicaid, Medicare, and funding for education and the environment to give new massive tax breaks to the wealthy.. Defeating Trump’s rigged tax plan, which we expect to pick up steam in the late summer and early fall, will require mass resistance across the country.
  • Budget/Appropriations - Congress needs to pass a bill funding the federal government by the end of September. We know what Trump and Republicans hope to do: increase spending on defense and provide new funding for Trump’s border wall, all while making massive cuts to critical programs like nutrition assistance, education, and Medicaid. The purpose of these cuts? Simple: to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy.
  • Infrastructure - Trump will soon rollout a “jobs” plan that he will try to sell as one that will improve American infrastructure. Don’t buy it. It’s really a selloff of American bridges and roads to foreign investors, and that won’t create new jobs.

Environment

Congress isn’t working on any major environmental legislation at the moment, but that doesn’t mean Trump hasn’t been able to do major damage on this front. Luckily, there are things that local and state governments can do in the absence of federal leadership on environmental issues, like committing to using 100% renewable energy.

Immigration

Trump continues his attacks against immigrants and refugees, and Congress isn’t doing anything to stop him. In fact, Republicans in Congress have been advancing Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, codifying them into law, and some Democrats are going along with it. Members of Congress need to hear from you that you don’t support Trump’s mass deportation machine.

Ethics and Democracy

No matter what your party affiliation is, you should be worried about Trump’s attacks against the rule of law, judicial independence, and collusion with the Russian government. We need to prepare for the real possibility that Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. This would be as much of a constitutional crisis as we’ve seen not since Nixon. Members of Congress need to hear from you that this is unacceptable.

August Recess Planning for Groups

What

Have an August recess planning meeting with your group (or even better, with multiple groups in your district). Explain Indivisibles goals, strategy, and tactics. Decide which tactics you’ll use and when. Assign point people to take on each event. Write it all down in a google doc or an email and share it with your group members!

Timeline

Start planning as soon as possible! Part of the reason we’re working to get this toolkit out ahead of time is to give groups time to plan!

How To

  1. Set a time and place for your meeting. Use a member’s home, local community center, library, etc.
  2. Post an invitation to facebook and/or email your members. Let them know what you’ll be talking about and when the meeting will be. Get RSVP’s. This is also a fine meeting to have with just your leadership team, if you have that set up.
  3. Write an agenda for the meeting. Your goal for the meeting is to give people the context of what we’re working to do, get their buy in, and create a clear plan for the month, with owners of each tactic and clear next steps. Make sure you walk through goals, strategy and tactics for the August Recess, and take in your members input on which tactics they’re interested in.
  4. Share your plan with your group! Letting folks know in advance about your plan lets all of your members plan ahead and gives folks the chance to get more participation in their events AND have a live at the same time!

Strategy

This is the only time of the year where MoCs are in their home districts for an extended period of time. During August Recess we’re going to hold MoCs accountable through constituent pressure in as many different places as possible and in doing so, build progressive infrastructure for 2018 campaigns. Through every activity or event, we will recruit more people and develop new leaders.

Tactics

Canvassing

Over this recess, we want to show our MoCs that Indivisible groups are everywhere. Group members will be at farmers markets, at parades, at BBQs and even going out in neighborhoods. You’ll be talking to your community about how your MoC voted on TrumpCare, and asking your neighbors to take action to hold your MOC accountable by making a phone call on the spot. You’ll also leave a flyer with as many people as possible, which talks about your MoC and their vote on Trumpcare; we want these flyers to eventually filter back to the MoCs staff and the MoC themselves. You can also tell the people you’re talking to about your group in the process, and recruit new members!

Our goal is to generate as many calls as possible, sign up new members, and educate everyone we talk to about their MoC’s vote. There are two types of canvassing to do during August Recess: door to door and high traffic.

High Traffic Canvassing

Even as organizers are gaining more and more digital tools, the most effective and impactful way to have a conversation with a constituent continues to be face to face. Over the summer there are countless opportunities to find a lot of constituents to talk to all in one place -- whether at a festival, community BBQ, parade or other community event.

High Traffic Canvassing simply means going to these areas where there is high foot traffic and having conversations with passersby. The conversations are similar to those you have during door to door canvassing, but instead of knocking on doors, you engage folks in conversation as they walk by.

High Traffic Canvassing How To
  1. Come prepared. You can find all the materials you need (flyers, scripts, etc) right here. Either you or your group leader should print some out and bring them along.  You’ll also want a clipboard with a sign up sheet for folks who are interested in joining your group! You should definitely bring water and snacks because you’ll be out in the heat for a bit. If you can bring a little card table to set up some flyers on (with a paperweight), great. But don’t sit behind it, stand in front of it; you’ll talk to way more people!
  2. Put on a smile. It may sound silly, but having the right mindset and a positive energy will make a big difference in your conversations and will make passerby more likely to stop to talk with you.  

  3. Ask everyone. You should attempt to engage with every person that walks by, and be assumptive that they’re going to stop (even though you know lots of people won’t). If you’re in a really busy area, you may want to have a partner so that you don’t miss anyone. Try to make eye contact and start with a friendly wave and a greeting from 10-15 feet away.

  4. Practice your hook. Chances are most of the folks you want to talk to are on their way somewhere, so you’re going to need to give them a reason to stop. Try to avoid yes or no questions and get creative. “We’re working to stop Trumpcare, come check it out,” etc.

  5. It’s OK to get a lot of nos. If you’re getting a lot of nos, don’t worry about it. Canvassing is sort of like panning for gold, so keep it up! You’re going to be talking to a lot of people, so you’ll find a lot who you’ll have a great conversation with, but plenty who won’t want to stop. Don’t be discouraged! Keep your smile and keep talking to people.  

  6. Perfect your ask. Once you start a conversation, you’re asking constituents to call their MoC. You’re also asking folks to come to an Indivisible meeting. Lastly, you’re handing them a flyer on our work. Giving folks the flyers is important because we want one of them to find its way back to MoC’s staffers, so they know what we’re doing. It’s nice to keep a little tick sheet where you keep track of how many folks you’ve stopped, how many called their MoC, and how many commit to checking out your group, so you can see how well you’re doing!

  7. Don’t spend time with people who don’t agree with you. We have a lot to do and only 16% of people approve of Trumpcare. No need to spend time with folks who don’t agree, you have better things to do. If someone starts to really disagree, it’s OK to end the conversation quickly with “I guess we’ll agree to disagree,” or “OK, sounds like we’re on opposite sides of this, and we can both get on with our day!” No need to draw things out!

  8. Approach groups and stragglers. If the foot traffic dies down, you should approach folks who are lingering in the area. Folks who are in line are great for this, they’re just standing around. Though it may be slightly intimidating to go up to a group for the first time, these may be some of your best conversations because you’re hitting multiple people at once and they’re not on the way anywhere so they’ll have more time to talk.

  9. Debrief. Debrief with your group. What went well? What was difficult? What best practices can you all try next time?

  10. Follow Up: Call and email the folks who signed up to come to the next meeting as quickly as possible, within the next couple days. Follow up within 48 hours greatly increases the chances that that person will remember the interaction and come to your meeting!
High Traffic Canvassing Dos & Don’ts
Dos Don'ts
  • Have fun!
  • Ask everyone who walks by
  • Be persistent and assumptive
  • Try out different hooks and share best practices with your group
  • Take photos and tweet them at your MoC and @indivisibleteam about your high-traffic canvassing.
  • Assume people don’t want to talk to you
  • Wait for passersbys to approach you
  • Keep talking to people who disagree with you
Preparing for a High Traffic Canvass

The short term ask we’re making of people when we talk to them is to call their MoC on the spot. Then we’ll ask them to come to a meeting and check out our group. Last, whether or not they take either action, we’ll give them a flyer and send them on their way!

  1. Set a date. Pick a time (or times) that would work well for your group members and would be convenient for new members to get involved. Generally, weekends and evenings during the week are the best time to knock on doors—you’ll have the best rate of folks that are home.
  2. Publicize the event. Update your group and get commitments. Use this activity as an opportunity to bring in new folks too. Make calls to your neighbors, put up flyers in town, post in various Facebook groups, ask every group member to bring a friend. Make sure you register your event with us here! We will help promote the event to people in your area and the press. 
  3. Identify a good location. Where do people tend to gather in your area? Community events are a great opportunity for high traffic canvassing, like farmer’s markets, festivals, garden shows, parades, etc. These are ideal. Then there are other typically busy spots like outside of  grocery stores, busy strip malls, parks and more.
  4. Call and ask if you can set up a table, if you think they’d be amenable to it. If you don’t, it’s OK to show up and plead ignorance, but let your people know in advance that they might be asked to leave. Obviously that’s less ideal. Make sure have several backup locations if canvassers are asked to leave.
  5. Print out materials for your people: scripts for each canvasser, 40-50 flyers/ canvasser, and a couple sign up sheets/ canvasser.

High Traffic Canvassing: Trainer’s Agenda

Door to Door Canvassing

Door to door canvassing is one of the most effective tactics organizers have in their toolbox. Indivisible groups will be canvassing during August Recess, ideally in neighborhoods close to district offices themselves, and talking to fellow constituents about the vote their MoC took on the ACA repeal, asking them make calls to their MoC and to join Indivisible if they seem enthusiastic, and leaving flyers with everyone.

Door to Door Canvassing How To

The below references flyers, scripts and tracking sheets, all of which will come out just before the start of the Recess.

  1. What to bring: You’ll want flyers, your script, a clipboard with a sign up sheet for your group, a pen, and plenty of water and snacks. A gallon ziploc bag for wet weather (canvassing during wet weather has even better contact rates; everyone’s home) that you can fit your clipboard and flyers in is nice, too.
  2. Get your packet. Your packet will include a script, a map of the area you’re canvassing in and flyers to leave at the door. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the materials.
  3. Map out your route. Take a few moments to look at the area you’re going to and map out your route so that you’re not going around unnecessarily in circles.  It’s smart to start on one side of a street and do that whole side, and then do the other side.
  4. Start knocking! Drive to your turf and go up to the first door. Your first door may feel intimidating, but remember you’re talking to your neighbors! Take a deep breath, smile and start knocking.
  5. Begin your conversation with an introduction. Start off your conversation by introducing yourself and explaining why you’re stopping by. Try to use context clues to build a quick connection. For example, if you see a sticker for the local public school, you bring up how you or your children went there.
  6. Don’t spend time with people who don’t agree with you. Our goal is to generate calls, sign up new members and educate folks about their MoCs vote; and only 16% of people approve of Trumpcare. No need to spend time with folks who don’t agree, you have better things to do. If someone starts to really disagree, it’s OK to end the conversation quickly with “I guess we’ll agree to disagree,” or “OK, sounds like we’re on opposite sides of this, and we can both get on with our day!” No need to draw things out!
  7. Follow the script, but put it in your own voice. Make sure you’re hitting all the points in the script, but this is a conversation so feel free to put it in your own voice.
  8. Leave literature. Whether or not someone is home, you should leave behind the literature about your MoC. Roll it up and put it in the door handle, or behind the screen door. Just don’t put it in the mailbox—that’s against the law.
  9. Mark down the result of the conversation. Using your tally sheet, keep track of the results of your conversation. Make sure to collect the contact information of anyone you canvass who wants to get involved with your group.
Door Canvassing Dos and Dont's
Dos Don'ts
  • Have fun!
  • Get through your whole map, whether it’s one block or several
  • Use the script, but put it in your voice.
  • Be polite to everyone even if they disagree with you. Keep it positive.
  • Keep it local -- let folks you’re talking to know you live nearby and have the same MoCs.
  • Tweet photos of you canvassing to your MoC and @indivisibleteam
  • Don’t put literature in mailboxes -- this is against the law!
  • Don’t get into arguments or be rude. Remember you represent Indivisible and your entire group. But don’t spend time with people who don’t agree with you!
  • Don’t go inside a house or approach any houses that make you feel uncomfortable for any reason.
  • Don’t give up if it’s raining. This is actually one of the best times to canvass because a lot of folks are home.
Preparing for a Door to Door Canvass

Like most other organizing activities, having a successful canvass takes some forethought and planning. Follow the below steps to set your event up for success:

  • Set a date. Pick a time (or times) that would work well for your group members and would be convenient for new members to get involved. Generally, weekends and evenings during the week are the best time to knock on doors—you’ll have the best rate of folks that are home.
  • Publicize the event. Update your group and get commitments. Use this activity as an opportunity to bring in new folks too. Make calls to your neighbors, put up flyers in town, post in various Facebook groups, ask every group member to bring a friend. Make sure you register your event with us here! We will help promote the event to people in your area and the press. 
  • Determine where you’re knocking. Some groups already have voter lists that you’ve been working with. If that’s the case for your group, great! If not, that’s fine! Pick a neighborhood by your MoC’s district office(s). Use Google Maps to scope out the neighborhood and print up maps. Remember, the purpose of these canvasses is to show your MoC that we’re everywhere, educate constituents about the position of their MoC and recruit new members. This doesn’t have to be targeted in the same way an electoral canvass would be. You don’t need much more than a block for each canvasser, so
  • Confirm your canvassers. Give everyone who signed up a call to let them know you’re counting on them to be there—and to bring a friend (or three!).
  • Prepare your materials. Spend time the day before getting your location set up, putting together clipboards and making sure all materials are ready.
    • Set up your location. Have a sign in table, an area for training, a table with the materials ready to hand out and a debrief location.
    • Prepare each clipboard with: map of area they’ll be knocking, canvassing basics, script, your contact information, tally/debrief sheet and a pen.
    • Think about what special touches you can add. Personalize clipboards with a post-it note with each canvasser’s name, print up a list of attendees so you can give them a reminder call the day of, have extra pens and clipboards just in case.

Door to Door Canvassing: Trainer Agenda

Public Appearances (also known as bird-dogging)

Many Indivisible groups had a great first start at showing up to MoC’s public appearances during July Recess. During August Recess, many MoCs may refuse to hold town halls, but they’ll show up at parades, community events, private fundraisers and more. These are opportunities to keep hammering home the message to these MoC’s and also to keep reinforcing the perception that we are everywhere, and they’ll have to answer to us sooner or later!  

Before the Event

  1. Do your research. Some events may not be widely advertised, or they may be announced with very little lead time to plan. Here are some ways to keep your ear to the ground. [Check out websites like Town Hall Project and Political Party Time.]
    • Call and ask. Call the congressional office and ask if your Senator or MoC has any upcoming events planned. If they don’t mention any, ask them the best way to find out. You may get mixed results, but it’s worth a try.
    • Find out what events they went to last year. Do a Google News search. Check the Press Releases section of their website and scroll back to last summer. Check their Instagram accounts. (Yes, many MoCs are on Instagram!)
    • Tune into interviews. Be on the lookout on your MoC’s social media account for upcoming interviews with local press. Does your MoC do the same radio show whenever they come home? Have someone tune in. Interviewers may ask a guest about upcoming events they have planned, right at the end. Make sure Google Alerts are working. You can also check out Talkwalker.
    • Say hello to your friend networks. Restaurants, venues and caterers may hear about events like fundraisers before they’re announced.
    • Sign up for all mailing lists. Make sure you’re signed up for your Senator’s E-Newsletter on their official website. Have someone sign up on local party groups’ email lists too, so you can keep an eye out for fundraisers.
    • Re-connect with Indivisible groups and partners around the state. Your MoC may go out-of-district for fundraisers and other events, so it will help to compare notes.
    • Say hello to local media. Now is a great time to reach out to media contacts that you’ve had a friendly exchange with in the past. Be sure to include bloggers, Patch.com writers, and campus papers. Re-introduce your group and what it’s about. Remind them that recess is coming up, and you’re available to comment on any upcoming appearances. They may end up tipping you off. (Even if not, it’s good to touch base with local press now and then to maintain the relationship and so you’re top of mind for them when seeking comment.)
  2. Meet with your group. During a regular meeting (or if you need to do a conference call since this recess is so soon, that’s ok too!) set aside time to plan for attending these public appearances. You may have very little notice of these, so it’s a great idea to get a set of folks to commit to being a part of a rapid response team, able to go to one of these whenever one comes up. Set up a text chain or a text tree with those foks!
  3. Select events to attend. Which of the events that you have identified would be best for your group to attend? Plan to go to as many as you can!
  4. Get commitments to attend each event. Have folks at the meeting commit to the events they’ll be able to attend.
  5. Designate volunteer roles. Determine what each event attendee will be responsible for. A few roles that you can use are:
    • Action Coordinator: This is the point person for the entire event and will make sure all the trains are running on time.
    • Speakers: It’s important to make sure you determine in advance which group members will be asking your MoC questions at the events. Because these public events often don’t have portions dedicated to constituent comments or questions, make sure everyone is rehearsed in our top ask for this Senator; you may only have one person get a chance!
    • Social Media Captain: This person will make sure to capture a video of everything your MoC says at the event—and post it on social media. Remember to film in horizon, and share your content to stories@indivisibleguide.com.
    • Press Liaison: Your group should be sure to let the press know why you’re at this event—your group wants access to your MoC—so designate someone to seek out and talk to reporters covering the event.
    • Research Coordinator: This person will be in charge of making sure the research work above gets done. It may take teamwork to keep extra eyes on your MoC online and in the media. Have your coordinator share the load with teammates.
  6. Determine your message. You’ll need to have one clear message for these events since you won’t have much time to speak with your MoC. This should be TrumpCare focused; discuss with your group the exact ask you’ll be making.
  7. Gather materials. A few essentials are signs, phones with cameras, recording device (you can also just use your phone), snacks, water and anything else you expect you’ll need at the event.
  8. Recruit attendees from your team. Let your group members know by email, calling and texting that you’ll be attending this event. Consider how public you want your plans to be—in some cases it may be better to keep your plans more quiet than usual. If you do want to publicize your event, register it with us here. We will help promote the event to people in your area and the press. 

During the Event (Open Event)

  1. Gather a few minutes before the event begins with your group. Set a meeting point in advance and make sure all of your expected attendees have arrived. Take a few minutes to review your plan and get everyone on the same page.
  2. Decide whether your plan is to be visible or to be undercover. If it’s the former, you should come prepared to make your presence known—whether you have posters, t-shirts or other visuals. You may want to identify a few folks who will be less visible so they can more easily approach the MoC or can stick around if the rest of your group is asked to leave. If it’s the latter, it’s likely because you’ll be working a rope line, or some other place the person will interact with people in an open setting.
  3. Be prepared to interrupt. There likely won’t be a Q&A at these events since they’re meant as more of a photo op. Your speakers should be ready to interrupt and speak loudly.
  4. Stick to one message. You likely won’t have a lot of time to speak, so work with your group ahead of time to determine your message. Your questions and comments should be direct and around the specific message—in this case TrumpCare.
  5. Be respectful, but persistent. Your MoC didn’t come to this event to answer questions, so they will likely try to shut you down. Keep it up and have your group prepared to back one another up. Prepare specific targeted chants and refrains to drown out the MoC until you get an answer to your question.
  6. Find your opportunity. At some events there will be a rope line or a meet & greet. This is a fantastic moment to ask your MoC a question. Make sure the camera is rolling and seize the opportunity to have a face to face conversation about TrumpCare.
  7. Take videos and pictures. Whether or not your MoC gives you an answer, make sure to get a video of how they respond to your questions. This way they’ll be accountable to what they say.
  8. Push out images and videos on social media. Make sure your Social Media Captain is tweeting, posting on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. Remember to tag @IndivisibleTeam and local reporters.

During the Event (Closed Door Event)

  1. Gather a few minutes before the event begins with your group. Set a meeting point in advance and make sure all of your expected attendees have arrived. Take a few minutes to review your plan and get everyone on the same page.
  2. Try to get into the event. This will likely require some advanced planning, but even for closed door events there are ways to get inside. Remember, you’re entitled to have access to the people who represent you.
    • Find your window to enter. Each closed door event will look different, but there are a variety of ways you can get inside.
    • Is it a fundraiser? If your group is able, consider making a donation—it will be worth it to finally confront your MoC.
    • Is it an event with business or community leaders? Find out who you know that’s invited that you can go with.
  3. If you get in to the event, keep it sneaky until you’re ready: There aren’t likely to be planned opportunities for questions or statements, so look for an opportune time to stand up to ask your question. It might be tough to find the right moment, so be prepared to just go for it.
  4. Identify and try to speak with reporters. Be respectful and friendly, and stick to your message. For example, “Since Congresswoman Sara won’t host public events with us, we’re here to remind her that her constituents are opposed to the Administration’s attacks on immigrants.”
  5. If you can’t get in, optimize visibility. If members of your group are able to go into the event, great! If not, make your presence known outside the event.
  6. If you haven’t gotten in, keep an eye out for your MoC. At some point the MoC will have to leave the event. Make sure your Speakers are prepared to ask a question as the MoC walks away. As always be respectful and persistent. Be careful not to physically block or get in the way of the MoC.
  7. Push out images and videos on social media. Throughout the event it’s crucial to take videos and pictures. Make sure to tweet and post on Facebook as the event goes on and especially any quotes from your MoC.

After the Event

  1. Send your pictures and highlights to stories@indivisibleguide.com. We want to help amplify the great work your group is doing.
  2. Debrief with your group. Find time to discuss went well and what can go better next time.
  3. Celebrate success. Congratulate participants on a job well done (and make sure to sign everyone up for the next event too!).

A note about staying on message

Town Halls

In addition to the new tactics above, we need to keep up the pressure at all kinds of Town Halls over August Recess. Over the course of recess, MoCs will be having town hall that groups need to show up to in force. If your MoC isn’t having a town hall, you can plan an Adopt a District event with a supportive MoC or have an empty chair town hall.

Take a look at the following resources for more information:

Adopt-A-District Toolkit: Invite a neighboring MoC to a town hall in your district if your MoC continues to refuse to listen to his/her constituents.  

Missing Member Toolkit: This action plan includes steps to take if you can’t find your MoC, including hosting your own empty chair town hall.  

Standing Indivisible at Town Halls: If your MoC is actually having a town hall, make the most of it by following these tips.

Tips for Sham Town Halls: What to do if your MoC holds a tele-town hall, private town hall or other type of town hall meant to suppress your voice.