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Action-A-Day 3/13: Create A Rapid Response Team

ACTION: 1) Reach out to 10 people in your social circle who have similiar social and political view. This list should consist of friends. family members, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  Ask them if they are willing to join your rapid response team and assist when you notify then that help is needed with contacting elected officials, posting online or attending events. 2) Seek out other rapid response team (RRT) leaders so that the calls to action your team  assists with will have an even further reach. 3) Program your team members in your phone (even if they are already in there) as "RRT: Name " (ex: RRT Kate) and do the same in your email. This will help you to find them quickly, as will creating a group in your email account with all of the email addresses listed.

SAMPLE SCRIPT: Hello [insert name]. I am trying to build a rapid reponse team, made of people who are close to me and want to help make a difference. This team will be a way for us to organize as a small group and act quickly on political and social issues that need our attention. Some of the things you may be asked to do would be writing and calling elected officials, posting information on social media and attending protests and rallies. When help is needed, I will reach out to the team via email, text and phone. I will absolutely repect your time and value your energy! May I add your name to my rapid response team?

BACKGROUND: There is a lot of information on the web and things are changing at an alarming pace. This trend is likely to remain for a while and rapid response teams are an excellent way to mobilize the folks in your inner circle who want to help, but aren't sure how.