Tompkins County Progressives

Tompkins County Progressives

http://tcprogressives.org/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TCProgressives/

Tompkins County Progressives is a group inspired by the political movement started by Senator Bernie Sanders but we are open to participation from all progressives regardless of their political-party affiliation. Our founding board members adopted bylaws in January of 2017 and we are a chapter of the statewide umbrella group New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN). We have monthly board meetings open to the public and currently have about 120 members. Our focus is on local elections and issues. We maintain a website, facebook group, and email list-serv. Did you 'feel the Bern' during the 2016 campaign? Do you align with the progressive principles that Bernie Sanders represents? Would you like to support a Bernie-inspired progressive movement going forward? Join us in Ithaca NY as we come together, both online and offline, to get things done. Our movement has led to the creation of a local organization, Tompkins County Progressives, which meets the first Thursday of every month. We have an executive committee and a number of issue committees that we are actively filling right now. TC Progressives is a chapter of a statewide organization called New York Progressive Action Network (or NYPAN). We welcome new supporters, new members, new partners and new donors. Learn more at our website, www.tcprogressives.org. . Posting guidelines: (1) No bullying, please, no personal insults or ad hominem attacks, no calling someone else a troll or implying that they are a troll (in fact, it is better not to even mention the word troll.) No bringing up old laundry lists of grievances: 'he hit me first', 'no, she started it', 'Susie always gets away with it'... When in doubt, tag a post for the admin and we will handle things without making a scene, hopefully. (2) If someone posts a topic, and you reply to that topic, it is courteous to try to stick to the topic and not hijack it on purpose to some other topic of your choosing. (3) Consider your presence in this group. Consider what it means to be a good leader. A good leader (in my view) knows how to strike the right balance between talking and listening. If you notice that most recent posts are written by 20 of the 1134 members here, perhaps try to engage someone who is NOT one of those 20, and encourage them to share an opinion. If you are one of those 20 yourself, and you aren't a TCP board member, ask yourself if maybe you ought to be hosting and admining your own group? If you have tons of energy and opinions and time to be online, it's a pity if you are holding yourself in, on someone else's platform, don't you think? (4) Notice whether people are liking what you post. If you have a thing for Tim Canova, and you post articles about him 4 times a day, and no one ever 'likes' them, maybe you should look for a Canova fan-page? Facebook is big. (5) Remember you aren't alone. Not only is Big Brother watching you, but many fellow Ithacans and fellow progressives are reading your comments. They are forming opinions about you and about progressives based on how snarky or magnanimous or self-righteous your comments are. Ask yourself, 'am I winning friends and influencing people, or at least earning respect, with the content and opinions I post here? Am I informing and educating people? Or just spamming them and driving them away from the message I'd like to communicate?' Thank you for your consideration.

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