In order to squarely identify, address, and work to change the undesirable policies, actions, and threats of the current Administration, 67 people first came together in a private residence on Gwynn’s Island, Virginia, for an emergency community meeting, Sunday, January 15, 2017, in answer to a MOVEON.org challenge to invite one another into our homes and become a supportive community group.
With a binding commonality aligned by shared values and experiences, people, for the most part introducing themselves to one another for the first time, immediately chose to work together to offer solutions through identified campaigns that would counter the dangerous 2017 governmental changes they seriously believed would ultimately affect the well-being of our localities, our state, our country, and the world at large.
The “will of the people” had a voice, a vehicle, and a direction. The following month on February 19, 2017, over 130 people “circled up” for a second CircleUp Community Meeting. The location had to be changed to the Gwynn’s Island Civic Center to accommodate everyone.
Our focus is on principles over personalities as we honor the long history of democratic practices of our government. In goodwill, we recognize that collectively and individually we are family and neighbors and friends and colleagues with all of the constituents in all of our Virginia Middle Peninsula counties. Today we share more similarities than differences as we move into the future. We extend an invitation to other citizens to sit in the circle and have a sense of belonging and contribution, so that no one is ever excluded or disrespected.
As a visible and vital connection to others in our counties, and in order to encourage people who might be struggling, we choose to reach out and give back through specific and needed donations of essential items that we gather at our monthly community meetings. If you have suggestions for future donations by our community, please contact CircleUp Steering Group email@example.com
Nuts and Bolts
In order to be effective, CircleUp, following democratic principles, will intentionally elect to focus on 3-5 specific campaigns at a time. Participants will be encouraged to join at least one campaign group in their area of interest headed by a volunteer leader who calls group members together and works with them to be a clearing house and distributor of information and calls to action for the CircleUp community at-large.
In addition, interested CircleUp Community Meeting volunteers will come together and be called a Steering Group that prepares for and facilitates the community meetings, liaisons, events, and links the purpose of our specific campaigns to our mission, offering all of us “takeaway’s” – encouragement, inspiration, and what we can do to make a difference.
2 hour CircleUp Community Meetings will be held on a regular monthly basis to rally for direction, to encourage, educate, share resources and speakers with one another, as well as, to continue to invite new people to circle up.