Get Your Pack 2 Act

Get Your Pack to Act

What is a PACK?

PACKs are micro-advocacy groups comprised of a small group of friends who band together to affect change in the community: they Plan, Assemble, Coordinate, and Keep each other accountable.  By integrating activism into our daily lives, we implement achievable actions while promoting self-care.  This website aims to provide logistical support for gathering a small group of friends together to take action, and was inspired by the Indivisible Guide (IG) – a set of guidelines developed by former congressional staffers to fight against President Trump’s policies.


Our Pack

Five determined women developed Get Your PACK to Act after the 2016 election in an effort to encourage each other to take action. We started using the term “wolfpack” to describe our friendship after thwarting an attempted mugging of one of our group. A PACK is just a group of friends dedicated to each other and the world around us. Our effort isn’t about one person, it is about opposing policies that will hurt the people and communities we love. We want to increase our action, improve our advocacy, and hold ourselves accountable, both to ourselves and to communities who constantly face injustice and oppression. We want to do better. 

Get Your Pack to Act

How do you start a PACK?

PACK Resources

This brief Implementation Guide is designed to help you through the initial steps of creating a PACK, and these templates can help you document the creation of your PACK and your planned actions:

PACK Meeting Notes Template
PACK Workbook
– PACK Information Worksheet
– PACK Members of Congress Worksheet
– PACK Priorities Worksheet
– PACK Action Tracking Worksheet

Starting a PACK

Talk about forming a PACK. Keep it casual! Go to lunch, plan a playdate, go for drinks, or get together online.

What issues are important to you?  Pick 2-3 main priority areas on which to focus.

Using your priority areas as a guide, look through the Action Resources to pick 3-5 achievable actions.  Set a target date for completion, maybe your next meeting.  (Tip: one of your first actions could be to identify your members of congress and their contact information!)

Keep track of your ideas and planned actions.  You can use templates provided on this website, or create your own way to keep track.

Plan your next get-together.  Keep your meetings frequent, but not overwhelmingly often. Aim to get together about every two weeks.  Even if no one has followed through on their actions, keep meeting to talk about ways to help each other take action.

Components of PACKs

  • Group of Peers: small (3-5) group of people who know each other with similar interests
  • Diverse Action: planned actions are diverse in approach, and both short and long term
  • Core + One Approach: each person recruits one other person to also act
  • Emotional Support: the group supports each other and promotes self-care
  • Accountability: the group documents planned actions and follow-through

Resources

Since the election, we’ve been collecting links to helpful websites.  Below you will find links to resources we found useful – most of them are websites, but some of the tools link directly to publicly available spreadsheets and call lists.

Several national action groups, some with local chapters, have formed as grass-roots efforts following the election. Below are some of the groups we have come across.  We’ve also included a few long-standing organizations with a strong history of activism. Please email us if you have other groups to recommend.

Several groups have taken the lead in putting together regular calls to action.  Often, these include scripts ready to go, and in some cases even the phone numbers you’ll need to call. Below are some of the websites we have come across (email us if you have others to recommend).

We’ve compiled a list of websites and documents which you may find useful as you plan your actions. The documents are compiled from a variety of sources. Wherever possible, the sources have been noted. Below are some of the tools we have come across (email us if you have others to recommend).

  • Congress Committees Action Sheet: Created by Indivisible WA, this document details calls to make specific to particularly congressional committees. Contact information for members of relevant committees are listed in the spreadsheet.
  • Grab Your Wallet: This spreadsheet documents companies with close ties to Trump businesses, and suggests boycotting as a way to send a message of protest.
  • 5calls.org: This website pulls up the information for your senators and representatives, based on your zip code.  It also provides scripts for key issues and concerns.
  • Find your Senators: This is the U.S. Senate website for locating the Senators for your state.
  • Find Your Representative: This is the U.S. House of Representatives website for locating the Representative for your district.
  • Find Your Local Representatives:  This website will identify your state-level senators and representative from your address or zipcode.
  • Call the Halls Guide: This guide was written by Emily Ellsworth, a former congressional staffer, to help citizens better understand the best ways to contact their Senators and Representatives.
  • Indivisible Guide: Written by former congressional staffers, the IG outlines effective ways to communicate with your senators and representatives.
  • Progress Organizations to Join: A spreadsheet of progressive groups working for change, specifically for NYC, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, and National groups.
  • Trump Cabinet Confirmations Blockade: Created by Indivisible WA, this document  details the cabinet nominations, hearing dates, committee members & phone numbers, and thoughts about suitability for the position. (Note: Still being updated, but there are not very many confirmations pending anymore.)

It is essential to highlight and center historically marginalized voices as part of this movement for change. The following is a collection of articles/websites about intersectionality, particularly as it relates to feminism.

“‘Intersectional feminism.’ What the hell is it? (And why you should care).”  Ava Vidal, The Telegraph. January 22, 2017

“How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101.” Saroful, CrossKnit. January 23, 2017.

“So you think you know a thing: Feministing 201.” Saroful, CrossKnit. January 24, 2017.

Below you’ll find a compilation of various resources we’ve found useful.

The Resistance Manual: The RM is a wikipedia style page with explanations of issues and policies, specific implications, and recommended actions.

Stop TrumpCare: The creators of the Indivisible Guide have created a guide with resources and actions specific to stopping the attack on healthcare in the U.S.

Resistance School: Created by graduate students at Harvard, Resistance School is a four session training course covering practical skills for political resistance.

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