Outagamie Action Teams: What you need to know!
Have you been hearing the word OATs tossed around quite a bit lately and wondered if we were opening a Whole Foods store or something?
We’re not. Though you could say the health of our local party and of our democracy in a larger sense is attached to the success of OATs.
What is an OAT? Quite simply it is an Outagamie Action Team, a neighborhood group that gathers to advocate for progressive issues and help elect Democratic candidates who support those issues.
The A and the T of OAT are the critical letters. An OAT can only work if it comes together as a democratic community dedicated to doing real work. The Political Outreach Committee currently supports two OATs, one in District 6, led by Ann Muenster, and the other in Grand Chute, which is headed by Julia Squier. Many of our weekend-of-action canvassers and phone bankers are OAT members.
OATs provide the underpinnings for consistent, sustainable activism here in Outagamie County. How do they do this? By creating a community of support that is small enough that a local party member – who might otherwise feel lost in the vast DPOC universe – feels included and integral. By channeling anger and helplessness into shared purpose. By the accountability that is fostered when members of a group take responsibility for each other and themselves. And by making activism not only fun but fulfilling.
We invite you to find out more by attending a strategy session at the party office on June 1 from 6 to 8. The sign up link is HERE.
There will be pizza! Our goal is to create as many as five action teams. To win in November and, in the longer term, to produce a stable and ongoing base of activism, OATs are going to be essential. If you want more information about the event or about OATs, please contact Ann Muenster at email@example.com or at 920-277-9792.