Start a Club
What will this club do?
March For Our Lives Arizona will be coordinating a variety of events, activities, and guest speakers. Activism For Our Lives Clubs can take charge on whatever your community feels fit - whether raising money for the homeless or meeting potential candidates. Any club can charter with us, from NHS to GSA - chartering gives you access to our resources, community, and events. Here's a run down of what's in store:
August - Voter Registration Competition! Clubs across the state will be trained in VR and compete to register the most new voters, and educating your peers on the issue.
October - Statewide Convention. Clubs across the state will be bussed to the Phoenix Convention Center to learn from nationally known policy experts, hone their activism, have fun, and get motivated.
November - Vote! MFOL Arizona will support clubs in encouraging their peers to walkout of class and vote those who won't listen out of office.
January - Registered Clubs will be bussed down to the Arizona Capitol to lobby for sensible reforms, learn civics, and influence policy.
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How to set up an activism club:
Find a safe space and/or teacher sponsor at your school before the year concludes. After school clubs tend to be successful because of access, but if your school is giving you trouble you can contact the ACLU (they legally need to give you the opportunity to peacefully gather and share ideas).
Reach out to people around your school. Diversify your voices and find a way to approach activism from an intersectional viewpoint. We have to stand up for funding for anti-violent programming just as intensely as we support voter registration. The only way we win is by educating each other on all fronts.
Keep track of those who are interested. Start a group chat, make a club twitter, or gather emails. Keep the conversation going over the summer until school starts again.
What should club meetings look like?
Leaders should be chosen democratically but the club should be run through a set of committees. Committee ideas can be groups, such as outreach, event coordination, research and fundraising. Please set committees based on your independent needs; it’s very important for the club to match the structure of your own community.
Meetings should rely on relationship building within the group and the community. Surround yourself with people you can trust and people who help with real education. Bring in local leadership, not just elected officials, but people who are put on a pedestal within society – Be able to question their practice and create practical solutions for societal issues – Leaders within the group will emerge thanks to this knowledge.
Name the club something that can fit the activism of your community. Ex: Educating For Our Lives, (School Name) For Our Lives, Activism For Our Lives and so on. Be creative!
What are the goals of the club?
Create a more politically engaged and educated community.
Register people in your area to vote, raise money for community engagement events and lower the violence in your area.
Create morally just leadership in all facets of society.