The After Party will be building power in all the communities where we're based in preparation for local elections. Here's how.
LISTEN TO COMMUNITIES
In each community where the After Party is, organizers will host a series of listening sessions where members of the community come together and voice their concerns about issues important to them. More importantly, After Party organizers will seek to learn about pressing needs that the local government isn't meeting, to focus our efforts on a few specific areas.
Community members of the After Party will volunteer to support our incarcerated brothers and sisters, and show solidarity outside of city and county jails. This includes having a charged phone on hand so newly-released inmates can call friends and family, having sandwiches, coffee, and cookies on-hand when inmates walk outside, bandaging any wounds suffered during arrest or inside the jail, and a card with contact information for the nearest After Party district leaders.
ORGANIZE FOR BALLOT INITIATIVES
Before running our own candidates, the After Party will help organize efforts to pass statewide ballot initiatives with the goal of passing laws that people want but local governments won't pass. This could include anything from marijuana legalization, the expansion of Medicaid coverage, labeling of genetically-modified organisms, marriage equality, increasing the minimum wage, and more. The After Party will form coalitions with community and statewide stakeholders to host signature drives with the goal of getting a popular initiative on the ballot.
SERVE IN LOCAL AND COUNTY OFFICE
After winning elections at the local and county level, After Party elected officials will hold listening sessions with the community and hear about which needs must be addressed. After Party elected officials will then work within their capacity to meet the community's needs. After Party mayors will use local eminent domain laws to claim foreclosed homes from banks and renegotiate underwater mortgages directly with homeowners. After Party alders/city council members will work to claim abandoned/vacant properties and have them converted into housing co-ops to provide shelter for the homeless. After Party sheriffs will deprioritize drug-related arrests and refuse to cooperate with banks in evicting foreclosed homeowners. After Party coroners will refuse judicial orders to arrest sheriffs who don't comply with banks in evicting homeowners. After Party school board members will work with the community to develop curriculum that will enrich students, develop their talents, and teach critical thinking skills. After Party elected officials will also work to establish term limits where there are none.
The After Party will use the information learned from our community listening sessions, unite with community stakeholders like churches and small businesses, and plan mutual aid flash mobs where members of the community all take on a particular project. This could include planting urban gardens in a food desert, filling potholes on a neglected road, organizing free healthcare clinics, building tiny houses for the homeless, starting a time bank where services can be traded, and more.
OUST CORRUPT OFFICIALS
The After Party will organize politically using techniques outlined in the book, "How to Oust a Congressman," to both engage voters and get rid of corrupt elected officials at the state legislative and congressional levels. The After Party will host phone banking events, organize neighborhood canvassing efforts, get members deputized to register new voters, and hold voter registration drives within the community.
RUN FOR LOCAL AND COUNTY OFFICE
Once the After Party has successfully established relationships with stakeholders in a community, After Party districts will nominate candidates to run for city council, county board of commissioners, mayor, county sheriff, and justice of the peace. Nominees must sign a pledge to abide by the principles and values listed in the After Party manifesto and platform. After Party candidates will work with their districts to organize signature drives to get on the ballot, and will run on a platform of their past service to the community.