Left Out – DuPage Area is a unique local Facebook group that serves as an informational clearinghouse for all Democratic leaning – progressive events occurring in and around DuPage County. It has over 2,700 followers. On a weekly basis, Left-Out – DuPage Area searches Facebook for events hosted by local campaigns and grassroots organizations and reposts them to their followers. It is volunteer-run and has no affiliation with any organization or campaign. You can also view Left Out’s other calendar of events on Facebook.
We would like to encourage community organizations, progressives, unions, engaged citizens, candidates, activists Democratic groups etc. throughout DuPage to use Left Out as a common platform to share information about upcoming events. This will freely advertise those events to Left Out’s 2,700+ followers, help progressive groups to avoid inadvertently competing for the same constituencies (such as by planning too many events on the same day), and allow progressives to show up and support one another’s events. This method will allow us to distribute the event information across platforms in emails, on Facebook, websites, twitter, and on paper printed at will. It will amplify our event participation if everyone posts in one place because it will allow for the public to be better informed and involved.
The are several ways to get an event on Left Out’s calendar. The easiest way is to ensure that all your events, whether they are meetings, protests, or fundraisers, have Facebook event pages. Left Out’s volunteers try to update the calendar at the beginning of every week and try to add events as they come up. Your event will be promptly updated but not immediately by volunteers. If you would like an event to be added to Left Out’s calendar, you can visit the page and send a message with a link to the event. If the event does not have a Facebook page we should not make one without the organizer’s doing it. We wouldn’t be able to update it with inevitable changes.
Additionally, on Monday’s Left Out – DuPage will email a list of upcoming events to everyone on this mailing list unless you decide to opt out. It may be distributed or altered freely to your organization’s needs and will also be available in entirety on the Indivisible DuPage website. At the bottom of this email you will find an example, though future iterations will include a more diverse array of events such as community meetings and campaign fundraisers. If the event you wish to add does not have a Facebook page but it should be added to the list please send an email to the following firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- The name of the event
- The location
- The date of the event
- The anticipated start and end time of the event
- A brief description
Left Out – DuPage area looks forward to helping the community at large know about the events going on right here.
In solidarity, Diane Hewitt, Reid McCollum and Jason Nerad