Here in Boston we had 43 people show up basically on time, and about 10 stragglers who didnt end up meeting up with us, but showed up at the original location and did the standard rally things. We were very happy with the turnout. Flyering, marching, talking to the general public, and then a late lunch to sit and brainstorm. It went well. Now on to the meat of the post. I waned to talk about our local organizing and what we're doing to try and get this to grow. And I really wanted to hear what others are doing locally to try and accomplish the same things. Maybe we've missed something and you all have some stuff we should be doing. One of the main things for us is trying to get all the users we can over here to WWP so we can actually have some meaningful discussions about this. But first we have to find them all. So first up, we have setup all of these: WhyWeProtest.net Event: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/feb-19-2011-freedom-of-information-rally-boston-ma.67883/ Mailing list: https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/bostonfio Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_185029928182328 Facebook Event for Feb: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180706135296466 Meetup.com Group: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Freedom-of-Information/ Meetup.com Event: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Freedom-of-Information/calendar/16078062/ Going.com Event for Feb: http://boston.going.com/event-892477;Pro-Wikileaks_Rally (As always, facebook will out you if your anonymous, so use an anonymous facebook account, a fake, if you dont want that to happen.) I've just finished getting the last of that setup this morning. So now its time to try and get traffic to those sites. We talked a little about methods to do this. Here is how we are going to try to get some initial users on these sites: 1. We took down everyones email address at the late lunch after the rally, and we have emailed all of these URLs to them, and added them to the mailing list. 2. On facebook, we have encouraged all the current members of the group to invite all their friends that might be interested. 3. There was another facebook event for the January event, we are going to go through that and invite everyone who RSVP'd there to the new event (doing that today.) 4. We are going to search for activist groups in the Boston area that might be interested in joining up. A lot of the more oldschool activist groups have mailing lists and could email those lists for us if they wanted to help. So even if the organizers didnt want to actually join up, or join forces, they might at least be willing to tell their members about it. 5. Search for groups on sites like facebook that have to do with Boston. From political groups to technology groups, there have to be at least a few that might match up well with us. Ask the admins of the groups to tell the members about whats going on and link to our stuff. 6. We are going to search for student groups, student unions and other student related activities at all the local colleges to build a list of them to contact. If there are any that look promising we will figure out how to contact them and ask if they can spread the news. If those groups are the type that have meetings we will ask if we can attend one and talk to them about the cause. At that meeting we would distribute flyers with all of the URLs to join up. 7. Next search will be for bloggers. Looking for any activism, political, or other related bloggers from this area that have their own blogs or post on multi-author blogs. Talking to them and asking if they might be willing to do a post for us to spread the word. 8. We are in contact with our local Pirate Party representative. There arent many Pirate Party members here yet, but he actually showed up to our event so we are going to see if he has any sort of mailing list or group he can get information to. Use this link to find your locals: http://www.pirate-party.us/state/index.php 9. We are going to have a brainstorming meetup, probably for dinner, this coming week. People from the event on saturday agreed that it would be a good move to meet and figure out how best to approach this locally. Hopefully some more methods for growth come out of that. 10. Next up, probably the most time consuming thing, we are going to search out any other groups activism, change, freedom, protest, whatever forums. Register, and start engaging them to try and get them over here for these events. 11. And last but not least we are going to be reaching out to all of the local media attempting to get any coverage we can. So thats what we're going to attempt up here in Boston. Whats everyone else got going on? Did we miss anything huge that we should be doing?