Sample Invitations to Join the Convergence

Use these sample invitations to invite your friends, family, and networks to join the Convergence.

Invitation to Join the Convergence—Sample Email

 


Spread the Word.

Join the Convergence!

EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Join the Earth Day to May Day Wave of Action! People, Planet, Peace over Profit!

Dear Friend of People, Planet and Peace over Profit!

As we begin another year of unprecedented crisis and uprising, the demand for deep change is stronger than ever. Thank you for all you’ve done to bring us to this historic moment. To harness the growing force for transformation, we are writing to invite you to join in a groundbreaking new initiative – the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit. To join the Convergence network and receive email updates, go here.

The Convergence is an education and direct action campaign that begins this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action to multiply, amplify and build synergy across grassroots justice movements. It lifts up local fronts of struggle while calling for a solution as big as the crisis barreling down on us – an emergency green economic transformation, including full employment and living wages; 100% clean renewable energy by 2030; universal free health care and education; food and housing security; an end to deportations and mass incarceration; economic and political democracy; demilitarization; ecosystem restoration and support for the rights of Mother Earth; and more.

As you know, the movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the globe – from democracy revolutions to Occupy protests, movements for the rights of workers, students, immigrants, women and Indigenous peoples; resistance to NSA spying, endless war, prison pipelines, tar sands, fracking, nuclear power, GMOs and more. The accelerating climate disaster – now predicted to dismantle civilization as we know it as soon as 2050 – intensifies all these struggles, and provides new urgency for collaboration and unified action. Clearly there is no time to lose.

This is why we personally are going all in on the Convergence. It holds the promise of unprecedented collaboration – across movements and national borders – to harness the transformative energy and power we already possess as a thousand movements rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, democracy and peace. Earth Day-to-May Day 2014 will be the first in a series of expanding annual actions.

A number of organizations and individuals have come forward with resources to support direct actions, rallies, marches, festivals and protests. These resources include: Arts and culture (Hip Hop Congress, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign); free food from local, organic farms (Organic Consumers Assoc.); Civil liberties trainings and support to defend our rights in public gatherings, direct actions and civil disobedience (Civil Liberties Defense Center); Artful Activism, Creative Tactics, organizer toolkits, workshops, Action Brigades and Action Camps (Backbone Campaign); website and newsletter support (Popular Resistance); People’s Movement Assemblies (US Social Forum); an International Solidarity Fast (Yeb Sano, Alan Burns) and a Voter Power project. (See attached “Menu of Earth Day to May Day resources” for further detail.)

Resources to help get the word out (which you can adapt for your local action or event) are listed below, and are being posted on the new Resources section of our website.

To join the Convergence network and receive email updates, go here.

With your help, we can turn the breaking point we face into the tipping point we need, to take back the future we deserve – for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.

Upward together!

Jill Stein, Denechia Powell, Mic Crenshaw, Cheri Honkala, Adam Porton, Nancy Price

PS. Resources available (or soon to be posted) on the website include:

A poster, flyer, and mission statement.

A recent article in SocialistWorker.org about the Convergence and the Earth Day to May Day Wave of Action.

A video of a Convergence kickoff rally that jumpstarted organizing in Chicago.

A tool kit for organizing a kickoff rally including sample email and Facebook announcements and a flyer.

A short video call to action will be available within a week or two. We’ll keep you posted….

You can also simply forward this email to spread the word to your networks and friends.

 

Organizing Meeting – Sample Email Invitation

NOTE – This is a sample outreach email invitation to an organizing meeting in Madison, WI. Feel free to adapt this for an organizing meeting in your community. Thanks!

EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Invitation: Earth Day to May Day Convergence: Madison organizing meeting Mar. 4

This is [Name] with Wisconsin Wave, an organization working to build the grassroots democracy movement since the 2011 Wisconsin people’s uprising. I’m writing to invite you to an organizing meeting for the Earth Day to May Day Global Climate Convergence, a large-scale initiative to bring a diverse spectrum of movements for social, economic, and environmental justice together for 10 days of action and education from Earth Day to May Day 2014 (April 22nd to May 1st).

At the meeting, we will discuss the Global Climate Convergence and opportunities for local organizing in Wisconsin. Here are the details:

Madison organizing meeting – Earth Day to May Day Global Climate Convergence

Tuesday, March 4th, 7pm-9pm

MTI Office Conference Room, 821 Williamson St., Madison

If you can attend the meeting, please RSVP by replying to this email.

The Global Climate Convergence is being organized by a diverse national coalition of organizations and individuals, including the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Hip Hop Congress, Organic Consumers Association, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Workers United, and Tim DeChristopher among others, who agree that we must act together to solve the pressing economic and ecological crises we face, and that the time to act is now. Our shared message is “People, Planet and Peace over Profit!”

You can find more info at http://globalclimateconvergence.org/

We at Wisconsin Wave are excited for this opportunity to join together for grassroots action with the many people and groups working for social, economic and environmental justice. If you agree that the time is ripe to work together for a better world, we hope you’ll consider joining as well.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas. Looking forward to hearing from you!

In solidarity,

[Name]

Outreach director, Wisconsin Wave

[email address]

 

Sample Outreach/Sign-on Letter

NOTE – This is a sample outreach/sign-on letter used by Convergence organizers in Madison, WI. Feel free to use this as a model for outreach in your community. Thanks!

Note: in the final letter the following parts can be customizable depending on who is sending the outreach letter and who is receiving it:

  • Greeting (Dear [recipient person/organization],)
  • Organization (We would like to invite you [and your organization] to take part in Wisconsin’s Convergence.)
  • Contact person (to get involved please contact [person] at [email/phone])

Dear [Name],

We are writing to invite you to take part in the Earth Day to May Day Global Climate Convergence, an initiative to bring the whole spectrum of movements for social, economic, and environmental justice together for 10 days of coordinated action and education from Earth Day to May Day 2014.

This Convergence is being organized by a diverse national coalition of organizations and individuals who agree that we must act together to solve the pressing economic and ecological crises we face, and that the time to act is now. Our shared message is “People, Planet and Peace Over Profit!”

Here in Wisconsin, we are bringing together a coalition of people from backgrounds in labor, immigrant rights, environmental, peace, women’s, and indigenous rights movements to organize a series of public events from Earth Day to May Day. These events, both educational and action-oriented, are aimed at building a grassroots social movement to work towards the transformational change that our society needs.

Here are the major events currently being planned:

Sat. 4/19: Mining Alternatives event with educational workshops, food, music, and art from the Beehive Collective

Tue. 4/22: Earth Day evening march to Library Mall, followed by the Beehive Collective’s presentation on mining in the Great Lakes region at UW-Madison

Sat. 4/26: March and bike ride for People, Peace and Planet Over Profit in downtown Madison

Thu. 5/1: May Day afternoon march and rally for immigration justice, worker’s rights, and a living wage, followed by May Day evening celebration with food, music, and history

We would like to invite you [and your organization] to take part in Wisconsin’s Convergence. We ask that you consider joining us in the organizing process, endorsing and promoting events, and offering volunteer, financial, and other logistical support to this initiative.

If you are interested in:

  • learning more about the Convergence,
  • joining a group of local organizers,
  • offering endorsements, volunteers, or financial/logistical support,
  • suggesting other events for the Convergence,

please contact [Name] at [Email address] or [Phone number].

If you agree that the time is ripe to work together to create the better world we know is possible, we sincerely hope that you will join us in this movement for people, planet, and peace.

In solidarity,

Global Climate Convergence Wisconsin

[List of signers and organizations represented]

[Name1, Organization1]

[Name2, Organization2]

 

Kickoff Rally—Sample Email Invitation

NOTE – This is a sample outreach email invitation with a ‘please forward’ note, asking people to spread the word for a Kick Off Rally in Chicago. Feel free to adapt this for a kick off event in your community. Thanks!

EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Spread the word! Convergence for People, Planet, Peace over Profit begins Jan. 18!

Help build the Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit by spreading the word for the Jan. 18 Chicago area launch! Please forward the email below to your Chicago area contacts, or post the Facebook event on your page!

Dear Convergence friends!

We’re very much looking forward to seeing you on Friday and Saturday in Chicago for the Convergence planning meeting.

The momentum is building rapidly.

We write now to ask you to please spread the word about the Saturday night public forum where we will launch the Earth Day to May Day Campaign for Chicago.

Help build Convergence by forwarding the email below to any Chicago regional contacts you or your organization might have, and by posting the Facebook event on your page.

Thanks for all you do for People, Planet, Peace over Profit!

Let the Convergence begin!

Upward, Jill Stein

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Please forward!

Please join Tim DeChristopher, Richard Monje, Cheri Honkala, Sherri Mitchell, Chris Williams, yours truly, and speakers from a broad spectrum of grassroots justice movements on Saturday, January 18, 7:30 PM in Chicago, 333 S. Ashland Ave.

Help launch a groundbreaking action campaign that will take place this spring across the US and beyond: Earth Day to May Day, 10 Days to Change Course!

During these 10 days, communities across the globe will rally to support local fronts of struggle as we build a united front to push for Emergency Green Economic Transformation – a solution even bigger than the crisis barreling down on us – including universal jobs, healthcare, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization and an end to fossil fuel use by 2030.

Together we can harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements sweeping the globe, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy.

Chicago will play a pivotal role in this campaign! We need your help to organize events that will lift up local struggles, while building collaboration across movements and national borders.

Join us on Jan. 18th in Chicago. Help launch Earth Day to May Day action starting now. Let the Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit begin!

Hope to see you there!

Jill Stein

For more info or to endorse, email globalclimateconvergence@gmail.com

Website – globalclimateconvergence.org

Facebook – facebook.com/globalclimateconvergence

Twitter – @EarthDay2MayDay

Groups who have endorsed the Global Climate Convergence include Tim DeChristopher, Yeb Sanyo, the Green Shadow Cabinet, the Green Party of California, the International Socialist Organization, the NY Green Party, the Organic Consumers Association, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, PopularResistance.org, System Change Not Climate Change, WILPF US-Earth Democracy Group and Workers United.

 

Kickoff Rally—Sample Facebook Announcement

NOTE – This is a sample Facebook announcement for a Convergence Kick Off Rally in Chicago. Feel free to adapt this for a kick off event in your community. Thanks!

Join activists Tim DeChristopher, Richard Monje, Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, Chris Williams, Sherri Mitchell and others to launch a groundbreaking action campaign taking place this spring, Earth Day to May Day, across the US and beyond: 10 Days to Change Course. During these 10 days, cities across the globe will rally to support local fronts of struggle as we build a united front to push for Emergency Green Economic Transformation. Together we can harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements sweeping the globe, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy.

Chicago will play a pivotal role in this campaign! We need your help to organize events that will lift up local struggles, while building collaboration across movements and national borders. Join the Global Climate Convergence to ensure the unified movement for justice is deeper and stronger than the crisis barreling down on us. Together we can reclaim our future for People, Planet and Peace over Profit!