Tips for Hosting a Virtual Town Hall Watch Party
Activists from around the country will join together with U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-4) and an exciting line-up of other national and local leaders, for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 28 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/5 pm PT.
You can join the Virtual Town Hall individually from anywhere. Just like our previous webinars, we will use the same format where people can connect using a computer, smart phone or land line to join the conversation. Please RSVP to get the details on how to connect.
Since we will get to hear from powerful voices in our movement like Rep. Omar, we encourage you to use the Virtual Town Hall as an opportunity to come together with your friends and community members to watch together and then discuss your specific plans to move forward your local resolution during the Week of Action and beyond.
Check out the tips below about how to host a watch party and then let us know the relevant details so we can add your watch party to our map. Please use the Week of Action Checklist Form to let us know the details of your watch party and whether it is private or public, as well as any other activities you are planning as part of the Week of Action, so we can add it to our map to show our joint momentum.
Hosting a watch party can be an easy and fun way to participate in the Week of Action.
- Pick a place and time for your watch/listening party. You can plan to invite folks to your house or use a community space such as a local library, church or community center. You’ll just need to have a strong internet connection and computer/monitor/speakers if you want to be able to watch the webinar with video. Otherwise, you can plan to listen to the webinar by dialing in with a speaker phone. The party will last around 2 ½ hours – including one hour for the webinar itself and time for socializing/discussion.
- Decide who you want to invite. Depending on the space, you may want to just invite a few friends over to your house or make it a public event that we can help to promote. If you decide to publicize your watch party, you can find useful tips on how to do outreach and use social media to promote your event in our organizing party toolkit.
- Make a plan for socializing, discussion, and/or action. You may decide to provide some light refreshments or make it a pot luck, where invitees bring something to share. If you want to use the gathering as an opportunity to jump start a resolution effort, you can facilitate a discussion using the sample agenda and materials in our organizing party toolkit. If you’d like to take immediate action in support of your resolution effort, you can plan to write postcards together to your councilmembers (send us an email to request that we send you some blank Medicare for All Resolutions postcards), make phone calls, submit public comments, or another creative action. Feel free to plan your watch party in any way that makes sense for your local effort.
- Send us a note if we can help in any way! We want to help you make your watch party a success, so feel free to email us for help if you need any guidance or assistance.