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A grassroots movement (often referenced in the context of a political movement) is one driven by the constituents of a community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it is natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Often, grassroots movements are at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties. Politics is the process and method of decision-making for groups of human beings. ... A constituent is someone who can or does appoint or elect (and often by implication can also remove or recall) another as his agent or representative. ...

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Technique

Grassroots organize and lobby through procedures including: Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ...

  • hosting house meetings or parties
  • having larger meetings—AGMs
  • putting up posters
  • talking with pedestrians on the street (often involving informational clipboards)
  • gathering signatures for petitions
  • setting up information tables
  • raising money from many small donors for political advertising or campaigns
  • organizing large demonstrations
  • asking individuals to submit opinions to media outlets and government officials
  • holding get out the vote activities, which include the practices of reminding people to vote and transporting them to polling places.

An Annual General Meeting, commonly abbreviated as AGM, also known as the annual meeting, is a meeting that official bodies and associations involving the public are often required by law (In what country?) to hold. ... Get out the vote, sometimes GOTV, is a term used to describe two categories of political activity, both aimed at increasing the number of votes cast in one or more elections. ...

Origins

In the United States, the first use of the phrase "grassroots and boots" is thought to have been coined by Senator Albert Jeremiah Beveridge of Indiana, who declared of the Progressives Party in 1912 that: "This party [the Progressive Party] has come from the grass roots. It has grown from the soil of people's hard necessities." [1] Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Albert Jeremiah Beveridge ( October 6, 1862 – April 27, 1927 ) was a historian and United States Senator from Indiana. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... The United States Progressive Party of 1912 was a political party created by a split in the Republican Party in the presidential election 1912. ...


Faking a grassroots movement is known as astroturfing. Astroturfing—as the name suggests—is named after a brand of artificial grass, AstroTurf. Astroturfing is similar in practice to the grassroots movement, except that the lobbyists behind it hide their agenda by pretending to be individuals voicing their opinions. The term has incorporated itself into common speech. [2] For the artificial grass, see AstroTurf. ... Artificial Lawn is a synthetic, man-made surface used in residential, commercial or public landscaping to resemble natural grass or sod. ... This article is about artificial grass. ... Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body, in order to ensure that an individuals or organizations point of view is represented in the government. ...


The progressive movement works in small communities with a lot of overlap. From the antiwar to clean elections, progressive activists have their issues and work hard toward advancing those issues in various groups. Although many activists, energy, and organizing models overlap, there is very little coordination with such activities nationwide. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has initiated and embraced a Grassroots Fusion model of organizing: For other uses, see Progressivism (disambiguation). ... Anti war protest in Melbourne, Australia, 2003 Anti-war is a term that is widely adopted by any social movement or person that seeks to end or oppose a future or current war. ... Clean Elections (sometimes called Clean Money or Voter-Owned Elections) is a system of government financing of political campaigns used in a small number of states and local political jurisdictions in the United States. ... www. ...

Grassroots fusion: uniting various groups based on issues/platform toward open dialogue and coordinated efforts void of losing individuality of each groups mission/vision/identity within the community.

References

  1. ^ Courtesy: Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations Beveridge, Albert J. (05-20-06).
  2. ^ Walter Truett Anderson. "Astroturf -- The Big Business of Fake Grassroots Politics", 01-05-96. 

See also

Grassroots democracy is a tendency towards designing political processes where as much decision-making authority as practical is shifted to the organizations lowest geographic level of organization. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... This is a list of political organizations worldwide that define themselves primarily by their grassroots nature. ... // Dictionary. ... For the artificial grass, see AstroTurf. ...

External links

  • "Community Support - A Strategic Plan to Turn Out the Troops, by Debra Stein"
  • The Citizen's Handbook (guides to grassroots/community organizing)

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Grassroots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (263 words)
A grassroots political movement is one driven by the constituents of a community.
Faking a grassroots movement is known as astroturfing.
Astroturfing is similar in practice of the grassroots movement, except that those behind it, the lobbyists, hide their agenda by appearing as specific individuals voicing their opinions.
grassroots foundation (254 words)
The grassroots foundation was founded in 1999 with the goal of supporting civil society movements in their struggle for the protection of nature and the recognition of human rights.
Grassroots aims to strengthen non-governmental groups and movements in their efforts to challenge the destructive and undemocratic development practices that many governments and corporations are promoting.
Grassroots is particularly interested in supporting groups that do not have an established funding base, and that are developing innovative and inclusive approaches to challenging and transforming environmental and social problems.
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