Here’s a great idea to help people who feel isolated and want to connect to other Bernie supporters. Even if you live in a deep red area and think you are all alone, be assured there are others like you who also feel alone.
Create a Local Bernie Sanders Group on Facebook
Linda Jones shared her idea in the Boomers for Bernie Sanders 2020 group on Facebook. It was enthusiastically received by group members.
Here’s a fun idea. Create a Bernie Sanders group for your town! Many of us are isolated in conservative areas where we don’t have a single Berner friend in real life. But I promise you, they’re out there. Take a leap. I just created a page this morning—it took 5 minutes.
With any luck, by this time next week I could be having a cup of coffee with a few new Bernie friends. Think how exciting that will be!
Some people wanted to do this for the community where they lived but were unsure how to set up a Facebook group. Here are several screenshots to get you started. Look around for a button that says CREATE GROUP and click on that.
It’s important to choose “group” and not “page.” Being a group gives you better interactive capability.
That will bring up a screen where you make some choices about your group. Name your group something like Smalltown for Bernie or Berners of XYZ County. Add a name or two to get started. Decide on public, closed, or private. I prefer public for a start so people can find it but maybe switch to closed later so the posts are viewed by anyone not in the group.
- Write a short description of the group’s purpose. It can be something like this: “Join this group if you support Bernie and are a full-time or part-time resident of XYZ town.”
- Add a photo of your town or of Bernie. There are lots of great memes on Facebook.
Set up a question or two for those requesting to join the group to answer. They can be simple, like “Do you live in XYZ town?” and “Tell me one thing you like about Bernie Sanders.”
Post a few good news stories about Bernie and once you have some people join, welcome them and get acquainted.
After you’ve created your group, every day you should pick your favorite post from one of the many Bernie groups, and share it with your group. If the post is already a share, click through to the original post and share that.