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March 12: Rethink the Cost!*
Posted by Derrick Crowe on February 27th, 2011

Rethink Afghanistan is organizing a worldwide Meetup Day in two weeks! Here are the details:

March 12, 2011: Rethink the Cost, a worldwide Meetup day organized by Rethink Afghanistan. Get together with other people in your area who are fed up with the huge cost of the Afghanistan War and who want to do something about it. Help jumpstart the fight to end the war in your community by organizing or attending a local Meetup on Saturday, March 12. Use the hashtag #RethinktheCost on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Sign up now to join your local Meetup!

Bookmark this blog post, as we’ll be adding resources on the cost of war for local Meetups to use in their communities.

Meet Rethinkers Near You

Meeting other people in your community who support the Rethink Afghanistan campaign is a great way to tap into the power of the movement to end the war. All over the world, people are gathering in local groups over a coffee or a beer and figuring out how to act locally to bring our troops home. Rethink the Afghanistan War Meetups give you a place to find others in your community ready to start local projects, or even just find and meet like-minded people in your hometown. Find one (or start one!) near you today.

Meeting up is easy. You just need to take three simple steps.

1) Find your town.

Take a look and see if there’s a Rethink the Afghanistan War Meetup happening soon in your area.

If there are already others in your area interested, you’ll see their communities on the list. Click on the link for your city and then click on the “Count me in” button. You’ll be able to log in by either creating a new Meetup account or by just using your Facebook profile.

If there’s not an event scheduled in your town, just create your own. Type in your suggestion for a Meetup into the field at the top. You just put in a date, place, and a little information, and you’re set. For a Meetup to happen, someone needs to volunteer as the organizer. It’s really easy to be an organizer: all you have to do is pick a place to meet. (Editing any of the information on the page for your event makes you an organizer, by the way.) Let Derrick know you’ve got an event coming up, and we’ll help you promote it.

2) Join the conversation.

Once you’ve told your neighbors, “I’m in,” you’ll be able to share comments on the page for your local Meetup. You and your neighbors can figure out together what you want to do during the Meetup, where and when you want to meet, etc.

3) Spread the word.

Use your social media profiles to spread the word! Use the #RethinkAfghanistan hastag in your tweets, Flickr photos and YouTube videos, and make sure to share your event with your Facebook friends!

UPDATE: We’ve just added two new one-pagers that groups can use to educate people in their hometowns. If your Meetup group is looking for a quick and easy way to push back against the Afghanistan War in your neighborhood, consider using these one-pagers to leaflet!

*Special thanks to Ali Selvi, a Rethink Afghanistan Facebook fan, for suggesting the name for the Meetup and designing an awesome graphic for event materials!

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