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High Road Teams
High Road’s work is made possible by a large network of local teams comprised of up to 12 people who are motivated to bring about constructive change. High Road’s local teams take our message to the streets and, through sustained actions, are heard by policy makers, including elected officials. There are two types of High Road teams: one working on a variety of issues, and the other working continually on one issue.
Comprehensive Teams: These teams address all High Road human rights issues at various times. One month, the materials and action items may focus on labor slavery, the next month they may focus on the human rights implications of the climate crisis.
Focused Teams: These teams each choose one issue upon which to focus on a continual basis. That issue will be addressed through grassroots actions each and every month.
High Road members can be members of a Comprehensive Team but work solely on one issue as if they were members of a Focused Team. They will be exposed to monthly agendas and educational materials related to all of High Road’s human rights issues, but may concentrate their efforts each month on only one of those issues. For instance, a Comprehensive Team may meet and discuss the issue designated for Comprehensive Teams that month (e.g. torture), yet a member who wants to maintain focus on another issue (e.g. the death penalty) may choose to continue focusing his or her grassroots efforts on that issue, while the rest of the members work on torture that month. High Road teams:
Engage Americans from all walks of life in civic actions at the grassroots level, and
Bridge the gap between the internet and real people on the ground, creating human connections supported by modern technology.
As our powerful network grows, so will the changes we achieve. High Road teams engage in effective local action, leveraging the intimate energy of community that can be realized only at the grassroots level.
How Do I Join a Team?
To join a High Road Team, you must register with High Road’s website. Click HERE
to register. Once you have registered and are logged into the website, you will be able to join a team. You must be logged in to join a team. When you are logged in, you will see a “join team” button next to each team. Click on “join team” to become a member of the team in your geographic area.
Where/when can we meet?
Each team operates much like a book club, meeting once every month at a location and time convenient for team members. They might want to meet at a coffee shop, a local library, or have pot-luck dinners at members’ homes. Be sure that wherever you meet, a computer and internet connection are available.
What do we need to bring to meetings?
A computer and internet connection is a must. Any other items needed will be listed in the month’s agenda, so it’s a good idea to review the agenda prior to the meeting.
What will a typical meeting be like?
Each team meets once every month. Meetings consist of:
A brief recap of last month’s issue(s) and assignment(s), including what was done since the last meeting and by whom.
Background reading and discussion of the month’s target human rights issue.
Assignment of new action items. High Road provides suggested action items each month. If some members want to focus on a particular issue on a continual basis, they may take action relative to that issue, rather than the month’s target issue.
Reporting back to HRHR headquarters, through on online form, about the month’s achievements and assignments for the future.
Note: Go over the Meeting Guidelines for suggestions on how to effectively run your meeting: Team Meeting Guidelines
What kinds of actions do we take?
High Road team members take a variety of different actions, depending on the issue, your interests, and the possibilities within your local community. These include:
Meetings with elected officials
Meetings with editors and editorial boards of newspapers and radio and television stations
Letters to elected officials
Op-eds and letters to the editor
Community presentations (to classes, religious groups, civic organizations, neighbors and friends)
Organization of rallies
Film screenings and other consciousness-raising events
“I want to focus on one specific human rights issue”
That’s great! It’s important that some people, including some entire teams, keep consistent, laser-like pressure on the media and elected officials in order to achieve change. Just join a Focused Team that’s tagged with the issue of most concern to you. If you’re already part of a Comprehensive Team, just let other team members know that you will be taking actions on one targeted issue instead of the other issues designated monthly by High Road.
Do I have to pick one issue to focus on?
Not at all! You might be more interested in working on a variety of human rights issues over time. If you want to learn about and work on all of our issues, join a Comprehensive Team. You’ll work with a different issue each month, together with other teams across the country.
What if I have an idea that is outside the scope of the agenda?
That’s great! We encourage local teams to go with the ideas and inspirations that work for them. All we ask is that you share your action with us in an online report. That way, we can better support your team’s needs in future agendas. More importantly, you can share your work with other High Road teams and motivate and inspire them! All work done in the name of High Road should be focused on High Road’s target issues (presently genocide, slavery, torture and undermining of the rule of law, the death penalty, and the human rights implications of the climate crisis). Also, all work done in the name of High Road must be in compliance with the law and within the parameters of all applicable tax laws. For example, work done in the name of High Road for Human Rights Education Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, should not entail lobbying for particular legislation.
What if I miss a meeting?
Of course, consistent attendance and participation is vital for the effectiveness of any grassroots campaign. However, missing a meeting is not going to be a huge problem- you can still take action during the upcoming month. You can always see what you missed at the meeting by checking your team’s recent report and/or messaging the members in your group for an update. Much of that information will be on our website. If you know ahead of time that you’ll be absent, please submit information about what you have been doing to the other members so they can include it in the report to High Road, and so we can include it on the web site. Also, after you’ve reviewed the agenda for the meeting you’ll miss, let your team know what action you’ll be taking during the month. Don’t allow your absence at a meeting to keep you from taking action. Remember: it is coordinated, sustained, tenacious action by all of our members each month that will bring about change.
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