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Lone Star Spring Meet-Up

We're making plans for the Lone Star Spring Meet-Up, our first statewide meet-up of kossacks who want to turn Texas blue! Some of our regional groups have already been sharing information and strategizing at meet-ups, and now we're going to build an effort that reaches across our great state.

So in last week's initial planning diary, we asked for feedback regarding scheduling, and we're now ready to confirm that our meet-up will be held in Austin on Saturday, March 2, 2013 around 2:00pm. We're tentatively planning to meet in a restaurant since even the most serious strategists have to eat and drink sometime ;-) teknohed is scouting venues and papa monzano will work with him.

At this point, it seems evident that there will be at least 30 of us, with perhaps as many as 50. To try to get a better idea of how many to expect, the three of us decided to post another preliminary diary. So please post a comment or send me a kosmail (private message) to let us know whether you are planning to attend.

RSVPs for Austin meet-up on March 2nd:
 1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. anotherdemocrat
 9. Odysseus
10. suesue
11. blue armadillo
12. texasmom
13. texasdad
14. htowngenie
15. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
16. afisher
17. manoffire
18. Wino
19. Mrs. Wino
20. VinaMist
21. doraphasia
22. Urban Owl
23. Texdude50
24. icelus
25. mr pea
26. entrelac
27. Mr. entrelac
28. JayRaye
29. cosette
 1. Mosquito Pilot
 2. Over the Edge
 3. yoduuuh do or do not

As you can see, navajo is planning to fly in for our meet-up! I can't thank her enough for helping to set up regional groups and making it easier for Texas kossacks to find one another.


NN13 Texas Kossacks Table


Several Texas Kossacks are planning to attend the 2013 Netroots Nation Convention, and we will be able to sit together at a reserved table to listen to speakers. Here's navajo's explanation regarding reserved tables:

Now, here's an incentive for the groups we've recently jump-started here. I always reserve some tables in the main ballroom where the plenary sessions are held. My SFKossacks and Native American Netroots attendees then have a point place to gather. Netroots Nation is going to extend that privilege to all the groups here at New Day. I'll make a reserved sign for each regional group and you can have a place to represent at the big speeches. So, organizers, please register to attend and encourage your members to register. The SFKossacks can attest to how convenient it is to have a chair reserved and waiting for you.

I had a blast at NN12 in Providence. I went to lots of sessions, including the Texas caucus, and picked up ideas for organizing and GOTV. It was so much fun being able to head over to the SF Kossacks' tables to hang out with folks from DKos and listen to amazing speakers like Elizabeth Warren and Van Jones.

So last week I reserved a table at NN13 for Texas Kossacks in hopes that y'all would want to go and hang out together. Please let me know!

Texas Kossacks Table
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
1. politik
2. mr pea

Click here to register for the 2013 Netroots Nation convention in San Jose, June 20-23.

Regional Groups in Texas

The TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans group, which formed in Feb. 2011, has 34 members. It helps us to meet one another, though, if folks see a more local group to join and/or to follow:


Houston Area Kossacks
This group is for Kossacks living in the Houston metro area. It will be used to post and repost Houston-related diaries, organize meet-ups, and just keep in touch in general.
  • 23 members


CenTex Kossacks
A kossack group for Travis County and surrounding areas dedicated to keeping Austin weird, blue and orange.
  • 10 members

Dallas Kossacks

A group for Kossacks living in the DFW region to get together and support each other!
  • Organizer: chancew
  • Founded on Nov. 21st
  • 25 members
Not that this is about bragging rights or anything, but our combined group membership is already greater than that of TexKos, which does still beat us with their 127 followers.

And our state isn't done organizing! shesaid is forming a group for the CapRock / Amarillo / Lubbock / Panhandle area (group name still being considered).

Yo Bubba has contacted navajo and will be starting a West Texas Kossacks group (El Paso and Big Bend)!

Please consider stepping up to organize if there isn't a group in your area.

If you want to join a group, kosmail the organizer. And be sure to follow your group by clicking on the ♥ beside the group name so that you'll get group diaries in your stream. (Unfortunately, being a group member won't make that happen.)

Originally posted to nomandates on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:29 AM PST.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Houston Area Kossacks, Dallas Kossacks, and CenTex Kossacks.

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