The networking company Meetup has completely ignored that its demographic is made up of both left- and right- leaning people, and has jumped in to be a major component in the anti-Trump movement.
An online place for people looking to network with like-minded individuals in basically every category, from parents to techies to fitness enthusiasts, Meetup’s ‘Movements’ category has now taken center stage. It recently launched over 1,000 free groups on the platform under the #Resist banner, calling the action a “resist-a-thon.”
“Before today, our company had never taken a partisan stance. It’s not a decision we take lightly,” Meetup staff posted on Feb. 6.
— Meetup (@Meetup) February 6, 2017
Meetup is also taking it a step further by aligning with the National Domestic Workers Alliance and bringing in Jess Morales Rocketto, Hillary Clinton’s former digital organizing director. This will assist in coordinating the already 1,000-plus Meetup groups with over 120,000 members protesting President Donald Trump’s policies.
“After Donald Trump’s order to block people on the basis of nationality and religion, a line had been crossed,” the Meetup post continued. “At a time when core democratic ideals felt under attack, we looked at our members’ response, and were inspired by Meetups like SF Resist. We felt a duty to spark more activity and broaden civic participation.”
Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman told The Associated Press, “It’s one thing for a CEO to say, `I’m going to stand up against a politician.’ It’s even further for the company itself to mobilize people.”
H/T: CBS New York
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