As many of the regulars here know, ConditionThree already has formed the Shasta County Open Carry Association (SCOCA). I was considering forming the Stanislaus County OCA (StanOCA).
Tonight, I was thinking about this, and thought maybe we should form CalOCA instead. Each county or region would have it's own local group, but we could use one name accross the entire state.
- Help new local leaders get a local group started and keep them active
- Offer pre-made pamphlets and petitions and such
- Pool informational resources to get good information out to more people
- A larger organization may encourage recruiting (they would be joining a large organization, compared to one with just a couple members)
- Possibility of becoming large enough of an organization to effect change state-wide, in addition to locally
- Some central bureaucracy will be necessary (though most of this could be done via correspondance via the web)
~Develop mission statement and simple set of bylaws- Management will be decentralized, meaning we would need to screen and train new locality leaders to be sure they don't misrepresent the OCA
~Take steps to protect OCA from copywrite/trademark infringement
~Take steps to protect OCA from liability
Examples of levels of participation:
- Facilitator: Organizing gathering/outings (including logistics, entertainment, food/drinks, etc), organizing petitioning and information distribution events, etc.
- OC Activist: OCs at OCA events.
- OC Exemplar: OCs at most (or all) times practicable by law.
- Local leader: Should be someone who does all three listed above, and wishes to guide the organizational efferts on the local level
- Officer - Our first generation of officers would be a core group from this board. Future officers should be promoted from a pool of Local Leaders. The officers would be responsible for the overall guidance of the organization. Providing support to local leaders and ensuring the local groups are operating within the organization's mission and goals. Officers would also organize periodic regional meetings and such.
I look forward to getting some input. Please add any pros & cons I missed; I'm well aware my list is not exhaustive. Also, please let me know if this is something you would be willing to participate in, and in what capacity. Also, list any special skills you have (such as web design, administrative experience, legal experience, political experience, etc).