Two and a half weeks ago, I contrasted a nationally-promoted Americans Elect Meetup in Orlando Florida to the formation of a group called Occupy Orlando. As of October 6, the Americans Elect Orlando Meetup had 18 members, 4 of whom were Americans Elect executives or employees. The day before, Occupy Orlando had held a 400-person strong political rally, and had over 3000 fans on Facebook.
An update: over the past two and a half weeks, the Americans Elect Meetup in Orlando has signed up one more person. It hasn’t met again. There’s no meeting of the group scheduled any time in the next year. Americans Elect, the administrator of the group, hasn’t edited the Orlando Meetup page for over a month.
In the same period of time, the Occupy Orlando facebook page has attracted another 3800 fans. 1,666 people committed to attend the start of the ongoing occupation of Senator Beth Johnson Park outside the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Occupy Orlando has its own independent web page with a blog updated multiple times a day. It meets as a deliberative body once every day to engage in civil discussion and make policy. That daily meeting is open to all. And it plans another march on November 5.
One of these is grassroots. The other is “grassroots.” One is the difference. The other hopes you can’t tell the difference.