Simple Rules for Building a Grassroots Advocacy Group or I am Not Your Minion

I received a concerned note from a former political acquaintance. He said he wanted to know how I was. I thought he was referring to COVID-19 and that he was checking up on people from his past. A lot of people are doing that and recently I’ve had some nice exchanges with people from my past, so I answered.

Turns out that wasn’t it at all. After my response, a simple (and cautious) hello, he revealed that he’s building a group to politicize on an issue and wanted me to join his group. I guess it…