How to build a Pod
Purpose – to create neighborhood logistical support networks for community and political activism.
These are the people who you can ask to feed the cat or pick up the kid. You will do the same for them should they wish to be directly involved in some effort Going through these steps now will make it possible to quickly pop at least one pod member free on short notice to be at and bring back first hand news and information from meetings, protests, legislative hearings and the like.
1) Identify and invite up to 4 other households for a total of no more than 5. It is most convenient if you are neighbors, but close by on the island is good enough.
2) Get together and listen to everyone's political concerns to make sure you all feel comfortable supporting each other. Pick a pod name or number.
3) Pick a coordinator to make and send a list of names, telephone numbers, email addresses and the names of any pets, children or elders who might need care on short notice.
4) Take some time to discuss and write down the kinds of chores each household might need help with if one or more of the adult members is gone, for example, for two days and a night lobbying in
Olympia or knocking on doors for a campaign somewhere off island.
5) Talk about which pod members are most comfortable in an active role and who would be most comfortable offering childcare, pet care, elder care, garden watering and so forth.
6) Set up bill notification and tracking on leg.wa.gov/lic either for yourself or have your coordinators set up the watch and notify the pod when important legislation or meetings pop up so you can participate as necessary.
7) For extra effectiveness, have pod gatherings once a month or so to talk about what you have been working on and hearing. Talk about new developments and priorities. Invite your Democratic Precinct Committee Officer or someone with lots of political information to come by and share information with the pod.
POD (People Organizing for Democracy) Worksheet Example
Mockingbird Nest Pod - Neighborhood Coordinator Linda Carillo
Robin Merriwether & Kelly Johnson
2001 Mockingbird Lane
Linda the neighborhood coordinator has a spare key. Both of the two older children have keys.
Robin's Mobile 298-0000
Kelly's Mobile 298-0001
Kids: John (14, middle school, allergic to tree nuts, Carries an EpiPen), Laura (9, Salmonberry Elementary), Bess (4, Children's House)
Pets: Spot (big dog), Brunhilda (dachshund), Billy (poodle), Fang (black cat), Fluff (orange tabby cat), Jake (snake).
The leashes are by the back door. Use the harness on Brunhilda or she will slip out of her collar. Fang goes out when he wants but Fluff has to stay in during below 40F weather. Please feed the dogs twice a day and fill the cat dishes. Please make sure Jake's heat rock is plugged in and working.
Can support with short-term (not overnight) childcare and transportation and once a day pet feeding.
Notify about: Ecology, education
2024 Mockingbird Lane
Can support with dog walking and pet care.
Notify about: Health care, Women's equality
Linda Carillo (Neighborhood Coordinator), Peter Jones & Jolly Wilson
2015 Mockingbird Lane
Linda: 298-0002 LinCar@Lala.org
Peter: 298-0003 PJ983@Jones.com
Jolly: 298-0004 JollyBean@Evergreen.Edu
Pets: Rex (Iguana, lives in Peter's room), Benny (Bunny, lives on the back porch in a hutch)
The iguana eats the crickets in the cage, just check his rock and fill his water. Benny needs her food and water changed once a day. The food is in the metal can just inside the kitchen door. Please use the bottled water as the well has been having some issues.
Can support with childcare, meal prep and pet care.
Linda – Health care, indigenous rights issues
Peter – LGBTQ, food and agriculture issues
Jolly – Fair housing, transportation. Jolly spends one week a month in Olympia and is happy to deliver petitions, connect for meetings with legislators and so forth.