The ADOS Conference was very successful. A great amount of information was exchanged and the presentation we refer to here is just a small part of what the goals are for Black Americans, ADOS and FBA. It is vital that these pointers be followed with special attention to detail to meet our end. This article is a small introduction to the presentation. Find the original at the end of the article to fully appreciate the work of Dr. Marguerite Hinrichs. This was originally presented and created by Dr. Hinrichs at the ADOS Conference at St. Stephen Baptist Church on October 5th this year. She is an excellent marketer in her own right.
The presentation starts out with this informative video on the impact of social media in our lives now and how it will evolve to mean so much more.
1. Facts to Know
- 9 in 10 Americans, ages 18-29, use some form of social media
- 8 in 10, ages 30-49, use some form of social media
- Politicians, civic organizations, government agencies, elected officials, decision makers, and community leaders are present on social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, email, websites, and apps), availing themselves to increased public scrutiny and accountability
2. How to Make Social Media Work for You
- Hashtags are immensely important. The primary purpose of a hashtag is to bring conversations on the same topic into a single thread to make it convenient for information consumers to view and compare ideas
- Hashtags also allow an audience to interact around a topic or during live events, such as conferences, TV shows, political events, etc. (#ADOSConference, for example)
3. Posting Content
- Consider the source and gather content from credible sources: Credibility and sourcing matter. Take a moment to check the source and read the article before commenting and/or sharing. Don’t let clickbait headlines and poorly written opinion pieces reel you into the emotional fray of unproductive online interactions
- Utilize (and share) the resources available to #ADOS: www.ados101.com is a great “starting point”
- Listen and share Yvette Carnell and Antonio Moore on YouTube
4. ADOS & Politics
FOLLOW AND LIKE
- Social media pages and profiles – Yvette Carnell, Antonio Moore, politicians, scholars, civic leaders, city agencies, community organizations, #ADOS community members, and allies to gather and share content
- Subscribe to civic email lists and newsletters to stay informed, gather content, and share information with the ADOS community via social media (e.g., Alameda County)
POST AND SHARE
- Curate content from credible sources
- Post and share impactful, relevant content that advances our push for reparations
- Hashtags matter – use #ADOS with care
ENGAGE AND RELEASE
Engage, respond, and attempt to have meaningful discourse – but know when to disengage, unfollow, block, and mute.
EVALUATE THE IMPACT
Not just volume, but the quality/value of the reactions, interactions, shares, retweets, etc. Was the intended outcome achieved?
REPEAT WHAT WORKS
In the world of social media analytics, we repeat the things that work well, according to data.
- Know the data; start at www.ados101.com
- Search your area’s local demographics – education, employment and wealth gap data
- Firmly but respectfully hold your public officials accountable by @ mentions with data and facts (#receipts); use civic apps (Metro 311; SeeClickFix) to expose systemic inequities, disparities, and oppression
5. Avoid Getting in Trouble Online
- Stay laser focused on our mission and purpose – advocating for reparations for #ADOS
- Don’t feed the trolls – online or in person…
6. Advocacy Beyond Social Media
- Attend civic events and meetings (city council meetings, city budget and planning meetings, neighborhood meetings, etc.)
- Participate in ADOS organizing meetings and ADOS outreach events
- ADOS meetings and future conferences
7. Where do we go from here?
DO ALL OF THE ABOVE!
8. What can you do now?
- Grab your device and hop on your favorite social media platform
Your City, Your State, Your County, Your Mayor, Your Elected Representatives (Senate, Congress), Your City Council members, Your Local Elected Officials, The Congressional Black Congress, The NAACP – National and Local Chapters, The Urban League – National and Local Chapters
- And then…
-Send them ADOS related data and demand answers
-If they refuse to respond, MOVE THEM OUT OF THE WAY
A Word from Dr. King
Please find the original presentation at the link below. Please take your time and read thoroughly and take notes. More importantly, become active on all the items listed. Enjoy.
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light. The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who
has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you
are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks
him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is
so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct
our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should
throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the
voice for liberty that speaks in all our hearts.“
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