Committees

CAST is organized through a system of Committees, all of whose meetings are open to interested individuals, with the exception of the Coordinating Committee meetings. Committees have regular planning meetings (usually every month or two), and are always interested in new members and new ideas. Often, special task groups are formed within a committee to focus on a particular project; and sometimes these projects include working with members of other local activist groups with shared goals.

Campaigns Committee

A big blue wave starts with a few ripples, and the Campaigns Committee works hard to set that wave in motion! CAST has supported compelling candidates in special elections across the country to help build momentum for critical state-wide races in 2018 and beyond. We also focus on building organizing capacity in the Cambridge area by holding training sessions to help the local community gain confidence and build skills in canvassing, phone-banking, volunteer recruitment, and persuasion. Our goal is to build a corps of activated, prepared, and empowered campaign volunteers who can serve as leaders and organizers in Cambridge, across Massachusetts, and beyond.

 
Communications Committee

The Communications Committee uses social media, our website, and our weekly email ForCAST newsletter to announce and highlight activities and actions organized by CAST and other activist groups. The Weekly ForCAST is also used to keep our readers apprised of national and local news, while providing opportunities for CAST members and others to get involved with new and ongoing projects.

 
Community Action Planning (CAP) Committee

The Community Action Planning (CAP) Committee facilitates public actions, both CAST-led efforts and in collaboration with other organizations. The committee identifies, recruits, and organizes participants for direct actions that align with CAST’s mission, and finds or creates training opportunities that support participation in them (e.g., Peacekeeper Training). These actions range from CAST Callouts on different issues, to small emergency rallies on issues like healthcare, to organized participation in larger Boston area demonstrations (e.g., on DACA and immigration). Our intention is to mobilize people locally to engage in effective activism while building sustainable community.

 
Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee is responsible for ensuring that CAST remains true to its mission and goals. Members focus on: strategic planning; administrative, legal, and fiscal oversight; and maintaining the relationships between CAST and other organizations, the media, public agencies, and elected officials. Those who develop a track record of leadership in one or more other committees are the pool from which most of our future Coordinating Committee members will be chosen.

 
Finance and Fundraising

The Finance and Fundraising Committee provides financial and fundraising oversight for the organization. The tasks of this committee include: financial reporting, creating and monitoring our internal control systems and accountability policies, and developing and implementing a fundraising strategy to support CAST’s work.

 
Membership

The Membership Committee is responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose, and strategic plan of CAST. We collaborate with the other committees, including the Coordinating Committee, on strategies and challenges in order to improve our collective membership recruitment, engagement, and retention. The Membership Committee also assesses and recommends services and programs that will add value to the experience of our membership and help build community. We create  surveys, send welcome letters, and maintain a database in order to track the interests of our volunteers.