Does my action group speak on behalf of the GetUp movement? How do we represent our group publicly and in the media?

Does my action group speak on behalf of the GetUp movement? How do we represent our group publicly and in the media?

Answer

GetUp is a huge community of over 1 million members, and we’re a diverse movement, so it would be impossible for any single action group or member to speak on behalf of the whole movement. You should be careful to avoid language that suggests that you or your action group speak on behalf of GetUp as a whole. As a member of your local action group, you’re speaking on behalf of your local group only.

What does this mean in practice?

  • It's important that you represent GetUp positively in your local electorate, so if you’re thinking of contacting local media, or you need to respond to media, please get in touch with your Support Organiser so we can talk through your plans and come up with the best media strategy possible!
  • If you’re talking to a local representative or at a public event, you could say “As a member of GetUp and a coordinator of GetUp Grayndler, I believe..” or “Our local action group GetUp Macarthur is organising...”
  • If you’re requesting an MP meeting or writing a local media release, you could describe your group as: “The North Sydney GetUp Group is a local member-led group made up of 25 GetUp members who live in the federal electorate of North Sydney...”