Meetings usually served as a space where civil rights activists or organizations could gather to discuss issues or strategize for protests. During the Civil Rights Movement, various activists would meet and pitch different ideas and suggestions as well as openly comment and voice their recommendations. It was imperative that they have meetings often so that they could stay united and up to date. During the open housing marches, the Milwaukee NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Youth Council would hold pre- and post-march meetings and rallies in the basement of St. Boniface Church. Commandos would also have meetings amongst themselves where they would map out the routes of marches and discuss how they were going to protect marchers. Although the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council was given free range in strategizing, its advisor, Father Groppi, would interject during meetings and help make decisions.