[COMM-ORG] summer organizing fellowship
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From: Jeremy Bird, BarackObama.com <info at barackobama.com>
Organizing for America
The importance of grassroots organizing couldn't be clearer than it is
As we've seen first-hand in recent days, people who stand up and raise
their voices can change the debate. These voices can shift the momentum.
And, while every day might not be won, the longer struggle favors those
That kind of effective organizing doesn't happen in a vacuum. It takes
commitment, time, and hard work to build a movement around a cause.
This summer, Organizing for America will train a new team of summer
organizers. The Summer Organizing Fellowship is a grassroots program
that aims to put boots on the ground and help foster a new generation of
leaders -- not just to help win elections, but to strengthen our
democracy in communities across Wisconsin and across the country.
That's exactly what our team of summer organizers will do.
They will be trained in the basic principles that have always built and
powered effective grassroots movements, and will be assigned to a
specific community where they'll work to organize supporters street by
street, neighborhood by neighborhood. They'll recruit volunteers, run
events, and knock on doors. And, in the end, their work will take our
grassroots power to an impressive new level.
Apply now to be a summer organizer, or pass this email along to anyone
else you know who might be interested.
Folks who trained in programs like this one have gained important skills
that have since helped them in careers with OFA and beyond. And they had
a good time doing it.
Becca Siegel, a student at Stanford University, spent the past two
summers organizing in Colorado -- and she loved it. "Working as a summer
organizer certainly taught me a diverse set of skills in a fast-paced
environment. Each day brought new opportunities and challenges: a
meeting with a local activist followed by voter registration at an
outdoor concert, or a conference call with other organizers from around
the country followed by volunteering at a community health clinic."
When she graduates from college later this year, Becca will take the
skills she learned at OFA to a new job in South Africa.
You don't have to be a student, like Becca, or a recent graduate to be a
summer organizer. Nikki Giancola, now a regional field director for OFA
Illinois, was a middle school teacher for four years before becoming a
summer organizer. "I will never forget the day the Affordable Care Act
passed," she says. "It was a feeling like no other -- I had played a
part in helping millions of people, and the summer organizer program
gave me the chance to do so."
Summer organizer Paras Patel had a similarly unforgettable experience --
meeting President Obama at an event in Detroit. "He shook my hand and
told me that he was proud of me and appreciated the work I was doing. I
didn't know what to expect when I started at OFA, but meeting the
President was definitely a surprise and something I will never forget!"
Successful movements have always been built and grown by ordinary people
who take responsibility for organizing their fellow citizens to make
their voices heard. We're looking for folks who are ready to work hard
to support the President's agenda and lay new groundwork to carry the
progressive movement forward for years to come.
Click here to apply for the OFA summer organizers program or pass it on
to a friend -- no experience is needed to apply:
Thanks for all you do,
Organizing for America
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