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Notes - DFA Night School 08/10
8 August 2016/8:00 PM Central
Democracy for America (DFA) is a member-driven, people-powered political action committee founded by former presidential candidate and DNC chair Gov. Howard Dean. Our mission is to build and empower the progressive grassroots to take our democracy back from corporations and the wealthy few and aggressively combat growing income inequality.
What We Do
Over our decade-plus of activism, DFA has consistently been on the front lines of our nation’s most prominent political and ideological battles. We make progressive change happen using our time-tested election-member-issue organizing model:
WIN ELECTIONS: We recruit and train progressive candidates to run for office and win at every level of government, in general elections and in contested primaries against corporate Democrats. Our electoral organizing is firmly rooted in Gov. Dean’s “50 State Strategy" -- we work hard to support progressive candidates and build progressive infrastructure in blue states, red states, and purple states (via Purple to Blue).
EMPOWER OUR MEMBERS: DFA is a member-driven organization focused on helping our members take meaningful, progressive political action on the local and national level. Our online and offline training programs give our members the tools they need to become stronger, more skilled activists -- empowering them to be effective advocates for progressive policies, game-changing supporters of progressive candidates, and candidates for office themselves.
DRIVE THE CONVERSATION ON ISSUES: Through our issue campaigning nationally and locally, we put pressure on politicians and the media to put our country’s income inequality crisis at the center of the political debate, hear grassroots activists’ calls for populist progressive reforms, and robustly respond to injustice, however it emerges.
Shannon Jackson (Executive Director of the Bernie Sanders Campaign which has reformed into “Our Revolution”.
will be the successor Organization to the Bernie Sanders Campaign which unveils July 24th. Find out more, how to sign up or host viewing parties when Bernie addresses the nation go to Ourrevolution.com
DFA’s role in “Our Revolution”
To sign up for more trainings and find resources go to : http://www.democracyforamerica.com
Pramila Jayapal ( Sanders Endorsed Candidate who won her Democratic Primary days - WA7)
1.Thanks to volunteers, DFA ,Sanders
2.Grassroots organizing and collaboration of different groups have helped her be successful.She has been talking to Sanders who considers her race to be one of many a “Priority Races”.
-The political revolution will continue through these races as well as through educational campaigns that seek to explore the issues and bring the power back to the people.
MARY SHIMMER ,BRIANNA FISHER,ALEJANDRO CHAVEZ
Building your Base
How to connect with people
How to most effectively run a campaign that depends on volunteers
Including allowing people to “own” realms of expertise so that they manage what they know and also connecting volunteers to assignments they are the most likely to enjoy or excel at.
Taking into account people’s strengths and diversity.
Structure and role delegation
Highlights and General Advice