Plan or perish: If you don't, your adversary will

Recently I spoke with someone who suggested that Democrats should boycott working at polling places in 2014. That is, let the GOP screw up the election so royally that people will throw them out in 2016. This was the same sort of liberal who thought the left should express its displeasure with Obama and the Democrats by staying home in November 2010. That worked out well in North Carolina. For Art Pope.

Once again, that sort of liberal was recommending that we express our displeasure with the North Carolina Republicans by staying home in 2014.


So when will you actually show up?, I thought. When will you stand up and fight for the constitutional rights and interests of the people you think you represent? When do we show them that liberals are leaders worthy of their support, and good for doing something besides doing nothing?

An organizer’s life part 2

You may recall a recent blog entry I wrote called Ever wondered what an organizer does? It's not a job title that comes with as much immediate understanding as say doctor, lawyer, cop, or teacher so I wanted to share a little bit about what it is like. In so doing I discussed two issue-campaigns going on at that time. I didn't want to leave folks hanging on how those turned out, so I've swung back around to share what happened with those, and what's ahead.

That the utilities commission picked this out-of-the-way location as the site of the regional energy rate hike hearing made me wonder whether they expected much of a turnout. And why should they? After all, some of the preceding rate hike hearings hadn’t garnered that much public interest. To make matters worse, a major storm was rolling through the day of the hearing that put many of North Carolina’s counties under various severe weather watches and warnings.

I don’t think anyone expected...

Ever wondered what an organizer does?

You’re not alone. Growing up, none of the adults in my life were organizers. In college, no one majors in “organizing.” I sometimes still struggle myself to explain to relatives at Thanksgiving or friends over coffee what I do for a living as “Eastern NC Organizer.” And yet organizing is an incredibly important part of building grassroots power in our democracy. My hope is that through contributions to this blog I can share glimpses into the world of organizing and the issues facing Democracy North Carolina and our state. I’ll start by sharing about my past few days on the job!

Though I've been blogging on Blue NC for years, this was my first go at blogging on the job. I hope you'll click over to see the rest, give it a read, and leave a comment if you like what you see!

The virtual labor union

Over the next decade, corporatist overlords in the NCGOP will strive to bolster a central tenet of their governing philosophy. They want to make North Carolina the least hospitable state to workers. That's Deputy Assistant Governor McCrory's expressed agenda, and it has long been a foundation of Governor Pope's slum-retailing empire.

Fortunately, what the legislature thinks about organizing workers is becoming increasingly irrelevant, with traditional union structures rapidly being supplemented - and in some cases eclipsed - by social media organizing. When that organizing is done in a fully transparent way to improve working conditions, compensation, safety, etc., the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employee rights may be fully protected.

What California Can Teach America About Stopping Republican Obstruction

Sorry, there are no quick fixes. It requires organizing, organizing, and more organizing. Robert Cruickshank explains how Democrats and progressives in California, sick and tired of the past decades' destruction of rational government by the Republicans and conservatives, carefully and methodically organized the stunning Democratic sweep of the state in the November 2012 elections.

What California Can Teach America About Stopping Extremist Obstruction (Jan 01, 2013)

A small snippet:

“Here in 2013, California is in a very different place - precisely because of the lessons learned from the era of Republican obstruction. Voters approved a tax increase to help schools. The state budget is headed toward surplus. Budgets are passed on time and without hostage tactics. State government is starting to become functional again.

Stay organized for equality after May 8th

As someone whose day job is that of an organizer, it might be that solutions to many problems in my eyes look like they require organizing, just as the craftsman whose only tool is a hammer starts to see all problems as nails. But I really do believe in the people power of organizing, especially as a tool for achieving civil rights. And so I wanted to take a moment to encourage people to find ways to stay plugged in after May 8th, whether we win or lose, to make sure that organizing for equality continues.

Consumer Driven Program Development and Accountability

Consumer Driven Program Development and Accountability
by Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell - CEO of Harm Reduction Consulting Services, Inc. (HRCS) Netherlands 2006 - present
Founder and former executive director Positive Health Project, Inc NYC 1993 - 2006

With the growing interest and ethical need to recruit consumer involvement in participation with the design, implementation, evaluation and delivery of harm reduction services, today there is no better time for drug user organizations and consumer advocacy groups to enhance their organizational capacity to provide such services.

Consider the source

Today James O'Keefe and other prominent GOP activists were arrested by the FBI for attempting to bug Sen. Mary Landrieu's federal office in New Orleans.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work

April 24 is designated as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives do during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Each year, development of new interactive activities and partnerships will assist us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

If handled properly, this can be a rewarding experience for parents and children, and I highly encourage you to participate if you can.

But that's not really the point of this diary. What if you had to take your daughter and son to work, because your child care provider went on strike?

Triad 4 Hillary 2

Apr 6 2008 6:30 pm
Apr 6 2008 8:00 pm

We had fun at first organizational meeting. So now all we need is for you to bring a friend! We will be going over sample canvassing scripts and we will be talking about putting fliers up at some strategic locations. Also we have some yard signs for those that asked. is my email.

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