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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 09:28 AM

Organizing for Action

OFA is committed to mobilizing and training the next generation of progressive organizers and leaders, because real, lasting change doesn’t just happen on its own—it requires a program, it requires organizing, and it requires people like you.

With grassroots chapters in neighborhoods across the country, OFA volunteers are building this movement from the ground up, person to person, community by community—because democracy isn’t a spectator sport.


https://www.ofa.us/

Organizer Spotlight: Alejandro

As a senior at the University of Iowa (and a double business major!), Alejandro could've chosen an easy schedule that would allow him to relax during his last year of college. Instead, he chose a harder but more fulfilling path. He made the choice to get more involved, to try to make a difference in his community—to become an organizer.

Alejandro first got involved with OFA by attending a campus organizing summit in San Francisco, where he joined students from more than 20 campuses to work on important issues and learn the ins and outs of advocacy and organizing.

During these campus summits, students learn what it takes to build a successful issue-focused advocacy campaign, different ways to inspire fellow students to take action, and how to form an organizing strategy that will make a lasting impact. The summit's agenda is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and resources to create an issue-focused campaign on their own campus. OFA trainers combine real-world examples with hypothetical case studies where students can research, plan, and present a detailed campaign strategy of their own. Alejandro's clear passion for organizing stood out, as he led his fellow students to fully engage with each other—to participate and share their own thoughts throughout the summit.

"I think the summit really provided us with a clearer process for change. Whether it’s coming up with a very specific and measurable goal that you can implement for your issue, or the process of strategically growing your movement into something bigger; understanding the types of resources you need, people you should contact, and support you should build. All of these things help turn your issue into a meaningful mission with clear goals, clear guidelines, and clear end results." —Alejandro


https://www.ofa.us/news/organizer-spotlight-alejandro/

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