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Political Revolution Night School Starts Wed. Aug 10, Online

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Democracy for America asks, "Are you ready to keep building Bernie Sanders's political revolution in this critical election year -- either by organizing and leading campaigns to support progressive candidates or by running for office yourself -- but you're still not quite sure how to get started?

...Democracy for America is launching our new Political Revolution Night School training series. DFA has helped elect 836 progressives to higher office in our short history -- and now, we've designed this intensive virtual training series to make sure all progressive leaders energized by Bernie's game-changing campaign have the skills and support to run people-powered campaigns and win races up and down the ballot in all 50 states."

Night school starts on Wednesday Aug. 10 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Sign up here. If you can't attend but want to support the program, you can donate here.

The first evening's special guests include Shannon Jackson, Executive Director of Our Revolution, the new people-powered organization that Bernie Sanders is launching on August 24. Pramila Jayapal is also a featured guest. She is a Bernie-endorsed and DFA-endorsed candidate who just won her congressional primary in Washington state last week.

The proposed schedule is below.

It takes a village, all right. Villages filled with revolutionaries. We're on it.

Wednesday, August 10: Building a People-Powered Campaign: Grassroots Recruitment and Leadership Development
This training digs in to the process of building your base, identifying strong leaders early on, and creating a maximally powerful volunteer team -- so that your campaign is ready to move forward with a shared sense of purpose in the intensity of a 24-hours news cycle.

Wednesday, August 17: Reflective Democracy and Organizer Math: Build Your Voter Targeting Plan
In this session we'll dig in to the nitty gritty components of refining and adjusting your pathway to victory -- from win numbers, to persuadable and base universes of voters, to the tips and tools for electorate-expansion.

Wednesday, August 24: "Our Revolution" kickoff event featuring Bernie Sanders"
On August 24, Bernie Sanders will kick off a new organization called "Our Revolution" with a national live stream address in which Bernie will talk about what we can do as organizers to fight for every single issue that is driving the movement forward. Our Revolution is organizing grassroots watch parties all over the country.

Thursday, August 25: Creating the Narrative: Authentic, Values-Driven, Compelling Storytelling on the Campaign Trail
Elections are about voters making an important choice -- and as human beings, underneath many choices, there is a strong, compelling narrative. In this session, we'll practice crafting and honing your campaign narrative through powerful storytelling -- and we'll look at examples of how these narratives show up in earned and paid media.

Wednesday, August 31: Fundraising Builds the Movement: Launching a Powerhouse Finance Team
Winning campaigns require money and resources -- this session is an overview on building a strong finance program through call time, small dollar donors, events, and more.

Wednesday, September 7: Internal Systems and Operations: Setting Up Your Team for Success
From staffing to HR to finance reporting to compliance, good campaigns need strong systems in order to keep the trains running on time. This briefing will cover key tips for setting up strong systems and operations early on so that the candidates and campaigners are all set up for success.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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