Grassroots Farm Team Update - March 2011

Last year, I personally invested in the College Democrats of North Carolina. Specifically, I donated the space and food for a fundraiser at an upscale restaurant so that CDNC could get off on the right foot. They've done amazing things since then, and I think it's one of the best investments that I (Sam Spencer) ever made.

Goal Thermometer

So now, I'm bringing the Grassroots Farm Team on board. Though there aren't any elections in the near future, the Grassroots Farm Team is still working to cultivate the next generation of Democratic Leaders in North Carolina. The College Democrats are doing just that, so we're asking you to help the Farm Team become a sponsor of the College Democrats of North Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Leadership Conference, Saturday, March 26th, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Greensboro, NC.

Under the leadership of President Tori Taylor, CDNC has worked hard to put together a free event that will help create political leaders on HBCU campuses in North Carolina. To quote the College Dems:

"We want to ensure that these campuses have successful and sustainable political activity in the form of organized student groups, like a College Democrats chapter. It’s time to provide them the resources necessary to become effective Democratic Party leaders – just like their parents and grandparents before them. The purpose of this event is to give these students the inspiration and motivation to become involved in the political process as well as provide them with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to become effective leaders on campus and in their community."

It's looking to be a very exciting event that includes a day of break-out sessions and concludes with a tour of the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. The Farm Team is not the only group that thinks this is a good investment; the DNC also contributed to help the College Dems reach out to all 11 HBCU campuses in North Carolina. Please chip in to help us sponsor this event today. If you're on the fence, CDNC President Tori Taylor is going to be live-blogging with us on Sunday Night at 8 PM to talk about all of CDNC's great work.

The Young Democrats of North Carolina are on the move as well. Now in their 83rd year, YDNC is putting on a great 2011 Convention with CDNC (Full Disclosure: I'm the Finance Committee Chair for the YDNC side of the convention). From YDNC, a list of the panels being offered:

Panel Sessions

The 2011 State Convention is designed to equip local chapters with the tools and resources they need to sustain their local youth movements. The following is a description of some of the breakout sessions being offered:

How to Manage a Local Campaign - top managers and staffers share insights from successful organizing careers, including how to get started locally

Lobbying the GA: Best Practices - legislators, professional lobbyists and issue advocates share best techniques to get the most out of your lobbying visits

Data is the Whole Ball Game - Best Targeting Techniques - experts in the field of political data analysis share their best practices and how to use the best data available to you to win races

2012 Job Fair - an incredible opportunity to meet and network with those hiring for next year, with representatives from Obama for America, NC Senate and House caucuses, and the Charlotte 2012 Organizing Committee

Finally, congratulations to North Carolina's newest young elected official! Drew Reisinger, a 27-year-old Asheville resident, was sworn in yesterday to fill an unexpired vacancy in the Buncombe County Register of Deeds office. Drew won a hotly contested election, beating a former state senator and another candidate in a party executive committee vote. Drew worked for two elected officials we're proud of - Gordon Smith and Patsy Keever. We wish him the best of luck at his new job.

Sam Spencer
Executive Director & Treasurer
Grassroots Farm Team PAC


CDNC President Live Blog on Blue NC at 8PM Sunday

In case you missed it in the text, CDNC President Tori Taylor is going to be live-blogging with us on Sunday Night (March 6) at 8 PM to talk about all of CDNC's great work.

Thanks to our first donor!

We're making a big push with this one, so help out if you can!