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!

Here's another snippet:

For a lot of folks, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off work, but in the world of organizing it’s an exciting and busy time when people’s interest in civic engagement is peaked. This year, MLK Day presented two great opportunities for me to organize against the insane influence wealthy corporate interests have over our state and democracy: 1) Making sure people’s voices from across the region are heard at a Progress Energy rate hike hearing in Snow Hill next month and 2) building support for an effort to get the Rocky Mount City Council to join with many other cities across NC and the US in passing a resolution opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

More content, and more pictures if you click over!

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How to pass an anti-citizens united resolution

I can talk to people about the problem, but it takes local people who care about the issue stepping up to make that difference. I mentioned the effort to get one going in Rocky Mount in this blog. Here are some examples of local folks stepping up with letters to the editor. Here's a taste of what they wrote:

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/letters/citizens-united-ruling...

If you value transparency and clean elections, then join me in calling on our Rocky Mount City Council members to pass a resolution in opposition to the Citizens United ruling.

Real electoral power should be from the ground up, not from the top down. And that has to start locally.

Linda Edwards

http://dailysoutherner.com/letters/x1633461119/To-the-Editor

I urge Edgecombe area citizens to ask our local elected officials to join the growing chorus of cities and towns across North Carolina and across the U. S. in passing resolutions calling for an end to Citizens United. In addition, there is a petition at the whitehouse.gov site calling on the president to use his State of the Union address to support this movement. I invite you to add your name to mine, and let the president and our officials know where we stand.

Melanie Goff Bradley

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/letters/rocky-mount-city-counc...

Many cities and towns across the United States, including Greenville and 10 other cities in North Carolina, have stood up for fair and transparent elections by passing resolutions that call for an end to Citizens United and to the ruling that created a rather odd concept of “corporate personhood.” We should do the same here in Rocky Mount.

In honor of Dr. King’s teachings, let us be of service to our democracy by taking a stand for clean elections.

“A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” – Justice John Paul Stevens

Dwight Jordan