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.
The campaign against the Duke-Progress Energy rate hikes rages on across the state, but the main event in my field area was the Snow Hill hearing a few weeks ago. For those not familiar with Snow Hill, it’s a small town with a population under 2000 in a part of rural eastern North Carolina that has faced a lot of economic hardship.
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...
You can see a lot of pictures, and read the rest about how that campaign went, what happened with our local anti-Citizens United resolution, and turnout efforts for the photo ID hearing here: http://www.democracy-nc.org/2013/03/25/an-organizers-life-part-2/