An organizer’s life part 2

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:


Fracking event

Earlier this evening I went to an interesting presentation on fracking that the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation and the Cypress Group of the Sierra Club organized to follow our monthly Democracy Greenville (a local nonpartisan chapter of Democracy North Carolina) meeting out in Greenville.

It was a cool way to keep some of the folks plugged into environmental justice work building on the recent rate hike hearings mentioned in the blog above. One major concern was that if fracking does happen here in the triangle, a lot of the waste and pollution could end up being dumped out east and near the coast where farming, tourism, and drinking water are all very vulnerable. There's more info on what they talked about at and