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You'€™re not alone.  Growing up, none of the adults in my life were organizers.  In college, no one majors in €œ"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 Daily Kos for years, this was my first go at blogging on the job. Many here will know exactly what I mean when I say organizer, but I wrote this more for a lay audience. I'm sure many of you can commiserate in the struggles of explaining to friends and family that organizing is a real job, and in explaining what it means.

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!  And feel free to share your stories of explaining organizing to people in your life!
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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, YellerDog
  •  Obama was "just a Community Organizer" (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Jake Goad, Ricochet67

    That was the Republican sneer during the campaign.  "He never worked a day in his life".  "He was just a community organizer"  But look what he did -- he organized communities all over the country and won 5 million more votes than his opponent!  Community organizers have my utmost respect.  You are extremely necessary and I appreciate your efforts.  Keep up the good work!  

  •  Thanks for your service (1+ / 0-)
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    Jake Goad

    You know everyone always says thanks for your service to military people who are in the service of democracy but no less so than those who organize for democracy.  Thanks for your work in my home state.  I know it's a difficult road especially now that state government is now completely red.  Grew up in Asheville and I've lived in WA on the left coast now for many years but always a Tarheel at heart.    

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:21:02 PM PST

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