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What kind of Salsa do you want?

Posted By Patrick Burgwinkle, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Medium? Chunky? Mild?

How about flexible, affordable, and complete with everything you need to organize and communicate with your supporters, activists, and donors? That’s the kind of Salsa we’re talking about.

In case you’re not familiar, Salsa is a one-stop platform that organizations, campaigns, and companies use for online organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and communications. It’s all tied together with a common database that gives organizers a bird's eye view of their entire community. If you or your staff are currently using Salsa--or if you want to add this to your set of skills--then this training is a must.

What kind of organizations use Salsa? Daily Kos, the Missouri Democratic Party, and California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2010 campaign are just three of the over 3000 organizations and campaigns that use Salsa’s organizing platform.

We’re also very excited to announce that all participants who complete this training will become Mild Salsa Certified - the first officially recognized certification for users of Salsa who demonstrate mastery of the standard Salsa skill set. This certification will be publicly visible on Salsa's Commons community and can be used to identify as a knowledgeable Salsa user. That’s a marketable skill that can set you apart in your next interview.

Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Tags:  Advocacy  Organizing  Salsa  Salsa Labs  Toolset  Training 

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Union Summer!

Posted By Alexandra Acker Lyons, Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The AFL-CIO is very excited to announce that Union Summer will return for 2010!  Since 1996, Union Summer has graduated over 3000 activists, many of whom continue to work in the labor movement. Union Summer will be looking to recruit and place student activists from colleges and universities across the country to take the fight for justice into the streets in support of our campaign to win good jobs!
Union Summer is a ten week educational internship in which participants are introduced to the labor movement.  The Union Summer Internship will run from June 7th through August 13th.  It will begin with a weeklong orientation and training, which will be held in Washington, D.C. June 7-June 13.  After the training, interns will work in teams in support of the AFL-CIO’s Jobs Campaign in various parts of the country; there will also be classroom instruction on matters related to their activities.  Their activities could include assisting in organizing direct actions such as marches and rallies, talking with workers impacted by the jobs crisis, as well as assisting in building community, labor and religious support for the Campaign.  Interns will play an important role in helping to build support for our top priority - making sure that everyone that wants a job can get one. Participation in Union Summer is also an ideal way for people to learn about unions and our work in the community.
Union Summer is looking to recruit students with a strong commitment to social and economic justice as and openness to working with people of various races, ethnicities, sexual and religious orientations. Participants should be enthusiastic, energetic and flexible to working long and irregular hours.  We are accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors as well as graduating seniors.  Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Participants will receive a stipend of $300 per week (minus taxes) to cover meals and other incidental expenses.  Each intern will be responsible to getting to and from their orientation training.  After the weeklong orientation, Union Summer will cover the costs of transportation to their internship site.  Housing and local transportation costs will be provided by the host site.

Union Summer is a competitive internship and will have a limited number of available positions this year.  Please encourage all interested students to apply soon.
Interested students should complete the application and return it to  The application deadline is May 7, 2010.  For more information, students should contact us at 1.888.835.8557 or visit us at

Tags:  employers  get a job  internship  job search  organizing 

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NOI Opportunity: Progressive Movement Crash Course

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Here is an excellent opportunity from NOI:

2008 exposed an entire generation of progressives to organizing for the first time.
Many of us are already intimately familiar with the moving pieces of the progressive movement. But 2008's new recruits are still looking at its machinery from the outside.
That's why NOI is holding a Progressive Movement Crash Course for these newcomers in Washington, DC -- it's an intensive, day-long introduction to the world of progressive organizing -- labor, advocacy, non-profits, philanthropy, and more!
I'm sure you know at least one talented organizer who could use a thorough introduction to the progressive community.
Can you forward this email to your friends about attending the Progressive Movement Crash Course on Thursday, February 26th?
Here are the details:

Progressive Movement Crash Course
AFL-CIO Headquarters
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006 Google Map

Thursday, February 26th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tags:  networking  organizing  training 

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What's Really Behind Obama's Ground Game

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Friday, October 17, 2008

In case you missed it, Zach Exely at the New Organizing Institute recently published a great piece in the Huffington Post on the phenomenal work being done by the Obama field organization.

The article, "The New Organizers, Part 1: What's really behind Obama's ground game," highlights the work of several GAIN users and members including Ohio General Election Director Jeremy Bird, Field Director Jackie Bray and National Field Campaign advisor Marshall Ganz, among others.

In addition to putting us into a position of winning a key state on November 4th, this article is an great reminder of the importance of the work we do and the impact we can make on communities.  Below are a few highlights, but I encourage you to take 10 minutes today to read it all, or better yet bookmark it for reading on November 5th!

"The "New Organizers" have succeeded in building what many netroots-oriented campaigners have been dreaming about for a decade. Other recent attempts have failed because they were either so "top-down" and/or poorly-managed that they choked volunteer leadership and enthusiasm; or because they were so dogmatically fixated on pure peer-to-peer or "bottom-up" organizing that they rejected basic management, accountability and planning. The architects and builders of the Obama field campaign, on the other hand, have undogmatically mixed timeless traditions and discipline of good organizing with new technologies of decentralization and self-organization.

Win or lose, "The New Organizers" have already transformed thousands of communities—and revolutionized the way organizing itself will be understood and practiced for at least the next generation. Obama must continue to feed and lead the organization they have built—either as president or in opposition. If he doesn't, then the broader progressive movement needs to figure out how to pick this up, keep it going and spread it to all 50 states. For any of that to happen, the incredible organizing that has taken place this year inside Obama's campaign—and also here and there in Clinton's—needs to be thoroughly understood and celebrated."

Exely continues:

"The Ohio campaign is attempting to build teams in 1,231 campaign-defined "neighborhoods," each covering eight to ten precincts. They are targeting virtually every inhabited square mile of the state. The campaign claimed to have teams in 65% of neighborhoods when I visited in early September. That's risen to 85% coverage at press time—and they are shooting for 100%. In contrast, the Kerry campaign effectively wrote off rural counties, and completely abandoned them in the final few weeks of the campaign in a last minute all-in shift to the cities."

And finally what really hit home:

"In the middle of a good organizing campaign, volunteers will stop and tell you that they are becoming better people. That's sounds cheesy, doesn't it? But I'll tell you, I wrote that line in a first draft of this article while waiting for my own neighborhood team meeting to start in Westport, Kansas City, Missouri. I looked at it and thought, "People won't buy that." I figured I'd delete it.

Then, at the end of our meeting, my neighborhood team leader, Jennifer Robinson, totally unprompted, told me: "I'm a different person than I was six weeks ago." I asked her to elaborate later. She said, "Now, I'm really asking: how can I be most effective in my community? I've realized that these things I've been doing as a volunteer organizer—well, I'm really good at them, I have a passion for this. I want to continue to find ways to actively make this place, my community, a better place. There's so much more than a regular job in this—and once you've had this, it's hard to go back to a regular job. I'm asking now: Can I look for permanent work as an organizer in service of my community? And that's a question I had not asked myself before the campaign. It never occurred to me that I could even ask that question."

Read the entire article at the Huffington Post.

Tags:  field  organizing 

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