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!Many here will know exactly what I mean when I say organizer, but I wrote this day of a life in an organizer more for a lay audience. I'm sure some 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. Though I've been blogging on political sites for years, this was my first go at blogging on the job. 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.
With the role money in politics has been playing in our lives both statewide and locally, I thought I would share this here. I recognize it isn't super Orange County specific, beyond being about the day job of an Orange County resident, but when folks like Art Pope have gained a great deal of control over the statewide budget and increasing control over the university system, the effect of big money in politics will definitely be felt here in Chapel Hill and at UNC. Not to mention the Duke Energy Progress rate hike hearings happening all over.
It's kind of nice to know we're not an island of progressivism here in Orange County; there are folks organizing all across the state. More content, and more pictures if you click over! And feel free to share your stories of explaining organizing and political work or volunteering to people in your life!