Looking for something cool to do this weekend? There’s still time to RSVP for the national DFA Campaign Training Academy, rolling into the Garden State in a matter of hours.
Field strategy and targeting, volunteer recruitment, fundraising strategy, candidate call-time discipline, voter contact, GOTV, media, running phone banks & canvasses, internet strategy, issue organizing, precinct organizing, and voter file are all among things covered in the fast-paced, comprehensive and fun 2-day session, which starts tomorrow morning on the campus of Monmouth University.
Newark Councilman Ron C. Rice and DFA Chair Jim Dean will sit in on a session we’ll do just for the candidates in attendance Sunday morning (let us know if you’re running!). Rice was the first nationally-endorsed DFA-List candidate from the Garden State. He’s also a founding member of Essex DFA and governs from the West Ward (pop. 66,000) in the state’s largest city. Sponsor of one of the most sweeping ethics reform packages in the state’s history, developed with input from Center for Civic Responsibility, Rice, a delegate for Barack Obama, credits his success to a bedrock progressive outlook, and that’s what he wants to talk to candidates about.
As heard on Blue Jersey Radio last night, with DFA Training Director Matt Blizek guesting, DFA Chair Jim Dean will be around all weekend along with progressive organizers and candidates from all over the state – woo hoo!