The following message was just sent from Jim Dean, Chairman of Democracy for America (and brother of Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee) to all 20,000 Democracy for America supporters in Virginia.
You want to change politics in this country, starting locally. But how do you start?
For the first time in Virginia, Democracy for Virginia has teamed up with Democracy for America and Latinos for America, to organize a dynamic weekend-long training program specifically geared to the 2005 Virginia House of Delegate races.
The training is this weekend, April 30th and May 1st.
This campaign course is staffed by top campaign professionals leading sessions on key topics in organizer training, media production and management, data mining, constituency outreach and fundraising. The presentations will be supported by small group sessions for in-depth work in each of the featured areas.
As with almost everything Democracy for America undertakes, leadership has come from the ground up. Grassroots leaders in Virginia have been planning this event for over a month to shape the agenda, coordinate facilities and materials, and recruit participants. Most of the committees have been working since March preparing for you.
If you can't make the training, but you'd like to sponsor training for a participant-- please make a small contribution at http://democracyforamerica.com/contribute.
$50 contribution sponsors one student participant to attend the training.
$25 contribution sponsors meals for a training participant.
$10 contribution sponsors one set of training materials.
In the 2003 election, 43 of Virginia's 100 delegate seats held by Republicans were uncontested by the Democrats. The only way to take back these seats is to learn the skills to win. Please join us on April 30th and May 1st in Charlottesville.
Chair, Democracy for America
PS: If you can't make the training, check out Democracy for Virginia's website to find out what else is going on in your area.
For those of you visiting us here at Democracy for Virginia for the first time, welcome! We hope you'll join us so we can stay in touch with you about opportunities to get involved in activities and events around Virginia.