**Editor’s Note** I wrote the following letter earlier this year to all of the field organizers already working remarkably hard for the 2016 election cycle. I wanted to help organizers going into the incredibly hard month of August feel a bit better. But it soon became
“Communities had to be created, fought for, tended like gardens. They expanded or contracted with the dreams of men.” President Barack Obama began organizing hoping to find a communit­y he could fit in—while organizing, he would discover how to connect and empower individuals to build the
Volunteer Spotlight: Angelica Cooks Lucas Organization: Project Renaissance Nashville Rise City: Nashville, TN What Makes This Volunteer Special: With eight children currently attending public schools in Nashville, Angelica has been volunteering with the public school system for 10 years. As a school system volunteer, she’s worked in many different roles
In addition to every electoral organizer working across the country this cycle, there are many organizers like Ariba Qureshi who work all year round (for years on end) for causes they care about. For Ariba, that cause is access to quality education. Growing up as a
“There are a million different campaigns. There is always another campaign, but there is only one of you.” Buffy Wicks, founder and principal of Rise Strategies, knows all to well that campaigns never stop, but unlike a lot of others in politics, she also knows how important
This issue’s “Ask a Field Director” is with Saumya Narechania! Saumya recently began a new position as the Florida GOTV director for the For Our Future PAC. When we chatted with Saumya, he was serving as the national field director at Enroll America, a non-partisan,
“I want to leave it all here. I don’t want to go back wherever I go thinking that I could have done more. I want to work as hard as I can, make as many calls as I have to make, build our volunteer base
Hopefully by now, most of us have learned about the power of sleep and the negative effects of avoiding sleep to work longer. If that’s true, why do those working on campaigns still sleep so little? Why do we praise people for staying at the
Riley Kilburg, the deputy political director for Hillary for Iowa, has been organizing in Iowa since he was in high school. Born and raised in Iowa, Riley has had the privilege of working hard in multiple historical organizing movements throughout the years—first as a volunteer
Through a variety of different goals, political organizers operate using four main pillars: persuasion, organizational building, voter registration, and turnout. Campaign leadership uses these pillars to determine the best, most efficient path to gaining the right amount of votes needed to meet the campaign’s win
The best organizers are strong leaders. The best leaders are strong organizers. No one exemplifies this more clearly than Hillary Clinton. As Hillary Clinton continues to lead her campaign with dignity, urgency, and determination despite the circus around her, it becomes more and more evident how
When you think about building relationships as an organizer, you primarily think about those that you create and strengthen with your volunteer leaders and prospects. Often, you’ll also think about the one you have with your manager—when you work well together, you both succeed. But,
“The thing that I love the most about working in the labor movement is getting a chance to work with rank and file members because they are the people that really have the most compelling stories to tell.” Nikki Budzinski, the labor outreach director for Hillary
It’s time to talk about some of the most exciting, most stressful, most dramatic, sometimes longest-lasting, sometimes shortest-lasting relationships you will build while organizing: romantic relationships. Sure, romance isn’t a part of your job, but it’s an important part of your life—a part that doesn’t just
An amazing side effect of organizing is finding so many kindred spirits of all different ages and backgrounds who will remain an important part of your life for many years after you stop organizing together. You may think this volunteer leader who is twice your
Like many organizers, Laura Carlson never planned on working in politics. Studying at Indiana University to become a preschool teacher, Laura’s plans for her future began to shift after she attended a Students for Barack Obama (SFBO) meeting at her student union. There, she would
Volunteer Spotlight: Maura Phelan  Campaign: Neil Makhija for PA State Representative  City: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania What makes This Volunteer Special: Maura, an ultimate team player who is always positive, always energetic, and always ready to knock doors, is a high school student who began volunteering for Neil for PA
Through a variety of different goals, political organizers operate using four main pillars: persuasion, organizational building, voter registration, and turnout. Campaign leadership uses these pillars to determine the best, most efficient path to gaining the right amount of votes needed to meet the campaign’s win
Every issue of 63 Magazine, we will take a look at the skills that every organizer needs and ask experts exactly how they do it. For this issue, we talk to Janice Rottenberg about how she recruits. As the organizing director for Ohio Together, Hillary Clinton’s grassroots
“It was the first time that I saw people who society would say were relatively powerless. They didn’t have a fancy title, they didn’t have a lot of money, they didn’t have a lot of access to power. They created their influence, their power, and
This issue of 63 Magazine, we’re highlighting the amazing work of our national Democratic committees to show you some of the work happening around you, to introduce you to opportunities that exist outside of your current campaign, and to help you learn how you can
This issue of 63 Magazine, we’re highlighting the amazing work of our national Democratic committees to show you some of the work happening around you, to introduce you to opportunities that exist outside of your current campaign, and to help you learn how you can
This issue of 63 Magazine, we’re highlighting the amazing work of our national Democratic committees to show you some of the work happening around you, to introduce you to opportunities that exist outside of your current campaign, and to help you learn how you can
If someone you never met and never spoke to was recruiting votes for your candidate across the globe, you would want to know about it, right? Well, that’s exactly what the dedicated volunteer leaders of Democrats Abroad do every day. Believing passionately in the right of
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) takes organizing seriously; you can hear the passion and excitement DLCC executive director, Jessica Post, has for organizing in her voice. She’s determined to dispel the misconception that the DLCC doesn’t focus on organizing as much as other Democratic Committees.
Talking on the phone with Alex Goldman immediately reminds you of how fun organizing can be. It can be easy to focus on the day-to-day tasks, the skill building that will make you more successful, and the meaningful inspiring moments; but when you hear Alex
This issue’s “Ask a Field Director” is with Joel Wanger! Joel is currently the organizing director for the Nevada State Party’s Coordinated Campaign. In his role as organizing director, Joel oversees the field operations working to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. This includes the
Organizer Spotlight: Megan Preambo Campaign: O’Malley for President City: Ames, Iowa What makes this organizer special: Megan is a great all-around organizer who began organizing with the O’Malley team since June 2015. Megan has a die-hard determination in her attitude to hit her goals, but also an inclusiveness to make
Luckily for the global progressive movement, there are organizers and organizations that support organizers all over the world. Change through grassroots engagement is not limited to the United States. At 63 Magazine, we want to spotlight international organizers, campaigns, and organizations, understanding that the challenges, the
Most organizers find and fall in love with organizing in part because they are ambitious—ambitious to promote their values, ambitious to change their community, ambitious to have an impact. Tucked in alongside these lofty goals is often an ambition for an impressive and far-reaching career
Jason Green is an attorney, political strategist, and entrepreneur, but most importantly, he is an organizer for missions that he cares about. After many years spent organizing and serving in President Obama’s administration, Jason began two new ventures of his own. As the co-founder, senior
Every issue of 63 Magazine, we will take a look at the skills that every organizer needs and ask experts exactly how they do it. For this issue, we talked to Gillian Bergeron about how she manages. Gillian currently serves as the director of field operations
“It’s funny to be interviewed by a political and organizing magazine when you’ve lost a campaign. But there were many victories in the loss and it comes from what we built. It comes from relationships, especially with people who traditionally aren’t involved in campaigns or
Though there are many important skills for every organizer to possess and develop, one of the most critical skills is effective management. The best part about effective management being so critical is that management is a skill that can be taught. Even if you don’t
We all know the importance of call time. Call time is sacred for a lot of different reasons. It’s the time you dedicate every day to volunteer recruitment. It’s a time for your volunteers to get together to take action. It’s a time for volunteers
“I think if I could recommend one job that anyone should have in their life, it would be a field organizer.” Jen O’Malley Dillon, founding partner at Precision Strategies, considers herself an organizer by trade. An extremely hard worker with high standards, Jen is one of
Through a variety of different goals, political organizers operate under four  main pillars: persuasion, organizational capacity building, voter registration, and turnout. These pillars are used by campaign leadership from every department to determine the best, most efficient path to gaining the right amount of votes
So much of being a successful organizer is personal. You need to take care of yourself to be the best organizer possible. Usually when organizers think about taking care of themselves, they think of finding some personal time to rejuvenate. This personal time—to work out, to
*Note: Sara El-Amine recently announced she is taking on a new challenge as executive director of the Change.org Charitable Foundation. We can't wait to see what she accomplishes.*  Anyone who has ever had the privilege to meet Sara El-Amine (or even better, to watch her lead
by Max Clermont This spotlight goes out to the entire #MorseForce organizing team. Led by David Grizzanti and Elvin Bruno Jr., the Alex Morse for Mayor re-election campaign in Holyoke, Massachusetts really proved that running a positive, data-driven, and organizing focused program is not only the
My name: Nia Bentall I work as a field organizer for: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV). My job is to: 1) Educate Virginians about how the actions of their state legislature affect Planned Parenthood and affect themselves; 2) lift up the stories of Virginians to members
What really goes on in those other campaign departments you’re always hearing about? You probably have a basic idea, but we want to take a closer look with you so you can truly understand how the work of other departments on your campaign affects what
One of the most interesting things about organizing is the many different types of people you’ll find working by your side. Strategists generally assume most organizers are kids fresh out of college (or pulled from college—hey!), and that’s because there does seem to be a
“Organizing is simply about building relationships to make change in your community for a purpose, person, or cause—and that will never change.” Marlon Marshall, who currently serves as the director of state campaigns and political engagement for Hillary for America, has a long history of
At 63 Magazine, we want to tell you that it’s okay to take care of yourself, and that you’ll be a better organizer for it. We’re so lucky to have Stacy Berger lead a quick yoga routine designed specifically for your busy schedules. Stacy began organizing for
One of the questions we ask every expert we talk to is, “Do you have a book, podcast, website, or resource you would recommend to organizers?” When you’re an organizer, everything feels very in the moment. You either feel like you know everything and you’re
The food you eat is like a lot of stuff in organizing – to control it, you have to make an effort and make sacrifices. When everything gets busy, it gets hard to make smart decisions about what you eat and you start to feel
This issue’s “Ask a Field Director” is with Meagan Gardner! Meagan is currently the organizing director for the 2016 New Hampshire Primary for Hillary for America. Meagan first began organizing for Hillary Clinton in 2007. After working all over the country in various roles throughout the
We all know the importance of call time. Call time is sacred for a lot of different reasons. It’s the time you dedicate every day to volunteer recruitment.  It’s a time for your volunteers to get together to take action. It’s a time for volunteers
Every issue of 63 Magazine, we will take a look at the skills that every organizer needs and ask experts exactly how they do it. For our first issue, we talked to Anatole Jenkins about how he trains. As a regional organizing director for Hillary for
For a while, you seemed to have super human energy! Your days were really long and full every second, but you were so excited about the work you were doing that you never got tired (with the help of a couple extra-large cappuccinos). But then, slowly,
This is the story of an amazing volunteer. On any campaign you get those wonderful people who show up, do the work, spend long hours helping you reach your goals and make your exhausted life that much easier. This person was one of those inspiring people
"Take Care of Yourself" is one of my favorite sections of 63 Magazine. It's so important to me because I know that when I was an organizer, I didn’t take care of myself at all.   I’m not special – most organizers give themselves entirely to their

Issue 1: Inspiration

Issue 2: Productivity

Issue 3: Relationships

Issue 4: Leadership

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