IS THE NEW ORGANIZING FILTERING DOWN FROM NATIONAL TO LOCAL ACTIVISM? WHAT’S THE MOST PROMISING LOCAL WORK YOU HAVE SEEN? Yes, new organizing is active on both the national and the local level. I wouldn’t say that it’s “filtering down” — much of the best organizing is happening on the local level and is filtering up. For example, the Courage Campaign in California is a state-based organization that works on a variety of issues. They recognized a strategic moment right after the passage of Proposition 8 last November that outlawed same-sex marriage, and have been able to generate significant enthusiasm from folks across the state as part of that campaign. Not only have they grown their email list and raised lots of money that’s now going toward marriage equality programs, but they’ve also transitioned that energy into a really powerful training program that is attempting to change the tide for marriage equality in the state. That’s not just because of online organizing — though they’re very good at that. It’s also because they’re just good organizers and have allowed a lot of room for their supporters to take control of the campaign.
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