For those interested in getting involved in Connecticut political campaigns and activism, there is an all-day program Saturday, March 25, in New Haven, called Campaign School. It has three tracks: for activists, for those who want to run for office, and for those who want to work in municipal or state political campaigns. I’ll be attending, on the activist track. Hurry, because it’s nearly sold out (28 tickets left as of going to blog).
After Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman’s keynote address, there are four concurrent 80-minute sections throughout the day, covering such practical topics as Field Operations, Social Media, Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, Ballot Access & SEEC Compliance, and Effective Strategies for Peaceful Crowds and Civil Rights Protections. Section leaders include alders, state senators and representatives, a state elections staff member, Democratic party operatives, a civil rights advocate, environmentalists, and the program organizer, Alyson Heimer, who lists herself as a member of Hamden’s Democratic Town Committee, but also holds a position I once held: Administrator of the New Haven Democracy Fund, the city’s public campaign financing program. The schedule can be found here.
The program costs only $50 (and I believe there are scholarships). It will be held [new location!] at Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, from 8:30 to 6:00, followed by a reception at Anna Liffey’s Irish Pub at 17 Whitney Ave.