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Community Organizing: Making a Difference in Your Own Backyard!

Astine Suleimanyan,
Washington Legislative Office
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June 5, 2008

The field team at the Washington Legislative Office is proud to host its first Community Organizing booth at the upcoming ACLU Membership Conference. The organizing team utilizes grassroots activism to get members and activists involved in the fight to protect our civil liberties. We hope this booth will give our members an opportunity to understand what it means to be an organizer and experience first-hand the work that goes on here in the Washington Legislative Office.

The Community Organizing booth will hold four training sessions throughout the ACLU Membership Conference. Each session will be geared toward helping activists become successful organizers for change! They will also inform ACLU members how to get others involved in their communities, how to use online sites such as blogs and Facebook to engage others, how to effectively communicate with the media and finally, how to plan their own house party.

Additionally, our booth will host a fun-filled and challenging ACLU scavenger hunt. The hunt will give participants an opportunity to learn different organizing techniques that you can take back home and use. As a reward, the first 100 people to complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize and a Certificate of Completion, signed by the entire ACLU field team.

I am very excited to be a part of this year’s Membership Conference and I look forward to seeing all of our dedicated members in action. Make sure to stop by our booth, take part in our wonderful activities and make this year’s conference a memorable one!

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