DFA Training Academy

I just received my confirmation email regarding the DFA training that Gary (Husband and Democrat running for the California State Senate in the 33rd district) and I are going to attend this weekend in San Diego.  From many of the people we’ve both spoken to, this is a must for anyone who wants to be involved in local campaigns or run for office. 

Since its founding in 2004, the DFA Training Academy’s mission has been to focus, network, and train grassroots activists in the skills and strategies to take back our country. Democracy for America’s unofficial motto has always been “You have the power.” The DFA Training Academy empowers ordinary Americans to manage successful campaigns and run for office themselves. Every weekend in cities across America, the DFA Training Academy is building a grassroots infrastructure of skilled progressive activists in all 50 states.

The DFA Training Academy brings hundreds of local activists, campaign staff and candidates together for 2 days of intensive campaign training. Experienced campaign professionals lead sessions in voter contact, fundraising, communications and much more to empower progressive activists with the skills to win in November. Scroll down to see our 2008 training schedule.

According to the email I received today, there are still open slots and I would encourage anyone itnerested to go!  It’s $60 per person and $30 for Students.  If you pay at the door, it’s $70.  The agenda is available at the site as well.

You have the power, now learn the skills! The Democracy for America Training Academy is coming to San Diego, CA for two days of exciting campaign training.How many votes will it take to win in November? How do you find the perfect message and get it out to voters in your district? How will you raise enough money to pay for it all?The DFA Training Academy will help you answer these questions and more.

At the DFA Training Academy, top campaign consultants with decades of experience give you the skills to run a winning campaign. Topics include: field planning, voter contact, fundraising, communications, volunteer recruitment and more.

Attendees will also get to hear directly from some of the most exciting 2008 candidates in their area and get a copy of the DFA Training Manual packed with over 180 pages of winning campaign info.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a social event will be organized Saturday evening so you can mingle and network with other activists in your area.

The training will run from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The great thing about the DFA website is that there is plenty of training material that you can download and go over on your own but I’m sure it’s nothing like getting together in a room full of people with the same collective purpose, to win elections for Democrats! 

We cannot take anything for granted, like losing.   Even though many of the Democratic candidates running in Orange County are told they don’t have much of a chance of winning it doesn’t mean we can’t try as hard as possible.  Every candidate needs your help and if you can’t give money, give your time.  I encourage anyone who wants to learn about helping local Democrats think about attending this training!

So, are you going to get involved?  Let me know if you are going to go to San Diego this weekend and I will be sure that Gary and I say “Hi’!


Heather Irene Justus

My blogging here is not an endorsement of any other opinion but my own. I'm no longer new to blogging, I've been writing locally and nationally since 2007 starting here at the Liberal OC. I was born in New York and grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and currently live in Aliso Viejo. I graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in English and Film and eventually may go back to school, but I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Until then, I work and write and try to do something useful here in the OC by using the word to point out the things that make me frustrated. It's a daily struggle. Issues that peak my interest the most are environmental (yes, I don't just 'believe" in climate change, I listen to all those whacky scientists), gender and body issues (women deserve equal pay, I'm a feminist too, crazy) to the continuing widening economic gap we are not enjoying here in the US (which ties to education, stagnant wages and debt). So many issues, but those are the top three right now. I am an unabashed corgi lover, nerd and all around strange girl. I am lucky enough to be raising a wonderful daughter as well and enjoying being unmarried.