Fayetteville, North Carolina Grassroots Activist Training

As part of American Majority’s Constitution Day Training Bomb, American Majority will partner with Heritage Action for America of North Carolina to host a Grassroots Activist training on Saturday, September 17th from 10:00AM-4:00PM. The event will be held at the North Region Branch Library, 855 McArthur Road, in Fayettville, North Carolina.

Topics will include*:

  • Using social media to effectively spread the message!
  • GOTV is the crucial final effort of a campaign, and as a volunteer you are a crucial part! Learn what you can do to be most effective.
  • Understanding the power of precinct organization is the first step in winning the war at the local level.
  • Grassroots Action is a team effort. Building a coalition of like-minded individuals is essential for success!
  • … and more! Learn what tools Heritage Action provides for grassroots activism, right in N.C.!

Political Training Registration

Register by September 5th and receive a free t-shirt at the event!!**

For more information about this event, please contact Kasey Ginsberg at 540-338-1251 or Kasey@AmericanMajority.org.

Registration for this event is $25.00 per person, and includes lunch and training materials. Reserve your tickets by registering online today!

* Presentation topics are subject to change.

**While supplies last.

 

The New Leaders Project Now Over 50% to Its Recruitment Goal

Contact: Thomas Basile (917) 579-2216 or Matt Robbins (540) 338-1251
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 THE NEW LEADERS PROJECT NOW OVER 50% TO ITS RECTRUITMENT GOAL

More than 500 Tea Party Groups Have Pledged to Identify and Train Thousands of
New Candidates in Advance of 2011 and 2012 Elections

 

PURCELLVILLE, VA (July 6, 2011) – American Majority, the nation’s leading grassroots training organization, is proud to announce that more than 500 groups have now taken the New Leaders Pledge since the launch of this first of its kind national program late last year.  Those local tea party and activist groups have agreed to recruit and train more than 5,000 new potential candidates in advance of the 2011 and 2012 elections.  This brings the program more than half way to its goal of engaging 1000 organizations each to recruit 10 new leaders in their local communities to run for state or local office.

American Majority and tea party leaders from across the nation launched the New Leaders Project (NLP) to combine policy, education and grassroots infrastructure in an effort to sustain Tea Party momentum across America.  The NLP is helping community leaders identify quality, liberty-minded candidates while fostering a new era of accountability between voters and elected officials.

“This is how we build a farm team for the future,” stated Ned Ryun, President of American Majority.  “These new leaders have been identified as people who will be committed to fiscal responsibility, free enterprise and limited government.  Thousands of them will now be trained to be effective advocates for the kind of reform that is necessary to save this nation from an unresponsive and unmanageable government we cannot afford.”  In addition to the more than 500 groups that have signed the Pledge, more than 500 individuals have already committed to running for office.

To support the groups that take the Pledge and the work of local tea party organizers, American Majority will offer its proven policy, campaign and candidate training to the new leaders.  More information about the New Leaders Project can be found at www.NewLeadersProject.org.

“Political parties do little to ensure their candidates, especially incumbents, adhere to fiscally responsible principles,” states Jason Hoyt, founder of the Tea Party of Orlando, FL.  “In Florida, we the people will utilize the New Leaders Project to not only ensure we have the right candidates, but that they’re equipped with the tools necessary to win elections.”

“This is a crucial time in our nation’s history.  We do not have a government that serves the American people and tea party organizers at the local level recognize that,” states Ryun.  “Statistics show that the longer a government official remains in office, the more prone they are to grow government. These new leaders will have the tools to break the cycle of incumbency and not only win, but passionately support the solutions we need.”

Since 2008, American Majority has been identifying and training thousands of candidates and local activists in more than 40 states in an effort to build a farm team of conservative leaders for the 21st Century.  American Majority organized efforts in Wisconsin earlier this year which received national attention in support of Governor Walker’s fiscally responsible budget policies.

With the New Leaders Project fast reaching its goal, American Majority and local activist groups are keeping what has become one of the most potent grassroots political forces in American history strong, focused and ready for 2012.


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About American Majority

American Majority is the leading developer of the nation’s new 21st century grassroots political infrastructure.  The organization uses its cutting edge curriculum to empower individuals and organizations with the most effective tools to promote liberty through limited government.  American Majority trains thousands of activists and candidates each year in communities across the country to be catalysts for authentic change in government.  The non-profit, non-partisan organization is dedicated to developing a new generation of American elected and opinion leadership that will reject the self-destructive policies associated with government expansion and promote policies that will lead to national and community growth and success.

Ned Ryun Debates Former Congressman Bob Edgar on Fox and Friends

 

 

I Stand With Walker Rally in Madison, WI

 

 

New Party of No?

 

 

Ned Ryun Discusses the New Leaders Project on Fox and Friends

 

 

Grassroots and Tea Party Leaders Announce “The New Leaders Project”

On the heels of an historic mid-term election, and amid speculation about the future of the Tea Party movement, American Majority along with local Tea Party leaders from across the nation, announced today the launch of The New Leaders Project and the drive to identify 10,000 new, credible candidates in advance of the 2011 and 2012 elections.

American Majority believes that this project, when combined with policy education and grassroots infrastructure development, is the surest way to sustain Tea Party momentum across the nation.

This first of its kind national effort will seek to have 1,000 local Tea Party leaders sign onto The New Leaders Project, committing themselves and their groups to identifying 10 new leaders in their local community to run primarily for state or local office in 2012.  Representatives from Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, and Ohio on hand at a press conference this morning to be the first signers of The New Leaders Pledge.

The groups will have from January 2011 until the candidate-filing deadline in their respective states and communities to identify these candidates.  The program will help community leaders identify quality candidates while fostering a new era of accountability between voters and elected officials.

To support the Tea Party organizers, American Majority will offer its proven campaign and candidate training to the new leaders. The New Leaders Project can be found on www.newleadersproject.org.

Since 2008, American Majority has been identifying and training thousands of candidates and local activists in more than 40 states in an effort to build a farm team of conservative leaders for the 21st Century.  With this new initiative, American Majority, along with local groups, will keep the emphasis of what has become one of the most potent grassroots political forces in American history where it belongs – at the local level.

Activists Rank American Majority Most Helpful Organization According to Study

A study released today by the Sam Adam’s Alliance surveying both “establishment” and “tea party” activists sheds light on the rapidly changing political landscape. While it appears many legacy organizations are happy to simply ignore a rising group of activists, organizations including American Majority have received positive feedback for their work supporting grassroots action across the country.

Study participants were asked  to rank the following organizations by helpfulness:

We here at American Majority are honored to have been ranked the highest among several great organizations and would like to take time to thank you all for your support. Our focus has always been and will continue to be on the grassroots, as we truly believe real change begins at the local level. Unlike many organizations, we build from the bottom up. We are based outside of the DC beltway as true members of the grassroots.

We have had an awesome year training thousands of activists across the country at hundreds of events and cannot wait to see what next year holds. A lot of folks say that this movement will lose steam after November, but little do they know, we are just getting started.

With local elections in 2011, another huge year in 2012, and for all elections cycles after that, American Majority will continue to remain active in providing you the resources to become even more effective. It is because of the amazing support of people like you, willing to join us as we fight to protect liberty, that we are able to exist in this movement as an organization. From the Tea Parties and 9-12 groups to the established pro-life and free market think tanks, we all make up the true American majority.

For a full text of the study, check it out here.

Video 10: Twitter for Beginners

This is the first 20/20 video in our Twitter series. In this video, Kasey will be discussing some of the basics of creating your Twitter account. This video is designed for beginners, however there are plenty of tips and tricks that even an advanced user could benefit from.

 

 

Go Further

In addition to each video, we will be including a series of links for further education.

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Thank you for all you do

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10 Ways To Maximize Social Media Before Election Day

As analysis continues to pour in from Tuesday’s primaries, there’s one statistic that we as the grassroots need to note. According to a CNN blog post, candidates with more fans on their Facebook page were more successful in their primary. Whether or not this is a chicken or egg scenario isn’t the argument, but instead it highlights that social media will continue to play a role in elections. Users continue to flock to these places for relevant and up to the minute information.

With Election Day right around the corner, here are 10 tips to maximize your social media presence.

1. Create! If your campaign or organization doesn’t have one yet, building a Facebook page and creating a Twitter account is where you need to start. Check out our video tutorial on creating a Facebook Page here.

2. Update! Posting relevant content at least once a day will keep fans interested in your page. Ideas include posting event information, relevant news stories and polling place information (as it gets closer to Election Day). Your page should be a hub for activists and voters to learn and share information. But avoid repetition! “Updating” and “Reposting the same link every morning” are not one in the same.

3. Engage! Social media is designed to be just that, social. Thank friends and followers for their feedback, answer questions and use social media as a platform to share your message one on one. (Or one on 1,000, depending on your page.)

4. Share! Sharing content from other like-minded campaigns and organizations can save time without losing your message. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with every post. If someone else has said it already or said it better, share it! ReTweeting content with your comments can gain you credibility in the long run as an information source.

5. Filter! Quality is superior to quantity. Rather than posting 10 articles on the same topic, choose one or two with the best coverage. Your fans and followers are counting on you to find gold in all of the muck.

6. Friend! Again, it’s called social media for a reason. Be friendly! Like other pages on Facebook, follow other accounts on Twitter, and they are likely to return the favor.

7. Proofread! This might seem silly, but taking an extra beat to ensure accurate spelling or the correct form of there can be the difference between dozens of RTs or a post sitting dormant.

8. Tag! Not #every #word needs a #hash tag. Use Twitter tags appropriately to categorize posts. Words without # will still appear in search results, so no need to # every word in your post. Instead, use tags to join a lager conversation. For example, using #majority and #tcot for a post related to your beliefs. Tags for specific races are also relevant, for example, #desen to track posts related to the Senate race in Delaware.

9. Be Real! No one enjoys following robots. Making your account personal humanizes the content and makes you and your candidate more relatable. But be cautious of over emotional posting. If you think you’ll want to remove it later, don’t post it.

10. Adapt! Social media is constantly changing, with new trends, products, and uses emerging every day. They key is to stay on top of these trends and be open to shifting strategies. We certainly don’t hear much about MySpace anymore, but what is the next medium we’ll find our voice on?

Video 9: Facebook Pages

This is the second 20/20 video in our Facebook series. In this video, we discuss how to set up your Facebook Page, including how to monitor key insights and run Facebook ads for your branded page. If you would like to see the first video, “Facebook for Beginners,” click here.

Check out the video:

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Go Further

The Facebook network includes over half a billion people. With a network so vast, we felt it would be important to provide you with some extended reading to help you better understand this short, but powerful video:

Some Facebook Links from Around the Web:

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Hooky Playing Government Employee Kept on the Books… for 12 Years!

I’m sure at least a few of us thought about playing hooky today, with summer winding down and (at least here) the sun shining outside, but could you imagine playing hooky for 12 years? Well, an employee of the taxpayer funded “Community Services” Board in Norfolk, Virginia did exactly that. For 12 years the employee was paid, regardless of the fact that she had not shown up to work, at taxpayer expense. If there ever were a case for cutting government, this is it.

The employee was paid $25,000 to $40,000 a year, with raises and benefits for more than a decade, undetected. When questioned by the City Attorney, the employee “offered virtually no explanation” for her behavior.

The government spending nearly $400,000 for nothing?  Sounds too familiar. But that’s not even the kicker.

The Community Services Board, providing mental health and substance abuse assistance for low-income residents, is not only funded by the city of Norfolk ($4 million), but by the state of Virginia ($9.7), the federal government ($2.4 million) and even received $190,000 in stimulus funds.

Although the Board is taxpayer funded, it is self-governing. City Council members appoint a Trustees, but beyond that have no authority. The board completes an annual audit, but no red flags were raised until a new director spotted the error while going over the books.

For now, the City Council’s planned solution is to establish, by ordinance, a hotline for city workers to report fraud.

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