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Houston, TX Candidate and Activist Training

Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people.  Today, ordinary citizens across our nation are tired of the status quo and ready to engage for the betterment of their communities. American Majority’s political training addresses these passions by providing education and resources to help you meet your goals.

American Majority is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the King Street Patriots, Clear Lake TEA Party and Greater Ft. Bend County TEA Party for a Candidate and Activist Training that will provide citizens with the tools necessary to win elections and implement limited government and free market principles.

The training will take place on Saturday, Sepember 24th in the King Street Patriots facility at 7232 Wynnwood, Houston, TX 77008. The event will begin promptly at 10am and end at 3:30pm. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Registration is $50 per candidate and $25 per activist. It includes training materials and box lunch. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
In addition to providing an opportunity to meet other patriots in your community, the seminar provides an opportunity to network and learn from grassroots organizers with successful campaign experience. Topics to be covered during the training include*:

  • Precinct Work: Organizing your precinct and setting a battle plan to win elections.
  • Grassroots Organizing for Freedom: Maximize the impact that your group and each individual within it has at the grassroots level.
  • Social Capitalism: Leveraging social media as a tool for online political action and winning the culture war.
  • How to Run for Office: Part 1 – Building a campaign plan and laying the groundwork for success
  • How to Run for Office: Part 2 – Putting plans into action and seizing victory

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions or would like additional information, call or email Raz Shafer: e-mail Raz@americanmajority.org Phone: 254-592-3361.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

On the Ground in Wisconsin

The Historic 2011 Wisconsin Recall Elections are over, and the conservatives have withstood an assault from labor unions to maintain a 17-16 majority in the state senate. American Majority was busy preparing the Tea Party and other conservatives for these historic recall elections through training in or near all of the Senate recall districts in April and May. These grassroots individuals really made the difference in responding to the $25 million the Left spent attempting to buy control of the state senate and derail Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda. Moreover, local Tea Party leaders led the recall efforts of two state senators who fled to Illinois to avoid a vote on the Budget Repair bill.

While these two incumbents won re-election last night, the Tea Party told their elected officials loudly and clearly that they will be held accountable and must listen to their constituents. The two challengers were trained by American Majority and successfully knocked off establishment candidates in their primaries before taking the incumbents to the wire last night and rocking the status quo. Another key component of protecting the WI Senate Majority was the work of Media Trackers, which has exposed the Left and the unions over the past 6 months. Media Trackers changed the debate in the final week of the campaign in the “Crown Jewel” senate district by breaking the story on “BBQ For Votes” Bribery. They put a liberal candidate on defense in the final week, and even the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called them a “Winner” of the recall elections.

State of the Unions

I still remember the smell of that locker room.

Every summer during college, I worked at a plant on an industrial island in the Mississippi River. Corn syrup (the fructose in our soft drinks) was the main product, although we also loaded some impressively big barges with some sort of cattle feed.

Hours were long, days were hot (try working under a giant dryer turbine in July), and we all wore long-sleeves and jeans, plus steel-toed boots and hard hats. And were thrilled to do it.

The college program was a great deal and we knew it. A kid couldn’t make that kind of hourly wage, not anywhere. That’s why we jumped at every chance to work more: 12-hour days, seven days a week. They literally had to make us go home. We were disgusting, ripe messes by the time we got there, but we were happy.

And that was before that first paycheck came. I tore it open in the men’s locker room and couldn’t believe my eyes. It was more money than I’d ever earned in my life. I was grinning like the guy on that Enzyte commercial.

Unfortunately for me, a union employee saw the whole thing. He asked me what I was smiling about, and as only an idiot 19-year-old can, I told him. Bad move.

The next day, our supervisor brought us the news: the union foreman had gotten wind of how much the college kids were making, and from now on, overtime was gone. This in spite of not one single full-time (unionized) employee ever wanting to work more than a “straight eight”.

That was my first experience with unions. They didn’t seem right back then, and they don’t seem right these days. Oh, I know they put into place some needed protections (and things like weekends) way back when, but there had to be a reason even my grandparents and their co-workers at the sewing machine factory wouldn’t have them in their workplace by the 1940s.

Fast-forward to now. We look across the nation’s landscape and see states (if you can even call it one anymore) like California. Once the capitalist miracle of both America and the Pacific Rim, the eighth-largest economy on the planet is now more akin to that of a third-world country. It’s tens of billions of dollars in debt. And owned lock, stock and barrel by Service Employees International Union (SEIU)—the mother of all public (read: government) employee unions.

Move to the Midwest and it’s no better:  the United Auto Workers (UAW) union finally killed the goose that laid the golden eggs in Michigan, and now I guess we’re all part-owners of lovely downtown Detroit, courtesy of those federal government bailouts.

Right next door is ground zero. Wisconsin. Whether it’s the governor’s Budget Repair Bill that finally brought teachers’ unions to task or the average state taxpayer reconsidering public employee unions’ right to collectively bargain in the first place (a “right” that FDR, Samuel Gompers and George Meany—presidents of the U.S., AFL and CIO, respectively—were against, by the way), the state capital of Madison has been white-hot all winter with scheduled votes, a dereliction of duty by Democrat lawmakers, pro-union protests, and anti-union counter-protests.

Three special elections later (failed recalls of a state Supreme Court Justice and Republican legislators—with a recall for Governor Walker still yet in the works), the unions’ back has been broken. Tens upon tens of millions of dollars—much of it from out of state—plus floods of volunteers from nationwide affiliates have all seen their efforts wasted. The country is finally waking up to the fact that a transfusion of socialism into the body politic is simply bad medicine.

Americans just want to work. They understand more government (and more government employee unions along with it) just doesn’t cut it. And they vote with their feet:  moving across the country to get to states and places like Virginia. Texas. Tennessee. Right-to-Work states led by business-friendly elected officials. States that have free markets, and low (or no!) taxes. And jobs. Lots of jobs. Not to mention that certain air they have about them.

That air with the smell of freedom in it.

What if This Isn’t an Accident?

What if it’s all on purpose?

The country’s biggest talkers have unabashedly taken this question into consideration in recent weeks as the state of our nation’s economy continues to worsen. Even Rush Limbaugh, the most listened-to man in America, argued that an economic collapse or a default on our national debt would be “intentional” on the part of the current administration.

Intentionally destroying the economy? Why would our elected officials intentionally bring economic hardship on their own people? Who in our representative government would do such a terrible thing? We could ponder these matters all day, but these are the wrong questions.

Two weeks ago, the Department of Agriculture announced that more Americans than ever, a whopping 45.8 million, are on food stamps (now known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Of all Americans with stomachs, nearly 15 percent can’t fill them without the government, uhh, “supplementing” their “nutrition.” These 46 million recipients are only 67 percent of the number eligible to apply. That means that 22%, over one fifth of all Americans, have been determined to be in need of government-distributed money to put food on their tables. This is a tragic development for sure, as the mere thought of families unable to feed themselves is unsettling in this land of prosperity.

Via the Daily Kos

But take heart! Our beloved government has overcome hunger, so we need not despair over such an abysmal expansion of the welfare state. According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, food stamps are just another form of “economic stimulus.” Well, that’s one way to describe it.

Normally, we would have let out a despairing sigh as we pointed to these welfare numbers as a sign of a poor economy. But as our elected leaders keep digging a deeper hole, the excuse makers are running out of alternative explanations, and the American people are beginning to wonder: Could this be more than a poor economy? Could this be an engineered trend? What could the engineers possibly stand to gain by impoverishing their own people?

Over 150 years ago, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of the dangers of a “soft despotism.” Even a century and a half ago, after only a few years in the country, a foreigner was able to warn us of the risk of democratic oppression of the masses by their own selfishness. When people allow themselves to be nestled into the coddling arms of their own government, they forfeit their liberty, their treasure, their dignity, and the very self-reliance that makes them human.

Half of all Americans now receive some form of government aid, and the statists are happy to provide it not because they hope to solve problems, but because they hope to solidify and enslave a permanent base by holding dignified citizens ransom for votes. What more Americans are realizing every day is that we do not simply have a bad batch of politicians in Washington who are trying and failing at their jobs. We are not even governed, as many like to think, by a group of self-interested fat cats apathetic toward their own constituents’ needs. Our country is run by a crop of malevolent, power-hungry aristocrats bent on the aggregation of power at the expense of the people’s liberty.

Despite our oft-repeated national credo that “all men are created equal,” there is a ruling class in the United States, and its interests stand diametrically opposed to those of the American people.

As they sit in their smoke-filled room, this ruling class clambers for more “stimulus” (in the form of food stamps and otherwise). They toss us, the American people, onto the poker table like inherently worthless chips to be gambled away for more votes, more influence, more power, as they sip their brandy, puff on their expensive cigars, and project a chorus of belly laughs that lack even the slightest hint of restraint or remorse for their daily betrayal of the very people who empower them.

And why should they feel any lingering regret? As goes the dependence of the populace on the provision of the government, so goes the electoral security of the statist machine. Why not laugh with gusto as votes flow into the ballot box and treasure pours into the coffers? Sure, they have to face themselves in the mirror as one-fifth of their citizens hold out their hands for a “nutrition supplement,” but in return, they are assured that these government-manufactured Dickensian shells of once capable and driven individuals would never bite the hand that feeds them.

So what would you do in their position? More Americans than ever look to the government to put food on their tables every night. Would you solve the problem, or expand the base and your job security by adding more citizens to the government dole?

Our ruling class has run out of excuses for this abuse of power, and the American people have run out of patience. Our Washingtonian leaders can no longer claim to be even remotely interested in real recovery because we now see that they care only about power, gathered and hoarded on the backs of once-dignified citizens. It is clearer than ever that real recovery must come from somewhere else.

Loveland, CO Grassroots Activist Training

As part of the Constitution Day Training Bomb, American Majority will be holding a grassroots activist training in Loveland, CO on September 17. The event will be hosted by Right Turn Colorado, the Northern Colorado Tea Party, and Liberty Watch.

The training event will be held at the First National Bank Building at the Larimer County Conference Centers, located at 5280 Arena Circle in Loveland, CO, from 9:00am-12:30pm. Doors will open for check-in at 8:40am. Registration will be $25.00 per person.

Registration is available at the door.

The training will address such topics as*:

  • GOTV- Good volunteers who know how to motivate voters to turnout can make the difference for a campaign. Learn what to expect, and what you can do to get voters out on Election Day.
  • How the Left Does it- A look at the tools that the Left has been using, and how the tea party movement can adopt and adapt their most effective methods, in defense of liberty.
  • Community Organizer for Freedom- Tips for local activists on vetting local leaders, filing FOIA requests, wikis and other practical steps that you can take in your community, everyday.

Following the training event, many of the local liberty-minded organizations will be gathering for Liberty Fest at the Pinetree Village Clubhouse (399 Amethyst Ave.) in Loveland. The event will run from 12:00pm-4:00pm, and will feature guest speakers, music, and games. There will be food available for purchase as well. For more information, please contact Nancy Rumfelt (nyrumfelt@comcast.net ) or on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/libertywatchco.
For more information about the American Majority Training, please call 540-338-1251 or email Jaoni@AmericanMajority.org.

*Topics subject to change.

**While supplies last.

Chandler, AZ Precinct Training

As part of the Constitution Day training bomb, American Majority will be holding a Precinct Project Training in Chandler, Arizona on Saturday, September 17th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Through the Precinct Project training, American Majority will provide another resource for individuals desiring to be part of a network of conservative leadership impacting the political system in their communities.

The event will be held at the Denny’s Restauant, located at 7400 West Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ. Registration is $20.00 per person.

The training will be conducted by Ralph and Ann Heins, and will cover topics such as:
– Becoming a Precinct Chairman: Why its important, and how you can do it
– Tools for Precinct Organizing
– Voter Registration Drives
– GOTV

Political Training Registration

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

For more information, please call 540-338-1251.

** While supplies last.

 

Daytona Beach, FL Candidate and Activist Training

 

As part of American Majority’s Constitution Day Training Bomb, the Volusia County 912, Titusville Patriots and Space Coast Patriots will be hosting a training program for activists and future candidates. The event will run from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Courtyard Marriot at 1605 Richard Petty Blvd in Daytona Beach on Saturday,  September 17th. Registration is $25.00 per person, and includes lunch and training materials.
American Majority will be unveiling new training materials, and topics that will be discussed include*:

  • Campaign Plan
  • Campaign Fundraising
  • Opposition Research
  • GOTV
  • Precinct Micro-Targeting

Guest speakers will include:
Anita MonCrief, Boots of Liberty Taskforce:  Known as the ACORN Whistleblower, Anita tells her story as well as provides a warning of what progressive groups are capable of in the 2012 elections.

Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote:  A national project of the King Street Patriots based in Houston, TX that tackles Voter Registration Integrity and Poll Watch Training.

Lorie Medina, Victory in a Box:  A detailed GOTV methodology geared toward how to mobilize the final 8 weeks before an election.

Chad Biddinger, Liberty Linked:  A social networking and activist technology platform developed for the grassroots to create the ultimate ground game.

and Special Guest Slade O’Brian, State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

Registrations will be accepted at the door.
For more information, please contact Ken Mayo at Ken@AmericanMajority.org, or call 215-962-1712.

*Topics subject to change.

Scottsdale, AZ Precinct Training

 

As part of the Constitution Day training bomb, American Majority will be holding a Precinct Project Training in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, September 17th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Through the Precinct Project training, American Majority will provide another resource for individuals desiring to be part of a network of conservative leadership impacting the political system in their communities.

The event will be held at the HomeTown Buffet, located at 1312 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Registration is $20.00 per person.

The training will be conducted by Dan Schultz, and will cover topics such as:
– Becoming a Precinct Chairman: Why its important, and how you can do it
– Tools for Precinct Organizing
– Voter Registration Drives
– GOTV

Registration is available at the door!
For more information, please call 540-338-1251.

** While supplies last.

Indianapolis, IN Precinct Training

 

As part of the Constitution Day Training Bomb, American Majority will be hosting a Precinct Project Training on Saturday, September 17th, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Through the Precinct Project training, American Majority will be providing another resource for individuals who desire to part of a network of conservative leadership, impacting the political system in their communities.

The event will take place from 1:30PM-4:30PM, at the Castleton Christian Church located at 7214 Hauge Road in Indianapolis. Registration is $20.00 per person.

The training will be led by Loren Heal, and will cover topics such as:
– Becoming a Precinct Chairman
– Tools for Precinct Organizing
– Voter Registration Drives
– GOTV

Registration is available at the door.

For more information, please call 540-338-1251.

** While supplies last.

Troy, Michigan Grassroots Activist Training

As part of American Majority’s Constitution Day Training Bomb, the Michigan Conservative Alliance, the Frederick Douglas Foundation of Michigan and Americans for Prosperity Michigan will be hosting an American Majority Grassroots Activist training event on Saturday, September 17th in the Detroit area. The event will be held at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 East Maple Avenue, located in Troy, Michigan. Training will begin at 9:00AM, ending at 2:00PM. Registration will open at 8:30AM.

American Majority will be unveiling new materials, covering topics such as*:

  • GOTV- Good volunteers who know how to motivate voters to turnout can make the difference for a campaign. Learn what to expect, and what you can do to get the voters out on Election Day.
  • How the Left Does it- A look at the tools that the Left has been using, and how the tea party movement can adopt and adapt their most effective methods, in defense of liberty.
  • Community Organizer for Freedom- Tips for local activists on vetting local leaders, filing FOIA requests, wikis and other practical steps that you can take in your community, everyday.

Registration for this event is $25.00 per person, and includes lunch and training materials.

For more information, please contact Lonny Leitner at Lonny@AmericanMajority.org, or call 540-338-1251.

*Topics subject to change.

**While supplies last.

 

Omaha, NE Candidate, Campaign Manager and Grassroots Activist Training

Every elected official, from school board member to state legislator to the President of the United States plays a vital role in shaping the policies and direction of our communities, states, and nation. These offices deserve men and women who are grounded in the principles of liberty and individual freedom.  American Majority’s political training is designed to enhance your campaign effort through targeted education and resources.

American Majority along with NE Taxpayers for Freedom is hosting a Candidate, Campaign Manager and Activist Training on Saturday, October 1st at the Regency Lodge located at 909 South 107th Ave. in Omaha, NE. The training will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

The cost for Activists is $25 per person if registered online and $35 at the door. Campaign Managers is $35 per person if registered online and $45 at the door. The cost for Candidates is $50 per person if registered online and $60 at the door. These costs include lunch and all training materials.

The Candidate Training program is designed specifically to educate candidates on every level how to run effective and victorious campaigns and prepare them to become successful elected officials. The Campaign Manager and Activist lectures provide extensive knowledge on the role campaign managers and volunteers play during an election, as well as how citizens can be engaged and effective in their community.

The Candidate/Campaign Manager Training Program includes the following topics*:

  • Creating your Campaign Plan and Campaign Structure
  • Campaign Fundraising
  • History of the Progressives
  • Public Speaking and Messaging
  • The Role of a Campaign Manager
  • Get-Out-The-Vote
  • Campaigning Online
  • Winning your Precinct

 

Upon completion of this political training seminar, candidates will receive continuing education materials, access to podcasts and other presentations, communications curriculum, and suggestions to help them utilize think-tank resources.

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions or would like additional information, call Heather Weininger: e-mail Heather@americanmajority.org or Matt Batzel: email Mattb@americanmajority.org.  You can also call 262-241-7945.

American Majority is a non-profit and non-partisan political training organization whose mission is to train and equip a national network of leaders committed to individual freedom through limited government and the free market.

* Topics are subject to change.

Vermont Precinct Training

As part of the Constitution Day Training Bomb, American Majority will be hosting a Precinct Project Training on Saturday, September 17th, in Hartland, Vermont. Through the Precinct Project Training, American Majority will be providing another resource for individuals who desire to be part of a network of conservative leadership impacting the political system in their communities.

The event will take place from 9:00AM-12:00PM at Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road, Hartland, Vermont. Registration is $20.00 per person.

The training will conducted by Aaron Gardner, and will cover topics such as:
– Becoming a Precinct Chairman
– Tools for Precinct Organizing
– Voter Registration
– GOTV

Registration is available at the door.
For more information, please call 540-338-1251.

**While supplies last.

Santa Clarita, CA Candidate Training

American Majority will be joining the SCV Patriots for a candidate training session in Santa Clarita, CA on Saturday, August 27th. The event will be geared toward helping candidates, their campaign managers and other staff utilize the most effective the tools and information available in order to run a successful grassroots campaign. The topics addressed in our candidate training includes:

  • Campaign Plan
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking
  • A Communications Plan
  • GOTV for Campaigns
The event will be held  from 9:00AM-4:00PM at the Marriot Courtyard, 28523 Westinghouse Place in Valencia. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Alice Khosravy via email- Alice@SCVPatriots.org.

 

St. Augustine, FL Activist Training

American Majority and the St. Augustine Tea Party are pleased to announce an Activist/Social Media Training that will provide citizens and activists with the tools necessary to win elections. The event will be geard toward giving grassroots activists in Florida the resources and information that will help them effectively defend individual liberties and free market principles in their communities.

The training will take place on Saturday, August 27th,  at the Wingate by Wyndham, 2465 SR16, St. Augustine, FL 32095 . The event will begin promptly at 9:00 and end at 4:00, with an hour for lunch.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged due to seating limitations.  Registration is $25.00 per person, and includes training materials and lunch.

In addition to providing an opportunity to meet other patriots in your community, the training will provide an opportunity to network and learn from grassroots organizers with successful campaign experience. Topics to be covered during the training include*:

  • Grassroots Organizing for Freedom: Maximize the impact that your group and each individual within it has at the grassroots level.
  • Social Capitalism: Leveraging social media as a tool for online political action and winning the culture war.
  • The History of New Media: Take a look at how organizations and campaigns have been successful online, and inspire local groups to create their own social media identity.
  • Facebook: Starting with the basics of building a page for your organization to more advanced techniques and how to market it effectively
  • Twitter: This micro-blogging site has become the quickest way to spread breaking news.  Learn how to get started, find followers, and communicate with the Twitter universe

Political Training Registration
For more information, please contact Ken Mayo (Ken@AmericanMajority.org) or Angela Casey (staugtea@yahoo.com). You can also call 540-338-1251.

*Topics subject to change.

Irving, TX Activist Training

 

American Majority is pleased to announce that a Grassroots Activist Training will be held on on August 6th  in Irving, Texas. The event will be held at North Lake College, G-401, at 5001 North MacArthur Blvd. Doors will open and on-site registration will begin at 9:00AM. Training will begin at 9:30AM, and conclude at 4:00PM.

American Majority will be unveiling some new curriculum, covering topics such as*:
– 10 Tips to Full Speed
– Social Capitalist: Keys to Online Activism
– Grassroots Organizing for Freedom

Other topics and guest speakers include:
– The TEA Party Impact in the 82nd Legislative Session (JoAnn Fleming, TEA Party Caucus Advisory Board)
– Focus Local: Keys to impacting your Municipality (Katrina Pierson, TEA Party Review)
– New Tools for Voter Engagement (Roy Magno, Political Gravity)
– GOTV: Beyond the Basics (Ken Emanuelson, Dallas TEA Party Steering Committee)

Registration for this event is $25.00 per person, and includes lunch and training materials.

Political Training Registration
For more information about this event, please contact Raz Shafer at 254-592-3361 or Raz@AmericanMajority.org.

* Presentation topics are subject to change.