new media training

Home » new media training

Little Rock, AR Blogger/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 Arkansas is pleased to announce a Blogger/Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, January 8th in Little Rock, AR to provide potential candidates with the tools necessary to effectively report on legislative activity.

The training will take place at the KARN News Radio Studios located at 700 Wellington Hills Road in Little Rock, AR from 9:00 AM to 12:00 pm. Registration opens at 8:30 am.  There will a $5 charge for this training to cover the costs of materials and the program. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Full training materials, samples and supplements will be provided to help you apply what you learn to your organization, candidate, cause or community.

Political Training Registration

If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Kerry Baldwin at Kerry@americanmajority.org

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.

Facebook Security: Must you share EVERYTHING?

This morning, my husband and I were perusing the newspaper over our usual cup of coffee – I was reading the Arkansas section and he was glancing through the National portion.  I tend to scan the obituaries first (I know, I have become my grandmother) and Clay typically hits the sideline with all the short articles of the goings on around the world.  It didn’t take long for him to sigh in frustration over what he was reading, so of course, I had to take a look over his shoulder.

The article told the unfortunate tale of a short-sighted 20 year old hunter who couldn’t restrain himself from bragging about his latest “kills” which included 1 too many deer and 3 too many geese.  Not only did he boast about his hunting skills, but he posted pictures of his trophies, that were noticed by law abiding Facebook “friends”, who then notified the authorities.

Immediately, I think what an idiot!  Kind of reminds me of the stupid criminal videos you see every once in a while on TV.  You know what I am talking about, the goof ball who decides to rob a convenient store of their lottery tickets while wearing his name tag from work proudly displayed on his uniform.  Not that I am heralding criminal behavior, but it just goes to show you how stupid people can be….not just for breaking the law, but for doing it so poorly!  (tongue in cheek of course)

The point of this is to remind people that while we all enjoy Facebook for a variety of reasons, it isn’t necessary to reveal to the World Wide Web every single thing you are doing!  Just like it wasn’t terribly brilliant to boast about illegal hunting practices with picture evidence, it wouldn’t make sense to post on Facebook your holiday plans and where all you will be travelling.  For obvious reasons, that would only let your “friends” know exactly how much time they have to ransack your house and play reverse-Santa.  Besides, do you REALLY think that everyone cares about how you spend every single moment of every day?  Let’s try and keep our postings to informative tidbits, interesting historical facts or even uplifting quotes from Gandhi or Mother Teresa.

Oh, and by the way….my husband was most frustrated about the hunter getting in trouble for his over the limit Geese picture.  Why? Well, do the math.  There were 3 friends in the photo and 12 Canada geese pictures with them, and the limit was 3 geese per person.  Immediately, one might think each hunter shot one extra than they were supposed to.  But wait, who took the picture?  Looks like the braggadocios Facebook hunter might get out of that one.

Liberty University Campus Majority Training- Rescheduled

This event is being rescheduled for January 25th- new details will be posted soon.

American Majority is pleased to announce that its Campus Majority training will be coming to Liberty University on Thursday, November 11th.

Often over-looked and under-utilized by traditional political organizations, American Majority believes today’s college students are among the most effective and passionate activists. To help students increase their effectiveness on campus and prepare them for leadership roles upon graduation, American Majority created Campus Majority. Designed specifically for the college environment, Campus Majority equips students to be effective advocates for liberty and freedom by offering practical training, encouragement and resources.

The training will be held from 5:30pm to 9:00pm in room number 1079 of DeMoss Hall, at 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Virginia.  The cost of the training is FREE, pizza (of course) and refreshments to be served.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration on Facebook is strongly encouraged.

General topics include:

  • On-Campus Activism (Engaging through building coaltions, promoting institutional transparency, holding meaningful events and causes, and much more)
  • Off-Campus Activism (Engaging through political campaigns, issue advocacy, voter registration, community service, and much more)
  • New and Traditional Media Activism (Communicating your message through social networking platforms and traditional media)

Please RSVP for the event via Facebook, or contact Jaoni Wood at Jaoni@AmericanMajority.org, or call 540-338-1251.

Kansas University Campus Majority Training

American Majority is pleased to announce that its Campus Majority training will be coming to the University of Kansas on Tuesday, November 16th.

Often over-looked and under-utilized by traditional political organizations, American Majority believes today’s college students are among the most effective and passionate activists. To help students increase their effectiveness on campus and prepare them for leadership roles upon graduation, American Majority created Campus Majority. Designed specifically for the college environment, Campus Majority equips students to be effective advocates for liberty and freedom by offering practical training, encouragement and resources.

The training will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Kansas University Student Union in the Jayhawk Room located at 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. in Lawrence.  The cost of the training is FREE, pizza (of course) and refreshments to be served.  Space is limited.  Pre-registration on Facebook is strongly encouraged.

General topics include:

  • On-Campus Activism (Engaging through building coaltions, promoting institutional transparency, holding meaningful events and causes, and much more)
  • Off-Campus Activism (Engaging through political campaigns, issue advocacy, voter registration, community service, and much more)
  • New and Traditional Media Activism (Communicating your message through social networking platforms and traditional media)

Please RSVP for the event here, by contacting Alex Ballinger at Alex@AmericanMajority.org or calling 913-940-7368.

Seeing the Light Born of a Dark Two Years

In the middle of October, 2008, when I still had my own personal blog (never again) I predicted that Barack Obama would win the Presidential election.  Though the poll numbers were still pretty tight at that point, the writing was on the wall as far as I was concerned.  Thus I conceded a month early and wrote a post about what conservatives should do next after the November elections.

The purpose of the post (entitled “The Conservative Reaction: A Call to Action”) was to ask the question:

“What should we as Conservatives do after the election we face of an overwhelming Democratic House and Senate and a newly elected Democratic President?”

Now, two years later, I wanted to go back and see how conservatives have done.  Thus, here is what I wrote as the “Five Things I am Going to Try to do During LUPO – Life Under President Obama”.  Check them out along with my new comments underneath.

Number 1: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must stand firm in my convictions and be ready to defend my positions…

First off, I know of many folks who immediately started reading up on the free market system, the constitution, and the history of the founding fathers in order to begin educating themselves.  Additionally, conservatives have been challenged by prominent conservatives to know where they stand and why.  And overall, conservatives have started going on the offensive more and more as the country has been taken down the road to even more massive government and less individual freedom.

Because people have embraced this responsibility, it has truly been incredible to see how many folks are now openly touting their conservative beliefs and their love for liberty.  Well done, American public.

Number 2: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must be creative in how I get my message to the masses…

When I wrote this post two years ago I was really curious how this was going to play out.  But two years later, I see how conservatives are using tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and conservative websites to truly spread the message of conservatism effectively and strategically.  Heck, even conservative candidates are (finally) eschewing traditional media sources and taking their message straight to the people.

It is truly amazing to know that our better ideas and principled positions are finally starting to reach the average citizen – and it is humbling to know that American Majority has been at the forefront of this movement through our trainings, outreach, and education of a new generation of concerned Americans.

Score another one for the good guys.

Number 3: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must unite with those around me who believe as I do…

The implications of this advice are obvious two years later – The Tea Party Movement.  Not only has the movement grown exponentially since the spring of 2009, but it has also become a political force in all parts of the country.  And while the MSM mocked it, misunderstood it, and tried its best to kill it, the Tea Party folks have continually gotten more and more excited about cleaning house in Washington.  Thanks for that, President Obama; in reality, we owe you big time.

Oh, and just to channel my inner Al Gore, since I wrote about the need to unite and come together about 6 months before the Tea Parties started, I will take full and complete credit for them.  Yea for me.

Number 4: As a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must not give into the lie that conservatism is dying…

Well, obviously this is not the case.  Even though the pundits declared a new era in politics and the death of the conservative movement, we’ll see just how dead we are on November 2.

However, as a side note, if the (hopefully) decisive election results don’t clearly state the case for the country’s desire for smaller government, less spending, more accountability, and decidedly more transparency, then maybe Chris Christie can get in someone’s face and explain it to them nice and plain-like.

Number 5: Lastly, as a conservative, Barack Obama’s election means I must embrace the hope that even though things look dark now, there is a light upon the dawn…

Ah, yes, hope.  Not a false hope or a government-built hope, but a genuine and authentic “clean-out-the-halls-of-Congress-kind-of-hope” is what I feel when I look around the country and see people working hard to change our country for the better.  It truly is a blessing to see that apathy is slowly being replaced once again by the American desire for freedom, liberty, and prosperity.

Thus, before we battle for the next 20+ days for the future of this country, take a second to enjoy the fact that the horizon is breaking forth through the morning dark.  Relish the thought that soon our anger, our disgust, and our weariness will soon be replaced by a steadfast resolve to hold a new batch of elected representatives responsible for their actions and their votes.

For it is nearing the time to go from educated and informed voter to become educated and informed constituents once again – this time with a new focus and a renewed strength to see the American Dream make its comeback.

And be sure that while our days have been dark for the past two years, the light of freedom will show itself very bright very soon.  For this reason, I am thankful and encouraged by what has transpired within this movement during the past two years and what will happen many years into the future.

Fight on, fellow Americans, fight on!

Notes from the Summit

As we were pleased to do last year, American Majority is providing in-depth training at the Smart Girl Politics 2010 Summit in DC this weekend, and I wanted to share some notes from it with you.

Yesterday, we held five training sessions, with Anita MonCrief and Faulkner Strategies joining us at the Summit- we started off teaching attendees about the system, how the progressive movement has systematically implemented reforms that have created the flawed system we currently face- and perhaps most importantly, how to break it.  Do you want to the learn the same things?  You can view that presentation on our website.

Then we explained how precincts work, why they are important, and how to work your precinct for a candidate you believe in for this upcoming election- or how to target precincts within your district to lead to victory if you’re the candidate yourself.  This is one of the most important presentations for conservative activists to know and understand, as the key to governing is first winning politically.  You can also view this presentation online to better understand precincts yourself.

Anita MonCrief taught attendees how to identify voter fraud- and what to do once they find it.  I broke out some notes from Anita’s stellar presentation in my blog post a few weeks ago.  Understanding legal voter registration, voter fraud and what to do about these issues is going to be of supreme importance to liberty-minded citizens in every election from the very local level, all the way up.

Our good friends at Faulkner Strategies joined us for a session on running for office, titled “Deciding to Run.”  A strong presentation focusing on the different dynamics and decisions that women candidates will be faced with, I saw lots of ink pens flying across note pages during this training session.  I don’t have a copy of Faulkner Strategies’ specific presentation, but we do have one of our “running for office” training presentations online that you can check out.  I am loving the field of strong conservative women who are taking back their communities and running for office this year- let’s keep this momentum growing and keep turning out solid candidates next year as well.

Finally, we spent some time training on the importance of engaging hearts and minds online through Facebook, Twitter, blogging, wiki projects and more.  You can view one of our new media presentations online, where you’ll learn about the history of communication and persuasion that we inherited from our founding fathers, why engaging online is so important, and then step-by-step instruction on how to do so.  New to the process?  Want detailed instruction on how to take your online engagement to the next level?  Download our Twitter or Facebook guides on our website and we’ll walk you through it.

Whether you were able to join us for the Smart Girl Summit 2010 or whether you were at home working hard for a candidate you believe in, or maybe just welcoming in the start of the fall season, we believe that knowledge is power.  So arm yourself, equip yourself, and let’s keep pushing on.

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.

greyline2 copy

Thank you for all you do

We hoped you enjoyed the 10th post in out 20/20 Program. We hope you enjoy this collection and look forward to bringing you a video on setting up your first Facebok Page next week!

Not signed up? Sign up to receive 20/20 updates.

Do more…

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:

greyline2 copy

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:

greyline2 copy

Thank you for all you do

We hoped you enjoyed the 9th post in our 20/20 Program. We hope you are enjoying this collection and look forward to bringing you some Twitter videos soon!

Not signed up? Sign up to receive 20/20 updates.

Do more…

Wisconsin Post-Party Summit

American Majority is excited to be coming to Oconomowoc, WI to host a 1 day training program for conservative leaders and community groups on Saturday, October 9th , 2010. The workshops offered will give volunteers and activists the latest tools and information that will help them be most effective in their efforts to defend liberty and fight for a free-market and limited government in their communities.

Topics include*:

  • Precinct Power: highlights the impact that can be made by focusing on precinct work, crunching numbers and understanding how the political system works on the local level.
  • Building Coalitions: covers specifics on how to lead an organization, how to hold elected officials accountable, and how to work together with other organizations in your area.
  • Patriots 2.0: explores how activists today can utilize social media and other new media tools to win the hearts and minds of fellow citizens.
  • Implementing Freedom: provides information for candidates and campaign managers about building a campaign, from the ground up.

*Subject to change as necessary.

The event will be held from 8:15am- 5:00pm at the Olympia Resort and Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Road, in Oconomowoc. Registration is $20.00 per person and includes lunch and training materials.

The event is being co-sponsored by the following local groups:

Northwoods Patriots– Eau Claire Tea Party–Chippewa Valley Coalition of Tea Parties–Greendale Tea Party– Concerned Conservative Citizens of Sawyer County–Rock County Voters Education Forum– Rock River Patriots–La Crosse Liberty Coalition–Manitowoc County Tea Party–Northeast Wisconsin Patriots–Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty–Wausau Tea Party–Greenleaf Tea Party–Kenosha-Racine SE WI 912 Constitutional Patriots–Liberty on the Rocks- Milwaukee–Menominee/Marinette Sons and Daughters of Liberty–Wisconsin Patriotic Resistance–Uninfringed Liberty–Wisonsin 912 Project–Ozaukee Patriots–We the People of the Republic–Janesville Tea Party- Rock Patriots– Concerned Citizens of Iowa County–Sauk County Tea Party–Lake Country Area Defenders of Liberty–Waukesha Defenders of Liberty–Patriots for Honest Government–Beloit Patriots–Campaign for Liberty

Please call Michael Yost (Michael@AmericanMajority.org; 651-343-5558) for registration or more information.

#TWITTER TIPS FOR @YOURORGANIZATION

I was recently asked by a former American Majority training attendee how he could use twitter in order to grow his organization and make it more effective.  This is something that quite a few activists I’ve encountered have had questions about.  Many people know what twitter is and the basics of how to use it; but so many fail to realize what an effective FREE tool this social networking site can be for their organization.

Many times during my trainings when I present the idea of using twitter for political purposes I see eyes roll and hear mild scoffs.  However, when used in the right manner, twitter can do great things for your grassroots organization.  Below are a few simple ways that you can benefit your group, your candidate, and the liberty movement easily and at no cost:

  • STEP 1: CREATE A TWITTER PAGE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

When creating this twitter page, be sure the username for the page is the same or similar to the name of the organization.  Twitter allows you to have a username of up to 15 characters.  If your group’s name is longer than that, you might have to get creative in coming up with a similar, but shorter name.  The name needs to be similar to the actual name of the group so that people searching on twitter for your organization can find it easily.

  • STEP 2: BUILD THE INFO

Before you start finding followers, you need to build up the information portion of your page.  You want to make sure that those visiting your page will know what your organization is about so that they will know whether they want to receive your group’s tweets or not.  To do this, sign in to your twitter page and click “settings” in the upper right-hand corner.  This will bring up the account settings portion of your settings options.  On the settings option bar, click “profile.”  Here, you will have the option to upload an image or graphic that represents your organization.  You will also have the option to enter the full name of your organization, your organization’s location, your group’s website, and a short bio about your organization (no more than 145 characters).

  • STEP 3: FIND FOLLOWERS

Be creative when trying to find followers and promote your group’s page.  If the organization has handouts, a website, or business cards, put the group’s twitter information on them.  Another good way to initially gain followers is by following people in the community that you think might be interested in your organization.  When you choose to follow somebody, they will receive a notification in their email informing them.  When they see that there is a like-minded organization following them, they will likely choose to follow that organization’s twitter updates.

  • STEP 4: TWEET TO BOOST ATTENDANCE

Tweet all meetings with times and locations multiple times so that people following the group are reminded of when the next meetings are going to be.  Do the same with any events that the group may host or attend.  Also, tweet links and summaries of news articles and blogs that would be relevant to the movement and the group’s members and followers.

  • STEP 5: TWEET USING #HASHTAGS

When tweeting, use hashtags as much as possible when it is relevant.  Hashtags are words that are used in tweets to describe the subject or topics at hand.   A few good hashtags to keep in mind while tweeting are #tcot, #tlot, , #teaparty, #tpp, #912, and #majority (used by people who believe that WE are the majority in America).  The benefit to using hashtags in your tweets is that the more a hashtag is used, the higher it appears on “trending topics” which is viewed by all twitter users.  It also provides a link on your tweets for your followers to click and view every tweet that has used that particular hashtag.  This allows your group’s followers access to a large group of like-minded twitter users.   You can also create your own hashtag for your group and encourage group members to use it in their tweets to further promote your organization.

  • STEP 5: RT’ing & TWEETING @TWEEPLE

“RT” stands for “re-tweeting.”  Re-tweeting is best described as taking a twitter message someone else has posted, and rebroadcasting that same message to your followers. When tweeting this message, you typically give credit to the original poster.  Re-tweeting is a great way to promote an organization, person, or message to your followers.

When you tweet at “@somebody” you are tweeting a message towards a person.  This also helps to promote that particular individual to your organization’s followers.  This can be very effective if your group chooses to support a specific candidate during an election.  By tweeting a positive message at a candidate, your group can promote that candidate to all of its followers.  It also provides your followers a link to access that candidate’s twitter page so that they can check him/her out for themselves.  The organization should also tweet at other organizations that they want to promote.  To do this, simply type an “@” sign before the person or group’s twitter username (with no spaces) and then type the message before or after that.

  • STEP 6: #FOLLOWFRIDAY

There is a twitter trend on Fridays that allows people to promote others on twitter that they think their followers should also follow. It is called follow Friday.  If there are members of the group that are particularly good about updating twitter with information that would be relevant to the organization or the movement, you can tag them in follow Friday.  The follow Friday hashtag is either #ff or #followfriday.  A sample follow Friday tweet would look something like this, “@twitteruser1 @twitteruser2 @twitteruser3 @twitteruser4 @twitteruser5  are all on fire for the liberty movement! Check them out! #followfriday.”

  • LAST STEP: UPDATE FREQUENTLY

Make sure that you are updating your group’s twitter page on a regular basis, preferably multiple times a day.  Not everybody keeps twitter open on their computer or cell phone all day long (though some of us addicts might).  This is why updating frequently is so necessary.  The more frequently you update your group’s page, the more likely your tweets are to reach a broader group of your followers while they are checking twitter.

Please, don’t allow yourself to discount twitter as just another way to procrastinate online.  It can be an AMAZING tool for your liberty-minded organization if you simply take a little time out of your day to follow the steps I’ve outlined above.  And the best part is that it’s FREE!  We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  That may be true; but I’m here to tell you that there is such a thing as free advertising, and it’s called twitter!

Video 8: Facebook for Beginners

This is the first 20/20 video in our Facebook series. In this video, Kasey will be discussing some of the basic tenets for creating and maintaining a personal Facebook presence (the PERFECT video for someone you know not yet on Facebook).

Facebook manages over half a billion people. With a network so vast, we felt it would be better to kick-off our Facebook portion of this series with a shorter video and more articles, specifically collected for you to read at your leisure. Each article will walk you through some important steps and should take you about 20 minutes each. They cover everything from setting up your first profile to Friends Lists to Facebook’s new Places feature and related security settings:

greyline2 copy

Go Further

In addition to each video, we will be including a series of links for further education. Below is a collection of links that we have “bagged” from around the web:

General Facebook Settings

Privacy Facebook Settings

Facebook Marketing

greyline2 copy

Thank you for all you do

We hoped you enjoyed the 8th post in out 20/20 Program. We hope you enjoy this collection and look forward to bringing you a video on setting up your first Facebok Page next week!

Not signed up? Sign up to receive 20/20 updates.

Do more…

Just A Bunch of Housewives!

I got to thinking about the movement today – specifically Unite In Action & the 2010 March on DC.  In a moment of exhaustion fueled pity, I couldn’t help but think…I’m just a housewife, how the heck am I going to fit all this into one day?  I don’t have a legion of personal assistants…I don’t even have one.  I am not paid, yet I am working from the time I get up in the morning until the wee hours of the next.  (And let me tell you, moms with children under the age of 6 REALLY should to get to bed before 2am EVERY night….because the kids are going to wake up at 7am whether we like it or not).  My kids have learned to make their own sandwiches, and don’t even ask me when I vacuumed last.  I’m lucky if I can squeeze in a shower every other day, and my kids think the computer & telephone are evil devices which have surgically attached themselves to Mommy.  I have a house to clean, bills to juggle, kids to raise, 6 chickens, 3 dogs, 1 pregnant goat and a husband to care for.

Meanwhile, my phone rings off the hook and my 3 email boxes are overflowing with people asking what do we do now?  How do we save the country?  Is it too late? Tell us what to do – we need TOOLS!  Then the media jumps in to label myself and my compatriots as angry, greedy, racist, white men and calls us a vile name previously only heard in XXX theaters.  It is enough to drive a girl stark raving mad! When the first call came in this morning (8am on a Sunday no less) all I could think is “I’M JUST A HOUSEWIFE!”

Then it occurred to me; we are nearly all housewives.  In The 912 Project, nearly all of the group leaders are women – many professionals, some retired, but mostly housewives.  At Unite In Action, more than half of the Board of Directors are housewives – including the President, Vice President, CFO and Military Advisor.  The Event Coordinator for March On DC?  Housewife.  The Liberty XPO Chair?  Housewife.  Symposium Chair?  Housewife.  Young Patriots, Education, Graphic Design, Volunteer Coordinator, Clergy Outreach, Merchandising & Transportation Chairs?  Yup, all housewives.  Don’t get me wrong; we’ve got a few guys thrown in, but we are almost entirely housewives trying to pull off the largest Liberty oriented training event in history.

And you know what?  This is exactly how it should be.  Housewives are the ones who literally manage the world.  The microcosm of each household is the macrocosm of society.  My house and your house and their house…this is reality.  And in reality, it is the housewives who carry the burden of the future.  Yes, the men provide, but we clean up the messes, both literally and figuratively.  Vomit on the floor?  No problem; get the Clorox.  Teen angst?  Here comes a lesson in character.  We balance the budget and figure out how to pay all the bills with money left over for savings and college funds.  A new pair of Jimmy Choos versus Walmart sneakers so we can pay the rent?  You know what we will bring home.   Homework due or exams to study for?  You know we will be there making sure everything gets done.  In short, we the housewives are tasked with the future of our children and therefore the future of society.

So yes, a bunch of housewives are running the 2010 March on DC & Liberty XPO.  Because we know it takes WORK to clean up a mess.  Because we know you need TOOLS to get the job done.  Because we know EDUCATION is everything.  And because WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THE LOSS OF OUR CHILDREN’S LIBERTY – nor will we stand for the bankrupting of our grandchildren’s future.  Because we know this mess will not be cleaned up overnight, and November will not fix everything! WE WILL move past street parties and protests.  WE WILL do everything we can to get real classroom training & tools into the hands of the patriots who need them, AND WE WILL SAVE THIS COUNTRY!

So, girls grab your gloves, the Clorox, the character lessons, the budget, and the mops and meet me in DC – September 9th& 10th.  We’ve got a House to clean!

P.S.  If you see Keith Olbermann, send him my way…I’ve got a bar of soap just itching to clean up that potty mouth!

We March- But First, We Train

In just a few weeks, the nation’s Capital will be filled with frustrated Americans wanting  to make sure that Congress hears from them, loud and clear, at the Unite in Action Symposium and March on DC. Grassroots activists from across the country have submitted videos explaining WHY they are coming to DC for the events being held September 9th through 12th. Watch this one from a recent convert to the tea party movement.

For the last 18 months, protests and town hall meetings have been taking place around our country- most politicians are clearly not interested in what the American public has to say. Instead of waiting for change to come, it is time to make our own change- change the way we communicate with them, hold them accountable, change THEM if they don’t listen. That is the purpose of the events taking place in September- sharing a strategy, uniting behind common goals, combining efforts. Go beyond just showing up to make a statement, remembering that actions speak louder than words. What do protest signs mean if there are no actions to back them up?

Don’t get me wrong- the actual March is important, but the Symposium is more important. The way I see it, the March should be a warning to Congress, that we have the knowledge and the resources, and we are about to use them. But before you march, get those tools, tools that you can take back home and use. If you want ideas, resources, knowledge, and to join forces with other people that have the same goals, we will see you there.

Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation Convention

The second weekend in October, the members of tea party, 912 and other community groups from across the great state of Virginia will be gathering in Richmond for the state’s first tea party convention. The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation Convention to be held in Richmond, Virginia on October 8th and 9th, 2010. The Convention is an opportunity for people from across the state, who are committed to defending the Constitution, to come together for training, networking and planning leading into the November 2010 elections, and beyond. The Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation is comprised of over 30 groups of patriots across Virginia who are committed to returning our Federal government to its restricted, Constitutional role.

The state of Virginia is home to one of the most organized and unified tea party coalitions in the United States. Some of the largest groups are lead by home school moms, who are committed to preserving freedom for their children. Jamie Radtke, President of the Richmond Tea Party and Chair of the Federation recently won the Sam Adams Alliance Tea Party Award for her work with the Federation. As a group, the Federation is developing a legislative agenda for their state, in addition to holding numerous educational and outreach events. Mrs. Radtke said, “We desire to educate, motivate and activate thousands of tea party activists at the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Convention. With thousands expected to attend, this will be the largest Tea Party Convention to date. We must be committed in our resolve to sustain this amazing tea party movement and this convention is just one way we can help do that.”

Key speakers include Dick Morris, Herman Cain, Lou Dobbs and Ken Cuccinelli.  American Majority will teach attending activists and candidates these topics:

  • “Implementing Freedom”- how to run a campaign, from filing your paperwork to election day.
  • “Becoming a Social Capitalist”-how to use new media tools to build your presence and reputation online.
  • “Understanding the System”- have a historical perspective of how the perceived role of the Federal Government has changed in the last century and what issues must be addressed to return us to the vision of the Founding Fathers.

American Majority believes that it is critical to the liberty movement for members to unite, organize and receive training on how to most effective. We want to see people move from holding protest signs to attending local government meetings and asking questions, to running for a town council seat.  Additional sponsors supporting the Convention include Americans for ProsperityThe Heritage Foundation, and Virginia Campaign for Liberty, and many more.

Tickets and more information can be found here. We hope to see you there!

Smart Girl Politics Summit

On September 30th and October 1st women (and men) from across the United States will gather in Washington, DC to network, train and inspire one another in preparation for taking their limited government, free market ideas out into their communities. The Smart Girl Summit will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, just outside of Washington DC. Smart Girl Politics, the organization planning the event, is a group geared toward drawing more women into the political process, as activists and candidates. They are committed to providing a safe and open community environment for conservative women to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns among those who share their views, without the derision their beliefs often encounter on other internet sites. The event is being co-sponsored American Majority and others, including Faulkner Strategies and Americans for Prosperity.

Confirmed speakers for the event include Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Dana Loesch, S.E. Cupp, Liz Cheney and many others. American Majority will be providing three hours of training for the event, on topics such as new media, the history of the Progressive movement and micro-targeting precincts. Panel discussions include new media, young women in conservative politics, and the tea party movement.

American Majority is excited to have another opportunity to train members of Smart Girls, and look forward to the great impact that they will have on their communities this fall. We hope you will join us!

More information about tickets, hotels and the agenda can be found here.

Page 1 of 3123