Join us for ‘show and tell’ from Melbourne folks who went to the US to work on campaigns during the election.
Presenters including Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Lucy Manne and Alex White will share stories, pictures, insights…
and maybe some Oreos.
We’ll be talking about:
- field organising;
- digital campaigning;
- data management;
- the different social and political context between the US and Australia; and
- the lessons we can take and apply here.
Alex White is an advisor working in the labour movement who also blogs on communications, politics and campaigning. He spent 3 months working as an Organizing Fellow for Obama for America Massachusetts. Alex coordinated a team of volunteers, organised neighbourhood team training and managed a get-out-the-vote call-centre in the final week of the election.
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is the Safe Climate Campaign Manager at Environment Victoria. Victoria spent three months working with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, focused on grassroots organising structures, movement cohesion and the role of health based communication in coal campaigns. Victoria gained an insider’s view into the relationship between political and NGO organising throughout the US election period.
Lucy Manne is Co-director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). She worked as the New Media Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Congressional candidate in a highly competitive race. Lucy was responsible for list growth, grassroots fundraising, social media, online volunteer recruitment and more on the campaign – which won!
This is a Melbourne Campaigner’s Network event. MCN holds regular gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change.