OK, lets return to your campaign, which to the volunteers I think felt like
our campaign. Some thoughts?
Dillinger (activist artist) signing CSEA's women's month posters.
Signed posters were given to volunteers. Ellen had created the art
work for the poster. Katie Dokken , Ellen, Chris Bender CSEA.
CH: I came
into the campaign with not a lot of people that really knew me. Even Bill
Camp had never worked with me, nor had other key players in the campaign.
I think that is unusual. To win you have to be strategic, and you have
to plan a little better than we did in my campaign.
But I think we did a tremendous job. I don't have any bad feelings about
running for office. It was a great experience.
morning roundtable. foreground, l to r. Howard Lawrence, Bill Camp,
DW: And I
think it was for all of us involved. A person felt good about it, it was
a crusade for labor. It wasn't only you running, you represented all of
us. Or as Bill Camp so often reminded us, your campaign represented all
the working people in Sacramento.
There appeared to be lots of people involved. How did that happen?
CH: It was a combination of things. The central labor council's labor
neighbor program provided union people that had worked on union campaigns
so we understood the idea of getting people involved. Labor neighbor went
directly to the union members-- we called every union member and visited
every union household.
Perkins (local 1000) describing how to get there. He had quickly learned
his way around district one.
I don't really know what happens in a typical campaign but from what others
have told me, a typical campaign doesn't have many volunteers. A candidate
usually brings a few people with them from other associations, like neighborhood
associations, or through endorsements from some groups that have volunteers.
But there is no entity out there that can equal labor's number of volunteers.
ACORN was also involved and they have grass roots organizing. So we had
volunteers from groups that were experienced in grass roots organizing.
Most people don't understand what grass roots organizing means.
DW: What does
CH: It means
you have people that understand that they have to get other people involved.
That is their job.
It means you come together and do things collectively.
It means when some one says they want to volunteer, you do the work to
get them involved. You call them back-- you bring them in to the organization--you
discussing precinct walking. On the right. Al Rojas (local 1000),
his grandson, and friend.
You put in
the effort to develop a plan to get people involved, one that reaches
out to the community. You also develop a structure that manages your resources.
So when you need precincts walked or
people to come together for a packaging project, you know that people
will be there.