where to political volunteer for a teenager?

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Submitted by raty4R on October 16, 2010 - 12:06pm

With the upcoming election I thought it would be a good idea to get the kid involved. She has pretty stong views. Where can a 16yr old go to volunteer? Any suggestions?

Submitted by patb on October 16, 2010 - 6:08pm.

i'd suggest local.

call up or check local campaigns, you get to
know a council member or a city office holder, she
can easily get an internship while still in high school and they move up, she will be tracking
their career.

Now if she wants to get ideological, there
are some very right wing nutjobs like Bachmann and
iott or Angle. If she wants to go left,
she should look at phone banking for
Grayson or Grijalva or look up the phone bank
cards on Organizing for America or ActBlue.

Grayson has an army of college kids out there
knocking doors and making calls. The Grayson
campaign and grijalva campaign are looking for
phone bank volunteers.

Submitted by meadandale on October 17, 2010 - 9:25am.

Grayson...LOL.

Submitted by BigGovernmentIsGood on October 17, 2010 - 11:16am.

Have her sign up for email alerts from Progressive organizations like A New Way Forward, change.org, the Sierra Club, and Food and Water Watch. This will allow her to stay abreast of local events as well as important political issues.

It was through an email alert that I recently learned of a calling party to help defeat proposition 23. During the hour that I participated, I was able to convince 7 people to vote against prop 23. Most people I talked to were already against it, but it was very satisfying to be able to convince 7 undecided voters to vote against it.

Submitted by raty4R on October 17, 2010 - 11:20am.

well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Submitted by patb on October 17, 2010 - 1:57pm.

martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

yep...

Submitted by beatrix on October 17, 2010 - 10:02pm.

Mybarackobama.com will let her register to help get out the vote in your local congressional district (eg CD 53). This can be canvassing, phone banking, tallying results, etc.

Submitted by CardiffBaseball on October 17, 2010 - 10:05pm.

I am fortunate enough and blessed to watch Grayson's commercials here on local TV. uggghhh... Since I am not into the party politics thing I had no idea who he was until moving out here...

Anyway based on the 30-second spot of watching Lurch try to kick a football in the Citrus Bowl, telling us how "tough he was on crime", and announcing how tough he was on wasted taxpayers money... I remember commenting to my wife....Let's see connecting with football voters in the south...check Talking tough on crime....check I said without even looking him up I can tell you exactly what party he is running for as a candidate. These guys are always so predictable and obvious trying to pretend to appeal to the bubba vote. Sure enough I was dead on about his leanings, and trying to be a "regular guy" in his ads.

Now to the OP if she wants to work on campaigns just start with the locals running for office. Preferably one she believes in, but don't just look for Congressional races. I am sure you can find some of the local senate/representatives for your state house (are you in Cali). I am guessing they need more help than the national candidates.

Also, the national candidates who have a chance are still getting funding, whereas lost causes lose all their national money and have to fight harder for local donations. I read about a long-term incumbent Demo in Minnesota with exactly one donor from her district. Folks like that need all the help they can get.

I have a 16 year old who happens to be pretty conservative leaning libertarian like me (don't care about thinks like pot etc.) The pessimist in me wants to tell him don't go volunteer for these spineless jellyfish politicians who are basically looking money to keep the gravy train rolling. However I am torn between telling him (when the time comes) to go try something out like your 16 year old is.....and whether I should pass along my cynical outlook about the game being rigged.

Submitted by BigGovernmentIsGood on October 17, 2010 - 11:38pm.

martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Grayson is a hero to democracy-lovers everywhere. He is one of the few Congresscritters who was willing to stand up to the powerful banking industry. Now, the Big Banks and other special interests are pouring tons of money into his opponent's campaign fund in an attempt to defeat Grayson.

Hopefully the good people of Florida will see his opponent for the bank pawn that he is and re-elect The American Hero Grayson.

Submitted by meadandale on October 18, 2010 - 7:52am.

BigGovernmentIsGood wrote:
martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Grayson is a hero to democracy-lovers everywhere. He is one of the few Congresscritters who was willing to stand up to the powerful banking industry. Now, the Big Banks and other special interests are pouring tons of money into his opponent's campaign fund in an attempt to defeat Grayson.

Hopefully the good people of Florida will see his opponent for the bank pawn that he is and re-elect The American Hero Grayson.

Grayson is scumbag and an ass and a prime example of what is wrong in politics in Washington. If he gets re-elected the voters in his district deserve what they get.

Submitted by patb on October 18, 2010 - 8:16am.

meadandale wrote:
BigGovernmentIsGood wrote:
martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Grayson is a hero to democracy-lovers everywhere. He is one of the few Congresscritters who was willing to stand up to the powerful banking industry. Now, the Big Banks and other special interests are pouring tons of money into his opponent's campaign fund in an attempt to defeat Grayson.

Hopefully the good people of Florida will see his opponent for the bank pawn that he is and re-elect The American Hero Grayson.

Grayson is scumbag and an ass and a prime example of what is wrong in politics in Washington. If he gets re-elected the voters in his district deserve what they get.

Now here is the best reference a guy like Grayson
would want.

Grayson has been leading the fight against
Corporate money in elections, and, that's got
NewsCorp really riled up.

Submitted by meadandale on October 18, 2010 - 9:14am.

patb wrote:
meadandale wrote:
BigGovernmentIsGood wrote:
martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Grayson is a hero to democracy-lovers everywhere. He is one of the few Congresscritters who was willing to stand up to the powerful banking industry. Now, the Big Banks and other special interests are pouring tons of money into his opponent's campaign fund in an attempt to defeat Grayson.

Hopefully the good people of Florida will see his opponent for the bank pawn that he is and re-elect The American Hero Grayson.

Grayson is scumbag and an ass and a prime example of what is wrong in politics in Washington. If he gets re-elected the voters in his district deserve what they get.

Now here is the best reference a guy like Grayson
would want.

Grayson has been leading the fight against
Corporate money in elections, and, that's got
NewsCorp really riled up.

I love how you infer that I'm somehow connected to either corporate money or newscorp.

Careful, your partisan slip is showing...

Submitted by XBoxBoy on October 19, 2010 - 7:16am.

If it was my son or daughter, I'd suggest they go volunteer for a cause or movement rather than a candidate. There are lots of groups that work for local issues. Just off the top of my head; in CA is the surfrider foundation. All over there's Habitat for Humanity. When I was a teen I volunteered at the National Zoo. (in washington dc) Charities and social services groups are always looking for volunteers. Personally I think it would be a way more meaningful experience than working for some politician trying to get elected.

Submitted by Shadowfax on October 19, 2010 - 8:30am.

I would also recommend a cause over a candidate.
moveon.org and other political groups have resources where you can either locate a cause or candidates that campaign for specific issues.
Others' suggestions for HH and Sierra Club and Surfrider are also good ones.

That being said, my other recommendation would be to suggest the child help with the campaign of some VERY local candidates--your local school board. Your kid will know immediately where each candidate stands on issues close to their world of experience. The kid will be able to speak to the topics at hand immediately and know whether the candidate has students' best interests at heart.

Best of luck. I think it's great that you are encouraging civil participation at this age--there are so many jaded teenagers who don't get involved. It's great that you are fostering their participation.

Submitted by patb on October 19, 2010 - 3:03pm.

meadandale wrote:
patb wrote:
meadandale wrote:
BigGovernmentIsGood wrote:
martink110 wrote:
well thanks for the replies... only Grayson I can find is running for Florida HOR and grijalva is Arizona.

Grayson is a hero to democracy-lovers everywhere. He is one of the few Congresscritters who was willing to stand up to the powerful banking industry. Now, the Big Banks and other special interests are pouring tons of money into his opponent's campaign fund in an attempt to defeat Grayson.

Hopefully the good people of Florida will see his opponent for the bank pawn that he is and re-elect The American Hero Grayson.

Grayson is scumbag and an ass and a prime example of what is wrong in politics in Washington. If he gets re-elected the voters in his district deserve what they get.

Now here is the best reference a guy like Grayson
would want.

Grayson has been leading the fight against
Corporate money in elections, and, that's got
NewsCorp really riled up.

I love how you infer that I'm somehow connected to either corporate money or newscorp.

Careful, your partisan slip is showing...

BG

Do you watch foxnews?

Do you listen to Rush Limbaugh?

Do you read Lew Rockwell?

Are you are reader of NRO?

Do you vote republican?

Pat B

Submitted by meadandale on October 19, 2010 - 3:17pm.

patb wrote:

BG

Do you watch foxnews?

Do you listen to Rush Limbaugh?

Do you read Lew Rockwell?

Are you are reader of NRO?

Do you vote republican?

Pat B

yes

no

no

rarely

frequently

Your point?

Should I assume that you carry water for the Democrats in all instances rather than giving you the benefit of the doubt that you have your own opinions?

Submitted by meadandale on October 19, 2010 - 3:22pm.

meadandale wrote:
patb wrote:

BG

Do you watch foxnews?

Do you listen to Rush Limbaugh?

Do you read Lew Rockwell?

Are you are reader of NRO?

Do you vote republican?

Pat B

yes

no

no

rarely

frequently

Your point?

Should I assume that you carry water for the Democrats in all instances rather than giving you the benefit of the doubt that you have your own opinions?

BTW, I also watch MSNBC, CNN and read HuffPo, pretty much every day. What was your point again?

Submitted by raty4R on October 19, 2010 - 6:17pm.

Thanks to some of you who responded. I signed up for several 'causes'. We'll go through them and see if something sticks. I wanted her to get some exposure to Adult problem solving. Being only sixteen you can feel you are powerless and I wanted her to experience that she can make a difference.
To you idiots pontificating about "your" candidate and seeing who can piss further - start your own thread!

Submitted by patb on October 20, 2010 - 9:33pm.

martink110 wrote:
Thanks to some of you who responded. I signed up for several 'causes'. We'll go through them and see if something sticks. I wanted her to get some exposure to Adult problem solving. Being only sixteen you can feel you are powerless and I wanted her to experience that she can make a difference.
To you idiots pontificating about "your" candidate and seeing who can piss further - start your own thread!

why not have her work on Prop 23 or Prop 19?

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