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Democracy Summer Initiative Application
Program description:

Democracy Summer is a project of the Jamie Raskin for Congress campaign that we hope will become a national model for investing resources in training a new generation of Democratic political activists, organizers and leaders. More than 150 young people have been Democracy Summer Fellows in Jamie’s prior campaigns.

In Democracy Summer 2017, 40 college and high school students will be selected as Fellows and trained to become superior political organizers for this critical period in American history. They will receive practical training in all of the key skills of democratic campaigning: political strategy, canvassing, phone-banking, fundraising, field strategy, issue development and messaging, social media, rally organizing, event planning, scheduling, and campaign management. They will also participate in readings and discussions with leading Democratic policy experts and key progressive leaders and organizers on subjects such as climate change, reproductive freedom, wealth inequality, tax policy, immigration and refugee policy, the Electoral College, redistricting and gerrymandering, the domestic budget and the military budget, U.S, foreign policy, civil rights, voting rights and the spread of voter suppression tactics.

Democracy Summer Fellows will learn by way of both discussion and action. Fellows will mobilize for Democratic electoral victory in Maryland -- where we will lay the comprehensive groundwork for Jamie’s first reelection campaign in 2018 – and beyond, including helping on key races in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia (where we will work to push John Ossoff over the finish line for Congress) and Montana (where we will work to boost Democrat Rob Quist in his race for Congress).

Democracy Summer includes 2 six-week sessions (May 30-July 7; July 10-Aug 18). A cohort of 20-25 fellows per session will spend 35 weekly hours learning about, practicing, and participating in the theory and practice -- the nuts and bolts -- of Democratic politics. Fellows will be deployed for short periods in nearby progressive Democratic campaigns, honing their skills, building their understanding, and directly advancing Democratic success. There may be some trips to states further away as well.

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