Becoming a campaigner and training for the future
President, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO
I became a organizer for UFCW and started Walmart Workers of America. And we worked with DC Jobs with Justice to do the community partnership.
At that time Walmart was announcing they were coming to DC. I started to attend the community simply as a community activists. But eventually I worked with DC Jobs with Justice as an organizer on that campaign.
Who are the people that this impacts? How do we engage them?
Jobs with Justice has tools, strategies that we can use to help support the work that we’re doing. I’m actually looking to partner with Jobs with Justice on a training to help people have a grassroots campaign. Who are the people that this impacts? How do we engage them? Who are our targets? How do we put pressure? And relying on DC Jobs with Justice to provide that training for our affiliates in the Metro Washington Council.
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