Political Training to Extend to Public, Allowing Further Advancement of Intersectional Feminist Agenda
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As women’s rights continue to come under attack, and local legislators roll out bill after dangerous bill hoping other states follow suit, it’s critical that we position intersectional feminist leaders to step into positions of power at all levels of the political spectrum. This is why after a successful inaugural run exclusive to National Organization for Women (NOW) members, the RUN NOW political campaign training program will be open to the general public for its second cycle.
“NOW recognizes the urgency women are facing – it’s our lives at stake,” said Christian F. Nunes, national president of NOW. “The women within our community who have had to live through the consequences of these political threats are the ones best suited to lead us beyond them – we want and need to see more women who look like us in the political process. That is why we are so excited to make our RUN NOW political training program even more accessible, so we can tap into leaders we need, to make the changes we want to see.”
“RUN NOW was the best training I could have ever asked for,” noted California NOW member and RUN NOW participant, Monica Podlesh. “I took my current skills and was able to transfer them to a campaign in a way that helped my candidate tremendously,” she added. From understanding the roles within campaigns to their inner workings, NOW members who participated in the inaugural cycle of the program were able to find concrete opportunities to harness their passion and turn it into action.
Through this comprehensive programming, RUN NOW will train activists to become political candidates and paid operatives, ensuring that campaign staffers and the candidates we see represent women and their values. RUN NOW 2022 will kick off this season with bi-monthly virtual trainings on Tuesday, March 15th at 7 pm ET, with a session dedicated to learning “How to Be a Campaign Manager”. Through September, lunch and evening training sessions will cover topics ranging from digital advertising to developing campaign speeches. For more information, please visit RUN NOW.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the nation’s leading membership-based advocacy group dedicated to defending women’s rights, advancing equality and combating injustice in all aspects of social, political and economic life. Through educating, mobilizing, and convening a vast network of grassroots activists across the country, NOW advocates for national, state and local policies that promote an anti-racist and intersectional feminist agenda. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has been on the frontlines of nearly every major advancement for women’s rights and continues to champion progressive values today. More about NOW’s efforts and resources is available at NOW.org.