Community Organizing

Guest Allyne Pecevich

I sat down with Allyne Pecevich to talk about the core of politics, community organizing.  She shared her wisdom about how to start building a community organization for elections and issue campaigns.  We also talked about how to engage leaders in your community's organizations. Over the years, Allyne has worked on more than a few campaigns and has put together great advice on how campaigns can take advantage of local talent to build a strong community organization.  

 

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Community organizing with guest Allyne Pecevich

I had a great time talking with Allyne Pecevich on a cold Sunday in January about her lifetime of organizing political campaigns. I first worked with Allyne on Deval Patrick's run for governor in 2006. I was amazed at how good she is at getting people to work together for a candidate. If you are running for a statewide office in Massachusetts, Allyne is one of the people you need to sit down with before starting. We had a good hour-long conversation that you may have caught the beginning of on our Facebook page. Please click on the video link to see the full interview.

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Allyne's career in politics started in the 1980s

Like so many other great organizers, Allyne’s political career started with organizing a friend’s local school committee campaign. We talk about a few of her more memorable moments campaigning over the years.

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Build your own community organization

Allyne's main message is to alway be growing your community but to start with the people you know and who live in your neighborhood. From there you expand to community leaders and the community as a whole. She stresses the need  to empower people to become leaders in their own communities and to be on the lookout out for a superstar.

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Outreach to community leaders

When building a grassroots community organization, it is important to reach out to established community leaders for their input. Make sure to contact these people early in the process to set up time to get a cup of coffee or a drink. It is best to let the community leader do most of the talking by soliciting their input on how best to organize an election campaign in their community. Make sure to ask for their support before leaving and if you don’t get it, find out what the barriers are to getting to a yes.

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Working with community organizers 

Allyne has worked with a lot of campaigns over the years -- some successful and some not. Successful campaigns allow their field organizers to be flexible in how the campaign is organized locally instead of a cookie cutter approach. Allyne recommends starting by sitting down with local activist over a cup of coffee to talk about how to organize the community.

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Two question for all campaigners

I always finish an interview with the same two questions.

  • Name’s favorite campaign?

  • Name's advice for first time campaigners?

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