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Ever wondered what an organizer does?

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Sunday January 27, 2013 9:57 pm

You’€™re not alone. Growing up, none of the adults in my life were organizers. In college, no one majors in €œ”organizing.” I sometimes still struggle myself to explain to relatives at Thanksgiving or friends over coffee what I do for a living as “Eastern NC Organizer.”€ And yet organizing is an incredibly important part of building grassroots power in our democracy. My hope is that through contributions to this blog I can share glimpses into the world of organizing and the issues facing Democracy North Carolina and our state. I’€™ll start by sharing about my past few days on the job!

Though I’ve been blogging on political sites for years, this was my first go at blogging on the job. Many here will know exactly what I mean when I say organizer, but I wrote this more for a lay audience. I’m sure many of you can commiserate in the struggles of explaining to friends and family that organizing is a real job, and in explaining what it means.

Here’s another snippet:

For a lot of folks, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off work, but in the world of organizing it’€™s an exciting and busy time when people’s interest in civic engagement is peaked. This year, MLK Day presented two great opportunities for me to organize against the insane influence wealthy corporate interests have over our state and democracy: 1) Making sure people’s voices from across the region are heard at a Progress Energy rate hike hearing in Snow Hill next month and 2) building support for an effort to get the Rocky Mount City Council to join with many other cities across NC and the US in passing a resolution opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

More content, and more pictures if you click over! And feel free to share your stories of explaining organizing to people in your life!


Ides of Love March & Rally in NC

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Thursday March 15, 2012 7:08 pm

Kudos to Honest NC for turning out hundreds of folks for their anti-marriage discrimination amendment march today in the state capital! And to Protect NC Famillies for their anti-amendment work, and to Democracy NC for supporting the effort by providing voter registration.

Check out my photos from today’s march and rally. And you can read more about it with the WRAL news coverage here:

HKonJ 2012

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Saturday February 11, 2012 4:54 pm

Thousands of people took to the streets today in North Carolina’s capital city. HK on J (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) is an annual civil rights and progressive issue-based march in Raleigh, NC.  The 6th annual march happened this morning. It was really empowering to see so many people there supporting equality, voting rights, and social justice.

I saw old friends, made new contacts, and even saw Representative Miller there as well who I hope will run for governor.  There were a lot of folks out there supporting LGBT equality and opposing the marriage discrimination amendment too.

NC Pride 2011 Photo Blog

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Sunday September 25, 2011 1:02 am

This is my first post on FDL since moving over with the Pam’s House Blend crew.  The annual North Carolina Pride Parade happened today as it has now for many, many years. In addition to the celebration of the diverse community that Pride always represents, there was also a special urgency created by the recent passage of a bill to put the marriage discrimination amendment on the ballot this coming May. This was a moment to both enjoy how far we’ve come, and organize for the challenges ahead.


By: Jake Gellar-Goad Monday April 11, 2011 4:33 pm


Equality NC’s Day of Action: 2/15/11

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Tuesday February 15, 2011 4:32 pm

I'm pretty psyched about Equality NC's day of action where they, among other things, help put constituents who support LGBT equality in meetings with their elected officials in the General Assembly.  I've never been before, but after getting my activist on with Democracy NC at the HKonJ march/rally on Saturday (I was happy to see Equality NC there too!), I'm pumped for this.  I'm all about protests and rallies and all that, but I believe that such actions work best in a comprehensive approach in concert with contacting your representatives through letter writing, e-mail sending, phone calls, and direct meetings.

UAFA Call to Action

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Monday November 8, 2010 5:31 pm

Sorry this isn't super detailed blog, but Immigration Equality has been pretty active in my inbox lately, and I thought it was worth seeing some of that discussion carry over into the blog world.  We cannot give up on this being a part of comprehensive immigration reform.

“Dear Jake,

Last week, many of you joined us on our post-election conference call to learn about what Tuesday’s vote means for our families. The short answer is that the new Congress will bring new opportunities, and new challenges.

Our work to seize those opportunities, and meet those new challenges, begins today.

For the first time ever, LGBT immigrant families are included in broader reform legislation. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010, sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), is the first comprehensive Senate bill to include our families.”

Lt. Dan Choi on campus Lecture and Q&A on DADT Policy at NCSU

By: Jake Gellar-Goad Friday October 8, 2010 12:36 am

As the Technician recently reported, Lt. Dan Choi will be hosted by the Union Activities Board & GLBT Center for an on campus lecture and discussion of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

Who: Lt Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, decorated officer, Arabic Linguist, and was discharged under the DADT policy
When: Tuesday, October 12 · 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Stewart Theater, NCSU Campus, Raleigh, NC
Admission:  Free

“I speak about the consequences of telling the truth under Don't Ask Don't Tell and of living a lie through my personal journey,” Choi said.  “I let people know our belief system is against our integrity.”

For more information, see the facebook event.