Hone Your Skills & Build Your Organization
Free Online Training Helps Your Organization Stay Sharp
You don't need a big budget to hone your skills. The Leadership Institute produced a collection of videos geared towards making activists more effective online and on the ground. “Activism on Demand” allows you to watch lectures on fundraising, campaign management, grassroots activism, communications, and weekly VIP speakers like Jonah Goldberg and Senator Jim DeMint. Activism on Demand is free when you create your account with an e-mail address and password.
Lecture topics include: “Building Coalitions,” “Hosting an Event,” and “Building a Grassroots Organization.”
American Majority is another organization that produces online video tutorials. Their "20/20" webcasts focus on teaching activists how to increase the presence of their organizations and causes online through better marketing, blogging, web videos, and social networking.
Our Movement Needs Entrepreneurs
Morton Blackwell explains how important it is for conservatives to build organizations and continue to manage and grow them over the long haul to build our movement. In The Conservative Organizational Entrepreneur he gives excellent advice to activists who realize that, as he states it, "we will not win simply because our cause is just and our hearts are pure."
Heritage Co-Sponsors a Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy The Heritage Foundation will co-host a presidential debate with CNN and the American Enterprise Institute on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC on November 15 at 8 pm ET. It will be the first presidential debate ever to be hosted by Heritage and the first foreign policy focused debate of this presidential election cycle. The event will be staged in the 1,100 seat Lisner Auditorium and broadcast nationally on CNN and CNN en Español and worldwide on CNN International, CNN Radio, and CNN.com. Heritage has identified America's role in the world and national security and two critical issues for the coming years. In fact, American Leadership and Protect America are two of Heritage's ten priority initiatives in our ten-year Leadership for America campaign.
Federal OverSpending Put Into Perspective
Tea Party activists have been circulating the following budget numbers along with an effective way to put them into perspective to explain federal overspending and the relative size of the budget cuts that have been made by Congress to date.
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,160,000,000,000
Federal budget: $3,456,000,000,000
New debt: $1,400,000,000,000
National debt: $14,852,000,000,000
Recent budget cut: $38,500,000,000
(Sources: U.S. Treasury & CBO)
If we remove 8 zeros and treat it like a household budget:
Annual family income: $21,600
Money the family spent: $34,560
New debt on the credit card: $14,000
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $148,520
Total family budget cuts: $385