Keeping It Local: Building campaigns in our hometowns

North Carolinians from over 20 counties gathered together in Greensboro for a weekend of learning, brainstorming, and planning.  

More than 120 people traveled from the mountains and the coast gathered for the Campaigns Bootcamp– coordinated by Down Home North Carolina, Siembra North Carolina, Carolina Federation and the Heal Together NC coalition, including Creed NC and the Education Justice Alliance. Together, we walked through how everyday folks who deeply care about their hometowns– parents, service workers, grandparents, farmers, school employees–can build local campaigns to get their local governments to address pressing issues such as housing, education funding, transportation, etc. 

To win big wins, we need to start locally. Local is what our folks know best– they are the experts in what their communities need, so that’s where we begin. 

Down Home members from the Appalachian county of Ashe workshopping campaigns together at the bootcamp
Clockwise from top: Members of Down Home's Vance County chapter discuss possibilities for their first local campaign; Courtney from Granville discusses the need for local Medicaid signups in her community; Public School Strong members from Chatham County discuss langauge barriers in their BOE meetings.