What Do Liberal Institutions Actually Do

Assuming that you already have some semblance of a liberal club already set up, it’s important to recognize the full potential your organization can achieve before you attempt to realize that potential by building it into an institution.

  1. Win the war of ideas. Convince people that they already share liberal values or should share them. This involves bringing in speakers, organizing panels and discussions, writing pamphlets, magazines, and blogs, participating in debates, creative postering campaigns, writing editorials, and even organizing think tanks such as the Roosevelt Institution in order to create and convince people that we have the best solutions to the world’s problems.
  1. Actively help get the best liberal people elected and effect the actions and decisions of people already in power. This also involves organizing rallies and demonstrations in order to create change. A great recent example is Princeton’s CD Filibuster Frist. Activism under these circumstances may appear merely as a means for convincing people that Democrat’s are right, but really, the direct goal is to create effective change by mobilizing students to take action and then getting results.
  1. Train your members to make them more effective at making America more liberal. This means organizing workshops from how to build a grass roots campaign to how to debate effectively. Not to mention helping students get internships.
  1. Build a progressive community. Creating a community gives the opportunity for creative and spontaneous growth and action in an organization, because working together becomes the status quo. This is the backbone of good activism, training programs, and winning the war of ideas. You have to like working with the people you have to work with, and through parties, and pizza, and social events – you can create a community of progressives who want to work together.

No big surprise, this looks a lot like the CU Dems Overview
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