The race was a mock mayoral campaign for DC mayor that was part of the New Organizing Institute's BootCamp 2009. It wasn't a two-way race between Batwoman and Wonder Woman. Other superhero candidates were involved including Batgirl, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Spider Man, Super Man, and The Atom. I was among the lucky 53 to participate in the NOI BootCamp '09 and let me tell you it is an experience I will never forget.
In a week fueled by massive quantities of Red Bull, a passion for progressive politics, and a thirst for new and creative ways of organizing, we learned from some of the best and brightest by day and by night we put the lessons we learned into practice with our mock campaigns.
NOI runs the only progressive advocacy and campaign training program focused on cutting-edge online organizing techniques. The staff focuses on developing a new generation of technologically enabled organizers skilled in the use of political technology, social networking sites, blogs and blogger outreach, online fundraising, website design, and email to win campaigns, build the progressive movement and empower activists and advance social causes.
This may seem like an exercise in geekiness, but the result is 53 organizers armed with new skills, an enhanced network of colleagues from across the country, and a determination create bold progressive change.
The BootCampers are now moving to use their new skills to elect progressive candidates, strengthen advocacy organizations, and develop new strategies for organizing. Many are looking for jobs on campaigns, with non-profits, or consulting firms. You can hire a NOI BootCamper by contacting the NOI staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We learned a lot in those 7 days. We made new friends, developed new contacts, and made superheroes contenders for DC mayor. That's just the beginning.
As I said to a few of my fellow BootCampers, "Can you imagine what we could do if they gave us more than one week and more than a few hours of sleep a night?"