Katelynn Raney ’16 – Kurtz Fellow in Grassroots Advocacy
It’s hard to believe that I only have two weeks left here (now one technically as of writing this blog)! Our Campaign Kick-Off and Week of Action were stellar! We had great turn-out that brought together almost 40 people to connect and invigorate them for our brand new initiative. Together with the work of our supporters, we hope to put nuclear weapons as an issue on the map in the 2016 election. Thanks to the hard work of Global Zero staff and volunteers, we’ve already pushed the candidates to think about this tough issue and to come out with a platform to multilaterally reduce nuclear weapons. Already, we’ve interacted with many candidates on both sides of the aisle. Now it’s time to get them to put forward their platforms.
One of my consistent roles as an intern at Global Zero has been event-tracking, and much of this has been in the context of our Race to Zero: 2016 initiative. I’ve been responsible for mapping where candidates are going so that our team can be there, on the ground and ready. I did a lot of the development and maintenance of it, and now I worked on creating the guide for whomever takes over the job when I head back to Iowa. In addition, I would work with Lilly’s New Hampshire volunteers to tell them about events that were happening in their area (since she’s the one who typically organizes them but she went on vacation this week).
Those were the majority of my responsibilities at work, but we did have two more debate rapid responses over the week. Saturday’s Democratic Debate in Des Moines, Iowa lead to an extremely exciting moment for our organization when, during a conversation on foreign policy, Bernie Sanders said something almost exactly with Global Zero language.
Here’s us at the office!
— Meredith Horowski (@MereHorowski) November 11, 2015
I finalized the tabling earlier on in the week, and have just been preparing for my return to Iowa next week. I’m planning for an exciting last weekend too! While it’s been great to relive certain experiences from my We The People trip, I’ve also realized that I have the opportunity to explore much more than I did then. Now, there’s so much more that I’m able to do with my independence, so why not experience the city like a local?
For next week, I think I’ll reflect on my three goals for the internship and about my overall experience in the city. Until then, thanks for checking in!