I grew up loving comic books. Back in the day, I was pretty into Conan the Barbarian and Spiderman.
Anyone who reads comics can tell you, every main character has an origin story -- the fateful and usually unexpected sequence of events that made them who they are.
The same goes for grassroots organizers.
For me, it was a "help wanted" ad I saw in a newsletter at the New York Public Library. The job was organizing communities and churches on the South Side of Chicago. It paid $10,000 a year.
I packed up everything and drove across the country in a beat-up Honda to take the job. Those three years changed my life. It's where I found out how hard this work is -- and why it's worth doing.
Looking back, it was the best education I ever had.
OFA is collecting origin stories, and you should join in.
Share the moment that inspired you to get involved in this work -- when you do, you'll be automatically entered for the chance to meet me in D.C. next month.
I'll tell you why this is special for me. Knowing that folks like you are out there fighting alongside me, that we're building something better together -- that's the same reason I drove across the country to become a community organizer.
I hope you'll share your story of why you do what you do.
OFA could fly you and a guest out to Washington to meet me backstage.
Go for it:
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