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Existing Re: Public partner projects you could be part of: 

New York -- 

  • NYC: Roosevelt partner affiliates in multiple issues areas, many local groups working on anti-charter school efforts
  • Buffalo: Power mapping research with Roosevelt's partners Lil Sis

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Connecticut -- 

  • New Haven: Ongoing power mapping research with Roosevelt's partners Lil Sis

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If you or your chapter would like to be connected with any of Roosevelt's partner groups or their campaigns, please reach out to Jade at jwilenchik@rooseveltinstitute.org. 


If you want to start or join a campaign to fight for the public good, here are some steps that you can take to get started. 

Find what issues exist in your community -- Are there charter schools? Private prisons? The need for more public transit? Some ways you can do this include:

    • Using resources like this map that lists out private contracts by zip code.
    • Look at In the Public Interest's Responsible Contracting Agenda.
    • Read the news! Many of these issues are contentious and would get press coverage.
    • Check records of Town Halls, City Council Meetings, School Board Meetings, etc.
    • Look at the platforms of local political candidates.
    • Talk to residents of the community.

Do some research about the problem.

Once you know what issue exists in your community, and have some details about it, figure out what organizations are already working to fix the problem.

    • Research large organizations to see whether there are local affiliates.
    • Read the newspaper, notes from Town Hall meetings, etc. to see whether there are groups championing the issue.
    • Look to see if there’s a participatory budgeting project going on in your local community.

Figure out who the players are.

    • It might be helpful to create a power map.
    • Are there spokespeople for either side of the issue?
    • If there’s a coalition of groups working together, who has the most power? Is there one leading partner?
    • Are there key decision-makers involved?

Set up in-person meeting with key players and stakeholders who you’ve identified. You can get information like:

    • What is your analysis of the problem? Is there even a problem on your campus?
    • Who is most affected and how have they been involved or addressing the problem?
    • Who are the power players on each side?
    • What’s the history of this issue in your community?
    • What existing actions or plans are already in motion? You can use this Toolkit from NY's Partnership for Working Families if you're thinking about planning or helping with an action.
    • Figure out what your role could be in working to address this problem. Roosevelt has a Coalition-Building training for how to do this.