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John Connelly

Graduation Year: 2014

john imgPolitical Organizer, New Jersey Citizen Action

 

Currently I work as an Organizer with New Jersey Citizen Action, a statewide grassroots organization that fights for economic and social justice. We combine on the ground organizing, legislative advocacy, and electoral campaigns to win progressive policy and political victories that make a difference in people’s lives. Through education, outreach and direct services, we empower people to take control of their economic futures. 

One of the most important take-aways from the American Studies program is the importance of narrative-- the ways in which we remember the past and the stories we tell about the present. Community organizing involves a lot of helping people articulate their own stories, and training them to become better at using their lived experience to work for policies that would benefit their communities.

 

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