It is an honor to relate the history of our Moving Forward Arlington group. We started out in the spring of 2015, as a volunteer group called “Arlington for Hillary.” Arlington Democrats always organize local volunteer groups for campaigns and this was just another in such effort. In this case I was the Team Leader, often others take on this role. And as usual, we formed a leadership team comprised of seasoned political activists who had previously worked on or led such groups in the past–and we got to work. We recruited more team members and we started the process of recruiting volunteers so we would have the manpower (actually most often womanpower) to mount a campaign.
We reached out to the Clinton campaign so that we could collaborate and coordinate our efforts. We helped organize a regional kick-off featuring Congresswoman Katherine Clark and we got out our clipboards to sign up volunteers. We had house parties, we staffed a table at the Arlington Farmers’ Market for two summers, and showed up at Town Day and other events. We organized phone banks to recruit volunteers and to talk to voters and we organized canvassers to knock on doors during the NH primary, the MA primary and in NH during the general election. We helped to staff the office which was sponsored by the Arlington, Belmont and Lexington Town Democratic Committees.