Common Sense Action and Run for America Unite to form RFA Action

Posted by Blake Wright on March 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Common Sense Action has some big news. We are so excited to announce that, as we turn the page to 2015, CSA will be joining forces with Run for America, which officially launched last week and uniting to form Run for America Action. 

 

CSA and RFA have nearly identical visions and closely aligned missions. We both aim to introduce fresh leadership and new solutions to the American political process by bringing new and diverse voices to the table.

 

Common Sense Action has some big news. I am excited to announce that, as we turn the page to 2015, CSA will be joining forces with Run for America, which officially launched last week and uniting to form Run for America Action. 

 

CSA and RFA have nearly identical visions and closely aligned missions. We both aim to introduce fresh leadership and new solutions to the American political process by bringing new and diverse voices to the table.

 

Let me briefly introduce you to the Run for America movement: RFA is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics, reinvigorate government, and restore the promise of America for the 21st century. It strategically recruits, trains, and strives to elect a new generation of leaders –– Democrats, Republicans and independents –– to Congress who are committed to a solutions-first, future-focused, and innovative approach to governing.  National Journal's Ron Fournier described the initiative as "a post-modern political organization—bipartisan and competing with the private sector for the greatest young leaders in America."

 

With cutting-edge campaigns and dynamic candidates, it aims to expand the electorate to win elections and build a lasting grassroots network of supporters across the country and political spectrum. That's where CSA comes in. Officially, CSA will form the foundation of the Run for America Action — the non-profit, grassroots advocacy arm of the movement—a perfect place given our background and focus. Our policy formulation efforts and community education work will jumpstart the thinktank and our organizing efforts will jumpstart RFA's advocacy work.

 

As you can see, the two organizations fit together. RFA provides CSA with an audience and platform for its policy work and civic education. In addition to distributing CSA policy broadly we will now also gain an audience with receptive candidates in both parties.  From RFA’s perspective, the organization will now be connected with a network of the most active, politically engaged, and reform-minded millennials in the country, jumpstarting RFA’s grassroots engagement. 

 

When we founded CSA, the goal was to build an effort that had the ability to bring youth voices to the policymaking table, to increase civic engagement, to create relationships across differences, and to promote solutions to our nation’s greatest challenges. In just the past two years, we have built a student-run, student-driven, and nationwide organization completely from scratch.  What started as an idea pitched to friends and friends-of-friends over pizza has grown and now is spreading quickly across the country.  We have 40 chapters in 20 states, 200 chapter e-board members who put in time every week, and 15,000 supporters nationwide and growing!  We built the first open-sourced nonpartisan policy platform for the millennial generation.  All of these are amazing accomplishments have positioned us to be an important part of a growing national movement for a new, transformative, bipartisan approach to policy, problem-solving and governance in Washington and around the country.

 

As we join forces, our ability to make headway on these key goals seems more possible than ever.

 

Many of us have expressed a strong conviction in maintaining the CSA ethos. I guarantee you that student leadership is and will be an integral part of the Run for America Institute and the Run for America movement.  To that end, I am formally joining the Run for America team to ensure continuity of operations and consistency of approach. 

Of course, we are still working out the details. If you want to get involved in the transition process, let us know here.  In the interim, we are already taking some key steps to begin the transition. You can get involved by applying to be a Policy Fellow, Communications Fellow, or Summer Intern.

 

We are so proud of the movement we have begun together over the last two years, and we are so excited for the future with the Run for America movement. We hope you’re as excited about the next steps in this journey as we are!