Using Time-tested Tactics to Evaluate and Boost Your Organizing

Using Time-tested Tactics to Evaluate and Boost Your Organizing

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Grassroots Organizing/Campaigns

Starts: Friday, Jul. 14 10:30 AM (Central)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 14 11:30 AM (Central)

Room: Williford C

It’s no secret that organizing is hard work. Talking with people, creating relationships, and building leaders is what has, and will continue to, advance our movement. We’re at a pivotal moment where we know the importance of high-attention, short-term events like elections, voter registration pushes, and Census outreach. Our challenge is molding these moments into long-term power-building opportunities for our communities. This training will cover the basics of the “leaderful” organizing model—including assessments, one-on-ones and more—and how to bring them all together into an effective, power-building organizing program that identifies and develops leaders to help scale progressive movements.


Harry Marino


Harry Marino is a former minor league ballplayer who played a crucial role in successfully organizing over 5,000 minor league players across 150 teams into a union and then joining the Major League Players Association. He has dedicated his career to advocating for the rights of athletes and is currently serving as an Assistant General Counsel at the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).

With prior experience leading an advocacy group for minor league ballplayers, Marino possesses a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by these athletes. His passion for the sport and expertise positioned him perfectly for his role in leading the organizing efforts and using digital technology to achieve those efforts.

Harry led the effort with the MLBPA establishing the historic first collective bargaining agreement for the minor leaguers. Most recently the MLBPA has joined the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor organizations in the country.

Harry Marino’s invaluable contributions and unwavering commitment within the MLBPA continue to empower and protect the rights of athletes. His expertise in labor law and firsthand experience in the world of baseball make him an instrumental advocate in shaping a fair and equitable landscape for players at all levels of the game.

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Seth Pinckney

Seth Pinckney (he/him) is a technologist who has worked in the emerging space of movement technology for over a decade. In his role as Partner Success Specialist, he works with both Action Network and Action Builder partners offering a variety of professional services including training and support. Seth hails from and currently lives in Cleveland, OH, where he co-founded Hack Cleveland (HackCLE) in response to the killing of Tamir Rice. Since 2015, HackCLE has organized multiple community-centered actions, dialogues and events that confront systemic injustices.