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Opposition to Clean Water Act Loophole

June 17, 2019

On June 7th, Clean Water Action’s National Field Canvass delivered 390 postcards and over 800 letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from Clean Water Action members across the country in opposition to the Administration’s proposed loophole to the Clean Water Act.

Canvasser Spotlight: Fenix Grace

May 6, 2019

“In a time of ecological collapse, we can only do our best to be alive and contribute what is ours to contribute.”--Fenix Grace

The Phone Canvass plays a vital role at the Oakland Clean Water Action office. One of the people on this incredible team is Fēnix. They are currently in development to be a Phone Manager. Although they have been at Clean Water Action for a relatively short period, their work has had a positive impact both on their personal and professional life.

Canvass_Long Branch_NewJersey_Photo by Katie McCarthy

The Difference Behind the Door

December 7, 2017

Forest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” This quote is particularly true in the world of canvassing. Every single door is a new opportunity for someone to get involved in the work we do. You never know who’s going to open up the door you just knocked on.

Katrina on the Statehouse Steps in Rhode Island. Photo by Dave Gerraughty

Following the Leader

June 29, 2017

I am a canvassing intern for the summer here at Clean Water Action in Rhode Island. In addition to knocking on doors, I got the opportunity to shadow State Director Johnathan Berard for one day to learn how the organization operates on the policy and lobbying side. It was incredibly informative and fun! 

RhodeIsland_Canvass_Lobby_Photo by Dave Gerraughty

Direct Democracy at the Statehouse

May 9, 2017

I am a canvasser. For four months, I have been knocking on doors and talking to folks about environmental and public health issues with Clean Water Action. I recently graduated from Salve Regina University where I majored in biology with a focus on environmental sciences.

I always pictured myself doing research for an agricultural company or becoming some sort of laboratory technician, but I didn’t imagine I would be a community organizer for a nonprofit. I can honestly say I can’t imagine working for any other organization.

Canvass_Long Branch_NewJersey_Photo by Katie McCarthy

Much more than just knocking on doors!

February 24, 2017

Clean Water Action works hard to keep people involved in the democratic process, even outside of election day. Contrary to popular belief, politicians are not working against the interest of the people. They just have a lot on their plates.

Large group of people as seen from above. Credit: Stockernumber2 / iStock

Why Elections Motivate Me.

November 7, 2016

Autumn is my favorite season of the year. We’re past the stifling heat and humidity of summer, the changing color of leaves makes my drive to work a rolling rainbow of foliage and my work as a canvasser takes on special significance because, every two years, it’s election season.

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It's not all a House of Cards

June 27, 2016

Last week, I traveled from our Montclair office to the Statehouse in Trenton for a Clean Water Lobby Day. On the way there, the scene that played in my mind mirrored one from House of Cards. I thought of Kevin Spacey rolling his eyes before he opened the door to the hallway and the lobbyists dying of anticipation waiting on the other side of the door.

Large group of people as seen from above. Credit: Stockernumber2 / iStock

Making a Career in Environmental Protection: from Canvassing to Chief of Staff

June 21, 2016

Lisa Plevin, Chief of Staff for EPA Region 2, is one of us – a former door to door canvasser and community organizer of Clean Water Action. Lisa is essentially a Jersey Girl, having moved to New Jersey at age six, graduated from Stockton College in 1981 and immediately started her environmental career.

Career Fair Photo By Hallie Leonard

Career Fairs & Job Perks

May 5, 2016

Hi, I'm Hallie Leonard, the office manager for Clean Water Action's Providence office!

Much of my work is administrative, making sure our office runs nice and smooth all year long. However, as Spring time rolled around, I began a career fair marathon to recruit our next great canvassers. I learned an incredible amount.

My first career fair was a bit intimidating. Having no idea what to expect, I put on my professional pants (literally), and headed to Brown University. Brown was followed by Johnson and Wales, followed by UMass Dartmouth, and many others.