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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! 

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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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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.

Supporters of Energize RI's carbon pricing bill gather outside the statehouse on Lobby Day.Photo by Kai Salem

Diving into the Legislature

May 5, 2016

You never know what you might run into when activists descend on the statehouse for the Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) annual Lobby Day.

Last Wednesday, I was greeted in the rotunda by a group of our allies in the Energize Rhode Island coalition wearing snorkels to demonstrate the kind of gear we’ll all need if we don’t fight the sea level rise that is resulting from Climate Change.

Photo By Jenny Vickers

Come learn from some of NJ's top environmental advocates at our 30th annual conference

March 17, 2016

By Jenny Vickers, NJ Communications Manager, Clean Water Action. Follow on Twitter @CleanWaterNJ

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Who's That Knocking on Your Door?

February 17, 2016

It is 8:00 pm on a winter night. Knock Knock at your door. Who the heck could that be this time of night in this weather? It is, of course, your friendly Clean Water Action door to door canvasser.