This piece is part of the Prospect's series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here.
A lot of times, political organizers end up in New York City or San Francisco or Washington, D.C. We often forget about the rest of the country when it comes to developing leaders or building institutions. I initially came into politics as a canvasser for the Working Families Party in New York. We were trained to talk to all types of people and got a well-rounded perspective on our issues and how to present them in the most effective ways.