Training to 'Hold Power Accountable'

Faces of Common Cause: Student Activist Training

Written by Ryan K. Brown, Guest Blogger on August 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: California Common Cause recently completed its annual Student Activist Training, a weekend of seminars and team-building for collegians interested in working on democracy reform on their campuses and in their communities. Ryan K. Brown, a member of the Class of 2018 at California State University, Sacramento, filed this post reflecting on the experience.

Common Cause’s 2017 Student Activist Training, held at Sacramento State, was a unique and transformative experience - and one that I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to take part in. 

Our class of 15 activists from around the state got to listen to and learn from some truly incredible voices over the weekend, many of whom had been organizing and teaching other activists for more than 20 years.  Not only were we given a thorough primer on the tenets of good government, we also worked with a campaign finance data specialist to find out just how pervasive money in politics truly is - and how we can work together to ensure that people, not money, are prioritized.