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Midwest Grassroots Ambassadors gather in Des Moines

Midwest Grassroots Ambassadors gather in Des Moines

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45 Grassroots Ambassadors – both new and old – from four states in the Midwest gathered in Des Moines on January 10 for a 5 hour meeting.  The leaders were coming off the Real People Real Solution summit and Putting Families First presidential forum the day before, and used the opportunity to reflect on the successes of those events.  They also reviewed what it meant to be a Grassroots Ambassador, looked at the Putting Families First campaign platform, got updated about retirement security policy battles, and discussed program and strategy for 2016 in small groups.  Finally, they closed out with a powerful “fishbowl” session in which certain leaders came to the middle of the room and told their personal stories – often emotionally – with an eye towards issues of race and gender.