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Christine Pelosi
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Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 author

Attorney, author, and activist Christine Pelosi has a lifetime of grassroots organizing and public policy experience. She conducts leadership boot camps based on her books Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders (2007) and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 (2012). Both books emerged from her years of grassroots activism and service with the AFSCME P.E.O.P.L.E. Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which worked with approximately 120 challengers from 2006 to 2012, 33 of whom were elected to Congress. Her trainings with candidates, volunteers, and NGO leaders span over thirty American states and three foreign countries. She appears regularly on national television and radio. Her blog postings at the Huffington Post focus on current events as well as the role of social media networks, technology in politics and the unique leadership challenges for women candidates. Her next book, Women on the Run, will be released in 2014.

Christine holds a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She has served as a prosecutor in San Francisco, a special counsel in the Clinton-Gore administration, and a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. A former executive director of the CA Democratic Party, Christine chairs the CA Democratic Party Women's Caucus, led the CA Democratic Party Platform Committee for thirteen years, has been elected five times to the Democratic National Committee, where she cofounded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council and serves as a vice chair, and serves on the Stakeholder Board of the Young Democrats of America.

An avid baseball fan, she lives within walking distance of her beloved World Champion San Francisco Giants and serves on the Giants Community Fund board of directors. She is married to Emmy-nominated filmmaker Peter Kaufman; their daughter Isabella was born in 2009. An advocate for working moms, Christine traveled with her infant daughter to 21 states and 3 foreign countries performing campaign boot camps to advance Democrats and democracy.

Entries by Christine Pelosi

September 11 Call to Service: Help Pass Health Benefits for 9/11 Responders and Veterans

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Like millions of Americans, I will never forget the second plane banking sideways before hitting the tower, crushing all hope that the first September 11 crash was an accident.

Whatever our stories - wherever we were on September 11, 2001 - our 9/11 generation remembers the horrific moment when the...

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A Special Letter to the President from members of the Democratic National Committee

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 8:38 PM

MINNEAPOLIS. At our just-completed summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, we circulated a "Special Letter to the President" wherein we asked our DNC colleagues to sign the letter supporting President Barack Obama's leadership in negotiating an agreement that would place strict limits on Iran's nuclear program.

7 years...

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A Special Letter to the President From Members of the Democratic National Committee

(290) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 8:25 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- At our just-completed summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, we circulated a "Special Letter to the President" wherein we asked our DNC colleagues to sign the letter supporting President Barack Obama's leadership in negotiating an agreement that would place strict limits on Iran's nuclear program.


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Remembering Beau Biden

(30) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 7:45 PM

I join the American family in mourning the death of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to brain cancer. He was a joy to his loved ones, an inspiration to servant leaders of all ages, an advocate for our most vulnerable, and a Bronze Star Army Captain who fought for...

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Democrats Renew Call to Reform, Justice and Investment in Our Communities

(29) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 4:28 PM

My heart beats in Baltimore, where my mom Nancy Pelosi was born and my grandfather and uncle served the public. So the news of Freddie Gray's killing struck close to home and renewed my call to justice.

I've seen too many names; too many unarmed women and men of...

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On Earth Day, Clean Up Our Polluted Planet and Polluted Politics

(41) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 11:35 AM

At a campaign boot camp last night at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, I spoke about political engagement and was asked "why should a student who is not interested in campaigns -- who wants to be an accountant or a scientist -- be involved in politics?" My response was...

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Play Ball! 6 Lessons From Baseball for Politics

(6) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 3:12 PM

It's opening day in San Francisco and opening week for the presidential primary election -- a perfect time for renewal, hope, and plans for victory.

I've had the great opportunity to travel across the U.S.A. following my two passions: baseball and politics. In 1993 I toured baseball parks while awaiting...

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Don't Enshrine Inequality in Indiana -- Repeal SB101

(213) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 9:47 AM

Last year, we marched together, celebrating the diversity of America, at Pride in San Francisco -- but today we will no longer be able to break bread together in Indiana if a proprietor turns us away under this new law, SB 101. This is unacceptable!

In Governor Pence's...

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Dear GOP Senate Saboteurs, Obama Derangement Syndrome Is Not a Strategy

(401) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Dear Senate Saboteurs: there you go again. Just when I think Obama Derangement Syndrome could not get any higher, your conduct against the 44th President of the United States stoops even lower. Your latest stunt -- the direct letter to Iran stating incorrectly that any multi-lateral agreement would...

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Patricia Arquette's Stirring Oscars Call (and Teaching Moment) About Wage Equality

(18) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 12:45 PM

I loved Patricia Arquette's onstage Oscars comments spotlighting fair pay and the need for women to achieve equal rights. Yes, it IS "our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America."

Onstage, the Best Supporting Actress winner...

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World AIDS Day 2014: To Fight AIDS, End Stigma and Advance Equality

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:49 PM

World AIDS Day 2014 is a time of sorrow and hope: sorrow for those killed by AIDS and hope for an AIDS-free generation. Last night over 600 of us gathered in San Francisco at the National AIDS Memorial Grove to pray for the dead and fight for the living.


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It's Othering Season: GOP Trots Out Fear 'n' Smear Tactics to Attack Democrats, Especially Women

(360) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 2:48 PM

There they go again: The GOP is trotting out their well-worn smear and fear tactics and swift-boating women with our gender. Enough is enough. We must reject the politics of personal destruction and choose hope over fear.

If it's election time, it's Othering Season for the GOP. As the New...

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Election Day Countdown -- Get Out the Vote Boot Camp Checklist

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:22 PM

In just 50 days we the people will go to the polls to (un)elect our leaders and shape the fate of our economy, ecology, and equality -- indeed all the causes of our lives.

As we get ready for Election Day, my favorite American holiday that isn't...

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Every Minute We Discuss Ray Rice, 24 Americans Are Victims of Domestic Violence -- What Are We Doing for Them?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Every single minute that we spend discussing the Ray Rice video and the NFL and society's reactions thereto, 24 Americans are victims of domestic violence. What are we doing for them?

Thanks to the Violence Against Women Act, we are doing more now to help victims and...

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Democrats Renew the Call for 'First Class Citizenship' and Justice for All

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 4:15 PM

This week, I visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta with my Democratic National Committee delegation. The 1960s demand for "first class citizenship" echoes through the years as our call to justice today. Unfortunately the Bull Connor images of peaceful protesters were not historic remnants but eerily...

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Stand up for Voting Rights -- The Inalienable Rights You Save May Be Your Own

(8) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 2:47 PM

On Independence Day as we gather with loved ones, thank service members who sacrifice for our freedoms, and celebrate the birthday of a nation conceived in liberty, we must take action to preserve the voting rights that secure our inalienable rights.

This week has been a test of America's character...

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Pride 2014: Family Legacies, Generations, and a Fully Inclusive Global Community

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Today we felt the embrace of a million people in all the diversity of the rainbow as we marched down San Francisco's Market Street and shared our wide-eyed memories of childhood conversations of Uncle Harvey (Milk) in New York and of Mom, "Little Nancy" (D'Alesandro Pelosi) in Maryland and the...

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Mother's Day Momily

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Every year of motherhood is a fresh opportunity to thank my own mom and reflect on the Mother's Day momily. Growing up, in church we had the homily; at home it's what I call the "momily" -- the inspirational and instructive mom-isms that every family has.

In addition to...

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World Economic Forum Must Help #BringBackOurGirls

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 7:46 PM

As the World Economic Forum meets this in Nigeria, home of the 300 schoolgirls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School on April 14 by Boko Haram terrorists, its leaders must use their power to help bring back "our" girls.

I say "our" girls because we are all one human...

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The Fear Behind the Sexism in Hayden's Attack on Feinstein

(11) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:25 PM

When U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein challenged the Central Intelligence Agency on its record of enhanced interrogation techniques, the nation's former chief intelligence officer responded to the constitutional clash between the legislative and executive branches by reverting to the time-tested sexist schoolyard taunt reminiscent of "she's a girl."...

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