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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

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

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 3:15 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 | 1:47 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 | 9:35 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 | 4:16 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 | 6:46 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

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:25 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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Play Ball: 7 Lessons From Baseball for Politics

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 4:31 PM

It's MLB opening day: another glorious beginning to the baseball season, another time to reflect on the old clichés and new life lessons we glean from America's pastime.

I've had the great opportunity to travel around the country following my two passions: baseball and politics. In 1993 I toured baseball...

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For Healthy Births and Happy Birthdays, Get Covered and Trust Women

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Five years ago this morning, I was in labor when we lost track of my daughter's heartbeat. My OB wasn't on duty that Sunday before dawn when a doctor I had never met leaned over me and informed my husband and me coldly "we lost the heartbeat, you must have...

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Women's History Month Call to Service: Pursue Liberty to Achieve Justice

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 9:38 AM

During Women's History Month we stand on the shoulders of our mothers and foremothers, in partnership with our sisters, in service to our daughters and future generations with solidarity and intersectionality. We pledge this month, as we do every day, to advance the ideals of liberty and justice for all...

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Women Succeed When We Overcome Mad Men Laws And Jim Crow Mores

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 5:04 PM

As Democrats gather from across America this week, we have a special urgency in organizing for a women's economic agenda that not only advances equality but rejects discrimination. We know the stakes: women make up half the population but are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, and...

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America Is Beautiful, and Bigotry Is Ugly

(27) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:52 PM

The Nativist backlash to a Super Bowl ad featuring multilingual versions of "America the Beautiful" brought out the best and worst in our country, heralding the goals of and obstacles to immigration reform.

The best was the desire for Americans across the United States, from Vice President Joe Biden...

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Shining a Super Bowl Spotlight on Human Trafficking

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 4:39 PM

While merchants peddle Super Bowl gear, human traffickers peddle people.

As we prepare for football festivities, merchants peddle Super Bowl gear and human traffickers peddle people. Though human trafficking is endemic 365 days a year, it is especially rampant on Super Bowl Sunday. This week is the time for us...

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Acknowledge That Rape Is Rape and 5 Other Steps to Combat Sexual Violence

(39) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 3:14 PM

President Obama commendably convened a task force to address the rampant rape and sexual assault incidents that are "an affront to our basic decency and humanity. And it's about all of us -- the safety of those we love most: our moms, our wives, our daughters and our...

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The People vs. Chris Christie

(48) Comments | Posted January 11, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Not even the Teflon fleece can save him now: the hypocrisy of pretending to be a man of the people and using the government to hurt the people will spell the end of Chris Christie's presidential chances.

By cultivating a culture of bullying that morphed from yelling at public employees...

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Five New Year's Resolutions for Women on the Run

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:46 PM

As 2014 dawns, women on the run in political office and public service have myriad multitasking ahead. How well we juggle doing it all -- home life, work life, personal space and public engagement -- may well determine the fate of our families and our nation. So are we embark...

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All I Want for Christmas Are My Voting Rights

(135) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:38 AM

As we gather for the holidays, we remember the empty chairs at far too many holiday tables: for servicemembers killed overseas, children slain by gun violence, and loved ones lost to AIDS, cancer and other diseases due to stigma and poverty --...

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Populism Isn't 'Disastrous' -- It's Democratic

(17) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 2:19 PM

As a lifelong Democratic activist, I'm always fascinated by those whose first order of business -- and I do mean business -- is to trash my beliefs in order to sell me a new party platform or candidate. So it came as no surprise that think tankers pushing a corporate...

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Steubenville Rape Scandal: Enablers Have Consequences

(9) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 11:54 AM

It is a teaching moment that school officials covering up Steubenville rapes were indicted on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Here we have educators in positions of legal and moral authority over rapists abusing their power to enable rape and perpetuate rape culture.

While an Ohio...

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To Honor Veterans, Help Those Fighting the Invisible War

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:02 PM

It's Veterans Day 2013 -- a time to honor our veterans -- and to help those among them fighting the invisible war of military sexual assault.

As President Obama said at Arlington after placing a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the war in Afghanistan...

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Halloween Is No Excuse for Hate: Blackface Has No Place

(368) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Halloween costumes reveal as much as they disguise. So when white partygoers pose as shooter George Zimmerman pointing two fingers gun-style at a blackface, bloodstained Trayvon Martin over a laughing lady leprechaun for Halloween, it is time once again to remember that Halloween is no excuse for hate.

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