WLN Academy

All of the types ot training offered by WLN are collectively known as "WLN Academy."  Although WLN Academy will not earn you an accredited degree or provide credits to be applied toward one, it can provide you with the skills needed to confidently participate in our democratice processes - particularly at the local, county, and state levels.  Below you can download and view a rich selection of resources developed by WLN since its founding in 2011.

​Scope of Training

WLN is dedicated to "Teaching people how to Take Their Power Back" and, in the process, "Re-Weave the Fabric of Our Political Culture."   WLN offers training to individuals and groups who want to be more politically impactful with their limited time and resources.  WLN provides training along these four tracks of instruction:

     1.  How to Run for, Get Elected to, and Serve in a Local Non-Partisan Office.

     2.  How to Manage a Local Campaign or Lead a Grassroots Organization.

     3.  How to be an Effective Volunteer for the Candidates, Ballot Measures, and Projects You Care About.

     4.  How to be an Effective Citizen Lobbyist or Advocate.

Trainees will feel empowered and engage in local politics with increased skill and confidence.  Those elected or appointed to public office will "Take Their Power Back" by performing in office in accordance with their values.  As more and more people take WLN training, talent pools will form along the four lines listed above.  These talent pools will be accessible to new activists who move into their social and political circles.

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, WLN does not and cannot involve itself in the campaigns launched or participated in by it's trainees.  Likewise, WLN does not advocate or oppose any candidate, ballot measure, or legislation.  Trainees must decide for themselves how best to apply what they learn through WLN.

Companion Training Documents

These documents, though designed to be used as part of a live training session, can stand on their own.  Feel free to print and distribute them as you see fit but remember - these documents nor their contents are meant to be offered as legal advice.  If you have legal questions regarding any of the material contained in these training materials, consult the appropriate public officials or an attorney practiced in the field(s) at issue.  We offer training on the following:

Lobbying Office Holders 1:  The Basics of Lobbying

Lobbying Office Holders 2:  Seeing Things from Their Side

How to Be Effective in Informal Debates

Components of a Campaign Plan

Petition Signature Gathering in Oregon

Petition Signature Gathering in Washington State

The Care and Feeding of Good Volunteers

Effective Campaigning with Little or No Money

Dealing with the Media - Do's and Don'ts

How to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) With Your Individualized GOTV Campaign


Individualized GOTV Planning Sheet (Goes with the Above Document)

Developing Your Personal Media Campaign

Becoming an Opinion Leader in Your Group or Community

Basics of the Board/Staff Governance Model

Assessing Yourself as a Candidate for Public Office

How to Testify Before Public Boards, Commissions, and Committees

Basics of Oregon Ethics Laws

Basics of Washington Ethics Laws

Running Efficient and Effective Meetings

The Challenges of Serving as an Organization's Chair

Taking Your Power Back - Interpersonal Relationships in Your Group

Setting Up and Running a Voter Registration Booth

Basics of Oregon's Local Budget Processes

Basics of Washington's Local Budget Processes

Download a PDF File Containing All of the Above Training Documents

Weekly WLN Saturday Training Sessions

WLN holds a live, interactive training on Zoom every Saturday afternoon at 1PM Pacific Time.  Topics vary.  Each training lasts approximately one hour and usually features a "guest trainer" who is expert with respect to the topic being dealt with.  These sessions are typically recorded.  Below you will find links enabling you to view past trainings.

To participate in the weekly trainings LIVE, make sure you have ZOOM conferencing software on your computer, phone, or other device.  At 1PM PST on every Saturday, SIMPLY CLICK HERE.  When prompted, the Meeting ID is: "358 890 0478" and the Passcode is: "WLN" (no quotes).  If you need the ZOOM conferencing software, get it free by CLICKING HERE.

February 13th, 2021

Bill Dewey or Oregon Citizens Lobby (OCL) offers information about how people can work with OCL, and use online tools, to monitor and impact the 2021 Oregon legislative Session.



December 12th, 2020

Oregon state senator Kim Thatcher leads a Zoom training session on "How Activists Can Become Effective Citizen Lobbyists."

January 9th, 2021

WLN Executive Director Richard P. Burke leads a Zoom training on the "Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with the Media."


January 23rd, 2021

Former statewide candidate Tom Cox leads a Zoom Training on "How to Organize Around Local Issues."  Download PowerPoint presentation by clicking HERE.  Recommended book links can be found by clicking HERE and HERE.

DISCLAIMER:  Statements made by guest trainers and/or training session participants do not necessarily reflect those of Western Liberty Network.  As a 501(c)3 organization, WLN neither supports or opposes any candidate (even the ones we train), political party, ballot measure, or legislation.