Three non-profit organizations are joining forces for the “Getting Candidates on the Record” workshop in Des Moines on December 3.

Iowa activists will gather at the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House to learn how to “bird-dog,” or lobby, presidential candidates for the political season. This effort will be hosted by the Free Press Action Team, One Iowa and the American Friends Service Committee‘s grassroots project “Governing Under the Influence.”

The workshop is set up to give members “the tools you need to push candidates to improve Internet access in Iowa, protect Net Neutrality and rein in mass government surveillance.”

Free Press is described as a group that fights to save “the free and open Internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media.”

“We believe that change happens when people have a real voice in the political process,” Free Press announced in a news release.

“To that end, we mobilize our growing base of 900,000 activists to sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, attend rallies and town-hall meetings, write letters to the editor, and take part in other targeted actions. We also craft policy proposals, conduct research, testify before Congress and argue in court for policies that serve the public interest.”

One Iowa is described as “the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization working toward full equality for LGBT individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.”

One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing told Iowa Free Press that the group is engaged in the event in order to “train people on the art and the science of bird dogging.”

“We are not there to promote any other group’s agenda or legislation. We came together with the other two groups to strengthen the training and maximize our efforts.”

The AFSC is described as “Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.” The group’s “Governing Under the Influence” project operates on the sentiment that “Large corporations wield too much political force,” calling for a “halt to ‘governing under the influence’ through a strategic education and action project.”

“We’re starting in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that get the lion’s share of attention from presidential candidates,” the AFSC announced.

According to Free Press, “Together we can ensure that anyone who ends up in the Oval Office adopts policies that protect the free and open Internet.”

The program is scheduled for 6-8pm at the DMVF Meeting House located at 4211 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Light refreshments will be served.

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