the serious side
The Northwest Area Progressives came together following the spirited 2008 Presidential Campaign. While exhausted from a long and busy campaign to elect Barack Obama President, the volunteers found an interesting result of the campaign experience—they wanted to find a way to stay together as a group to try to do good.
The Obama Campaign volunteers were not only encouraged to do so by the newly formed Organizing for America, but found they liked and appreciated each other, enjoyed haggling about political issues with like-minded people, and desired an outlet to perform meaningful work for the President’s agenda, future campaigns and the local community.
The group named itself Northwest Area Progressives, or NWAP, to reflect the geography of its original members and has been meeting and working together since 2009. NWAP members include all ages from college students to retirees, all economic backgrounds and all levels of interests and physical abilities. They come from Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington, Clintonville, Northwest and downtown Columbus and other areas of Franklin County.
the fun side
If you haven’t marched in a parade since third grade, never carried a sign at a demonstration at the Statehouse or stood behind a candidate for office at a news conference, it’s time you did. NWAP activities can be fun as well as meaningful.
The group also hosts an annual picnic at a member’s home, a holiday party, “watch parties” at a local pub to see political debates or election returns, and other purely social events at which new members and old can get to know each other.