The strength of this campaign continues to lie in the hard work of our volunteers. Last weekend, supporters organized nearly 8,000 grassroots events all across the country for the biggest weekend of action we’ve seen so far—that’s incredible. If you missed out, don’t worry—check out some highlights from this weekend, then sign up to volunteer in your neighborhood.Read More…
Today, Mitt Romney's campaign launched a new, $5 million attack ad campaign. Meanwhile, volunteers for Obama 2012 are out connecting face to face with people in their neighborhoods, having real conversations and registering voters at weekend of action events across the country. If you’re feeling fired up from the convention in Charlotte, join them—find an event near you.
Laura has a neon green bracelet on her wrist and won’t take it off. She’s had it on since last Thursday. It was her green light to meet First Lady Michelle Obama in Milwaukee.
“She told me the base of the campaign was volunteering. I didn’t realize until she mentioned it, but Barack’s opponents have the big money to flood the airwaves with misinformation, so our voices are more important than ever. And if we don’t use our voice and talk to people about what’s important to us, it may be that only rich candidates will be able to run for office, and that’s not a good representation of America.”
Laura is a neighborhood team leader entering her junior year of high school. So even if she can’t vote herself, she’s doing everything she can to protect her future.
“More than any voter, me and my friends have to live with the decisions made today the longest.”
She enjoys the little stuff in school that makes a difference: starting a club to educate students on the issues, making posters, organizing events – and “fell in love” with phone-banking at her local field office.
“The other week, I spoke with a 90-year-old undecided voter. She tended to vote republican, but wanted to know more information – we talked for 20 minutes. The conversation stayed positive, we shared a lot of values, and in the end she was so glad that together we could work it out.”
“I want high school students to understand how (President Obama) is helping them out, his focus on education, aid with college expenses and his dedication to equal rights.”
Laura can’t yet cast her ballot, but she owns her vote. Organize for your future.Read More…
Marika, a summer organizing fellow in the Grand Rapids office, decided to get involved this year because the President’s student loan reform helped her get to college.
“I would not be a student without President Obama! Obama doubled the amount of Pell Grants offered to college students – making higher education affordable for millions. Coming from a single parent home, Pell Grants pay for about half my tuition.”
Marika is a student at Aquinas College, majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She’s learned a lot about organizing her neighbors around the accomplishments of the President this summer, and is interested in taking the neighborhood team model to campus this fall.
“Organizing is all about meeting people where they’re at. The campus team model is structured to fit a student lifestyle. We need to canvass, phone bank and register voters at different times that we might in a traditional neighborhood.”
Marika will use the President’s core accomplishments when it comes to student loan reform and health care to motivate other students.
“The more volunteers we have working, the more peers we can reach to spread the President's message. Fellow students are more likely to relate to their peers that share their experiences.”
If you want to engage potential voters on your campus this fall, join Young Americans for Obama on Dashboard.Read More…