On Tuesday morning, my friend Jessica and I went to one of our favorite breakfast spots in town, Lucille’s. We had our usual coffees, biscuits, and eggs, but our conversation was unusual for us. Instead of talking about music or the latest happenings in our group of friends, we talked politics.
I knew what Jessica’s political beliefs were for the most part, but I had never taken the time to sit down and ask her why she's involved. On Tuesday, for the first time, I got to hear Jessica talk about how her brother’s environmental activism inspires her to work to protect the environment here in Colorado.
After listening to Jessica share her story and talk about why she wants to help get President Obama re-elected, I explained to her that summer organizers like me are having these conversations every day with people all across the country. Each day, as I look at my schedule, I am booked with meetings at local coffee shops and restaurants where I sit down and talk to people in Fort Collins about the issues that are important to them, why they got involved in politics, and what they would like to get out of the re-election campaign. I share their ideas with the campaign, and the voices of the Fort Collins community can be heard.
This campaign is a little bit stronger because of my meeting with Jessica. We have a new volunteer to help register voters and create a grassroots movement to re-elect President Obama. Jessica’s voice is now part of this campaign, and she is just one person among the millions who will be heard. This is something unprecedented in American politics: a campaign that truly wants every supporter to have a say in how it is run.