As the Ohio team headed out for "one last canvassing blitz" before Saturday's rally, state staff Jenn Brown and Ashley Allison led volunteers in a "fired up" cheer, Buckeye-style.
Name: Anjali Sawh
Campaign role: Obama organizing fellow
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma
Organizing in: Durham, North Carolina
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
Since I am a freshman at Duke University, I do the majority of my work on campus. I have done almost everything possible when working on a campaign: data entry, phonebanking, voter registration, one-on-one meetings with potential volunteers, and staffing the occasional VIP event. I believe that my most significant impact, however, has been empowering other students and members of the Durham community to volunteer and become a part of the campaign. As we get more and more volunteers, we, as an organization, are able to reach out and connect with more people, and spread awareness about the wonderful things President Obama has done for us.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I have been a fan of President Obama since his primary election days in 2008 when he was running against then-Senator Clinton. Unfortunately, I did not actively participate in his campaign then, as I was young and inexperienced with the U.S. political system. However, after my first semester of college, I decided my interests lay somewhere in the public policy sector. This year, living in the same state as the upcoming Democratic National Convention was too tempting to ignore, so I went to barackobama.com and clicked the “volunteer” button; I was amazed at how easy it was to apply to become a leader in the campaign! After sending in my application and resume, I was contacted by Durham’s regional field director—and the rest is history.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
There seems to be a general consensus that the best part of this campaign is the people you meet and the lasting friendships you make. I believe this to be true, as it is the warm and friendly natures of the other volunteers that make me love being a part of this campaign. I have never once felt alone while working; someone has always been there to help and guide me. When other volunteers smile and appreciate the work I have done, I know I am making a difference, and that is the most rewarding feeling I get from working on this campaign.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
When people tell me that they do not care about what is going on in their own political system, or that their votes do not matter, it worries me. Although countless people have fought and died for this right over the course of America’s history, I fear that many people take our democracy for granted. Our ability to vote and voice our opinions is what makes this country so influential, and it is truly saddening to see so many people willingly cast their rights aside.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Until March 16th, 2012, I was a citizen of Jamaica. Some people would ask me why I was working so hard on this campaign when I was not even a “true” American, but it was precisely because I was not a citizen that I understood, and continue to understand, the value of American democracy. Both of my parents and my brother will also become citizens later this year, and I have made sure that they will register to vote as soon as they receive their naturalization certificates (you are never off the clock when working on a campaign!). In general, I value the right to vote simply because I have had to work for it. The best things in life are the ones we work for, and I am proud of the fact that we will all be able to vote for our President’s re-election in November. In fact, the picture above is actually of when I registered myself to vote!
The very first Obama for America Kentucky field office opened this weekend. Supporters in Louisville got fired up listening to speakers outside before heading in to sign up with the campaign. Check out more photos from the Louisville opening and then find an upcoming event in your neighborhood.Read More…
A supporter takes a moment to share why she likes Obamacare at the opening of Ohio's North Hamilton County field office. What's your reason for supporting the Affordable Care Act? Let us know in the comments below.Read More…
Saturday at midnight is the deadline to get donations for the grassroots fundraising challenge—which means there are only four days left for you to win a phone call from President Obama for you or someone you know.
The last time around, challenge winner Meri asked President Obama to give a call to her son Taylor—who’s been a supporter of the President since he volunteered as a high school student in 2008.
Here’s Taylor on how he ended up getting a call from the President, and what it was like:
“Being the dedicated Obama supporter that my mother is, she didn’t waste time getting back on the President’s campaign website to help raise some funds on his behalf, and I guess the donations just started piling up.
“When she started getting closer to the top, she would let me know how she was doing: ‘Taylor, I just saw your friend donated $5 to my page!’ Selflessly, she reminded me towards the end that my 21st birthday was approaching and that she might consider giving the call to me if she won … and that’s what she did.
“It was really wonderful to have a chance to talk with the President. I told him that I was going to be studying abroad in Egypt in the spring, and he said, very sincerely, that people like me, doing what I was doing, were real assets to the country, and then he said he was proud of me. That really meant a lot to me. Then, at the end, I told him how he had truly inspired me in the 2008 elections and how the work he was doing gave me great hope in the country.”
If you have a personal message to tell the President, or if there’s someone you know who does, join in the challenge today.
Supporters across the country have been saying “I like Obamacare.” Check out the photos above to see just some of the reasons why, and then tweet your own using the hashtag #ILikeObamacare.Read More…
During a recent campaign stop in Coconut Creek, Florida, Vice President Joe Biden talked to supporters about what matters most to seniors in the Sunshine State, like President Obama’s work to protect Medicare’s future.
Watch to see what the VP had to say about the choice seniors face this fall—then help welcome him back to the campaign trail.
This campaign has a new home base in Western North Carolina. Asheville recently opened a local field office, and supporters throughout the region came by to help set up, get energized, and prepare for the hard work it’s going to take to win North Carolina this fall.
Watch to see the Asheville office opening in action—and get in touch with your local office to get involved, too.
Campaign field offices are opening their doors from California to North Carolina, and communities are coming together to celebrate before getting down to business and organizing for President Obama.
Listen to a couple volunteers express their excitement at a recent opening in Las Vegas, Nevada—then find out if there’s a new office coming to your town.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama issued a challenge to schools and states: keep good teachers on the job and keep students in school until they graduate or turn 18. The President also demanded Congress take action to keep college affordable for middle-class families.
Watch this clip from the State of the Union, and forward it to someone you know who cares about making sure every student gets a good education.