Kristin is a summer organizing fellow with Organizing for America-New Hampshire here in Manchester. It's an important job—organizers like Kristin are how we'll win this race—but it's not an easy job, and Kristin is doing it while also working part time as a babysitter.
So we asked her: what's motivating you to work this hard? She told us:
"The bigger picture is more important than giving up some social time or free time.”
Like a lot of folks across New Hampshire, Kristin's encouraged by the progress President Obama has made to get our economy back on track. She feel like it's important that he gets what's it's been like for regular, working, middle class people.
“My parents split up, my dad’s been laid off, my sister and I are both in college. I don’t think that giving tax breaks to the wealthiest and making it harder for people like us is the way a country should be run. I think President Obama cares about us, and that's what I want. I want the president to defend the middle class, help us out, not work against us."
That's why Mitt Romney's promises to spend even less on education, cut taxes further for the millionaires and billionaires who already pay the lowest rate, and to repeal Obamacare might be more than our economic recovery can take.
“I'm very worried for the future. When I think that in 10 years I could have a family of my own, I wonder — would America be in a state where I'll want to have a family?”
Those are the stakes. And that's why Kristin—and all our organizing fellows—have traded in their beach reading for a clipboard and a walk list this summer.
"Organizing doesn’t feel like work. I enjoy it, I love the people I’m working with, and knowing that what I'm doing helps the president makes me feel good."
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