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FO Academy Spotlight: Nita L.

Nita L. is a campaign veteran. As a community organizer in 2008 for the President, she helped communicate his message to her neighbors in Colorado. We sat down with her after she participated in our first Field Organizer Academy in Denver to hear about why she wants to support the President again in 2012.

Why did you decide to come out to the Field Organizer Academy?
Through my career, from teaching to social work, I had the opportunity to work with a pretty diverse population. So I’ve been able to see what it’s like for people who haven’t been as lucky as I am.

I’m middle class, but was in poverty as child. As a child I had access to education and it allowed me to live the American dream. I feel distraught that a lot of the younger generation won’t be able to live that dream. So that’s my big motivator now.

What has been your favorite part about the Academy?
The part where you are practicing telling your story was good because I feel like you can never get enough practice with that. Having the opportunity to hear other people’s stories triggered parts of my own story as to why I want to join the campaign.

What surprised you about the training?
I didn’t know that we were going to have a chance to phone bank. We got to be more actively involved than I expected.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about participating with the campaign?
I would tell them Colorado really is going to be a state that makes the difference. If you could just even commit to one hour a week, commit to some small piece because even in that one hour you can contact two people and they can contact people and it’s exponential.

What do you think will be your favorite part about organizing?
Getting the President elected!

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