Obama organizing fellows are hard at work building neighborhood and campus teams across the country. As the spring fellowship ends, we’ll hear from a few of the organizers about their experiences.
Last week, my spring fellowship in Wisconsin came to a close, marking several months of important preparation with other organizers and volunteers for the upcoming election in the fall. As fellows, we helped take on the daunting task of implementing the Own Your Vote program, designed to both educate voters and empower them through voter registration efforts and volunteer outreach. We also had the opportunity to gather with organizers from around the state at the first OFA-Wisconsin Organizing Academy, an event designed to bring together a variety of organizing perspectives to plan for the weeks and months leading up to November 2012. This sort of collaboration was essential as campus organizers and community members began to knock on doors and make phone calls to make sure that each and every resident was registered to vote. Even as feet began to pound the pavement and registration forms came pouring in, we knew that this was only part of the way to 270 electoral votes.
The spring fellows program has come to an end here in Wisconsin, but I’m about to start a new journey: becoming a field organizer for OFA-Wisconsin. Our state has faced challenges in the past, and I know that we will continue to be met with additional ones in the future. But embracing and capitalizing on these challenges is the way that we will lead President Obama to a second term on November 6th. These challenges are a true test of our strength as individuals, as teams, and as a nationwide organization, and I am confident that we will withstand any test that comes before us.
I was drawn to then-Senator Obama in 2004, long before I was of legal voting age. Now, in 2012, I will not only cast my vote for him, but I will work to ensure that many others do the same at the ballot box on November 6th. This is an organization that I am proud to be a part of.