As an organizer one of the first things you learn is the only thing more inspiring than the people you meet is the stories they tell.
Well over a month into his Fall Fellowship in El Paso, Fredrik K. has proven himself to be an assiduous fellow, organizing northeast El Paso, building for events and contacting voters in Florida on a regular basis. What makes Fredrik’s story so unique, however, is not how diligent he is but rather who he is. Unlike the majority of us working tirelessly to re-elect President Obama, Fredrik is a native of Sweden and therefore will not be able to cast a ballot in this year’s election.
“It’s amazing really” said Christopher Tarango, El Paso’s Regional Field Director. “To think that he puts forth so much effort and is working harder than most people to re-elect the President and he can’t even vote; it’s truly remarkable.”
While most people would indeed find Fredrik’s story to be remarkable and galvanizing, Fredrik is the first one to tell you that he is merely doing what needs to be done. “Just because I can’t vote doesn’t mean I can’t participate” said Fredrick. “This election matters and I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I wanted to know that I did everything I could to help elect the right man.”
In the midst of making hundreds of phone calls and the countless hours spent logging data, it is easy to forget that at a fundamental level we are vying for votes, and that voting in and of itself is a powerful privilege and tool to bring about the changes we seek. It is this tool that allowed a Senator from Illinois to become the first African-American president and is this same privilege that Fredrik hopes to one-day gain.
Fredrik is IN, are you IN? We're still building our fall fellows program—can you accept the challenge and become a vital part of Texas for Obama?