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Volunteers Across America: District of Columbia

My name is Janis Hazel and I am a volunteer for Obama 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I’ve lived in D.C. for more than 20 years. My favorite thing about Washington is the diversity. People literally come here from all over the world and it’s made D.C. ethnically rich. Whether it’s the different cultural activities or the countless types of cuisines you can experience, Washington D.C. has a little bit of everything.

The important issues here are just as diverse as the people who make Washington, D.C. their home. Jobs, health care, education, and the environment—the list goes on and on. I think it’s especially important to make sure people understand just how much progress President Obama has made on these issues. A lot of the people I talk to don’t have the right information about the President’s record, so it’s our job to make sure they have the facts and understand how President Obama’s policies are already helping them.

I’m proud to be a neighborhood team leader in Ward 7 of Washington, D.C. There are about 15 people on my team. We all met in August, at an event to celebrate the President’s 50th birthday. Today, we work together to organize everything from phone banks to voter registration events.

As a community organizer, I am aware of the digital divide that residents of my ward experience. A lot of people in this community can’t afford to have things like Internet access and computers in their homes, so we are building our grassroots efforts by going door to door and to locations in the community where people gather to get the word out.

I would urge anyone who cares about the future of this country to get involved in this campaign. This President has been standing up for us since he took office, and now it’s our turn to stand up for him.

Thank you,


Find out how volunteers like Janis are making a difference in the nation’s capital by following @OFA_DC on Twitter.

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