“I Was Just Talking About This”

by David Weston—Pennsylvania

One woman was outraged at the rising price of gas. “I was just talking about this!” she told me. She reminded me that, “if this was the 70′s, we’d be out protesting and demonstrating with signs in hand!”.
I let her know that her mentality was exactly the reason that I was out in the community building up that support. I realized the universality of the Working America message and the outrage of average Americans at the state of the economy. She and I both knew that if our politicians maintained the status quo, people would stand up and fight back, especially with their ballots at the polls.

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Outsourced after 9-11

by Kara Kukovich—Pennsylvania

I was canvassing in Alburtis, PA when a woman answered the door. I had been to her house earlier and met her son. I told her we were fighting job outsourcing. She said, “I know. My husband was one of them.” She told me how her husband was working and that shortly after 9-11-2001, he lost his job because of outsourcing. “Wow. That must have been a hard time for your family,” I said. “Yeah, she replied, it was.”

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The “nursing home”

by Arthur Benson—Pennsylvania

I came to the door of a soon-to-be-member and met an elderly couple. They were bedding in a cluttered living room with most necessities at arm’s length. The husband informed me that they were ineligible for any form of government assistance due to bureaucratic red-tape. He was in good humor and described their situation as their “nursing home.” He confided in me his concern for their welfare and being unable to provide transportation for his wife’s doctor’s appointments. He is afraid he might fall while assisting her to his car.

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A very committed member

by Jay Rosen—Pennsylvania

Today I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a wonderful couple. He works in construction and his wife is a hair-stylist. Their passion for our cause is so profound and we talked for at least 10 minutes. They are struggling as many people that I have come across in this line of work. They asked me to sit with them, gave me some bottled water and paid their dues as well. It was a fruitful endeavor as I also signed up three other people that were visiting them. Meeting people like these helped make our mission worthwhile and meaningful.

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Paying her dues

by Sheldon Vaughn—Colorado

Yesterday while canvassing, I met a woman outside her home who was nothing short of amazing. I approached her and gave my intro and she immediately was hooked on the idea of Working America. While giving answers to question after question as she filled out my clipboard, the subject of the voluntary dues finally came up. She said she had no cash on her, however she was headed to the grocery store. She then told me if I met her in twenty minutes she would give me five dollars. I skeptically agreed and canvassed for twenty minutes and met her in the exact same spot and she gladly handed me a five dollar bill.

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“Say no more!”

by Michael Dice—Colorado

During my first few days of canvassing, a lady interrupted my introduction, grabbed my clipboard and said emphatically, “That’s enough! Say no more!” She grabbed my clipboard, signed up as a dues-paying member, and also had her husband sign one of the band-aids for health care reform. Her enthusiastic attitude was a big confidence boost for a new canvasser just starting out.

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Fighting the good fight

by Jeulia Russell—Ohio

I knocked on a senior’s door. She was a nice older woman. I told her who I was and with and what we were doing–fighting to lower the costs of health care.

She told me she had never had health insurance until she was 65 years old, and she said it was hard because she’s on a fixed income. I assured her that what we’re fighting for was going to pay off and she became a dues-paying member and she brightened my day and my confidence.

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No leave for hospital worker

by Wes Gadsden—Pennsylvania

I canvassed a great lady who had worked for a local hospital for 30 years. When she got ill and has to take off a few months of work, she was denied Family Medical Leave. Needless to say she will lose her job, her pension, health care and she’s sick. Why is this happening in a country that is so rich that we can build bridges and buildings in other countries? We need to clean our own backyard before we can clean someone else’s!

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