Neisia Giles, a UNITE HERE Local 1 shop steward at US Cellular Field, has been volunteering for the Obama campaign in Virginia for two months. The mother of five decided to volunteer in order to be a role-model for younger generations. "I wanted to show my children and grandchildren about voting and the role that a union and one person can play in history." Being away from home has been hard, but it has been worth the effort. "Political activism is a great way to hold representatives accountable. It also really strengthens the union."
Neisia believes Obama is "the right person to lead our country in the right direction," and her volunteering has helped Obama take the lead in polls in Virginia. "The people we are registering-many are unaware that they can vote! We are helping them realize a dream while helping the country win a president we can be proud of."
Likewise volunteer political organizer Tony Evans of Local 2850 in Oakland found people, particularly young men, misinformed about their voting rights and how to exercise them. "When approaching young men about registering to vote, I commonly was asked how much does it cost to register and vote. I would tell them that it has already been paid for by the blood, sweat and determination of their grandparents."