JANUARY 23, 2018

This week’s super-volunteers are Sanjida Rangwala, Vice-chair of precinct 13-42, and Jenny Haliski, Chair of Precinct 13-42. They have joined us on many canvasses, and below they tell us why they think volunteering is vital.

Why are you a Democrat?

[Sanjida]: I believe that to succeed individually, we must succeed together. As an immigrant and a woman of color, so much of our current political moment is personal for me. I am a Democrat because I believe that government has a role to play in ensuring that we all feel like we can succeed and belong, no matter our economic starting point, current immigration status, gender identity or sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, or other circumstance.

[Jenny]: I believe in social justice. I believe our diversity is our strength.

Why do you volunteer and why do you think it’s important?

[Sanjida]: I volunteer because I want to help all my neighbors get engaged, including those who don’t always get asked. I lived in this country for nearly 17 years before I was able to become a citizen, so I know what it feels like to not be included in political decision-making. I want to act as a facilitator for my neighbors to express their concerns to the party, no matter who they are, and be able to know that their voices are being heard.

[Jenny]: At the 2017 Women's March, I heard Michael Moore encourage participation through a local political position that's good even for introverts (like me): precinct representative. I looked up our precinct's boundaries and learned that both chair and vice chair positions were open. This neighborhood is full of wonderful, diverse people, and their voices deserve to be heard. I couldn't let those positions remain unfilled, so I asked several of my neighbors if they'd consider joining me in volunteering. Thankfully, Sanjida did, and we make a great team! 


FEBRUARY 16, 2018

This week’s super-volunteer is Andrew Hill. When he was 17 years old, Andrew directed a county council race in Washington State, and recently he joined us as an intern in our Field Office.

Why are you a Democrat?

I am a Democrat because I believe in an effective government which works for all people, the Democratic party does just that.

Why do you volunteer and why do you think it’s important?

I volunteer since I believe that it is every persons’ civic duty to get involved in politics, especially in this time where we are in dire need of change.

JANUARY 19, 2018

This week’s super-volunteer is Yolanda Regina Appiah-Kubi from Prince George's County.  Yolanda has joined us on many canvasses in Prince George's County and below she tells us why she thinks volunteering is vital.

Why are you a Democrat?

I think the Democrats care about the common man, the person who has needs. Basically we are not the ones in the 1%. I think about housing, economic needs, and public schooling, because I went to public school and my daughter went to public school. I think they’re important because I'm an educator.

Why do you volunteer and why do you think it’s important?

I think that our governor, who is not a horrible person, should be a one term governor. I think that I wanna see another Democrat in there, and I volunteer to help make sure that we do all we can do make that possible.