I accidentally moved from casual Obama supporter to a quasi-activist for one day. lol.
I have been monitoring the Obama website and looking at the events in my area…I have walked past the Harlem headquarters many times…but I still haven’t done anything. Yeah…I would donate here and there and participate in discussions with friends and in the comments of blogs…but I always felt like I should do a little more…
I was just minding my business this morning…grabbing a quick bite…I couldn’t help but notice a group of people with Obama campaign materials. Nosey me lingered near by and realized they were making plans to pass out information and basically plaster my neighborhood.
Seriously…did the campaign just come into my back yard? Can I walk past them and just go home to watch “I Love NY” re-runs and sleep?
Well…I approached them and asked if they needed any help. Next thing I know I am walking up and down the streets handing out information to strangers and talking to them about Barack Obama. Now I talk a good game on my blog but I am NOT a fan of talking to strangers…not my thing…but with the primary a few days away somehow I got over myself and did it.
Now as my legs defrost (it was freezing outside!) a few observations…
-a few people I spoke to weren’t even aware that there was a primary Tuesday (WTF…seriously?)
-for those that did know, most were happy to have the information
-I ran into a few haters…one said he didn’t like Barack because if he got elected “they” would kill him (hmm k) and I also ran into a native Texan who felt the need to tell me they were voting for McCain (thanks?)…but for the most part people either spoke to me or just ignored me
-a LOT of people were not registered to vote (but stop it!)
-some people actually chased us down to get information (the flyers were really good…we had a lot of them in Spanish (which is so necessary in West Harlem) and flyers that were targeted to African Americans)
-there were no other campaign representatives out…which is good…because my neighborhood is filled with solely Obama literature…but that was just strange that there weren’t volunteers from ANY of the other campaigns…
If you don’t want to turn on the news, open a paper, read a blog…fine…I suppose I will have to come to you.
Bloggers note: While I may chose to volunteer from time to time for the campaign…this isn’t going to be a regular thing for me. I may change my mind @ some point…but it was CRAZY uncomfortable for me