Volunteer Profile - Canvassing - Maria: Blown Away by Indivisible SF meetings
When did you first get involved with Indivisible SF?
We marched with Indivisible SF during the Pride March in 2017. It was great because there were so many people marching, and people knew who the Indivisible people were and knew that we were there to resist what was going on in our country. From then on we got involved with Indivisible SF.
What do you do with Indivisble SF?
We go to as many meetings as we can. We live in San Mateo so we don't come every weekend, but maybe two or three times a month. I also like being involved in the rallies and the flash mob type of events.
What is your impression of Indivisible SF meetings?
I was blown away because of the way it's organized and the knowledge that a lot of these members have regarding what's going on in our government--not only at the national level but also at the state level and local level. And so many people are so vocal about issues and determined to take action.
How are the meetings structured?
Anyone can do a breakout group. They bring up whatever issues they're concerned about and then, depending on where you want to go, you break out to that particular group and we discuss the issue and decide what action we are going to take. And then we break out again with separate groups for each of our members of Congress. And I'm impressed with a lot of people who know about the legislation that is coming out and whether we agree with it or don't agree with it. I like the fact that we not only challenge our members of Congress, but we also applaud them when they do something that we approve of.
Tell me about working with members of Congress.
The last members of Congress meeting I did was with Jackie Speier. I just wrote her not too long ago because of the legislation on the disability act that I don't agree with that she's co-sponsoring. But we agree with most of where she stands. We're so involved with Jackie Speier that we went with her to do a canvassing in another district trying to get Denham out. (Editor’s note – Republican Jeff Denham is running for re-election for U.S Congress in District 10 just east of the Bay Area.)
Tell me about canvassing.
Jackie had buses to take us to Modesto, and we went from door to door to all the Independent and Democratic homes and got their opinion on where they stood politically. Then what we wanted to do was encourage them to vote. If they weren’t registered we would register them right then and there. We touched about 1500 homes that day, and it was a very positive event because most people that we talked to were worried about where our country is going today and they wanted to do something about it. And so we told them: “The best thing you can do right now is to vote for the right people who are going make a difference.”
Were you hesitant to go door to door?
At first I was, but after you do one or two doors, you get into a certain mode where people were very easy to talk to. And those who didn't have the time, you said: “We just want to encourage you to vote” and then we moved on. But it was a very successful event.
Does being involved make a difference for you psychologically?
It makes me stronger. I was never politically involved. It makes me stronger in the sense that I knew I had values and morals, but when they were being threatened then I had to take a stand.