My experience at the opening of the Annapolis campaign office
I wanted to share my experience last night, because it was really eye-opening for me, and goes counter to all the accepted "wisdom" of the MSM.
I got a text on Wednesday that the local campaign office was opening last night at 6:30, and since its only about 35 minutes from me, and I've been feeling called to take some concrete action, I decided to go. For those who read my phonebanking post, you can imagine I was a little nervous. I fully expected to be the old lady in a crowd of college kids and to be the odd one out, but I was okay with that. I just wanted to go and check it out.
I got there at 6:40, and it was in a narrow storefront. The room was already crowded. I'm not too good at estimating crowds, but later on we broke into three groups, and our group had 36 people, so I think there were between 80-100 people there.
I really had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be a planning meeting for the next two weeks in Maryland, and they made the really good point that people in other states can phonebank Maryland, but only we can get out in person to canvass.
So, the makeup of the crowd:
I was not even close to the oldest person there, by a long shot.
This is a very rough estimate but it broke down about like this:
30% POC (AA, latino, asian, etc)
10% college students
50% female/50% male - so close I couldn't really put one higher than the other
I was standing next to an old man who lives in a retirement community and wanted information on canvassing there since its a closed community. There was a white-haired man from Missouri with a strong southern accent who said he was raised die-hard Republican. Quite a few retirement age women, and a couple women who had to be in their 70s or older. Several families, including a young latino family with two really cute kids. Several young, working class men who would stereotypically be considered Trump supporters. Me, a nerdy 40-something woman. I could go on, but what was most striking about the crowd is that there was nothing striking about the crowd! There was no "type" at all.
They had us introduce ourselves and say briefly why we supported Bernie - and what a great cross-section of the reasons - it ran the gamut from LGBT issues, to economic inequality - a big one, to the recurrent integrity - "He's someone I can trust" "He's a once in a lifetime politician" "He says what he means"
And the coordinator asked who had never volunteered for a political campaign before - almost half, maybe 40% raised their hands, including me. And he said "THAT'S why I love Bernie!"
Beyond that, there was just a bunch of planning and information collecting in order to set up canvassing just about every day between now and then. So, I've committed to go out and knock on doors at least a couple of times. Its absolutely terrifying, but I know if I don't take action, and he loses, especially by a small margin, I'll always wonder if doing something could have made a difference. I think a lot of people feel that way now, that they have to "do something!" and its great.
So, I just wanted to share a great experience among fellow Bernie supporters, and to let you know that the lies about who supports Bernie are just that. "College kids, Berniebros, white people"
I've rarely seen a more diverse crowd at any event in my life. Diverse in every way - race, age, economic class, gender, and on and on. He's truly a candidate of the people, ALL the people.