We continue to count down to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Joining party activists from across the nation will be almost 100 SEIU members and leaders, including Karen Chang, a member of SEIU Local 1000.
Karen works in downtown Los Angeles at a science center and, although she has been a member for only three years, she is already very active. Seeing how California's budget cuts to public services like the science center are having a negative impact in the community, Karen has been taking part in actions, educating her family and friends about the anti-worker Prop 32 and making contributions to SEIU COPE.
"These cuts have real impacts today and for years to come," said Karen. "It takes away directly from children's education, it cuts affordable programs for families to take part in together and for workers like me it is a direct pay cut, meaning less we can spend to help keep the economy going."
Besides going to Charlotte to push the Democratic Party to take a strong stand on quality public services, Karen is concerned about women's rights, healthcare and the future of the Supreme Court. This is her third convention, first as a delegate, going to Denver in 2008 just for fun and serving as an intern for the convention at the 2000 convention in Los Angeles.
"President Obama has promoted diversity on all levels of his administration, including the Supreme Court, but whoever wins this election may be able to nominate one or two justices, said Karen. "When you see what the other side is pushing it is clear we need someone like President Obama. He has done it all - saved the auto industry, killed Osama Bin Laden, saved the economy and knows what it takes to keep us going in the right direction."
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