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 Tisa Rodriguez, a member of SEIU Local 1000.
Tisa Rodriguez is taking her passion for politics to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week as a California delegate. The 32-year-old environmental planner for the California Department of Transportation has been a member of SEIU Local 1000 for six years but has been active in politics even longer because she sees the real impact lawmakers' decisions have on the everyday lives of working people.
"Everything is at stake," said Tisa. "As a transportation employee, I've seen the impact of the Obama Administration. The stimulus helped fund several years of transportation projects that helped create good union jobs. The Administration cares about the environment. Military veterans returning from deployment now get better care than they did years ago. As for Romney-Ryan, I know they are on the opposite end of the spectrum regarding issues important to me and my community. We've seen Ryan's budget plan, which would be devastating to working people. But Paul Ryan will talk about his misplaced priorities in a charming way. We have to be careful, and we have to let people know where Romney/Ryan stand."
She is knocking on doors and working with local and state candidates during this election season. She said she's motivated to help get out the vote and ensure that the politicians representing her and others in her Perris, Calif. community share the same priorities and values.
"It's very important that we re-elect President Obama, but we also need to get him some backup, that's why we're working hard to make sure the Congressional seat goes Democratic," she said.
But she says she knows that working people cannot rest on their laurels even when they've successfully voted in one candidate who better represents their interests. This is why she volunteers her free time to work on campaigns and get out the vote for school board members, state representatives, U.S. representatives and, now, the presidential election.
"And we have to focus on changing this country for the better one election at a time."