We are representing working people at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Joining party activists from across the nation are almost 100 SEIU members and leaders, including Bobbie Jean, a SEIU retiree from Los Angeles.
For Bobbie Jean Anderson, being a leader in her community and advocating for working families is second nature. A union member for over 25 years, she is still active as a retiree committee member for Local 721. She was also an active union member, serving on the bargaining committee, as well as serving as a steward.
Bobbie Jean believes that working on behalf of working families is a life-long endeavor that continues into retirement, "Retirees don't only care about seniors; we have kids, grandkids so I have to be working family oriented."
Charlotte marks Bobbie Jean's fifth convention and she is excited to help re-elect President Obama. She cites the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Affordable Care Act as two key legislation that displayed President Obama's agenda and platform for working families. Both acts, she said, have greatly benefitted her grandchildren and her children.
"President Obama believes that everyone should have a fair shake at a quality life, and I don't believe that they Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan do," she said.
"I have to be active because I am frightened, there's too much at stake and the contrast is so stark."