I've been working for the campaign about 2 months it's been a wonderful thing. I've met many of my union workers and we've been working hand in hand, getting out and talking to people. It's just a joy to do this in my community and for my community--to get people out to re-elect Barack Obama.
When I have my days off, I go back out and volunteer for the campaign. I volunteer two shifts on Saturday and volunteer on Sundays, too. This thing is too close to let it go now, we have to bring this home.
I went to a work site last night, to sign up volunteers. At this work site, the union members do 12 hour shifts. I'm thinking to myself, how am I going to get people who just come off a 12 hour shift to sign-up to volunteer? But I go down there at midnight, and I signed up 19 people to volunteer for the campaign! They were willing and able to come out and volunteer this Saturday; they were just so ready to go right then and there. People want to help President Obama get re-elected.
When I first started out doing this campaign work, I didn't know anything about politics. I really wasn't that deep into politics. But they told me, you know "Corey, you're going to be alright, you can do it. We're going to back you up. Just give it a try." So, I thought I can do that, I can give it try. I keep it going.
Since I've been doing all this with the campaign, I've learned so much. I've done canvassing, I've done phone banking, and I've visited work sites. Whatever they need, I'm there. Wherever this train is going, I'm on it! I've learned so much and I'm still learning. I'm learning about the Democrats. I'm learning about the union workers, you know we've become one big family down here. I'm learning about the people in the neighborhoods, we're learning a lot.
I'm talking to anybody that comes my way, I'm talking to them. It's just a wonderful sight out here in Philadelphia, the people in these neighborhoods, they're just so for it. Out here in these neighborhoods, it's just laughter and joy.
Let me tell you one of my favorite stories. Me and my canvass partner, we're out there knocking on the doors. This little girl opens the door, we say hello, you know, ask if her mother is home. She calls for mother to come to the door, and while we're waiting, this little girl sees our shirts that say "Obama" on them and she says to us "I like Obama because he wants to save Big Bird. Romney wants to kill Big Bird!" There you go. That's all there is to it, you know?
Corey Taylor is a member of SEIU Workers United Pennsylvania and works in Philadelphia loading trucks at a distribution center.