With the clock counting down to Election Day, I spent the weekend with incredible SEIU members, President Obama and community allies as part of a whirlwind push from Michigan to Illinois to Pennsylvania for candidates who will take action to make our economy work for everyone again. Let me tell you a few stories about how our Michigan members are turning their passionate concerns into concrete results.
A provocative question from President Obama
As we gathered at a local restaurant in Michigan to take stock of an amazing day, SEIU member leaders from Muskegon, Saginaw and Midland described how moved they were by President Obama's powerful remarks at a rally with us.
The choice we face in this election, he said, is between two very different visions for America. And the president said the question voters have to ask themselves is: "Who do you believe is standing up for you?"
Good Michigan candidates would put books for kids over tax cuts for the wealthy few
In Detroit, the answer is Mark Schauer for governor, Gary Peters for U. S. Senate. In all the major races in Michigan, from school board to state legislators, voters such as volunteers on our team in Dearborn Heights made no mistake they plan to firmly reject the extremist Republican agenda that is: taking $1 billion from education; forcing 40 children into one classroom, where they share outdated books they can't take home; and giving even more tax breaks to big corporations and the wealthy few.
One voter's plan to be "first in line" at the voting booths
"I plan to be the first in line on Tuesday," one woman said when I got to her door with my partners. "We need a governor who will put $1 billion back into education and give our children equal opportunity to succeed. We need elected officials who will fight to raise wages and create good jobs, and that starts with the minimum wage."
Along with my partners, Keith Whitley and Keela Wade, I was amazed. We thought this voter had been in our local union hall the past three years, hearing us all say the exact same things.
Then she got in her car, drove up next to us, honked her horn, rolled down her window and did a sports holler. She woke up the whole neighborhood for us so all of her neighbors will also be among the first to get out and vote.