If one thing is clear from the AFSCME 43rd International Convention, it’s that AFSCME members feel they have momentum heading into the November elections. Political activists and leaders from across our union showcased best practices for AFSCME Strong organizing and political action, and the energy was contagious.
Lois Carson, a member of OAPSE (Ohio), kicked off the program with a simple question: “Are you ready to rise up?” The crowd’s response was a resounding “Yes!”
Parson stressed the importance of meeting members and voters on their terms and engaging them on the issues that are important in their lives.
AFSCME activists are doing the work necessary to move the country forward. By making home and worksite visits and lobbying elected officials, AFSCME members are seizing the moment and the opportunities before us.
Members from Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania and Minnesota outlined their AFSCME Strong efforts to build political power.
“The stakes couldn’t be higher this election cycle, and the grassroots enthusiasm out there is palpable. Throughout New Mexico and in communities nationwide, people are rising up and standing strong,” said Casey Padilla of Council 18 (New Mexico).
Padilla added, “There are only 110 days left until the votes are in and counted. So, let’s leave it all on the field. This is our year. This is our moment. Let’s get it done.”