copyright photo by Sarah Rice for the San Francisco Chronicle
by Khristan Antoine
It was curiosity that drove me to the white house in Berkeley, a quiet neighborhood full of popular restaurants like Bakesale Betty. With my plain black backpack strapped on my shoulders and headphones in my ears blasting Usher’s “What happened to you,” I was greeted by a short, older grey-haired woman who ended up being one of the organizers. ” Cassandra Lopez, an elderly woman in her 50’s with a grey ponytail and small reading glasses, another organizer, asked me and my sister to introduce ourselves. I was the only teenager in the room.
That’s how I became a Mama 4 Obama.
Joining Mamas 4 Obama has put me in touch with my political consciousness. I’m more aware of the power of voting and of the importance of NOT electing a candidate based on his skin color rather than on his platform. Obama appeals to me because he has pushed for healthcare, jobs and financial aid for college.
Now I’m involved in the discussion of how to help the campaign to reelect President Obama. I will join a phone bank to talk to voters and persuade them to vote. But my main focus will be to reach youths like me.
Youths may not be attending the $20,000-a-plate dinner tonight for Obama at The Bill Graham Center in San Francisco, where the President is holding a massive fundraiser. But they are just as vital.