Aspire to Inspire: A Conversation With Our Organizing Team Captain, Gigi

To lift our spirits and get inspired to take action, we spoke with Gigi, a superstar Stand Up America organizing team captain. 

The Stand Up America organizing team is a group of over 4,000 volunteers who organize through their phones, texting eligible voters and those who have been taken off the rolls to get them registered and make sure they vote! Gigi helps organize thousands of volunteers, troubleshoots with newcomers, and makes sure the team is on track to hit key targets. Click here to join the organizing team.

Where do you call home?
Alexandria, Virginia

What have you learned while volunteering and being a texting captain?
I have learned that teamwork and communication are key when interacting with a variety of people and [it’s important] to have infinite patience! Voters and texters alike are eager to make a difference in their community.

What motivates you to organize this year?
I don’t like what I see happening all over the country, and want to make sure that I do my part to educate voters and to make sure Trump is a one-term president. To paraphrase Mr. John Lewis “when you see something that isn’t right, you have to say something…do something.”

Why should readers consider joining the organizing team?
To educate, make a difference, and have their voices heard. If more people participate in the election process, the more power we will have over the world we wish to live in.

Which political issues are closest to your heart? And why?
Healthcare, education, and reproductive rights. Healthcare and education should not cripple a household’s income. Everyone should have equal access to healthcare and a quality education. I believe in a woman’s right to choose and believe that politicians should not have control over a body that does not belong to them.

Who’s a figure you look up to? And why?
Barack Obama. I like his story and unconventional rise to the presidency. He showed poise, grace, and dignity for eight years despite all of the obstacles against him. He showed the world empathy and compassion for the human race. We should all strive to have such character.

What’s your favorite snack?
Hummus and chips.

Anything else you want to share with the Stand Up America community?
Volunteer and vote. Be the change you wish to see! Aspire to inspire.

We edited our chat with Gigi a bit, for clarity and length.