DID YOU KNOW? PT. 3

Serendipity: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

 

That's what happened. When Denny decided to quit his job as a stockbroker and was driving away from his office, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called. It was a division within the DNC dedicated to President Obama's political organization, Organizing for America (OFA).

 

On a friend's recommendation, they asked Denny to join OFA's new office in New Hampshire to organize around President Obama's top two initiatives: Financial Reform and Health Care.

 

He immediately agreed.

 

Denny joined and was delegated the responsibility of organizing the southern half of New Hampshire, which included two out of the three largest cities in Manchester and Nashua (those two alone comprising 21% of NH's population).

 

He worked. A lot. Sixty hours a week, traveling all over, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and recruiting individuals to join the effort for Change. Denny engaged disenchanted voters and re-engaged people who helped Obama get elected the first time.

 

When people were wary, he would tell them why he was there.

 

Denny would tell them how he felt on election night when Barack Obama was elected president. He would say he was on Cloud Nine, not because America elected the first Black president, but because it was the first time Denny could look in the eyes of his white friends and finally say, "Now, I feel like your equal."

 

They would join, and his team fought hard and knocked on thousands of doors, made tens of thousands of phone calls, and pressured lawmakers to support President Obama's agenda.

 

But Denny wasn't satisfied with his effort because he felt he could do more, and that's when he set his eyes on Washington, D.C.

 

Read Pt. 4

 

Vote #dennyfornyc on 6/22!

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